Parking Sensors, Fold-Away Third Row, 3rd Rear Seat, Quad Seats, Cruise Control, Auxiliary Audio Input
4 Cylinders, 2WD, 2.5L Engine, Automatic Transmission, 38K Miles, Silver/Black
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.
For years I drove a full size minivan and it was great. The downside was gas mileage and performance. After test driving the Mazda5, I fell in love with the handling and the well thought out interior. You save money on gas with out giving up too much space. The one area that could be better is the performance from the 2.3 liter engine. It does a pretty good job but when loaded it gets bogged down. Most of the Mazda 3 performance goodies will bolt on to this car so thats an upgrade path.
The 2.3 liter engine - I think it's peppy. I also like the front seat comfort. It is a 2+2+2 seating arrangement. In my 2010 Mazda 5 cargo volume behind the third row (trunk) is very small but with third row seats folded down it expands to 44 cubic feet and 79 cubic feet with middle row folded down as well. I own a Santa Fe Sport. This Mazda 5 has slightly more room for cargo. We love the individual arm rests for the 4 seats in the front and middle rows. The rear seating is cramped and only small children would fit well. We use it as a very comfortable 4 passenger vehicle with very comfortable seating for all of us, not just the driver. The headroom in the middle accommodates my 6 foot 3 inch son just fine.