2008 Mazda MAZDA5
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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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- 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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- 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
6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- 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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- good fuel economy,space enough for family of 3
well balanced,fuel economy is excellent,sporty looks is a plus.
I was caught in a snow storm up at Donner summit in NV,without chains car was extremely balanced and very stable.I was able to pace with hummers,sequioas and lifted 4x4 trucks on the icy road.
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- Saves gas, roomy for a little crossover, stylish look
- mediocre materials, brakes not too good,
The interior materials makes me feel like I'm driving a toy. The controls and buttons feel flimsy (especially the side mirror control switch), brake feel is a little scary so I usually brake a little early just to be safe, power windows don't seem tight and a little squeaky,
Although I was suprised by the handling, I didn't think it would handle as good as it appears it should.
I have 2 kids and I needed to get an alternative yet stylish vehicle. I've had the car for 5 months already and I can say I'm satisfied with the vehicle for the price it's worth.
I come from having 2 BMW X5's ('98 & '01) , an '00 Audi A4, and a BMW 95' M3, '99 M3 in the past and currently have an '03 M3 so maybe I am just spoiled from German luxury.
To sum up, I really like this little guy. I keep him in my garage and detail him as much as I do the rest of my vehicles....read morehide
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- Nice layout, well equiped, can carry even with just back seat down.
- I feel like the driver seat is a little short or leans forward, small sunroof
We picked up a 2006 a few months ago with 15,000 miles, got a steal at $12,800 in an end of year deal. Nice peppy engine, 26-27 highway, fun to drive around town. I think the stereo is nice, especially blasting it with just my wife and I. I almost bought one in 2006 but got a Milan instead which I still enjoy. This is just handy to have to haul stuff around, and fun to drive. With the rear sliding doors, with the windows that go down, it is a style more will copy....read morehide
3 out of 11 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- fun to drive, great gas milage, small yet roomy on the inside
- nothing yet
Had my Mazda 5 for one year now and I still love it. I was not ready to drive a minivan but loved the look of this car. I put studs on it this winter and it did VERY well. I love that the back seats are captains chairs.
We have moved a small futon couch with both children in the car by having them sit one behind the other.
LOTS of room in this little UNvan!...read morehide
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