2007 Mazda MAZDA5
There are 27 user reviews for the Touring trim shown below
- Fuel Economy, fun to drive, very quiet, spacious, many options for the money
- No arm rest front passenger seat, ipod integration system not included.
With our first baby added to the family, my wife's Beetle and my tiny Toyota Corolla were no match for our new needs. After extensive research and visits to all kinds of dealers, we identified our top three picks: Mazda CX-7 for $28k, Hyundai Santa Fe for $24k, and our champion the Mazda 5 Sport with a 5 speed manual transmission at $18k (what a bargain!) at the dealer we change our minds and bought the Mazda 5 Touring Version (automatic shifttronic transmission + loaded with options) and pay $20,183. Be aware of all the hidden cost though, we declined more than $3000 in hidden costs such us: gap insurance and extended warranty, which are good alternatives if your trade in value/down payment is low or if you plan to finance your car to 60 months or more, in which case you are going to be stuck to that car for a long-long time.
What a nice car, what a good value!
Mazda really did it with the 5. Fuel efficiency is excellent. The first tank was $31 at 2.89/Gallon of regular which is only $5 more than my old Corolla. Not much in my opinion, but a huge difference in terms of comfort and interior space. I know that some people dislike the 5 looks (mini-vanish) but the interior is very cross over/SUV. Actually this was my first good impression, the 5, as with every Mazda, is very sporty. Everything is in the right place and visibility is pretty good. 1st row is comfortable; 2nd row can fit a couple of basketball players, and 3rd row, is good for kids but not for adults, especially in long trips. However, once folded the 3rd row, you have 40+ cubic feet of space as opposed to the previous 13 of my corolla. Again what a difference! The automatic shifttronic transmission works really well, the 6CD radio is easy to use, automatic climate control is not noisy like in my in-law�s C240 Mercedes Benz. Road noise is also low, you can barely hear the engine and wind noise is not a problem. The 5 is extremely functional, changing a diaper in our old corolla was ridiculously difficult, with the 5, you just have to open the trunk, fold the 3rd row and do it, most importantly, everything is higher, you don�t have to hurt your back retrieving the baby�s car seat or changing the diaper or anything else for that matter. Going from a 114 horse power Corolla to a 155 horse power Mazda 5 (500 pounds heavier) you know that I am not the kind of guy that shops for a 6 cylinder. 95% of the time power is adequate, if you want to bridge that 5% gap by spending another $8 grant to get a V6 RAV4 or even worse stick to the same kind of power with a 4 cylinder, 174 horse power CRV for another 6K is just not worth it! Mazda FORGOT to include an arm rest for the front passenger seat, unless there is a purpose for this omission, Mazda should fire whoever neglected this item. This car is taller than my old corolla which is evident in sharp curves but still handles a good grip to the road. ipod integration system is not included but can be installed for $150 at the dealer, or you can do as my wife did, go online and buy an electronic gizmo that does the trick (we found one for $11) which is wireless. Overall, this car has everything in the right place at the right price. If you want to spend nearly $30k for a loaded RAV4 or CRV or $24k for a stripped version of these cars, just test drive the 5 and realize that some times less is more.
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