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.
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2012 Mazda Mazda5Chris Martin - Apopka, FL08/07/2015
Yes I would if you're looking for a car that's fuel efficient easy to drive and a head Turner this is the one for you. People are surprised when you tell them it's a mini van . Until you show them the third row seating . I don't think they even notice the doors.
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