I love my 2006 Mazda 5! I didn't go to CarMax to buy any particular type of car, but when our salesman drove it up for us to check out I fell in love with it. The 3rd row seating that folds down is great for my family of 6. When all of us need to go somewhere we all fit nicely, but when only a few of us are going somewhere we fold down those last 2 seats and have lots of cargo room for storage. Wish I had known about the Mazda 5 years ago when my children were little.
I purchased my 2009 mazda5 sport 2 yr ago. I hated it when looking online, but when I got to carmax, it was the only car I drove and I baught it! The seats could be a little more comfortable, but they arent bad. 3rd row seat is not for older kids but perfect for younger kids. Love the interior layout out of the dash! When not fully loaded, it has some get up and go for a 4 cylinder. Mine has a sunroof as well which I love. Its like a mini, mini van! My mazda5 also holds to the curves at a faster speed. Its got the room of a sedan but the sporty look as well. Love my mazda5, think ill her around a while!!
I was in the market for a car that could handle a lot of passengers without drying out my wallet or cramping my "style". I found it. The Mazda5 drives like a small car. The turn radius is amazing. It holds my kids and their friends AND I dont have to drive a MINI VAN. Can't a mom have some style? Yes she can, in a Mazda5! The best part is, the gas mileage is great! My kids also love the captain's chairs in the middle row. They feel so grown up. And I don't have to listen to "mom, he's on my side". Only draw back is the cargo space in the back. Although, the last row of seats folds down to make more area. If you plan on using the full 6 capacity of seats do not expect much cargo room.