The Mazda 5.. Wow, what a surprise! Spent nearly 3 weeks researching and shopping for a vehicle to replace our 2003 Honda Pilot EX. While our Pilot is still running flawlessly, we figured with 220k mi...
The Mazda 5.. Wow, what a surprise! Spent nearly 3 weeks researching and shopping for a vehicle to replace our 2003 Honda Pilot EX. While our Pilot is still running flawlessly, we figured with 220k miles it was time to reduce its duties. We are a family of 6 with my kids ages at 15, 11, 4 and 2.
Here are my quick thoughts..
Exterior - Looks more wagon than mini van, Dual sliding doors, simple flowing lines.
Interior - Very clean and simple. We opted for the Grand Touring model. Leather seats, Heated seats, Sunroof, Vanity mirror, Bluetooth. Love the seat configuration, the captain chairs in the center give my older kids there own seat location. Two car seats in rear and the little one's still have plenty of room.
Engine/Suspension - Surprisingly has good power for a 4cyl. Does not have skyactive engine but we are still getting 23-27mpg. With the family fully loaded it is a bit sluggish from a start but once it gets rolling it's moves comfortably. Suspension feels good, yet there is alot of road noise compared to my Honda Pilot.
Drawbacks - Not much cargo space with all the seats up, a bit more road noise in cabin, lack of stock navigation of available.
Overall - Hands down for the pricing and the amenities that the 2013 Mazda5 Grand touring has nothing really comes close. So far it's been a pleasure to own, can't really give thoughts on reliability but perhaps a few years from now I will revisit and update this blog.