So folks who are looking for a minivan, steer clear. This is not a minivan and should not replace your thoughts of going that route. What this is, is a bigger wagon with sliding doors. You get the middle seat access of a minivan with the low ride, handling, and fun of a wagon. I opted for the 5 speed manual and couldn't be more pleased. The "R" gear is a little tough at times to get into but a little let up of the clutch and she goes in like a champ. I've taken my Mazda5 around some curves at speeds I would never take a true minivan and it carved the road comfortably with very little body roll. This is the perfect car for the dad that wants a little zip but still needs function.
I would say if Mazda lowered this car a little bit from stock, used 6 gears in the 06-10 models and not 5, and allowed the Grand Touring and Touring models to use the manual, this would be the perfect ride.
When someone asks you why you drive a minivan, promptly respond with "It's a microvan" or "It's a wagon." When they try to tell you sliding door equal minivan, politely remind them of the late 80's Nissan Stanza Wagon.
I'm a car guy. I've owned turbo compacts, stick shift sport trucks, and beater cars. I've loved each one and I've driven each one like it should've been... driven hard.
Wonderful car but costly repairs
Lataryna - Washington, DC03/17/2015
Great on gas and it's like an SUV and mini van put together but with a sporty look
Grandma6 - Austin, TX08/25/2012
If you�re looking for a vehicle that has the cargo and passenger versatility of a van that seats 6, but the size and handling of a sedan, this is your vehicle. Sure this micro mini-van may not have all the bells and whistles you�ll find on a larger mini-van. But for the price you sure get a lot, and it fits in my garage. I can�t get over how easy it is to convert the seating into more cargo space and back again. I got the mid-range Touring that has some extras like leather seats and I love it.
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