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2014 Mazda MAZDA5

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2014 Mazda MAZDA5 Review

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The 2014 Mazda5 is unique among today's automobiles, riding atop a car platform but using sliding side doors like a traditional minivan. About the size of a compact sedan, the Mazda5 can comfortably seat four passengers, six in a pinch. The tall rear liftgate makes loading large or bulky items a breeze, and the 2nd-row captain's-chair seating ensures the kids will be content in their own space. While not terribly powerful, the Mazda5's frugal 4-cylinder engine gets the job done and helps keep the Mazda5's base price around $21,000. Beyond its affordable price and livable dimensions, the Mazda5 is still a Mazda, which means it's ultimately more fun to drive than any lumbering SUV or full-size van.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you have need for more room than a small station wagon or sedan can provide, but you're not interested in driving a "mom-mobile," the 2014 Mazda5 offers many minivan virtues in a fun-to drive, efficient and affordable vehicle.

You May Not Like This Car If...

There is no substitute for the power of a V6, so if you must have one, the Dodge Grand Caravan comes closest to the Mazda5's price point and features a standard V6 engine. The Mazda5 is also lacking in high-tech creature comforts such as power sliding doors, touch-screen navigation and infotainment.

What's New for 2014

There are no major changes planned for the 2014 Mazda5.

Driving the MAZDA5

Driving Impressions In a world of oversized lumbering family vehicles, the Mazda5's nimble road manners and compact size come as a breath of fresh air. While we are certain hard-core driving enthusiasts...

are not going to be flocking to this car, those in need of a second family vehicle may find the Mazda5 the perfect fit. Of course, the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder isn't going to smoke the tires, but it can move even a loaded Mazda5 with enough urgency to pass muster with most drivers, and you can get it with a 5-speed manual. Best of all, the Mazda5's slick suspension setup sacrifices nothing in the form of ride comfort to achieve its zippy attitude. More pluses? Visibility from the driver's seat is excellent, seating in the first two rows is comfortable and spacious, and the dash is intelligently laid out.

FLEXIBLE INTERIOR
Given that it's no bigger than a Mazda3 sedan, the versatility and roominess of the Mazda5 interior are nothing short of astounding. Fold the 3rd-row seat flat and 44.4 cubic feet of cargo space opens up. Small storage cubbies throughout the cabin help safely stow smaller items.

PRICE
Be it the base model starting around $21,000 or a loaded Grand Touring out the door for around $26,000, it's hard to find fault with the Mazda5 value story.

2014 Mazda MAZDA5 Details
Interior

The 2014 Mazda5's interior is best described in one word: functional. With room for six passengers, fold-flat second and third rows, and convenient storage areas such as under-seat cubbies in the 2nd-row captain's chairs, there's plenty of space for people and stuff. A caveat does come with that last row, though. The two 3rd-row seats are small and most suitable for children. The second row, on the other hand, offers plenty of individual space and commendable legroom. The leather-trimmed seats on the top-line Grand Touring model lend a nicer feel (literally), but overall, the interior amenities lag behind comparable versions of larger minivans.

Exterior
2014 Mazda MAZDA5 photo

Picture a minivan, and then shrink that visualization slightly. That's the Mazda5, a mini minivan. Overall, you could say the 2014 Mazda5 has a friendly profile, starting with that grin-shaped face that adorns other Mazda front ends. Swooping, wave-like swaths make for stylish sides, and even the rear door is cute by minivan standards. Mid-level Touring models are spruced up with side sill extensions and a rear spoiler, while top-line Grand Touring models are adorned with a power moonroof and xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A base 2014 Mazda5 Sport comes with cruise control, automatic climate control, remote keyless entry, manual driver's seat with height adjustment, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD system with USB and auxiliary inputs. Touring versions add features such as backup sensors, Bluetooth connectivity, an automatic transmission, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Grand Touring models up the comfort factor with leather upholstery, a power moonroof, heated front seats, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and driver's-seat lumbar support. Safety features on all models include six airbags, traction control and anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist.

Optional Equipment

For 2014 all Mazda5 models can be outfitted with a rear-seat DVD entertainment system featuring a 7-inch monitor and two wireless headsets, remote engine start, and rearview mirror with a compass and a HomeLink remote transmitter for opening garages and gates. Base Sport models can be had with an automatic transmission, which is standard on other trims. If you want a navigation system, portable Garmin units are available from the dealer, as are roof racks to carry everything from luggage to a kayak.

Under the Hood

The 2014 Mazda5 uses a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 157 horsepower and 163 lb-ft of torque. If that doesn't sound like much power, it's because it isn't. A Mazda5 loaded with passengers won't win many races, but for everyday duties, the powerplant is fine. Helping matters is the Mazda5's 5-speed automatic transmission, which is a smooth and eager shifter. The base Sport version is the only one available with a 6-speed manual transmission. All Mazda5s are front-wheel drive and can run on regular unleaded gasoline.

2.5-liter inline-4
157 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
163 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/28 mpg (automatic), 21/28 mpg (manual)

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2014 Mazda MAZDA5 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.1
Out of 10

Based on 38 Ratings for the 2012 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    8.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.3/10
    Styling
    8.2/10

Perfect vehicle for my family!

By on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "flexible seating, sliding doors, great price"

Cons: "no roof rack on sport model"

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

"I did a lot of research trying to find the vehicle that would fit my family's lifestyle and everything pointed to the Mazada5. It was the only car I test drove and bought it on the spot. Drives great and gets great gas mileage on my 20mi each way daily commute. We are a family of 4 with our two kids both in high-back booster seats. They have no problems switching to the back optional 3rd row and have plenty of room so we can fit adults in the two passenger bucket seats. The flexibility to be able to take a car load of people, help a friend move, or just commute to work is just what we were looking for in a vehicle. Three years in and have had zero issues with it. I have the Sport and wished that the dealer had had more than just this one left as I would have chosen to have more options like are offered in the Touring or Grand Touring. Overall, a wonderful vehicle and I'm so glad we chose to buy that day."

Worst Car I've Ever Owned

By on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "cheap"

Cons: "expensive repairs"

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

"I've got a wife and 4 kids. Needed more space than a sedan could provide. This car was affordable, but I've experienced expensive suspension problems both front and back (google it), manual transmission went bad while under warranty, there's an intermittent problem with the ignition switch (it believes the key is still in the car and won't lock the doors from the fob), Brake and tire wear is excessive. The Mazda5 is built on the smaller Mazda 3 platform, I firmly believe they didn't upgrade the brakes or suspension for the extra weight. Driving can be sketchy. Handling around bumpy turns at highway speeds, the backend bounces. In the rain, the vehicle has very little traction, hydroplanes easily, requires extra stopping distance...Storage space is limited when all the kids are in the car, needed to add roof rack and storage box to carry luggage for trips."

11 people out of 26 found this review helpful

Love my Mazda5

By on Monday, September 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 77,000

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

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

"Seating for 6 (back 2 seats more comfortable for children or smaller adults), but drives like a car. Good gas mileage (24 average). Leather has held up nicely. No major mechanical issues. Love bluetooth phone/music capability. Nice stereo system."

7 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Zippy but fucntional

By on Thursday, June 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 47,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"We bought this 4 years back and have had no issues. To this day, it still drives like new. We just replaced the tires at 46K miles which really made me feel like driving out of the mazda parking lot. The kids love it, ofcourse they would prefer auto sliding doors, rear view camera and more leg room but for the money it has enough value. We once rammed at 70mph into an object that fell off the vehicle in front. The only thing that happened was a bent bumper with no other damage. I would think its reliable and safe based on this but am a safe driver anyway. Overall a great buy for value shoppers."

19 people out of 28 found this review helpful

A bit boring but an excellent car

By on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Really good value for money. As far as minivans go, this one's the only one I would consider. Easy to forget that it's so big since it handles so smoothly."

13 people out of 24 found this review helpful

Great car, but poor collision results

By on Saturday, March 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 49,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Handling, gas mileage, functionality"

Cons: "safety, ride noise"

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

"This really is an excellent vehicle - good on gas, no problems at all, nice ride, excellent handling in emergency situation and very functional with 3rd row seats. BUT, it failed the latest offset crash and side impact testing, so I must get a vehicle that has better safety."

15 people out of 23 found this review helpful

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