"Switched from a Ford Windstar that had tons of room but larger than needed and a Ford Explorer that was bulky, clunky, and drove horribly.
Overall, we love the 5, we got the 08 GT since for the money why not get all the features!
WHAT WE LOVE: 1. amazing space in a small package, 2. drives nimbly, 3. good gas mileage, 3. stylish, 4. 10 and 12 year old kids love it, 5. sliding passenger doors, 6. third row seat works fine for a couple extra kids.
WHAT WE DON'T LIKE: 1. front seats are too short (this is our BIGGEST gripe) and don't offer enough thigh support. I am average size at 5ft10.5 185 lbs and it is just not comfortable on long drives. PLEASE MAZDA, PUT SOME BETTER FRONT SEATS IN, EVEN IF YOU HAVE TO STRETCH THE CAR A COUPLE OF INCHES. 2. gas and brake pedals are much too close to each other, 3. brakes are WAY TOO SENSITIVE, 4. wind and road noise is pronounced, just not enough insulation and the low profile tires probably don't help.
As a Boston driver, we bought four winter tires and were very glad we did that, since the stock tires are not good in snow/ice.
To sum up, an unbeatable value for a stylish, sporty car!! We are 15k miles in and loving it, despite the front seats!"
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