2008 Mazda MAZDA5 User Reviews
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- 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
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- Versatile, fun, sporty, great fuel economy, sliding doors
- Steep rake on hood results in stone chips....
I packed four adult males in this NANO-van it for a golf trip. No complaints from the backseat - except for the lost golf match! Mileage with cruise at 70 mph is an astounding 32 mpg highway. Get 23 in pure city and 28 mixed. I love this car so much the wife suggested we buy another Mazda, this one is a CX7, which we love just as much. Mazda definitely has their stuff together.
The Mazda 5 may be the best car available for the $$ versus the versatility, value, function and performance. Mine is as quiet as a church mouse. It goes great in the snow too!...read morehide
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- economical, 6 seats, cargo space, ride is just right, peppy, auto temp is great.
- Front seat lumbar adjustment are quirky.
Came from MPV, Mazda5 is smaller but still as useful as the MPV. 6 seats at this compact size, can't beat that. I love to drive fast... umm, responsible fast and I know it is not a sports car but I love sports cars and surprisingly this mazda can handle some spirited driving. Mine is the 5 speed auto and I like the auto manual layout, just like in BMW's. + down - up. You should look for a youtube link. A head to head race of Mini Vans and the Mazda blew everyone away. I am torn with having a real sports car and the usefullness of a car like this but now a days practicality is the name of the game and this one wins it....read morehide
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- Roomy enough to forget it's not a minivan
We traded a Saturn Vue in to get more room for our growing family.
Teens and a little guy were getting too big to squish in to our Vue for annual family road trips. Honestly, my choice was a bit smaller Mazda- the RX 8 has been a favorite of mine since it was introduced all those years ago! but, still too many to fit into the dream car. RX8's big sister, the 5, is an excellent choice...
We drive to Minnesota every year.
This year, we were a little nervous about our trip. New car and the five of us drove for SIX WEEKS and more than 8,000 miles, around the Untied States (Florida West to Cali, North to Oregon, east to Minnesota and Chicago before heading south through Virginia to get home again). We drove around Yellowstone, Craters of the Moon and Mount Rushmore. Where ever we went, we were pleased with the performance of our 7 month old Mazda.
It's safe to say we know every inch of this vehicle. We have driven it in every element and path. No complaints about ride quality, nor can we complain about comfort.
PROS: This car handles magnificently! My Teens think this is a CON because the brakes work too well, the gas is too easy and the steering works too easily.
heh heh heh silly kids! That's why I bought it! I love the responsive steering and ability to as another reviewer said, "Turn on a dime" Zoom Zoom quickly becomes Yee Haw! as I gently, but swiftly accelerate. Stops are equally swift, but no whiplash!
Seats are very comfy, we packed the sixth (3rd row) seat with a cooler and snacks, the 15 year old boy sat next to that of course and the 18 year old girl and our 6 year old boy shared the 2nd row happily enjoying the fold out snack tray and stow away spaces inside seats. We even put seat back organizers in and no one complained of being cramped.
There were even times we flattened out the seats behind the driver and let him stretch out while I drove a bit. **Not legal in all states, and not for children** but very comfy ( I even tried it). Sound system was great, and we love the faders. Front and Rear outlets were handy and we used a splitter to add functionality.
The tires are filled with Nitrogen and handled beautifully ($79 with a 3 year all inclusive warranty on tires- even road hazards)
CONS- only two: The air conditioning doesn't reach the 2nd and 3rd rows unless specifically aimed and at highest blow range (which freezes us out in the front seat). Road noise is a bit annoying, but not much worse than any other car I have driven. The radio doesn't need to be too loud to be heard over it.
It has been almost a year since I traded a beloved Vue for the Mazda 5. I haven't regretted it yet. In fact, I still get a little giddy when I approach my black beauty! I look forward to buying one for my daughter... although she is looking at the Mazda3......read morehide
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- Fuel economy is good, roomy, drives very well
- No real issues
Going from a regular van (dodge caravan) to the mazda 5 had me worried at first. Losing much of the space we had with 2 children and a dog, having to travel with luggage etc had me worried at first but I have quickly lost my worries and absolutely love my mazda 5!! The fuel economy is definitely better as well as we are both commuters.
We have also driven with 6 passengers and it was much more comfortable than I had imagined (and I rode in the third row).
The only problem we have encountered is a faulty check engine light and we are just having a problem getting the gear into first which we are taking it to the dealer for (it only has 10,000km).
Other than that I love it and would recommend it to anyone!...read morehide
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- Fuel economy, assembly quality, interior amenities, size, versatility, driving characteristics
- Eats expensive tires, road noise, wind noise, could use a bit more power at times
I've had my Mazda5 for some time and have almost 70,000 miles accumulated already (I am an outside sales rep.) My experience with the 5 has been nothing short of falling in love with a vehicle. The size is perfect for parallel parking on crowded city streets, the mileage is phenomenal (provided I don't drive with a lead foot,) the versatility and space inside the vehicle is absolutely amazing, not to mention the comfort of the four forward seats. Build quality is outstanding and everything functions as intended. I was surprised when I first drove the 5...the driving dynamics are incredible. Not at all like a minivan or SUV. I would say that the dyanamics are is close to a sporty mid-size sedan. My main reasons for purchase? One, it's an unbelievable value....out the door loaded for under twenty grand. Two, the availability of a stick shift makes this vehicle irresistible and only enhances an already phenomenal driving expreience. I would highly recommend this vehicle to anyone and am looking forward to purchasing another one in a year or two. It really is that great!...read morehide
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- good stereo for the price, great 3rd row for the kids, sporty handling, good forward visibility
I have owned my Mazda 5 for a year now, and I can tell you that for the price you pay, the stereo is more than decent. I Install stereos for a living, and it's more than what I would have expected for a well-priced vehicle. The sound comes across clean, crisp, and strong. As for the 3rd row access, it is very good for small children. Being that this car barely made the mid-sized category, 3rd was not intended for large adults. The third row slides forward to allow small to get in very easy. And just in case adults have to sit back there, I haven't heard my adults complain about access or discomfort. The car has great forward visibility, although you will have to watch out for a blindspot when changing lanes. All in all I'd rather drive a car assembled in Japan than a Pontiac Vibe that's been disconitnued for lack of interest and questionable looks....read morehide
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- Great size love sliding doors, decent gas mileage
- Tires very noisy, driver seat not very comfortable, stereo not great
I had this car as a rental car. I was very excited to have this car when I first saw it. It has tons of space for our luggage. Then I started driving it. I could not find how to adjust the steering wheel till a few days later. The driver seat was uncomfortable. The windshield was really deep and let a lot of sun in. On the windows there is a black rubber bar that is kind of distracting that splits the window. The speakers for the radio are lousy. You can not hear the radio over the noise the tires make going down the interstate. The ride is really rough on different surfaces as many interstates have.
I really like the idea of the sliding doors and the the folding third row, but you are not able to get back to the third row very well. It is hard to get through the 2nd row of bucket sets. There is a lot of space but I would not buy this car at all.
I have a pontiac vibe which is smaller but a much better ride and still has a lot of space....read morehide
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- 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
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- 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
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