All though the price was reasonable it really doesn't replace a van. By the time you put up the third row there is nothing left for storage. We bought this to replace our T&C because we wanted better gas mileage but could hold four kids. It can hold four kids, but thats it. No stroller, no shopping bags. It is made for either the occasional back row seating OR as a four seater with a trunk space.
I do like the side doors. They are easy to open and they smoothly follow the track.
The exterior is nicely designed.
The engine bay is nicely layed out.
Middle seats slide for extra room.
I wish I could list more for a Grand Touring Model.
The lack of features they need to address:
1) The back vent is just an air vent. No AC or Heat for the back seats.
2) When you open the hatchback the interior light does not go on. Come ON! That should be a basic.
3) If the car was 16" longer the trunk space would be efficient/roomier interior cabin would be easier to get from the side doors to the back.
4) Trade out the costs of putting in the Auto-Wipe feature for some of these other features. The Auto-Wipe annoying goes off everytime some bug or debris hits it.
5) The Mazda Package that comes in the mail after you purchase a vehicle should contain something of value or interest. It only contained the car's brochure. Lame!
We bought this brand new after loving our test drive.
After a year, the handling is excellent.
It is fun to drive...tight steering and great visibility.
Road noise is fair but a bit loud.
Cons include the front seat arm rests, they are very small and rather uncomfortable.
Anyone over 5' 10" will be kind of cramped.
Also the stereo knob is very slippery to grip...silly I know but annoying. The temperature and fan knob settings are all on a very small display on the dash...hard to read.
So my minor gripes may be picky but my humble opinion.
Still very happy with the overall ride and versatility of this small minivan!!
When my wife and I decided to replace our 2003 Jeep Liberty, we set some stringent criteria. We wanted a car that could seat our baby, our 4-yo, and an adult or two on occasion, when relatives visit. However, it also needed to be small enough to maneuver easily in and out of parking spaces in suburban malls or NYC, get at least 20-miles per gallon mixed, and be fun to drive even on windy roads. Its outside had to look appealing, and its inside had to handle abuse from the kids well. Finally, it had to cost less than $30,000 with all extras. Frankly, we did not think such a car existed...until we found the Mazda 5. Our Mazda has turned out to be everything we hoped it would be.
Sporty ride, accurate and responsive steering, flexible interior that accomodates various circumstances from sitting six to transporting IKEA furniture, nicely-designed outside, easier to park,
better fuel-efficiency, and corners better than big minivans, controls on steering wheel, automatic headlights that turn night into day, automatic wipers with sensors, and most of all, very reasonably priced! Drove from NYC to Chicago under heavy rain and thunder for much of the trip and the car performed splenidly. Plastic interior does seem a bit hard and cheap at times, but with two small kids this is not necessarily bad, and if it helps keep the price low then I would say, keep it as is.
As others have written, I would focus on three things. First, improve acceleration (maybe instal a Skyactiv engine). Second, address the noise from the roof rack, which gets really loud after 40 mph. It basically renders the sunroof unusable. Finally, the breaking distance could be shorter. Seats feel a bit tight in the beginning, but add to the sportiness and you get used to them relatively quickly.
a fully loaded alternative to a minivan, for half the price, but equally practical!
sliding rear doors
perfect height to access contents
ample trunk space
i wish it was designed with built-in roof racks similar to the subaru outback, or most suv's and minivans nowadays...oem/aftermarket crossbars+roof racks will cost almost $1k!
this car has a lot of ingenious storage compartments, however, most of them are either too small or too narrow to accomodate regular stuff...get rid of the small pockets up front and increase the size of the glove box, center console.
another thing that bothers me is the lack of electrical outlets...in this age of gadgetries that consistently need charging, i expect more than 2 outlets up front, and at least 2 more for the 2nd row...currently, the second row has no outlet.
2013 Mazda 5 Minivan Sport 4dr Minivan (2.5L 4cyl 5A)
We needed to replace an old '97 Mercury Villager, but did not want to buy a not-so mini Sienna, Odyssey, or Quest.
We researched the min-vans, cross-overs, and SUVs, and stumbled on the M5.
All the features presented looked good and its was smaller
than the Villager, which was fine because it gave better gas mileage.
We're fine with the styling (those swoopy body curves), and I'm indifferent to the front "smiley" face.
With just under 2 months, our overall impression is that it handles well, but the ride is harsh.
The interior has lots of hard plastic. Interior space is snug, but is usable and flexible.
The ride in the 3rd bench is harsh. Gas economy on highway close to 28 mpg.
Radio and cruise controls located on the steering wheel.
Very good and bright headlights.
Low beams provide very wide coverage and have well defined vertical cutoff.
Small size makes for easy parking.
Handling good and maneuverability are very good, but road noise and roughness definitely heard and felt in the van.
2 sliding, non-powered doors are a plus - less electronics to go wrong.
Real antenna on roof instead of embedded one provides great reception.
2nd row headroom is very good, but leg room just adequate.
It needs removable 2nd and 3rd row seats.
Needs 2 lamps in trunk or an overhead light.
Needs tinted windows.
Roof rails so I can attach and remove racks.
The dealer installed rack howls at 40 mph and gets progressively worse.
I finally removed it. Braking needs to be improved.
Reliability is uncertain, but I have my fingers crossed.
Online reviews for previous generation (2006 - 2010) indicate many suspension problems due to non-adjustable rear camber, poor bushings, and undersized r. shocks.
Many report replacing tires after 20k miles.
Hopefully Mazda has addressed these design problems.