Great car with great gas milage. First trip 2 days after I bought it and was able to get 29 mpg! Even though it has the mini van look its really sporty and functional. Ive had all types of vehicles in the past and really wanted a truck for the space but needed 6 seats for trips to the desert. Love the bucket seats and the doors on both sides are a nice feature. The back seats that fold down (all do) are another good feature. I was able to get a 6 foot table in the back with 3 people no problem. The 3rd row back seats are smaller so not usable for a full size person on a long trip but ok for kids or short trips. My family is pretty big people, i'm 5'9" and my son is 6' 2" we both think all the seats are on the smaller size but decent. In fact the whole vehicle works well its just a smaller verizon of all the gas guzzlers out there. No where else can you get 6 people, and get 27 mpg on the highway with all the stuff needed for a trip. I plan on getting a rack for mine to accomdate weekend outings when the kids bring a friend. Drive it you will like it. Handles well and has surprising power for a 4 cylinder.
This car/minivan is an excellent choice for those who are looking for the economy of a car but the versatility of a minivan. Originally in the market for a minivan to go camping, road trips, flea markets, etc. The Mazda 5, has plenty of room to carry my 2 dogs and pretty much everything I need at the same time. It is the first minivan I have driven that is actually fun to drive. The gas mileage is decent for car but much better than what a minivan would have been. My only complaint is that the trim seem to be somewhat on the cheaper side. examples the plastic molding seem thin the padding in the seats could be more comfortable, outside tail-light had a small hairline crack that needed to be fixed. Pluses: fuel economy, room, driving fun minuses: quality of trim.
I have a family of 5 including a teen boy. This car was too small for us. The trunk size is very limited and we often needed to place the back seat down just to go shopping for a weeks worth of food. The leg room is also limited.