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2012 Mazda Mazda5 Consumer Reviews

4.6
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We love our Mazda5!!

by from Austin, TX on March 28, 2012

We needed a new family car, and searched high and low for the right one. After months of looking, we landed on a Mazda5 Grand Touring. We love the interior room, the flexible seating, the zippy handli...
We needed a new family car, and searched high and low for the right one. After months of looking, we landed on a Mazda5 Grand Touring. We love the interior room, the flexible seating, the zippy handling, and the fact that it looks like a car (not a minivan). I highly recommend this car to small families looking for a little more elbow room or a car that can handle toting groceries, sports equipment and a few kids around town.
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Mazda 5: Most Underrated Car?

by from Chicago, IL on September 30, 2011

I'm a former BMW car club member and am a car enthusiast. My wife and I bought a brand new BMW X5 diesel in February and were very disappointed in it (despite owning and loving the prev generation. Ch...
I'm a former BMW car club member and am a car enthusiast. My wife and I bought a brand new BMW X5 diesel in February and were very disappointed in it (despite owning and loving the prev generation. Check out my review on Cars.com for more). We traded it in for this Mazda 5 and absolutely LOVE it. It is fun to drive, is smooth, super quiet, good looks, offers great interior room and flexibility, is a perfect car for maneuvering in the city, great steering feel and feedback, great braking feel and offers 97% of the technology (like bluetooth audio, handsfree phone, etc.) that my loaded X5 offered at less than $25,000. Don't know how Mazda makes any money off of this car as it is a steal compared to other people movers--heck, its a steal compared to economy cars. Downsides are few: would have liked more interior storage cubbies as well as the options of a turbo engine (diesel would've been perfect) touchscreen nav, tinted rear windows and/or integrated sunshades for the kids, power sliding doors and liftgate. Otherwise, I look forward to driving this car. Can't say that I ever thought I'd say that about a minivan.
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Saved our life

by from on July 7, 2012

I got our Mazda5 in January of 2011 and loved it so much, This past Tuesday we were in a car accident and let me tell you that car saved our life! We hit the guy doing 50mph (that was the speed limit)...
I got our Mazda5 in January of 2011 and loved it so much, This past Tuesday we were in a car accident and let me tell you that car saved our life! We hit the guy doing 50mph (that was the speed limit) The guy says he didn't see us when he went to turn into a store and at 50 we hit the side of his truck.... First Responders said that if we had another car our injuries would have been worse, I am sad that she is totaled but she saved us! And for that I will be getting another Mazda5!!!
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Exactly What We Needed

by from Mansfield, TX on June 30, 2012

We researched cars off and on for about 3 years before purchasing our 2012 Mazda5. With our second daughter on the way, we wanted a bit more room than our 12 year old Camry could provide, but weren't ...
We researched cars off and on for about 3 years before purchasing our 2012 Mazda5. With our second daughter on the way, we wanted a bit more room than our 12 year old Camry could provide, but weren't yet ready for a full minivan. We liked the previous generation Mazda5, but my wife didn't like the road noise. After becoming frustrated with even used car prices for the type of vehicle we were looking at, I convinced her to test out the 2012 Mazda5. We knew immediately that it was the car for us. Right size, right price. The greatest strength of this car is the amount of space for the size of car. If there's only one person driving, you don't feel like you're wasting gas in a giant minivan. But you can also load the family plus grandparents in for a quick trip across town. Driving dynamics are again relative to the space vs. size. It feels like you are driving a fun little car. It's actually quite a bit of fun to throw around a bit! There is some road noise, but it is certainly tolerable. Fuel economy is best on the highway (have hit 32 mpg so far) and can suffer around town. Admittedly, part of this could be that my wife and I drive the car pretty aggressively around town. But it's so hard not to drive it that way! The ONLY downside that we have come across thus far is the inability to turn on the interior dome light from the driver seat. Our girls can't yet reach the one on the ceiling while seated. But that's truly my only complaint!
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A Perfect MINI Van

by from Atlanta, GA on September 30, 2011

We have owned the 2012 Mazda 5 for about 6 months now and it's been wonderful. The reviews are spot on, this is a real minivan and not a van pretending to be a minivan. The only downside is the gas mi...
We have owned the 2012 Mazda 5 for about 6 months now and it's been wonderful. The reviews are spot on, this is a real minivan and not a van pretending to be a minivan. The only downside is the gas mileage, averaging 24.6 mpg with mostly city driving.
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It's the sliding doors, stupid

by from Tucson, AZ on March 26, 2012

I've had the 2010 for over a year and love it. For my family of 5 it is the perfect second car. We have an odyssey for the longer trips with the whole crew. The 5 is perfect for the every day, especia...
I've had the 2010 for over a year and love it. For my family of 5 it is the perfect second car. We have an odyssey for the longer trips with the whole crew. The 5 is perfect for the every day, especially since it is rarely the 5 of us in it. What I get: manual transmission, good gas mileage, can fit my 5 (wife, 3 kids under 4) plus 2 dogs in it for short haul. Minus the 2 dogs and add a roof bag for long hauls. I like not driving a boat. I like not spending a fortune. I like not spending $60 to fill the tank. I LOVE the sliding doors. Can't believe no one else does this. I love being able to strap my kids in their child seats without climbing halfway in the vehicle. I didn't like that when I first got it I would hit the ac controls while shifting but I've changed my habits and don't do that anymore. The stereo is also junk. Don't think the cd player even has esp which causes lots of skips on our dirt road but get something after market and be happy. If you have bigger kids definitely test that all will fit before you buy. If you don't have kids, it's still a great vehicle and worth checking out. If only they could make this a clean diesel or hybrid. The space behind the rear seats is minimal, maybe 3 grocery bags. I have one side down which gives good storage space.
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Perfect For Me

by from Cedar Rapids,IA on February 10, 2012

I was using my car as a pickup truck.Not wanting a pickup I went looking for a mini van.I knew this Mazda5 was for me the minute I laid eyes on it..It wasn't huge..had easy access..easy fold down seat...
I was using my car as a pickup truck.Not wanting a pickup I went looking for a mini van.I knew this Mazda5 was for me the minute I laid eyes on it..It wasn't huge..had easy access..easy fold down seats.I just love it.
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Just what I Needed

by from Arlington, VA on February 19, 2013

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.
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Mazda5

by from on July 11, 2013

The Mazda 5 is great because it seats six people and most sedans only seat 5. It is great because it doesn't look as minivanish as it does sedanish which is great for dads who need to transport many p...
The Mazda 5 is great because it seats six people and most sedans only seat 5. It is great because it doesn't look as minivanish as it does sedanish which is great for dads who need to transport many people but don't like he exterior styling. Although it is a bit crowded when you have two 180 lb. guys sitting in the third row. But the Mazda 5 overall is a great sedan?!!!
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Grandkids galore

by from Warren, PA on July 13, 2013

We have raised our kids and now its 9 grandkids we are transporting. We have been driving large sedans for years but settled on the Mazda 5 after much research. It was a good choice for us because the...
We have raised our kids and now its 9 grandkids we are transporting. We have been driving large sedans for years but settled on the Mazda 5 after much research. It was a good choice for us because the mini-minivan handles like a sporty car so is fun to drive, hauls 4 or 5 kids easily, can carry good cargo when the seats are down and with the addition of a roof rack it handles our kayaks. We gave up cockpit features that the sedans had but don't really miss them like we thought we would. Grandma still has her heated seats so all is well. Everything in this Grand Touring model is very adequate. We love the two sliding doors and hatchback. Only negatives, so far, are storage space issues in the front seat areas and it would be nicer if the drivers seat would go back another two inches or so, but the seating is comfortable. We had some Mazda options added by the dealership like compass and auto dimming mirror, remote start, mud flaps and the mentioned roof racks. We are happy with this 5 and feel it is the right choice for this stage of our lives.
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