I've had my Mazda5 for three weeks now and so far I like it a lot. It's a lot more fun to drive than my old minivan and much easier to maneuver in and out of parking spaces. Visibility is really good ...
I've had my Mazda5 for three weeks now and so far I like it a lot. It's a lot more fun to drive than my old minivan and much easier to maneuver in and out of parking spaces. Visibility is really good and I was surprised by how much the tiny windows over the side mirrors helped. It's a great car for families whose kids are in booster seats (or older) because older kids are big enough to work the manual doors by themselves and love being able to lower the windows (which you can lock if you want to). That said, I recently spoke with another Mazda5 owner whose kids were all younger than mine and she thought it was great for them, too.
There are a few things that I wish Mazda would change: First of all, there's no place for my sunglasses. There is a little hole down by my left knee, but if I put my sunglasses in there they fall out when I go around corners, which is a little annoying. There's also no place for my bag except on the passenger seat or in the passenger foot well. I can't put it behind me because it would block the kids' air vents, so if I have a passenger it has to go in the way back. The map pockets in the doors are really small -- big enough for a water bottle, but not much else. Similarly, the tray under the trunk floor is so shallow that I can't put my squeegee in there. Lastly, I had a hard time finding where the lever was to adjust the steering wheel. It is on the steering shaft, but I had to reach waaaay down there before I found it.
If I were redesigning the vehicle, I would make it about four inches longer and two inches wider. Its small size is definitely a plus in our inner suburb, but a little more room would allow more grocery bags to fit in the back when the rear seats are in use. I would switch from red LED displays to blue or green and lastly I was surprised that the headlights didn't come on automatically and that the names of songs and artists on the radio weren't displayed anywhere. My last car was nothing special, but it had those features and how much do those really cost? A few bucks?
One thing I love that I've never seen anybody else mention is the glove compartment because there are brackets on the sides to hold things in layers. This tiny little feature is actually very helpful! I have two folders with all our car and travel information and a smaller-size Rand McNally (the kind with the spiral binder) fits in there. There's also a map pocket on the back of the passenger seat which is also helpful.
The rear seats are very easy to put down, as are the middle seats (although I had to check the manual to figure out how to do it). In my second week of ownership I was happy to discover that you can fit many, many cases of Girl Scout cookies in the car with all the seats down!
We love the storage in the kids' car seats -- so useful when we need to put away the electronics before leaving the car. We also like being able to hide the cupholder/tray in there.
I think the seats are comfortable, but I'm not sure they'll feel so great on a long car ride. I suppose higher-quality tush-support is a bit much to ask for in a car at this price, but it certainly would be appreciated. I think the back support is better.
The Sport is the best value, but I was able to get a Touring from the previous model year for a great price and am happy I did. I think that having the bluetooth capability will help with resale and it should come in handy from time to time.
The first morning we had the car I drove the kids to school as a special treat and had to laugh when I saw three other Mazda5's in the drop-off lane in the short time we were there. This is a great vehicle for small families who occasionally need to fit in an extra child or two (or camp trunks or big Costco runs), but don't need to haul around a lot of empty space or weight most of the time. It is fantastic to maneuver and park, fun to drive, and just what our family needed. A little bigger would be a little better, but we love it as is.