2008 Mazda Mazda5

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24 reviews
Available Price Range $3,872-$10,060 Trims3 Combined MPG 24-25 Seats 6

Our Take on the 2008 Mazda Mazda5

Our Take

The six-person Mazda5 features flexible seating that can be reconfigured to maximize occupant or cargo space. Aimed at young professional families with active lifestyles, the Mazda5 comes in Sport,... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Front seats could slide farther backward
  • Power seats not offered
  • Limited cargo room with all seats up
  • Noisy cabin at highway speeds

Notable Features

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


Our Expert Reviews

The Mazda5 combines the space of a small minivan with the agility of a sports sedan. It's not often you can get seating for six in a package that is small enough to be efficient, large enough to be useful and still reasonably fun to drive.With a starting price of $17,995, this scaled-down people mover is affordable. It comes in Sport, Touring and Grand Touring models. The Grand Touring mod... Read Full Review

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Consumer Reviews

4.2 out of 5

Based on 24 reviews

Perfect Fit

by WWlover from Bismarck, ND on April 16, 2009

For a family like us who likes to go whitewater kayaking and has a small child it's the perfect car. We were able to fit two people and two kayaks plus equipment inside and still got good handling and... Read Full Review

3 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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