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2006 Mazda MAZDA5

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Information shown for entry-level Van/Minivan.

Fuel Economy:
City 19/Hwy 24/Comb 21 MPG
Max Seating: 6
Engine: 4-Cyl, 2.3 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Japan Country of Assembly:

2006 Mazda MAZDA5 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.9
Out of 10

Based on 259 Ratings for the 2006 - 2010 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.1/10
  • Reliability
    8.5/10
    Performance
    8.1/10
  • Comfort
    8.1/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

A great family vehicle!

By on Tuesday, June 21, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 123,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I had a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS SW, and for a time it was good. It started needing more work than I had time for, though, so I found a great deal on a 2007 Mazda 5 Sport (only paid ~$3,500 incl./tax). I bought it as-is, so I was expecting to have to put some money into it, but so far it's been great. Gas mileage, from what I can tell, is as good, if not better than, the Jetta. There is much better headroom in the car, as well as plenty of seats for a family of six. As mentioned, cargo space can be pretty limited with the 3rd row seating up, but if you fold in down there's plenty of cargo space. The only issues I have with it at the moment aren't really the car's fault, it's only because I don't have the extra money at this current point in time to put into it, but it drives fine, anyway. Pretty sure it's just the tires that need to be rotated and balanced as I've already had the alignment checked and that's good."

If you love to drive and aren't ready for a van

By on Monday, June 20, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 95,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Hybrid between sports sedan and a handling minivan"

Cons: "Not for 6, third row headrests by window,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Does this look like a mini-van to you??

"We weren't ready for the rolly minivan experience. We still loved to drive but wanted our two kids to be comfortable and be able to hall all their gear. With the quad seats kids had their own space with the seats pushing back and forth. To use the third room one would need to have the rears configured like a compact car. It always made me nervous how close to the window the head rests were in the third row given our low stance. But we only needed them ocassionally. With the third row down it accomodated all those baby items and certainly made it more roomy than any sedan. The other benefit of not being a true large mini van was the cost of gas and ownership. It is fun to drive and darn sexy when its shined up. We had the rear windows tinted as this is considered a station wagon in some states laws but we have never been called on it. It handles nimbly fits in tight spaces and feels like a car. It has fine acceleration unless you are going to abuse it with six people. Spunky sedan acceleration, swervability and stop on a dime brakes. What minivan can stop on a dime and swerve safely...this one. We have had ours for years and came on here to find its value. Our kids were fine with it from babyhood to preteen. It would even hold a grown man comfortable in the middle row. We've had ours since 29k and are at 95k with no mechanical issues. It has that reliability of a mazda. The sliding doors have people looking when they are open and they seem kinda cool, not to mention kids arent nicking doors and it makes life easy for loading. With the quad seats small rear passengers can sneak through the gap between them. Under the seats in the rear are two small storage compartments, and fold out net / drink holder. The seats are comfy like an office chair, but not supple like a luxury car. It isn't a luxury soft ride of a typical minivan but is for a person who loves driving and the feel of sticking to the road and being able to stop with firmer seats. An over press of the pedal with bounce heads back. Kids in the back roll down their windows (no rear vents this year) and enjoy their more than adequate space as they take in both worlds of a car and a minivan. An urban commando."

Does this look like a mini-van to you??

Great family vehicle

By on Friday, May 13, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "inexpensive, fun to drive, compact/roomy, stylish"

Cons: "dealership, trans replaced early, low power"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"The most practical car I've ever owned for transporting people and stuff. Fun to drive (for a minivan). Stylish and comfortable while unpretentious and compact. Engine could use a little more umph, but good handling helps to make up for that. Only problem was transmission replaced under warranty at about 55K miles. Dealer experience has not been fully satisfying (like most dealerships I've been to) but luckily I've only had to visit them three times in 5 years."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

HORRIFIC MONEY PIT

By on Sunday, April 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 113,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "interior"

Cons: "everything else"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"This will be my last Mazda. It had been so bad. It rides so low I believe the only state it could be useful is Florida. The tires are very thin so you hear all road noise. And you will be constantly needing new ones. The exhaust rusts out and I am on my 2nd and need a 3rd. The interior is stuck together with imitation lego pieces. The pad for the gas slipped off and the cheep plastic covers for the front seat attachments pop off. The sliding doors will freeze shut at anything under 32 degrees. The steering wheel has a part that controls the airbags that seems to be faulty, the throadle body assembly seems to allow moisture to build. In short don't look at the interior because that is excellently designed by a qualified design team. The engineers for the mechanics must have been hired from a website and given to the lowest bid."

Great, economical option - horrendous traction!

By on Sunday, February 28, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 104,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "great price, greater MPG, comfy, MINI-minivan"

Cons: "BAD traction, eats through tires"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"We've owned a 2008 Grand Touring model for 3 years. We love a lot about this vehicle - gas mileage, seat comfort, dash, controls, size, sliding side doors on a vehicle smaller than a minivan, I could probably go on. Obviously, it's smaller than a minivan, so cargo space is limited, and if you are using all the seats, there is basically no cargo space. Mechanically, it's been pretty reliable, mostly routine maintenance stuff. Some of the features/finishes seem to have been short-cutted: the rear fan vents ONLY blow cold air, ever (says so in the manual) - kind of annoying in the middle of winter when you been in the store for a while, and little kids are in the back shivering, waiting for the warm air from the front vents to reach them. We have 2 big issues with the 2008 Mazda5: 1. It goes through it's pretty expensive tires very quickly. In 3 years, we've had to replace the entire set twice (the last time was in August, after less than a year on the previous full set) due to very dangerous wear , even though our alignment tests show fine. We will probably have to replace them again this year. And we've only put 40k miles on the vehicle, so only 4k more than the average estimate of 36k for the length of time we've had it. We don't ride it rough, and have fairly equal split of city and highway driving. 2. This vehicle has absolutely horrendous traction. And we have lived in Northern IL and IN while owning this car. I don't suggest it unless you live where you rarely, if ever, get ice or snow. Or heavy rain. Or moderate rain and wind. Or light rain if you have hills. Swapping wheels for a smaller rim and putting snow tires on for 7 months out of the year would probably help with this, but we only just learned that info, and haven't tested it ourselves. Apparently, the model released in Japan has AWD, while the European model has traction control. Why Mazda decided to forego these options in the US market is beyond me. Would we recommend this car to a friend? If they live in a warmer, drier climate, TOTALLY! If they live in our climate, or farther north, probably not, unless they're willing to try the tire swap trick for half or more of the year."

5 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Not as Happy as I would like to be

By on Sunday, January 24, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "6 pass., not a mini van"

Cons: "electrical issues, one key hole, road noise"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"We have owned our Mazda5 for 5 years and bought it from the Mazda dealership. From day one one or the other sliding door lock mechanisms has not worked. The key fobs have never worked right or consistantely, now they don't work at all. The switch for the passenger window on the driver side door doesn't work. All of these things are minimal and doesn't affect how the car drives, but they are a annoying. Our '96 Volvo 850 that the Mazda5 replaced as our daily driver is still going with 250,000 miles and doesn't have any of these issues. Also something that is not mentioned but should be is the fact that the entire designing of all Mazda's is for performance. That being said if you load up the car with a lot of weight (gear for a family of 5 with three teenagers) you will severally shorten the life of your tires. They are set flat for performance and when you put more weight on them they go out of camber. We ruined both of the rear tires when we took a couple of trips in it. One of the associates at Les Schwab used to have a Mazda 3 and experienced the same thing. He showed us an aftermarket leveler that made it so that didn't happen again. We lost the expensive tires that we had just put on there the year before. The road noise is sometimes unbearable. Do I like the concept of the "micro van"? Yes Would I buy another because it is well thought out? No"

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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