From sales to finance to service, this has been one of the most positive car buying experiences I've ever had. This my first Mazda I love it. It is smooth riding, plenty of power and lots of cargo capacity. With my physical limitations, it easy to slide in and out of.
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.
I had a 2012 M-5 as a work vehicle, covering a large territory servicing equipment. I folded down the 3rd row seats, removed one of the middle row seats, and built a shelf to hold parts & tools. I loved the sliding doors on both sides. The trunk hatch might be an issue for someone taller (I'm 5'7"). It was comfortable and fun to drive for several hours a day, good acceleration on the freeway (even when somewhat full of stuff). Good visibility, and enough zip to it to still be fun.