Grip is good and body lean is modest. The second-row seats slide fore and aft to allow more space for the third row or more cargo space as needed, and the liftgate actually has two detents to help out shorter users. Three-Row Seating In days of yore, American cars seated six passengers on two three-person benches. Cons: The 5 is not as roomy or comfortable as conventional minivans. Foldout Second-Row Console A console emerges from under the second-row passenger seat and contains cupholders for both middle-row passengers and an ingenious net catch-all for odds and ends. Though headroom is decent, legroom is unworkable for someone my size.
Driver, front passenger, and side front impact protection score the highest: five stars. The 2010 Mazda Mazda5 handles surprisingly well, given its outward appearance, but it makes more sense considering that the Mazda5 shares its suspension and underbody with the compact Mazda3—one of TheCarConnection. It's closer in size — inside and out — to compact crossovers, but its closest competitor is the Kia Rondo, which has a similar layout and an optional third-row seat, but four conventional hinged side doors. However, once the third row is folded away, there's plenty of useable room, and the Mazda5 gets into minivan cargo territory when you fold down the second row. Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with electronic brake-force distribution are paired in the standard-features list, which also includes front side and side curtain airbags that cover all three rows of seating.
Am happy to report that with regular maintenance this car still feels new and parts fluids, filters, wipers, pads, rotors, plugs, etc. Reliability: Consumer Reports rates the 2006-2009 Mazda 5 'below average' with the suspension and brakes receiving the worst scores; however, the engine and transmission are rated well. And for those who want a loaded vehicle, the Grand Touring trim of the Mazda5 piles on automatic xenon headlights, rain-sensing wipers, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and Bluetooth. Though it's manual, the liftgate has a feature that's been showing up in powered versions: the ability to limit how high the gate raises. Containers and boxes are just that. Drives smooth and easy with the feel of a smaller vehicle. The automatic, likewise, has to shift to lower gears to hit the necessary revs.
The 2010 Mazda Mazda5 is peppy with one or two passengers, but with six passengers, it's downright slow, according to TheCarConnection. The driver's seat has height adjustment and the steering tilts and telescopes, but tall drivers may find that the driver's seat doesn't slide back far enough. The Mazda5 is really the only car of its kind on the market and once you drive one and feel how great it handles and don't worry about the 4-cylinder. Units Affected 16200 The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today announced recalls for the 2011 Kia Sorento tied to its rear brake calipers, and 2009-2010 Mazda5s for faulty fuel pump wiring connectors. Don't expect it to be as trouble free as the Hondas yes, I know Honda has they share of problems too. Suzuki and Subaru have always been my top picks for reliable cars although parts for the Suzukis can be expensive if something needs fixing. Handling is sporty and agile, ride is comfortable, the powertrain is fairly refined and gas mileage is respectable.
Love the sliding passenger doors. It's nothing special, but it's also not the redesigned 2011 Mazda5 that's due at dealerships early in 2011; Mazda. Click to see changes from the 2009 model year. However, the third row folds flat to expand cargo space. The point is to keep from banging it on a low ceiling or garage door.
Could use a few more cup holders but the number is adequate. Here is the link if you need to download an. Mazda has high expectations for the next generation of the 5, and has upped its sales target as high as 30,000 units. Complete with three rows of two seats each and the genre-defining sliding side doors, the Mazda5 is arguably the only small van on the market — a microvan. The Mazda5's dimensions seem only slightly smaller — 1. Ride is controlled but not harsh and, though the steering might be a bit over-assisted, it is reasonably direct.
The power steering is electro-hydraulic, with a conventional hydraulic steering rack and electrically-driven hydraulic steering pump. Opting for a manual transmission will get you even better mileage; the 2010 Mazda 5 with a five-speed manual transmission gets 22 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. I felt the weight in diminished acceleration, but I didn't consider it a problem. Well, I've had my Mazda5 for about 30 hours now and 350 miles; I can tell you nothing about longevity. While the popularity of minivans has declined from their heyday in the 1990s, due no doubt to the rise in demand for , they are still a for families on the go. Other standard safety features on the Mazda5 include side impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags for all three rows. I have 81000, and the car still pulls like it came from the showroom.
All three rows have captain's chairs - no benches here - giving each passenger his or her own seat, which all happen to sit up high and provide excellent sightlines. A cabin filter is often neglected; it needs to be replaced every 25,000 miles 40,000 km or 2 years, or more often when driving on dusty roads. And for the sake of full disclosure, the Mazda can be sluggish negotiating steep grades or with a full load. Jeff I've had my 2006 for 30k miles bought used in '08, so I'm 2nd owner. I love the second row bucket seats and the storage beneath them! The Mazda5 and Rondo are in a subclass by themselves, where the Mazda distinguishes itself further with sliding doors and a price that's hard for any small vehicle to beat. The Odyssey is rated 19 mpg city, 28 mpg highway and combined 22.
I like that it is automatic with the option to switch into manual mode too! Around town it does the job, but if you often road-trip with a full load, you might be disappointed. Although from a few paces back the Mazda5 looks like a minivan, it does have a lower, slightly more rakish appearance. Stand by whatever order you will, but owning a '00 Mitsu built in '99, that would certainly qualify as a late 90's vehicle. Notable standard features include cruise control, automatic climate control and a six-speaker stereo. I'm not suggesting I was crowded to an unsafe degree, but it was tight enough that I personally wouldn't invest in a Mazda5. As a result, brake fluid can potentially leak, increasing the possibility of an… The 2011 Mazda5 compact minivan is set to showcase the latest, and possibly last, execution of Mazda's swoopy Nagare design theme.