Mazda says it likes to build "Zoom-Zoom" into every car it drives, but we wish the Mazda5 had just a little more under the hood. The 153-horsepower 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine...
that feels so good in the Mazda3 could do with a slight power infusion in the Mazda5. With two testers aboard, the car was reasonably peppy, but we figure that a Mazda5 with six passengers might work pretty hard going uphill.
As to the driving dynamics, the Mazda5 exhibits the good road manners that characterize Mazda vehicles. Ride is controlled but not harsh, and though the steering might be a bit over-assisted, it is reasonably direct. This is no sports car, but it handles much better than a minivan or SUV