After researching many vehicles, we love the Mazda 5!!
By scj1 on
2012 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 4dr Minivan (2.5L 4cyl 5A)
We did a lot of research to determine what would replace our Limited AWD minivan.
After looking at many vehicles we narrowed choices to the Toyota Highlander and the Mazda5, and determined the Highlander was too truck-clunky uncomfortable compared to the Mazda5.
The style of the Mazda5 is more contemporary compared to the older looking Highlander.
Also, the mpg was so much better with the Mazda5.
We are saving $100 per month in gas compared to the minivan.
PROS: smooth ride, styling, 6 seats so kids can bring friends, price, gas mileage, heated leather, dark gray color, hip ride, bluetooth phone and tunes, xenon headlights, storage compartments, traction/stability control, safety.
Bluetooth telling me I have an incoming phone call is cool!
Wireless bluetooth music from iPhone.
Heated leather seats are as comfortable as the Limited minivan seats and as easy to clean.
The mid row in-seat storage is a creative use of space.
The compartment storage areas hold everything we need (first aid, jumper cables, maps, etc).
Huge glove box.
Integrated roof rack connections are handy.
Engine area under hood is well laid out and not too crowded for maintenance.
Xenon headlights are bright and safe.
Nice moonroof design.
Automatic traction control and a set of dedicated snow tires/wheels eliminates our need for AWD.
The fit and finish is excellent.
The Metropolitan Gray exterior with Sand tan leather seats is a beautiful combination.
We used the Consumer Reports 'Build & Buy' program and obtained a price no one else could touch.
It was a great price and the Mazda5 is a great value compared to the other vehicles we looked at.
We are very impressed at how much the Mazda5 Grand Touring offers at this price point.
There is no other vehicle like it.
I didn't realize you could send music out wirelessly with bluetooth.
I've been looking for a feature like that.
I'd be curious where you live, as I was thinking about a larger car with AWD to handle inclement weather--particularly snow, ice, rain in the north.
If automatic traction control with snow tires is all we need, then we are set with this car, and not a larger SUV.