Go

2009 Mazda MAZDA5

Overview
Share this page
Trading in or Selling? Know where you stand with the most up-to-date Kelley Blue Book Value at your fingertips. See your car's value

Buying this car?

2009 Mazda MAZDA5 Review

By

The 2009 Mazda MAZDA5 is an interesting offering. Built from the same chassis that spawned the smash-hit MAZDA3, the MAZDA5 looks like a cross between a compact hatchback and a midsize minivan. Offering sliding side doors and three-row seating, the MAZDA5 can certainly swallow its share of people and cargo, and its willing suspension is truly delightful. If the MAZDA5 has a weak point it's that the standard 2.3-liter engine lacks enough muscle to give this family-friendly vehicle the "Zoom-Zoom" attitude found in the CX-7 and CX-9 crossover utility vehicles. Still, for those who travel mostly in urban settings and don't require the ability to tow a trailer, the MAZDA5 makes an excellent alternative to a cramped compact wagon or heavy SUV.

You'll Like This Car If...

Seeking good fuel economy, passenger space for six and a serious amount of versatility? If you answered yes to those queries then the 2009 Mazda MAZDA5, which also boasts a very palatable price, could well appeal to you.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The MAZDA5 and vehicles like it are hot sellers in other countries, but American buyers have usually had only lukewarm interest in such vehicles. Maybe the mini-minivan look or the lack of V6 power limits the appeal here, but the MAZDA5 has a great deal to offer, even to those who are skeptical at first.

What's New for 2009

No major changes for 2009.

Driving the MAZDA5
Driving Impressions

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 for 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.

Three-Row Seating
In days of yore, American cars seated six passengers on two three-person benches. The MAZDA5 gives each of the six individuals his or her own seat with theater-style elevation for each row.

Foldout Second-Row Console
A console emerges from under the second-row passenger seat and contains cupholders for both middle-row passengers and an ingenious net catch-all for odds and ends.

2009 Mazda MAZDA5 Details
2009 Mazda MAZDA5 photo Interior

The 2009 Mazda MAZDA5 features six individual seats placed in three rows of two. Each of the four rear seats folds out of the way individually, so the MAZDA5 can accommodate anywhere from one to six occupants and a number of combinations of occupants and gear. The driver's-side seat in the second row offers an under-cushion storage bin, while that on the passenger's side has a clever fold-out cupholder with a storage compartment made of netting. The driver has a commanding outlook over a logically designed instrument panel. The shift lever protrudes from the center stack and above it are easy-to-use controls for the sound system and heating and ventilating functions. Finally, the MAZDA5 offers a remarkable 142 cubic feet of interior space in an easy-to-handle package.

Exterior

Mazda made a very definite effort to clone the Mazda family look in its MAZDA5. Looking straight at its new nose, you see a strong grille and obvious Mazda touches like the flying M badge. At the rear the Mazda heritage is less obvious, though the taillights have an upscale clear-lens look and the tailgate exhibits Mazda's engineering skills by using lightweight materials. The tailgate also stops its upward travel in two positions, one higher than the other, a boon for shorter people. On each side are a conventional swing-out front door and an extremely wide rear sliding door that operates with just one finger, but is not power actuated.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Sport trim features a five-speed manual transmission, while the Touring and Grand Touring employ a new five-speed automatic. A 2.3-liter is the sole engine offering. As for amenities, the Sport trim includes an AM/FM/CD stereo, air conditioning, power windows and locks and cruise control. The Touring trim adds front fog lamps, rear spoiler, side skirts, an AM/FM in-dash six-disc CD changer and a power moonroof. The Grand Touring adds leather seat trim, heated front seats and xenon headlamps, Bluetooth hands-free communication system, automatic headlights, heated door mirrors and rain sensing wipers. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels and a comprehensive airbag safety system, including three-row side curtain airbags, are standard on all three models.

Optional Equipment

Options depend upon trim levels and include a five-speed automatic transmission (Sport), pearlescent paint, power moonroof (Sport), voice-command DVD navigation system (Grand Touring), MP3/CD changer (Sport), SIRIUS Satellite Radio and a cargo net and cover.

Under the Hood

The 2.3-liter four-cylinder, 16-valve dual overhead cam (DOHC) MZR-series engine has earned a positive reputation in other Mazda vehicles. Producing 153 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 148 pound-feet of torque at 4500 rpm, the engine is matched with an easy-shifting five-speed manual transmission or five-speed Sport-AT automatic that offers a manual shift mode.

2.3-liter in-line 4
153 horsepower @ 6500 rpm
148 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/28(manual), 21/27 (automatic)

Trading in or Selling? Know where you stand with the most up-to-date Kelley Blue Book Value at your fingertips. See your car's value

Buying this car?

2009 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

Share this page
Advertisement
Trading in or Selling? Know where you stand with the most up-to-date Kelley Blue Book Value at your fingertips. See your car's value

Buying this car?

Advertisement