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"
Pros: "great mult purpose compact utility vehicle."
Cons: "gas pedal too small, too sensative, poorly located"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"It's amazing how much cargo it can hold. Myriad ways to arrange seating and pack cargo. Seats 4 very comfortably, 6 in a pinch. Superior handling. Economical and dependable. Instruments and controls easily accessible and convenient. Get the tan interior. The black is HOT. Front end cover or "bra" is recommended as nose is subject to mega road dings. Interior can be noisy on rough roads. Accelerator pedal poorly designed with restricted accessibility. Routine maintenance difficult for home mechanics."
"never owned a Mazda before but I am thrilled with the car
only had one minor problem and the battery lasted 6 years
fun to drive and I love the sunroof and the room inside to carry all kinds of items
I don't like the design of the new Mazda wagons or I would buy another one
great car to own and dependable"
"I owned this for two years. I used it for work and drove a lot around town for almost two years. It had all the comfortable features necessary for long driving. It was great on gas and very reliable. The only problem I had was with the transmission. After driving for too long the automatic transmission would start acting up and had a hard time shifting to second gear. Besides that, no other complaints specially when I had a major car accident in it and it was totaled. I almost did not feel a thing at moment of impact but just a minor neck pain. This car for me is definitely safe. I would buy it again just for that!"
Pros: "FUN, ECONOMICAL, STYLISH AND PLENTY OF SPACE"
Cons: "TRANSMISSION AND PERFORMANCE IN THE SNOW"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"THIS WAS THE MOST FUN VEHICLE TO DRIVE. WHILE IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE A SOCCER MOM CAR. IT REALLY DID SERVE THE SAME PURPOSE. I HAD REFUSED TO BUY A MINIVAN UNTIL I EXPERIENCED THE MAZDA 5. IT'S ONLY DOWN SIDE IS LOSS OF POWER ON HILLS AND IT IS NOT VERY GOOD IN THE SNOW. OTHERWISE I WOULD HAVE SURELY BOUGHT ANOTHER ONE. ALSO, THE TRANSMISSION MUST BE MAINTAINED AS PER FACTORY GUIDELINES OR IT WILL GO RIGHT AROUND 75000 MILES."