2008 Mazda MAZDA5 User Reviews
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- Sporty, best minivan gas mileage, nice finish, fun auto/manual transmission, adjustable interior.
- Limited storage when six people in, making long trips more difficult. No third row air/heat.
Purchased As New
For a family of six, we have enjoyed the last 2.5 years owning this car.
It is sporty, has some zoom-zoom power to it even with the 4-cylinder engine. The finish is very nice, we have the Grand Toruing with leather and the moonroof and nice sound system.
I have taken this vehicle on business trips frequently and the 29 MPG I get with highway use is a big gas-saver over the 20 MPG of my other van. Even with more city use, I get 26-27 MPG regularly.
The interior seats fold easily, allowing for a good amount of space to move things or pick up large amounts of groceries.
That being said, if there are six people in the car, and I put my 10 and 8 year olds in the back, the storage space becomes small and the leg room isn't great for full-sized humans. I have had six adults in the vehicle and gone to dinner six miles from our hotel and back and no one was overly squished.
When loaded with people, best for in-town driving. Navigates traffic well. The transmission is automatic, but like the Mazda3 it can be set to manual control if you want to get your engine rev on.
No complaints about placement of any interior controls. The lights and windshield wipers can be set to automatic so if it becomes dark or your windshield gets wet, lights go on and your windshield wipers start and respond to whatever level water you need to deal with, from slow for light rain to fast for a downpour.
The climate control can be set to automatic also, though there is no third row air/heat and the rear facing vent is for AC only, not heat. Live in a hot climate, so not much of a problem for us, though the kids would like AC in the back. Smaller interior does cool down faster. Grand Touring also has seat warmers, which are a nice thing on cold mornings.
The leather has held up well and is easy to clean.
Six-changer CD player also easy to use, with volume controls on the steering wheel, along with phone controls for the blue-tooth enabled hands-free phone system.
It was a great buy 2.5 years ago, and in six months we'll own it and likely own it until it doesn't run anymore!...read morehide
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- Sliding doors, fuel economy, adult sized seats
- No cargo capacity if 3rd row used
Purchased As Used
Overall, its what I expected. The 3 rows of bucket seats hold 6 adults, not 4 adults and 2 children. Gas mileage is consistently in the low 20's overall. The sliding doors prevent thoughtless little ones from opening a door into traffic. The ride is too harsh, and it seems to have no traction control. It also needs heated mirrors and tinted glass.
I previously owned an Odyssey EX-L and I guess I may have become spoiled in some ways from its size and many options, but I think the Mazda is too sporty for its intended audience. I got it due to having several small boys and wanted good gas mileage too. It also does not have great headlights or good visibility for close objects and I often find myself taking corners too wide or too short.
Mazda should make it a tad bigger, make the 2nd row a split bench for 3, and at least add a less sporty, more practical, comfortable model to this lineup. I bought it for family use, not as a Boy Racer...read morehide
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- Great fuel economy, handling, features, value
- factory alignment settings and tire choices
Purchased As Used
The Mazda5 is perfect for my family. I am 6'4", my wife is 5'11". My 5 year old is the size of a 9 year old and my 2 year old is in a car seat. After spending all day in this car we were still comfortable. Not bad for a vehicle that is identical to a Japanese Domestic Model (to date Mazda is the only one importing the Japanese model to sell in the U.S., everybody else does North American specific models. We are missing out on a bunch of really nice vehicles from Subaru and Nissan.) The 2008 model has a 5 speed transmission and vents to the second row, so I would recommend not getting a pre-08. The vehicle is peppy not fast, which is fine for normal traffic. Neck-breaking acceleration is not what a van is for and I don't understand why everyone complains about this. The vehicle will hit 100mph with no issues and cruises at 85 with no trouble. Brake feedback is a little numb, but push the pedal further and it will stop. The steering feedback is second to no van on the market and better than 90% of the sedans. A curvy road is fun in this car. This of this as a Miata for 6 and you will be fine. We have refuse to refer to this as a van. Looks more like a "fat hatchback". The third row is small but to us that is a positive. We don't want to become the neighborhood bus but short hops are fine. That is great for visiting in-laws.
Now the cons. The factory Mazda Zoom Zoom settings have the tires with lots of negative camber. Great for road racing not so much for tire wear. Get a good alignment shop to flatten this out and you will gain tire life, but loose a little of the razor sharp handling. This problem is compounded by the low tire life naturaly exhibited by mazda's tire choices (why they put these ultra soft tires on all their low profile choices is beyond me. There are stickier tires with higher tread lifes out there. Must be a great price to Mazda on these is all I can think of.) I suspect Pirelli P-Zero Nero M&S (if the size is available) would be a great non-directional choice for this van (you can't do a true tire rotation with directional tires), maintain tire traction, and increase tread life.
Conclusion: For a small (in numbers) family the 5 is perfect. Remember the tire and alignment tips when you get your first replacement set and you won't go wrong. Standardized drive line parts with the Mazda3 means parts are easy to come by for non-"stealer-ship" service. If you want a muscle car for a mini-van stick with the Nissan Quest (same engine Nissan uses in the Maxima and the 350Z), but if you want a nimble little sports car that can handle 6 people, the Mazda5 is your choice....read morehide
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- good fuel economy, great turning radius, love the sliding doors
- power steering locks up. expensive tires, and no heat for back seats.
Purchased As New
okay so i looovveee my car! Ive had it now for two years and over 36,000 miles. Its been very low maint. PROS: good fuel economy, loovvee my turn radius hehe i can get in and out of ANYWHERE. I cant help but stare at it after its all washed and shiny love the sport look.I felt silly lookin at mini vans i really wanted a sport utility but the price of one was too high and driving this doesnt make me feel like im old it is def more sporty then others on the market. I have 1 child, a husband, two older parents and an occasional visiter from out of town which is one of the reasons why i bought it. I needed something affordable that would sit at the very least six. At this price range nothing comes close. We were looking at the 9 but price range for the 9 was too high with almost same 3rd row seating room. I purchased the 5 when my daughter was a new born and i couldnt imagine not having rear sliding doors. I dont have to worry about dinging the paint when i get my baby in or out of vehicle. Love love love that all the seats fold down. i've moved stuff u would never imagine. huge bbq pits, 55 inch dlp tv, ceramic floor tiles with grout and all, i used and abuse my 5 like it was a truck at times. CONS: NO REAR HEAT... hate that. The rear Air is not strong enough to reach all the way back to third row, wish they had ind. climate control for each seat. Power steering locks up when turned hard right or left for more then 5-10 seconds and ur not moving. You have to turn off engine then turn wheel to right and turn back on so u can unlock it. Freaked out when that happend the first time. Was trying to get out of a tight parking space into heavy traffic and had wheel turned and ready. The rear seats really are made for children or small adults but great extra to have. The tires are expensive when they need to be replaced. Wish the rear seats had more power outlets. Over all i dont think i would have been as happy with any other vehicle. ZOOM-ZOOM!!...read morehide
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- ugly. claustrophobic. No power
Purchased As Not Purchased
I looked at the Madza 5 twice. I took it on the freeway to test it. The ride was very bumpy. I floored the pedal and the engine transmission hesitated. It excellerated very slowly. The engine sounded stressed out. The engine is very much underpowered for the car. Looking close, the exterior and interior look mismatched. the seats are hard as a rock. I bought another car....read morehide
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- Standard fuel economy, Stereo, Manual transmission
- noise, reverse
This is a great car has good handling pretty comfortable, and it comes with a stick shift so it feels sort of like a sports car
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- 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
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- best looking "minivan" out there, good mpg for transporting 6 people, versatility
- If seats could be slightly wider, no other complaints yet
Due to rising gas $, we traded in the beloved minivan for a 2006 Chevy Aveo that had an auto trans but no other power options. Sad to have lost the room and creature comforts of the minivan, and not impressed with the Aveo's avg 26 city, 36hwy mpg, we decided we should look for something else. Most importantly, if we wanted to go on a trip with the our two boys' grandparents, we now had to take separate vehicles, adding gas costs. I then "discovered" the Mazda5 and the Kia Rondo...new "mini-minivans" that could seat 6 and 7 people and get reasonably good fuel economy. It was exactly the kind of vehicle we needed! Researching and test driving both, I highly recommend both the Mazda and Kia. Both have great versatility and bang for the buck. When it came down to it, I preferred the look of the Mazda5 over the Kia, and it is the sole reason i chose it over the Rondo. With only 200 miles on the odo, i can't comment on mpg, but I'm very confident with the 4 cyl. coupled to a 5-spd auto, it will get 32mpg hwy. (if not more). I'm 5'7" 250 lbs, and fit nicely in the seats, but they feel a little snug across my shoulders and mid-back. My dad is 6'2" 300 lbs., and fit fairly comfortably in the front pass. seat. With mom and my wife in the middle, and my 10 yr. old and 6 yr. old in the 3rd row, we can all go on trips again....economically. Also, adults of my stature, but perhaps lighter, would fit comfortably in the 3rd row with minor seat adjustments. A great vehicle overall....read morehide
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- Good fuel economy, lots of room, sliding doors.
- alittle wider
I am in love with this car!! I didn't like the style at first. My husband was the one to change my mind. I wanted a car with lots of room and good on gas. We are a small family and this car is perfect!!! The only down fall is our stroller doesn't fit properly. It has to go on an angle. Your fine if you stroller folds over. Other than that, my 2 and half year old loves the car!! I think it's because he has his own seat!! Also, the automatic car starter by Mazda is AWESOME!! We brought a 2008 instead of a 2009 because there is no difference. The pick up is nice also....read morehide
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- 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
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