For years I drove a full size minivan and it was great. The downside was gas mileage and performance. After test driving the Mazda5, I fell in love with the handling and the well thought out interior. You save money on gas with out giving up too much space. The one area that could be better is the performance from the 2.3 liter engine. It does a pretty good job but when loaded it gets bogged down. Most of the Mazda 3 performance goodies will bolt on to this car so thats an upgrade path.
2008 Mazda Mazda5Family Guy - West Palm Beach, FL05/03/2010
Good vehicle for someone who has more than 2 kids. Also, very good on performance, particularly on highways!
The Mazda5 is a fantastic mini-minivan. After using a minivan (3 different vehicles and makes) for over 20 years, we were assigned a Mazda5 on a vacation trip. The car was so impressive that when we got home, we traded in our standard-sized minivan for a Mazda5.
It has plenty of power and space, gets much better mileage, and is more easy to park. It combines the advantages of a minivan with a sedan. I think we will rarely use the back row of seats. We occasionally need to fold down the middle row to accommodate more cargo. That is very easy to do too.
We got the top of the line model, just because that was what was at our location, but I am enjoying the leather seats and sunroof. When I replace my Toyota Camry, it will be with another Mazda5.
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