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Great buy!
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By Mike
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2008 Mazda 5 Touring 4dr Minivan (2.3L 4cyl 5A)


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We bought this car as a family car just a few months ago and we could not be happier! We also looked around for sometime before we decided on the 5.


Best Features

Unique exterior styling. Great handling.


Worst Features

Put the 2.3 turbo in it!


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Smooth-Riding Car for Small Families
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By Renee Lichtenhan
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2008 Mazda 5 Sport 4dr Minivan (2.3L 4cyl 5A)


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This is a great little van for small families. Handling is really smooth, "Zoom Zoom", as they say. Very dependable. Lots of little nooks in the driver's side to stash cell phone, sunglasses, cosmetics. Easy to reach radio and temperature controls. Handy storage under middle bucket seats. Seats very easy to fold and slide where you need them to be. Ample storage when third row is folded down. But, if you've got people in the third row, forget about putting any luggage, groceries, or even school backpacks in the back.


Best Features

Quiet, smooth ride. Easy to handle. Gas mileage is fair. With A/C in summer average 22 mpg. Other times of year, best I saw was 29 mpg.


Worst Features

This would suit a family of four, most of the time, especially if your kids are small. If you've got bigger kids and are hauling their friends around, too, it will feel too small. Third row makes storage useless.


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A great vehicle
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By ajl
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2008 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 4dr Minivan (2.3L 4cyl 5A)


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We looked at everything in this price class,new and used. CR-V, RAV 4, Subaru Forester, Kia Rondo,Suzuki Grand Vitara. Nothing offered the combination of fun and function like the Mazda. This is not meant as a replacement for the minivan from Honda, Toyota,etc. You must drive this "microvan" before passing judgment on it. If you appreciate sharp steering and handling over a softer ride, you will not be disappointed. Bottom line: If you need to haul a small family around or just some stuff AND have fun doing it, the Mazda 5 is for you! It was for us! For those complaining about snow traction. Get four snow tires. 205/50/17 all season tires were never meant for snow!


Best Features

Handling, features on the Grand Touring like Bluetooth and Xenon headlamps, fuel mileage, the hiding places in the interior,exterior styling. The 5 is still fairly rare in my area, so I don't see another one everyday,which is kinda fun!


Worst Features

OK, power is not the 5's strong point. Please Mazda, bring the turbo-diesel from Europe for this vehicle (143 hp 260 ft.lbs. of torque and 38 mpg city!) Some of the plastics are a bit cheap feeling inside and I'd like a bit more storage for the front passengers.


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It's Okay but I would not buy another
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By crankychick
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2008 Mazda 5 Sport 4dr Minivan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


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Have had our vehicle for over a year. Power steering keeps cutting out, brakes squeak like mad in the rain, dealer seems unable to fix either problem. We drive 34,000 km per year, are a family of 5 with 3 smaller sized teens, this is our only car. No where in the middle seats to put a drink down (our vehicle does not have the under seat fold out holder - which is annoying in itself). The back window never seems to stay clean, no matter how often we wash it, car washes seem to never get the whole back of the car. It is fun to drive, and looks great, gets excellent mileage BUT it is uncomfortable, and the person in the back row is either hot or cold. Needs AWD for North American snow


Best Features

Love the look of the car, the sliding door panels, and it is fun to drive. The wipers come on automatically when it rains - love that feature!


Worst Features

Must have AWD for Northern Climates, power windows should be able to go up even if car is off! Drink holders for center row (not as an extra) Temperature adjustment for back row, front bumper too low for snowy climates should be raised just a little. Seating should be more comfortable - adjustable


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Perfect family car
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By Family of 4
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2008 Mazda 5 Touring 4dr Minivan (2.3L 4cyl 5A)


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Excellent Car. Have a family of 4 and needed the extra row in case we drove family and or friends. The kids love the sliding doors, and the storage under the seats. My wife and I love the excellent gas mileage. It is easy to drive - perfect for around town. Turns on a dime and has plenty of zoom. The other night I helped a friend move two couches - no problem with the seats down. Interior space is surprisingly large. With the 3rd row seats up, you have plenty of room for groceries. This car is perfect for a family watching their money.


Best Features

Handling - sliding doors - price - 3rd row - gas mileage


Worst Features

The gas and brake pedals are a little close.


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