2008 Mazda MAZDA5
There are 7 user reviews for the Grand Touring trim shown below
- HID headlights, lots of stuff for the money
- Obviously not designed for Americans, too small for anyone over 5.5
This car is cure and has nice low low grunt for getting off the line. It handles well and is over all a nice car for the money. The problem is, it made for japanese. My family is all 1-2 inches about the average American and slim, se felt like we were in a little clown car that got shrunk in the wash. For example, even my 10-13 year old girls said that the arm rest were too small to ret their arm on. My knees (at 6.1)barely fit around the steering column. And no, we are not coming from a big van or SUV but a Ford Focus Wagon which felt roomy by comparison and gets 10 MPG better!...read morehide
5 out of 12 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- We own 1 car and this vehicle does a lot things a larger car will do
- wiper controls a bit confusing
Would buy this car again. Had Jeep Liberty before this and Mazda5 carries more cargo and gets 10 more miles to the gallon. Of course I don't have 4 wheel drive anymore but I used it 4 times in 3 years. This car works great if you only have 1 vehicle. Hauls a lot more than you think and works great for all our grandkids....read morehide
5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Good fuel economy, interior nice for the price, sliding doors! responsive handling, fun to drive
- Some road noise, wish I had better speakers
We bought this car to replace our '96 Explorer and we are thrilled with it. It is so responsive and nimble, I feel quite confident on the road even when surrounded by big clanking SUVs. Definitely has the Mazda feel going around curves, really hugs the road.
I cannot say enough about the sliding doors, they are so great when getting my one-year-old boy in and out. My husband would not buy a minivan because he thinks they are ugly but he said yes to this car! And you'll spend less on gas with a Mazda5 anyway.
This is a great car for a young family. There is plenty of cargo space in the back when 3rd row is down. (3rd row may be split wiht one side up, one down.) The 3rd row is not suitable for adults for any long trips but will do for occasional short rides and is fine for kids. I just love having the versatility.
This has been previously billed as a "niche" vehicle but as people start looking for SUV alternatives, we'll start to see a lot more of these on the road. Keep up the good work, Mazda....read morehide
7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Tons of cargo space, good fuel economy, excellent handling
- US version should have kept the middle seat in the 2nd row
I've had my Mazda 5 for a few weeks now, and I couldn't be happier. My wife and I were looking for a car that suited both of our needs. She wanted something small, but refused to own a big SUV or a mini-van, and I was looking for something that had a decent amount of cargo space and good gas mileage. When we stumbled across the 5, I knew almost instantly that it was the car we were looking for. The plethora of innovative interior design elements to maximize the use of space and to add comfort is mainly what sold us, but the icing on the cake is that this car is a blast to drive. The handling and acceleration are superb, and it is simply the most fun I've had behind the wheel in a very long time. It's just nice to be reminded that getting from point A to point B can also be a lot of fun.
The vehicle looks really sharp and iconic, too. Seeing as this type of vehicle is fairly new to the market in the U.S. (though popular in Europe and Japan), I notice a lot of folks turning to look at it, perhaps wondering what it is. I'm betting that this is the future of the family car, and I'm looking forward to seeing more of them on the road in the near future....read morehide
10 out of 16 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- 26 -29mpg, Sliding doors are great, Turns on a dime and very fun to drive.
- Front passenger knee room, no 2nd row third seat, tough to find in White.
I don't know what class this vehicle fits into a mini van or wagon but what a fun car that looks great and functions well.
We wanted an 08 Pearl White GT but because there were none within 500 miles we settled for Stormy Blue GT which still looks great.
Seats are surprisingly comfortable even on long trips. Way better IMO than the Xb and RAV4 seats. My only two gripes, the front passenger seat is a little narrow at the knees. And with a little planning I'm sure they could have made the second row a three seater. They do it in Japan or in other vehicles with same amount of hip space.
With a family of five we always have to have one of the kids in the third row which takes up storage space. If you leave one seat down in the 3rd row for groceries or other cargo the things could end up in the lap of the child in the back. Maybe I can rig up something with the cargo net? Anyway, with both 3rd row seats up there is almost no room in the back even for bags of groceries unless they are half filled. But with both 3rd row seats down there is a ton of room.
The ride is great and the 5 absorbs bumps rather well. Not a bumpy ride at all like many small SUVs have. There is a little road noise coming from the back wheel area but over all it is not bad. The engine is fairly quite until you get on it.
The 5 is not a power house but the engine has a lot of pep and gets the job done. With the new auto 5spd tranny we cruise at around 2500rpm at 70mph and easily get in the high 20s for mpg.
The moonroof is pretty small but a nice feature. The Xenon adjustable lights work great. The sliding doors are a breeze to use even four our 4 year old. And the windows open which is a big plus.
The stereo system sounds decent and I really like the automatic volume control.
Overall, the Mazda5 is more fun than our Nissan Quest and doesn't break the bank in fuel usage. I think this vehicle is ideal for a family of four that occasionally has an extra passenger or two. For a family of five it works but you lose some storage space, and for six? I don't have a clue how you would go on a long trip with this thing as it would have no storage space at all for luggage. Possibly a roof rack or hitch setup but those would definitely be extras.
But like my kids keep saying, ZOOM, ZOOM, ZOOM!!!...read morehide
8 out of 13 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- nice micro van, handles like a car, fun to drive, 4 adults and 2 child seats and still comfortable
- only 1 outlet for cell phone, rear climate vents only blow cool air not heat,
Very clever with the dual sliding doors. Perfect family vehicle without and very compact. Could use a few more outlets for cell phone, satellite or GPS. You are out of luck if you want to charge your phone and use your GPS at the same time.
7 out of 14 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Very Versatile; Rear Sliding Doors; Great fuel consumption; Exterior Styling
- Not enough Power
I hate to admit it, but I actually love my 2008 Mazda5. To be honest, I was on my way to sign the paperwork to purchase a used fully loaded 2006 Dodge Durango from Carmax when my wife insisted we test drive this vehicle. At first, I was skeptical, being that I've never heard of the Mazda 5. We test drove the car and I was impressed. It drives like a car. Convenient sliding doors. Turning radius is tight. Great styling. Though we tested the Touring model, we purchased the Grand Touring. It was worth the upgrade! Bluetooth, HID lights, Exterior styling, Front seat warmers, Moonroof, 17" alloy wheels, etc. We got it fully loaded (sans Navigation) for under $26k WITH the extended warranty (5 year/75,000 mile)! It was a great buy. People may have gripes about it, but I truly believe that I am what Mazda was targeting; the young couple who are starting a family who aren't ready to settle for a minivan but needs something more than a sedan and something less than a gas guzzling SUV....read morehide
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