2010 Mazda MAZDA5 User Reviews
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- Price, versatility, driveability
Purchased As New
-Versatile cargo space
-Fun to drive
My retired parents had driven station wagons for the past 20 years. Unfortunately no one makes economical station wagons anymore, I guess because they aren't 'cool'. When it came time for them to get a new vehicle, I extensively researched vehicles for them. I had not even heard of the Mazda5, until a salesman showed one to them after they looked at a Mazda3 hatchback.
There really is nothing on the American market like this vehicle. They have been selling vehicles like this for years in Europe, where they are known as 'space wagons'. The interior is surprisingly roomy and well laid out. I am 6 feet tall, and due to the theater seating layout, had enough room in either the front or 2nd row bucket seats. The field of view was also excellent, which is nice for everyday driving, and long trips. The 3rd row seats are really only for kids, although an adult could survive back there on a short trip in an emergency.
The biggest upside on this vehicle in my opinion was the versatility and amount of interior space for the price. It has about the same interior space or more than a small SUV, although it is considerably cheaper and more fuel efficient. Interior volume is about the same as a Honda CRV or Ford Edge, both of which cost about $5,000 more for the base model. The 2nd, 3rd, and front passenger seat all fold flat on the Mazda5, so there is a lot of space if you need to haul anything. The only thing the Mazda5 cannot do is tow a trailer.
The Mazda5 is very maneuverable and fun to drive- it is based on the Mazda3 platform, so it actually has a sporty feel. Ride and shifting were smooth. The only negative I have seen some people write is that the power can be a little lacking sometimes. My parents' vehicle is normally driven in Wisconsin, but it handled large hills in Texas and New Mexico with no problems. Using the Sport shifting feature to manually shift up and down was all that was needed to handle the big hills with ease. So unless you are used to driving sports cars with 6 or 8 cylinders, I did not think power was a problem. My parents are pretty easy on the gas pedal, but have gotten 32 mpg or more on long trips.
This car seems to be targeted at small families, but it was also a perfect match for what my retired parents were looking for. The sliding doors make it easy to access the 2nd row and put the grandkids in with their booster seats. It is also easy to enter and exit for those who have knee or hip problems. Since it sits a little higher than a normal car, you basically just step in to the vehicle. You do not have to step down like most cars, and do not have to step up like you do in an SUV or minivan. Visibility to the back, side view mirrors, and all around is excellent. As stated previously, there is also plenty of space when you want to shuttle chairs or furniture between relatives' houses.
The only negative thing I have to say is that the headrests take a little getting used to. They angle forward a bit more than I like. This can somewhat be remedied by putting the headrests up, and tilting the seat back a bit more. Another thing is that traction or electronic balance control was not an option on the 2009 model. The car handles very well though, and has not had a problem with 1 1/2 Northern Wisconsin winters. If I was in the market for a new vehicle, I would not hesitate to buy one myself. There is not any other car out there that offers this much cargo space and versatility for the price.
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