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2008 Mazda Mazda5 Consumer Reviews

4.2
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Perfect Fit

by 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...
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 decent gas mileage (27-29 mpg) at speeds 70-85 mph. As someone who drove a manual for 20+ years in Europe, the stick shift is very smooth and acceleration is great. Don't listen to people who say that the car is sluggish - they are either used to a Porsche, drive an automatic or just don't know how to get good performance out of smaller engines. The only issues are winter-related, living in ND with 5 months of winter with unsalted streets which are often unplowed, the car is a bit too low over the ground and the front wheels spin easily but the handling improved a lot when I got performance winter tires, the regular Maza-tires are cheap and not that good. My 2006 Mazda had some small issues like some plastic parts getting loose or some strange noise from the bushings ,battery replacement in the third winter, but nothing serious.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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Great small family vehicle

by from Cincinnati, OH on April 22, 2008

This is great for small families that don't want the stigma of a mini van, but still want the room. I down sized from a SUV, to get better gas mileage, but did not give up any room. I also gained the ...
This is great for small families that don't want the stigma of a mini van, but still want the room. I down sized from a SUV, to get better gas mileage, but did not give up any room. I also gained the extra row of seating.
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Best Value in Class

by from Dallas on November 24, 2007

We looked at everything in it's class but nothing came close. Comfortable ride yet it handles like a sports sedan. If you like to drive a car, this car likes to be driven. Exceptional feedback, great ...
We looked at everything in it's class but nothing came close. Comfortable ride yet it handles like a sports sedan. If you like to drive a car, this car likes to be driven. Exceptional feedback, great brakes, and power steering/brakes give great feedback. Grandma may not be as delighted with that. Rides well empty or full. We travel across West Texas where the posted speed limit is 80, and traffic flows at 85-90. The Mazda 5 still delivers 28MPG at those speeds with 4 adults and a few suitcases. Front seats feel a bit firm at first but after 30,000 miles they feel really good - and still firm. Back seats have more room then most SUV's. Third row seating is tight. It took us a few months to get a fully loaded manual shift. Shifts really well, and gears are matched exactly to the motor. Let out the clutch in first at an idle - even climbing a slight grade - no problem. Originally we felt it could use a 6th gear as it revs a bit higher in top gear, but we've since realized thats the nature of the delightful yet powerful 2.3 motor. Around town in stop & go we get 23-24 MPG. Thats the stop & go where it takes 45 minutes to go 17 miles on the freeway. The down sides; 1) Wind noise - not bad, but it's there. 2) Needs more armrests - Maybe Mazda overlooked the fact that most people have 2 arms. 3) Narrow headlight focal plane - say like when you're turning into an alley, it would help to have a little more peripheral light. 4) Open gas latch blocks rear door opening. 5) No advertising - maybe thats a good thing, because the car simply sells itself - drive one and nothing else in it's class comes close. We were prepared to spend up to 50% more on something that fit our needs. Thats value.
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The perfect fit

by from Tillamook, Oregon on June 16, 2008

We just bought this car/micro minivan over the weekend. It wasn't even on our radar until we saw it at the dealership and knew it was the one. It is the perfect fit for our family. We wanted something...
We just bought this car/micro minivan over the weekend. It wasn't even on our radar until we saw it at the dealership and knew it was the one. It is the perfect fit for our family. We wanted something that was under 20k, good gas mileage, plenty of seating AND lots of cargo space. The Mazda5 fit the bill. It is sporty and fun to drive, it doesn't feel big or bulky at all, and yet you get the benifits of having a larger vehicle. I love this car!
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Unique, but weak, eeek

by from Denver, CO on December 18, 2011

First the positives: Though two will be seated uncomfortably, it does seat 6. With the back seats dropped, the cargo area is huge. I put the Mazda roof rack on and fit it with bike and ski racks, so i...
First the positives: Though two will be seated uncomfortably, it does seat 6. With the back seats dropped, the cargo area is huge. I put the Mazda roof rack on and fit it with bike and ski racks, so it keeps pace with an outdoors lifestyle. Handling is great and it turns tight for the size which is great in the city. Now the negatives: Super weak suspension. I'm replacing shocks and struts every 35,000 miles. The transmission cooling is also a sore point and you'll find it shifts rough on long climbs or on hot days. The low profile tires ride rough, are more difficult to find and fewer options for snowtires. It lacks traction control, too, so winter driving is sketchy. This car has already cost me more in total maintenance than the last 3 cars combined that I've owned, so it's not really an economy car. Finally, the fuel economy is lacking. I've learned to hold it under 2500 RPM and then I can get better than 28 MPG. Rev'ing more than that results in fuel economy down in the low 20's.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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I love my car

by from Orange County, CA on January 27, 2008

I had my car for 5 months now. I pretty much love all most everything about it. My husband and I shopped around for something that was reasonable and could fit a family of six. We're always on the go ...
I had my car for 5 months now. I pretty much love all most everything about it. My husband and I shopped around for something that was reasonable and could fit a family of six. We're always on the go with all the kids being in sports. I also needed something good on gas due to the fact I work over 35 miles from home. The only thing we don't like is the cargo space. You're not given that much room when the 3rd row is up not even for groceries. I do love the fact it drives and looks like a sports car. It doesn't give you that minivan feel.
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Loving my new Mazda 5

by from SAN RAMON CALIF on April 15, 2010

The 2008 Mazda 5 is an excellent vehicle for the money. I've had MANY cars in my 43 years including 4 other Mazda models. I have a family now so I'm limited to a vehicle that has a 6 person seating ca...
The 2008 Mazda 5 is an excellent vehicle for the money. I've had MANY cars in my 43 years including 4 other Mazda models. I have a family now so I'm limited to a vehicle that has a 6 person seating capacity. The 5 is the perfect combination of space and performance.
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Great family car!

by from Qu├ębec, Canada on January 26, 2014

Bought the Mazda5 in May 2008 brand new. Basic model. Had a recall soon after for the power steering, got fixed and since then never had a problem with the car. Changed the front brakes at 80 000Km an...
Bought the Mazda5 in May 2008 brand new. Basic model. Had a recall soon after for the power steering, got fixed and since then never had a problem with the car. Changed the front brakes at 80 000Km and rear at 100 000km. NEVER had any other repairs or issues.No problems with suspension yet. Maintenance was made at the dealers for 5 years and after that a local garage. Read previous reviews, true that it is not that great in deep snow.So I got studded winter tires and that did it. Mazda has been known for its rust issues. My mazda5 has rusty "halos"starting on the metal bars that go through the passenger windows (at 100000km I noticed them). If I wanted I could have them changed for esthetics for 80$ each plus garage time. True the 3rd row is tight, not great for a long trip(I have tried it, sitting there for 2 hours), but does the job for everyday life. We only use the 3rd row occassionnaly (kid's friends or visit). It has now reached the 130 000km and still does the job! For the price and fuel economy compared to similar cars, I think it is a great value!
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Does recommend this car

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economy car, not

by from Chicago on June 28, 2013

We owned Mazda5 for 4.5 yrs made 75K, Comfort -not so much very small seats for a big guy, third row seats only for small kids not for an adult, but when folded great cargo space. performance- car is ...
We owned Mazda5 for 4.5 yrs made 75K, Comfort -not so much very small seats for a big guy, third row seats only for small kids not for an adult, but when folded great cargo space. performance- car is too heavy for a 2.3L engine, and if you step on the pedal, gas economy holds around 20mpg, great exterior and interior design, we had grand touring fully equipped navigation, entertainment system for kids etc. reliability- had to replace suspension twice, transmission very rough, when driving uphill you can expect some difficulty. Very expensive tires and not much to choose from, tpms pain in the the behind every year had to replace them because corrosion from the winter time, had to align front every year lots of knocking, at 25K transmission started to be very rough on 3rd and 4th gear this is known problem to mazda but they do not care they will leave you with the cost,at 35k pressure switch on transmission failed, not covered by warranty, had to replace trans fluid 4 times, last 25K cost exceeded $3000 in maintenance that is more than my 2000 old intrigue ever,
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Uses car for Outdoor sports (hiking, cycling, etc.)

Does not recommend this car

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Incredible Car for Communiting

by from MInneapolis, MN on December 12, 2008

I had the opportunity to trade in a full size conversion van and spent a couple months before that looking for something that could seat six. Already having one mini-van in the garage detered me from ...
I had the opportunity to trade in a full size conversion van and spent a couple months before that looking for something that could seat six. Already having one mini-van in the garage detered me from duplicating that even to the point of looking for the traditional station wagon. I never even knew a 5 existed until I went to the dealer and he showed me one. Found one with all the toys (Navi, roof, auto temp, Etc). Both my wife and I love the car to the point we jockey to see who gets to drive it. For a family of 6 (Kids under 11) this is a great choice for commuting and playing "taxi" to all their events. The back seats are not made for giants but fit the kids very well and they can access easily, even with the car seats. With all of us in the car, you can still fit 5 bags of groceries in the back (you do need to make sure there is nothing else back there). We have no problem going out to dinner with another couple (4 adults) as the middle seats adjust and it provides plenty of room. Only down side is the 2007 auto is a 4 speed (2008 is a 5 speed) so it would be nice to have the extra gear on the highway. Parking the thing is a breeze, especially in chaotic parking lots and unless we have to get big items or are going shopping for a months worth of grocerie, we take it everywhere. I would buy another one in a heart beat
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