2007 Mazda MAZDA5
- Value, Style, Practicality and Options
- No Traction Control, Paint Prompt to Scratches Easily.
We're a family of four + Dog and reviewed other vehicles prior including SUV's and larger vans and realized quickly that from this price point nothing comes close. Interior designed w/driver in mind (cheap plastics, seat and carpet materials though, maybe Mazda could consult Hyundai on suppliers), controls are logical including steering mounted buttons. Shifter's easy to reach, even the optional Navigation is placed logically but front passengers will have a hard time w/it (placed to the left of shifter).
Our Options: Sunroof (love the one touch opening), AUTO-Manumatic (up and downshifting have been precise), Navigation System (The Bad: Handy but a bit outdated, menus not in plain english, can't be used while driving so a passenger cannot help navigate, push button too sensitive. The Good: accurate, voice activated, hides when not in use and has 3 dimming positions to compensate for glare), AUTO dimming Mirror (love the off switch).
Handling: Meets expectations, power is adequate (not for racing off the line but wouldn't you need to be alone and in a lambo to do that anyway?), once at speed and on the h-way it has kept up with traffic easily, Gas mileage is fair and no premium here like our previuos car (Thank Goodness).
Traction: Perfect on dry and rainy days but will slip slightly on snow + ice due to lack of TC, ABS is standard.
Biggest Complaints: W/the 3 rows in use a roof rack is not standard to accomodate cargo up on top, arm rests on back would be helpful (door), lack of a power adapter in the middle of the car (either all the way to the front or back), no tinted windows, AUTO window (driver) auto down only not up.
Overrall, I can't complain, it gets the job done, looks great, drives well, it is not a V6, it is safe (Front SRS, Front Side Air Bags and courtain Airbags allover), and above all everyone who has seen it likes it and has only great things to say about it which is great....read morehide
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- Versitile, seats 6, easy to parallel park, sporty and fuctional
- MPG is not great, back seats do not allow for a lot of leg room
This automobile drives like a sporty car with gitty-up and great turning radius. It is easier to parallel park than my old 4 door SAAB. The best feature is that it is very versitile. At different points in my ownership of my Mazda5, it has hauled furniture, it can carry 6 adults, it can transport 4 children in car seats and 2 adults, and even 1 10' Christmas tree (on the inside), 2 adults and 2 children in car seats. I wish it came as a hybrid because I feel that the gas milage I get is substandard 22mpg in city and well, worst of all, it has been called a mini-van...but I've embraced this and am at peace with it. It's a great vehicle that can pretty much contort itself to do what you need it to do except haul horses....read morehide
7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- good gas mileage; 3rd bench; versatile; not a minivan; cargo area; separate midrow seating
- no front passenger armrest; need roof rack to be std
I LOVE THIS MAV (multi-activity vehicle)! My boyfriend turned me on to it when I needed a replacement car in a hurry (replacing a Hyundai Elantra). I didn't want to drive a minivan, but being a single mom with 2 very active, growing boys and family that lives 500+ miles away, a vehicle larger than a sedan was necessary. I have fit a 32 inch tv in the back, loaded an 8-ft. ladder, plus hauled the boys and their friends to and from school. The third bench isn't designed for a full-sized adult over a long haul, but an hour trip here or there works fine. With my 2006 model, it took a really long time to get the roof rack from Mazda, but once I did, we were off and running, accessorizing with bike racks and a cargo carrier. I'm not very tall (5' 4"), but I can lift the bikes onto the top and load/unload the carrier with relative ease. If you have 2 kids, the midrow seating is nice because they're separate seats, each individually adjustable. I've had the Mazda5 about a year now, and the only thing that I really don't like is that the front, passenger seat doesn't have an armrest nor is there an option to add one. I do a lot of interstate driving and have found the Mazda5 to handle well, even when loaded with 6 passengers....read morehide
9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Very sporty ride, quick acceleration for a 4-cylinder, body style, It's not a minivan
- Seats could be more comfortable, no powered seat option
I've owned this car for two weeks...I'm amazed how fun this car is to drive. It has the functionality of a minivan, but it's not. I didn't want to be a van guy, and now I don't have to. Not to mention my 4 year old daughter loves driving in it because she can see everything and the rear windows roll down....read morehide
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- Excellent Gas Mileage, good looks, excellent
- Can be underpowered when fully loaded
I own a 2006 Mazda 5, and I can tell those of you consdering to buy one should average 23-26 MPG in mixed driving. I also drive it pretty agressive. Saying that this car gets the same gas mileage as a Honda Odyssey defies physics, and I simply don't buy it. The 5 is smaller, weighs alot less, and has a 4 cylinder. IF both vehicles are driven the same, the Mazda will always result in higher mileage. The Mazda 5 does not have the creature comforts or size of larger minivans that cost almost twice as much, but that's the point. The value is in the economy. If you want space and luxury, please buy the Honda. But if you want to save money, economy, superior handling/driving experience, then buy the Mazda 5....read morehide
15 out of 15 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Good price,good on fuel,great styling,nimble
- Tonneau cover, third row leg room, road noise
Had the Mazda5 for 1month and was pleasantly surprised. Use to own the Mazda3 Sport and contrary to most Mazda3 owners did not like it. I do like the Mazda5, great on gas, easy to park, well assembled, comfortable ride. My wife, who drives a Toyota Highlander Ltd, would seal my Mazda5 for groceries trips. The tonneau cover is a bear to remove or assemble, the third row seats are tight even for my 5'7" frame and move forward when you collasp them for cargo thus any objects btwn the 2nd and 3rd seats get crushed. The climate control display is somewhat simplistic and road noise is noticable at high speeds along with lack of power. But I do save at the pump compared to other mini vans. If there was an AWD and premium leather package( the leather on the GT is gross!!), I consider it. Some feel the auto box is sluggish but I do ok when I throw it into manumatic mode. Great little car/van....read morehide
12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Decent gas milage and enough room to transport bulky items that do not fit into a trunk.
- AT is jerky when gas pedal is suddenly pressed. Gas milage slightly better than average.
The Mazada 5 is an excellent value for the money. A good compromise between size and economy. The suspension is tight but not to the point where all the bumps will be transmitted to the steering wheel. Turning is quick and precise. Entry and exit out of the vehicle are easy due to the two sliding doors.
As expected, the Mazda 5 is not a sport car, but the larger disappointment is its average gas milage. Lot of cars with similar weight with AT have equal or greater gas milage. For those handy man, a 4X4 plywood cannot be fitted into the car because of the narrow rear opening....read morehide
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