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2009 Mazda Mazda5 Consumer Reviews

4.5
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More than a car, less than a van: I call it a Can

by from Amherst, MA on May 6, 2010

This is the perfect car for me. Most of the time I'm alone, but I do need room for a carseat, a large dog, friends, family, and stuff I find at flea markets. I've always loved a 4 door hatchback, but ...
This is the perfect car for me. Most of the time I'm alone, but I do need room for a carseat, a large dog, friends, family, and stuff I find at flea markets. I've always loved a 4 door hatchback, but needed something bigger, and this fits the bill. The sliding doors are wonderful, and performance and handling make this fun to drive. This car is seldom advertised, but is mentioned on car sites as a 'hidden treasure' and always gets good reviews. Now, I know why. I love it.
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Great for a growing family

by from San Francisco, CA on April 29, 2009

Why don't other car makers sell a car like this? I just don't know. It's a wonderful fit for a small family. My wife and I couldn't manage bending over to get our child in and out of the car seat anym...
Why don't other car makers sell a car like this? I just don't know. It's a wonderful fit for a small family. My wife and I couldn't manage bending over to get our child in and out of the car seat anymore, we had a VW Jetta. It was even harder in tight parking spaces when you couldn't open the door wide. The sliding doors on the Mazda5 sold us. The rest of the car was icing on the cake. What we really like about the Mazda5 is the size. We looked at all the other mini vans and just didn't need, or like, the extra size and price in most cases. We have a 2009 grand touring model and find the features to be a real value for the price. Living in California the Bluetooth is great when stuck in traffic. The stereo is just fine, not the best sound but gets the job done. Standard features like power windows and locks, wipers both front and rear, sun roof… all match up with more expensive mini vans. The heated front seats are really nice too. The extra leg room and reclining second row seats are great for tall people and car seats. The third row is comfortable enough for adults on short trips and kids. With the third row folded down the storage space is great and loading large objects is easy. With the third row in use storage space is very limited. The car drives and handles really well. The engine is a bit weak on the highway for passing but the gas mileage is worth the trade off. Once up to speed the Mazda5 does just fine. Don’t forget about the under seat storage in the second row, that’s a nice touch in a car that doesn’t have a lot of storage space. Okay so it’s not all perfect and I’ll be honest here. It’s a bit louder then I’d like, both road and wind noise creep in at highway speeds. The Mazda5 gets pushed around by the wind a bit and I wish you could listen to the radio or use the ac power without having to have the key in the “on“ position. I’d also like larger driver and passenger door storage compartments. Other than a few picky items we are very happy with this car and suggest testing it if you’re looking for good gas mileage, easy access, a large cargo area, and let’s not forget the good looks all for a reasonable price.
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Mazda5 A GREAT MINIVAN ALTERNATIVE

by from Paso Robles, CA on April 26, 2011

I purchased my Mazda 5 Van at Porterville Ford in California that i found on Cars.com and was extremely impressed with the condition, performance and quality of the vehicle. The price of $13,000 for ...
I purchased my Mazda 5 Van at Porterville Ford in California that i found on Cars.com and was extremely impressed with the condition, performance and quality of the vehicle. The price of $13,000 for a 2 year old van with 30k miles is hard to pass up. This is my 4th minivan in the last 10 years, i drive about 30k miles a year, so i really was apprehensive to choose a "cheaper" van. I chose this one mainly for the increased gas mileage. I am very pleased to report that I track gas mpg each fill-up and can prove that i usually get 26-28 mpg. I do about 60/40 highway to city driving, so this is awesome compared to my previous vans. This is a smaller and more agile "minivan" that provides excellent performance, ride quality and gas mileage than my previous minivans. DO NOT let the smaller 4 cylinder engine fool you, it has the auto/manual mode that allow you to pop into 3rd gear for those quick onramp bursts of speed or for 4th gear for those long uphill roads. This van holds its own performance-wise with my previous Caravan and Montana van. The 2000 Honda Odyssey i drove for years was far more powerful, but i hardly ever needed it. The Mazda5 offers tons of interior room although it is quite smaller than the competitors. Lets be honest though, usually it's just myself and 1 or 2 kids and tons of stuff to haul around. Sports equipment, boxes, gym bags, backpacks, etc. This car handles it all while still seating 4 people in completely comfortable bucket seats. if you need to seat six, pop up the back seats and let the little ones pour in. Do Not expect a ton of luggage room while all six seat are erected, though. But that was the same with my Caravan and Montana. Again, only the Honda had far more room. The standard features on the Mazda5 are impressive: sport-manual/auto transmission, comfy captain seats (4), rear AC standard for the back seats, AUX input for ipod or MP3, fold flat seats for hauling large items/boxes, great looking 17 inch allow rims, great sounding 6 speaker stereo, map lights (i use very often) steering wheel controls for audio and cruise control (instead of that stick BEHIND the steering while like most cars) and roll down middle row windows. I really like the Mazda5, and would purchase again. I really enjoyed the Honda Odyssey i used to own as well, but felt like i was driving a school bus at times. The Mazda5 is way more agile, about $8k less for a used model, lighter weight, quicker, way better MPG. I also don't feel like a soccer DAD driving it. My wife approves and so should you.
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by from Port Orange , Florida on January 4, 2010

Rcently bought after much research and drove to Florida from New Jersey. One of the best car I have ever owned and have had many ( 35) in my years. A joy to drive. Drove 810 miles the second day and w...
Rcently bought after much research and drove to Florida from New Jersey. One of the best car I have ever owned and have had many ( 35) in my years. A joy to drive. Drove 810 miles the second day and was not tired. Handles very well, tracks like on rails and I got 30.9 mpg for the 1100 mile trip at speeds up to 75-80 mph. Will follow up the review after a year of ownership.
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LOVE ZOOM ZOOM!

by from Boston,MA on November 13, 2008

Ok, I have always been a Ford girl. I reluctantly gave up my 2004 Ford Focus Wagon. I loved that little wagon. But I had 105K miles on it and was starting to have some little issues. I drive approx. 1...
Ok, I have always been a Ford girl. I reluctantly gave up my 2004 Ford Focus Wagon. I loved that little wagon. But I had 105K miles on it and was starting to have some little issues. I drive approx. 100 miles per day for my commute (to & from. So I can't have ANY issues. It seems that Mazda is the only company making a wagon/style for under 20grand! I have two kids, one still in a car seat. This car (mini mini-van) rocks! The sliding back doors is a God send! I no longer bang my head or my daughters getting her in and out of the car seat! The cargo room with the third seat down is awesome. The third seat option *when I need it* is fabulous too. I just love all the options this car has. I get about 26/27MPG- I drive a little fast-mostly highway. I will have to give up something for all the features right?? It looks cool and speedy. Nice wheels and a 6CD in dash with climate control. Overall some of the best $$ I have ever spent. The seats are really comfortable and adjust well. I like the cockpit feel to the cabin, very open windshield and visibility. GREEAT ARM RESTS! The Scion doesnt have them and is much smaller inside for cargo & front seat room. I researched for months, this is the best car!!!!
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Why'd I wait so long to find this car?

by from Ky on March 19, 2011

I had a '95 Odyssey for 300,000 trouble free miles and when I looked at getting another minivan, everyone of them had gotten big and bloated w/V6s. I liked the 4cyl and smaller size so finally found t...
I had a '95 Odyssey for 300,000 trouble free miles and when I looked at getting another minivan, everyone of them had gotten big and bloated w/V6s. I liked the 4cyl and smaller size so finally found this '10 Mazda5. It's just the size we need, 4 cyl. great on gas the interior is laid out with everything at hand and plenty of storage spaces, and at a great price. This thing is FUN to drive even for and old guy like me, tight ride and corners like a go cart, can't wait to make a long trip. Would definitely recommend to others, no regrets at all about this purchase.
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great family hauler

by from minneapolis, MN on March 24, 2010

Lots of space in a small car. Good MPG. handles very well, drives better than most sedans IMHO. Good quality finish. The engine is a bit weak but in regular traffic you never really felt its underpowe...
Lots of space in a small car. Good MPG. handles very well, drives better than most sedans IMHO. Good quality finish. The engine is a bit weak but in regular traffic you never really felt its underpowered. The sliding doors are a great feature for loading small kids and babies.
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Great Choice for Senior Drivers

by from Tucson AZ on May 10, 2011

Recently went car shopping for my 86 year old father and 82 year old mother. February 2011, they survived a high speed head on collision with a drunk driver (Thank you Toyota Camry for great safety fe...
Recently went car shopping for my 86 year old father and 82 year old mother. February 2011, they survived a high speed head on collision with a drunk driver (Thank you Toyota Camry for great safety features). As a result, our family decided it would be best for my mother to ride in the back seat having been beat up by the passenger seat airbags. The sliding rear door of the Mazda 5 wagon and its ergonomics make it easy to enter and exit. It sits a little higher so visibility is better and it lives up to its Zoom Zoom promise. When you step on it, it is responsive - After my parents accident in Tucson, I would pass no less than 3 car accidents a day between home and the hospital. More than once I had to gun it to avoid a collision in that town and feel glad that my parents - whom I treasure - have a safe peppy car.
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Great car for the price

by from concord, NH on June 10, 2009

Lots of room, fun to drive, good on gas. Love the sliding doors, great for kids, better than a mini. Just not great in the snow, but overall hard to beat this car for the money!
Lots of room, fun to drive, good on gas. Love the sliding doors, great for kids, better than a mini. Just not great in the snow, but overall hard to beat this car for the money!
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The best gas mileage ever!

by from Theresa, Wisconsin on December 30, 2010

I absolutely love this car. I've never had a car that got such good gas mileage 29-33 miles to the gallaon on highway. Having the third row seating is great along with the sliding doors. Only would ch...
I absolutely love this car. I've never had a car that got such good gas mileage 29-33 miles to the gallaon on highway. Having the third row seating is great along with the sliding doors. Only would change two things...get it off the ground more. Driving in snow is really bad. Would not reccomend this car for winter driving. Two is pretty minor...change the visors. Let them have extenders. It would make a great car better. So lift the car higher off the ground and maybe a little bit heavier and winter would't be problem. If you have a family a live where snow is mild get this car! You'll love it. My kids love it too.
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