The Mazda 5 had a great layout for family of four with young kids. It also was flexible with the 3rd row in case we had other kids join us on an adventure. When the boys became young teenagers, the rear seating was too tight. That said, the real problem was the car itself was poorly constructed and after two years began experiencing significant suspension problems, which were never fully solved by the dealership. Also, in hindsight the aspect ratio of the tires was more racecar like, but resulted in flatter tires that performed poorly in snow. Additionally, the low ground clearance resulted in the airdam being damaged, and the engine shield underneath getting shredded. I gather Mazda stopped manufacturing this car - probably for good reason. I wouldn't look again at a Mazda, unfortunately.
Zippy car, handles well! Great safe view from front winsheild since it’s so wide! Love the hatchback for hauling Furniture and bikes, or luggage. It’s roomy inside and comfortable like a sports car. Small enough to parallel park in the city. Good Mileage. Only complaint is dash is dark- against the black panelling- car interior is dark at night
The Mazda5 wears low profile tires. When I bought my car I was naive and thought I could just change them out for full size tires. Nope. That’s how the car is built. Because of the low to ground factor it scrapes on things normal cars would just roll over. I once got completely stuck in a tiny bit of mud and had to be pulled out. It was quite embarrassing. This also means it handles poorly in snow. Maybe different tires would make this a bit better.
The cabin is noisy. It quite literally sounds like there’s nothing between you and the engine. This is perhaps one of my biggest pet peeves about the car.
There is a third row. So the Mazda5 does technically seat 6. However, the third row will not comfortably fit any one over five feet tall or with average length legs. The air conditioning and heat take awhile to reach all the way back there. So it’s really not ideal for full time usage. Also, when you have the third row up your trunk area is almost nil. So imagine trying to fit a family of six and Christmas presents from three sets of people in there? Yeah, it’s not pleasant.
The gas mileage on the Mazda5 is decent for the size of it. It doesn’t have a large tank, so that’s unfortunate. I don’t have specific numbers but currently it’s around $35.00 to fill from around ¼ tank. My daughter was driving about half an hour one way to work, three days a week and one hour once a week to dance class and this took most of the tank.
The Mazda5 uses the computerized key fob with the jack knife style key. These cost roughly $300 to replace. My car only came with one. So I always freak out about people losing or breaking the key. I like the jack knife style, but I don’t like the price tag on the computer fob.
So, you may be asking what do I like? I don’t actually hate everything about this car. I like the side sliding doors, those are nice. My particular Mazda5 came with a DVD player and wireless headphones, so that is great for trips. It also has a six CD changer, which I personally appreciate very very much. I like the seat adjustments, the lumbar support is probably my favorite.
There are lots of cup holders, if you’ve ever had a car where there wasn’t enough you can understand why this makes me happy. There’s one for each seat, one in each front door and an extra one in the middle of the 2nd row. SO MANY CUPS!!
So there’s my short and to the point review. Don’t buy the Mazda5 if you need all six seats every day. Don’t buy a Mazda5 if you like to drive through mud. Do buy it if you value cup holders!
I bought my '07 Mazda 5 six months ago (winter of 2014). I thought I would love it because it's similar to my Honda fit, but offered the extra seating since I now have 3 children. If you have more than two kids the 3rd row always has to be up eliminating every bit of your storage. You can't even fit groceries back there. My Mazda only had one owner before me and has 55k miles, but the struts are already worn. It's also pretty slow. No more quick thinking lane changes in traffic. This car won't make it.
All that said, it's not a bad car. It's just not what I thought I needed.
Bought the car new in December 2006 and have put 150K on it. Good - reliable engine and tranny. - OK if you have 2 children - good on fuel - pulled an 8 foot tent trailer with it all the way to the east coast - no leaks Bad - front suspension components give up very fast - wheel bearings give up really fast - tires do not last long at all - low clearance so if there's snow or raod kill, you'll hit it and cause damage - exhaust system is rotted out and needs replacing - rust under wheel wells - stiff ride - no arm rest for co-pilot in front seat?
fold down seats
Don't think I'd recommend this car as the maintenance and the rust have really turned me off.
As I said, the front bushings, sway bars, ball joints, wheel bearings, all give up very quickly, it's an expensive car to own.