I love this car. However, I did not realize how small the cargo area was. I can hardly go to the grocery store without putting the back seat down. The performance is also lacking, a bigger engine would have been better! All that said, I do love it! It's very sporty, but at the same time there is plenty of room for the kiddos. It drives like a race car, and is very comfy. Only looses a star because of the missing passenger arm rest! Overall, I am very satisfied!
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.
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.