2012 Mazda Mazda5 Sport 4dr Minivan (2.5L 4cyl 5A)
The specs tell the story of a very average vehicle.
Average power, MPG, etc.
But just drive it.
Handles great, the seating position is ideal, the automatic drivetrain is near perfect, even for a guy that prefers a manual, and it can seat six adults in a pinch (front and middle rows move up a notch).
The vehicle is tight as a drum, low noise level, and overall is tighter than the last Honda we had, a 2003 CR-V.
I have no idea why anyone with kids would want doors that are not sliders.
Sliding doors do not hit other cars in parking lots and allow easy access to child seats.
The door jams don't move in the openings like most Hondas, it's TIGHT!
The engine doesn't have to rev to create usable power and the transmission keeps the engine at the ideal RPM.
The ergonomics are refreshing, with large knobs and buttons that can be manipulated without taking your eyes off of the road.
The road RPM is low and the car will run any speed you choose with little effort.
The highest praise I can give the Mazda5 is that if you didn't turn around and look at the room you would swear you were driving a small, sharp handling compact hatch.
Oh, and it's a steal, running the same or less than most 4 door hatches.
Really splitting hairs here because this is as happy as I have been with a vehicle in decades.
Rear cargo light needs to be located in the roof rather than the side rather than the Mazda3 right side location.
Apply some of the Skyactive tech to increase MPG.
Cupholders on the outer dashboard like the Honda Fit.
I understand it's difficult to add more equipment like overseas because you get real close to one of the bigger minivans but maybe a few items like the auto dimming mirror (we had it installed as a Mazda accessory.)
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