Leather Seats, Satellite Radio Ready, Sunroof(s), Fold-Away Third Row, Front Seat Heaters, 3rd Rear Seat
4 Cylinders, 2WD, 2.5L Engine, Automatic Transmission, 47K Miles, Gray/Tan
I love my new car. So much car for a great price. Having leg room was a concern, being 5'11. We had the car transferred, only seeing pictures, got a call a few days later, went to see it and it was perfect. It seats 6, comfortably. The car was very clean and was well taken care of. If you are skeptical about buying a rental, don't. It was well taken care of.
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.
I always wanted a red car but not just any red car. A red car that would be reliable, safe, economical and fun to drive. That's exactly what I got in this 2009 Mazda5. Wee haw.