2007 Mazda Mazda5

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$17,735

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2007 Mazda Mazda5

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Sporty demeanor
  • Smooth-shifting automatic
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Second-row seats slide, recline
  • Versatility

The bad:

  • Could use more power
  • Low-grade, hard interior plastic
  • Power seats not offered
  • Cargo room with all seats up
  • Wind/road noise on highway

3 trims

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Notable features

  • Distinctive appearance
  • Manual or automatic
  • Three-row side curtain airbags
  • Standard 17-inch wheels

2007 Mazda Mazda5 review: Our expert's take

By Kristin Varela

The verdict:

Versus the competiton:


When flipping though the pages of a parenting magazine whose subscription I’ve been meaning to cancel (my kids are 4 and 6, and I no longer need or want to read about great new birthing techniques every month), I became intrigued by ads for the Mazda5. What is it? A miniaturized minivan? A big sport wagon with sliding doors and room for six? My curiosity was matched by hordes of emails from other young mothers wanting to know about it as well. I was a bit skeptical at first. Although I appreciate the ingenuity of a company that thinks outside the box wide enough to create a car that none can define, I have to admit I don’t really like the way this car looks. The only thing dorkier than a minivan is a mini minivan. To me, the sloping nose and wedge shape of the vehicle is, well, lame.

However, after driving the Mazda5 Touring for a week, my opinion has taken a complete 180 and I’m now forced to bite my tongue and apologize profusely for my previous (and, I’ll admit, slightly rude) comments regarding the car’s aesthetics. Functionality always wins, and the Mazda5 is a fantastic specimen of functionality on a budget.

It all starts with the sliding doors. If you haven’t experienced sliding minivan-esque doors, you should. The ones on the Mazda5 manually open to expose a 27.5-inch-wide by 42.6-inch-tall opening for easy access to both the second and third rows. They’re easy for children to operate on their own (if you want them to), and they’re more efficient in tight parking spaces because they take up much less space than traditional hinged doors (which inevitably trap passengers on one side or the other when trying to enter the vehicle). The one downside to the Mazda5’s sliding doors is that the mechanics of the sliding hinge on the bottom of the door are exposed, and during my test drive they tended to trap my daughter’s pant leg in the hinge when she was trying to enter the car, causing her leg to get stuck and pinched in the door. No harm done, but it’s a point to be mentioned.

The seating configuration in the Mazda5 is two in the first row, two in the second row (both with Latch anchors and tethers) and two more in the third row. The seats in the second row sport under-seat storage bins. The space between the second-row captain’s chairs can be left open as an alley to the third row, or more aptly utilized with a fold-up cargo net (ropes course for action figures), cupholders (deadly crocodile-laden pools for said action figures) and/or a pop-on tray (picnic table for dinner on the go). The seats slide forward and backward to create additional legroom when needed, plus they tip forward for access to the third row, recline and fold flat in one step. The third row splits 50/50 and can be folded in one step to create an infinite number of seating and cargo-storage configurations. Bravo, bravo!

Driving the Mazda5 is equally a pleasure. Expecting a floaty ride like I experience in most minivans, I’m pleasantly surprised by the Mazda5’s nimble agility. With none of the tilt and sway that goes along with cornering in a taller vehicle, the Mazda5 drives more like a sport wagon. With a turning radius of just 34.8 feet, this vehicle can handle tight U-turns quickly, before anyone can catch me turning where I’m not supposed to – theoretically speaking, of course.

Also sporting plenty of standard safety features – such as front, side and curtain airbags for all three rows, “crushable” brake and accelerator pedals, and convenience features such as remote keyless entry and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, all for dirt cheap – the Mazda5 is the perfect example of functionality on a budget. The Mazda5 Sport model starts at $17,695, the Touring version costs $19,150 and the Grand Touring is $21,300. Maybe now you can afford to have that third baby and still afford to marry them all off in the end (there is a light at the end of the tunnel, isn’t there?).

*For more information on the Mazda5 and its safety features, visit www.cars.com.

LET’S TALK NUMBERS

LATCH Connectors: 2

Seating Capacity (includes driver): 5

IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT

Storage Compartments (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Fair – Ample

Cargo/Trunk Space (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Fair – Ample

SENSE AND STYLE

Family Friendly (Not Really, Fair, Great, Excellent): Fair – Great

Fun-Factor (None, Some, Good Times, Groove-On): Good Times

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.1
  • Interior design 4.2
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 4.2

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Best Car EVER

This is the probably the best vehicle I've ever owned and the most reliable. Very happy with the vehicle. Courtenay Mazda is the place to go for the best dealership experience.

4.7

Wish I could get another!

I purchased this car used with around 70k miles, and it was SUCH a joy to drive for nearly 100k miles! Very few times in the shop, decent gas mileage, and enough style to make people ask "what IS that"? Love the sliding passenger doors, but doesn't look quite as "soccer-mom" like as many mini vans. Sadly, they changed the body style a couple of years later, so I couldn't replace her with another Mazda5.

5.0

Great car from a FANTASTIC DEALERSHIP

This car is amazing, we have safety for our grandbaby and plenty of room for everything else. This car is a must in if you have a busy life

See all 26 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles

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