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2010 Mazda MAZDA5

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2010 Mazda MAZDA5 Review

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The 2010 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 2010 Mazda MAZDA5, which also boasts a very palatable price, could well appeal to you. It's also the only three-row vehicle in this class to still offer a manual transmission.

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 2010

For 2010, Mazda adds Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and traction control as standard equipment.

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.

2010 Mazda MAZDA5 Details
Interior

The 2010 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
2010 Mazda MAZDA5 photo

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, traction and stability control, 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)

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2010 Mazda MAZDA5 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.0
Out of 10

Based on 253 Ratings for the 2006 - 2010 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.1/10
  • Reliability
    8.5/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.1/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

Great small utilty vehicle. Excellent value.

By on Sunday, July 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 106,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

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."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

best car I ever purchased with no recalls

By on Monday, June 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 67,655

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "fun to drive and dependable"

Cons: "no arm rest for the passenger"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"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"

6 people out of 11 found this review helpful

This car saved my life!

By on Tuesday, June 09, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: car accident

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Comfortable, Roomy, Gas Efficient, Safe!"

Cons: "Transmission not reliable"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"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!"

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

AWESOME MINIVAN FOR THOSE IN MINIVAN DENIAL

By on Friday, June 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 180,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

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."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Would buy again

By on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great value"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I CAN'T DRIVE ANY MORE DUE TO POOR EYE SIGHT....WOULD NOT BE SELLING IF IT WEREN'T FOR THIS SITUATION...GREAT TRANSPORTATION !!"

4 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Great vehicle - fit exactly what we needed

By on Sunday, November 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 95,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Great value and fuel economy."

Cons: "Ride - great if the roads weren't like a war zone"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Great style and fuel economy for what you get. We rarely have everyone in the car at this point but when everyone is home we can still go in one car or haul a bunch of stuff in the back - not both at the same time but we knew that. Where else can you carry 6 people and get over 30mpg on the highway? I would buy this car again and, in fact have bought a Mazda 3 now, but there are a couple little quirks: 1) The ride is very confident but getting to be quite stiff for the torn up Michigan roads. Luckily we've had tire "insurance" because we blistered 3 tires last winter in pot holes. The 17" wheels are great looking but are not resilient to winters. Maybe 16" and snow tires this year?? 2) Rear shocks and struts have been "blown out". Another victim of the stiff but "zoom-zoom" confident ride is the amount of jarring the struts / shocks have taken. Good thing I can replace this stuff myself so it doesn't break the bank but replacing is a little premature in my opinion. 3) Rust - very common issue with the Mazda 3's but the 5 is starting to show a bit of rust in the rear wheel well lip already. This is annoying and I'm not sure what to do about it. Seems to be a common platform issue with 5s and 3s. 4) Missing options? - Europe got power sliding doors and stability control. Not sure I need the former but having traction control/stability control would have been nice. I like the Bose option in this vintage Grand Touring Mazda 3's. Would have been an easy add to this vehicle, I'm guessing. 5) Of course the Mazdaspeed engine would have been a blast and one of the magazines did that conversion but...."

19 people out of 30 found this review helpful

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