I Got my Mazda 5 shortly after moving to the Chicago Area and learning what the true definition of traffic was. I was reluctant to get rid of my SUV as I had become accustomed to space, performance, and 4WD. This vehicle seemed to answer the passenger capacity and fun factor with great gas mileage at a reasonable price. We enjoyed this vehicle from the standpoint of economy, amenities, and sportscar-like handling. Knowing you get what you pay for and that utility differs by owner I do have a couple words of caution. You never realize how you take for granted an armrest until you are sitting in the passenger seat and have nowhere to put your arm. With sportscar features also come sportscar problems. Having low-profile tires and 17" rims, within the first year, I had bent the rims twice (hitting midwest potholes) and pinched a tire rendering it useless. None of these issues are cheap to repair, nor are they covered by warranty. If you live in an area prone to rain and snow, the low profile sport tires (which are a lot of fun on dry pavement) leave a lot to be desired. Plan on investing A LOT of money in the one brand of low-profile snow tires that actually fit and perform on wet/ slick pavement. My model was a sport trim version tricked out to have just about all of the touring features and amenities. Loved the convenience features, loved the looks, enjoyed driving on dry, winding roads and liked the 6 seat option. Don't take this vehicle on ski trips and drive on smooth pavement and you will enjoy it. I will not regret owning it but realized that, for my use, I will probably return to an SUV upon my next vehicle purchase.
We had a Mazda 5 for 6 years. We have 2 boys that went to a lot of soccer practices, camping trips, mom shuffling the kids and commutes with that car. She was part of the family. The boys grew up in that car. The king seats are so roomy and comfortable. The third row made it easy to cart anything from 2 extra kids to groceries and more. The sleek exterior made it look like a smaller van outside with lots of room inside. The 6 CD player was nice when on a long trip. This is surely a family car. We got lots of compliments when we had the Mazda 5. She was lots of fun.
Solid car that we took on a couple of long trips. The kids (2) loved their own seats, which they could recline and relax (without touching each other). The driver's and passenger's seats were comfortable also. The car is a little under power in 4th gear, but remarkably quick in the low gears. Great gas mileage for a mini-minivan. The obvious downside is the lack of storage when all seats are up and occupied, but for a family of four the car is extremely spacious and versatile. We love it.