"Doesn't sound like the best title in the world I know, but it is true and I believe compromise is a very very important part of buying a new vehicle. I wanted a good handling, high mpg, very versitile car with a manual transmission. I wanted a 6 speed, I wanted great low end grunt, and I wanted a good amount of cargo space. I wanted heated seats, a sunroof, and AWD. However, I needed a car that fit two car seats and still had extra space for 4 adults. I needed a car that could fit a ton of stuff for home projects and trips with the family, I needed a minivan. But the mazda 5 was able to be a jack of all trades. It has the manual (5 spd only), it handles better than any minivan and many sedans, it gets 30 plus mpgs if you drive right and it has enough low end grunt to keep up with traffic and stay around 2000 rpms. Its fun to drive yet i can fit 6 people, i can have the front seats all the way back with both car seats installed (i am 6'4" very important for me to have leg room). It looks better than most minivans, the interior is cheap but doesnt look that way of function that way. The seats look good and are comfy. The cargo room is amazing. I fit a kitcen table, 4 chairs a bench, an xbox, a cabinet, and a coffee table in the mazda 5 with room to spare. I bought the car out the door for 16500 brand new and i got a pair of Jacks (1 for all my needs and 1 for all my wants).
The bad but not too bad. A few of the body panels on the car had outward bends in them when i bought the car, very weird and i dont know what caused them, however the dealer covered all the issues under warranty."
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