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2013 Mazda5 models receive mirror-mounted LED turn signals, a USB audio input, rear backup sensors in Touring and Grand Touring models, and new exterior color choices. The available 6-disc CD changer says goodbye. Models with the automatic transmission gain one mpg in city fuel economy to reach a rating of 22 mpg.
The 2008 MAZDA5 gets a slight face lift featuring a new grille, headlight and taillight design. A revised dash includes a new center console, electroluminescent gauges and second-row fan-speed controls. A new five-speed automatic becomes standard on Touring and Grand Touring trims.
The 2015 Mazda5 is a compact minivan, combining the utility of sliding doors and flexible seating with the maneuverability of a compact car. With the ability to seat up to six, or haul large loads when you fold the seats down the Mazda5 is also surprisingly fun to drive. Sure, its 4-cylinder engine isn't particularly powerful, but the sharp steering and lively suspension definitely keep things interesting. About the only competition the Mazda5 has is the Ford Transit Connect Wagon, which has a similar philosophy of offering a lot of van in a small package. However, the Transit Connect costs thousands more than the Mazda.
By Mikey G. on Wednesday, March 02, 2011
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
"i did so much research on the perfect family hauler without breaking the bank&also not looking like i 'gave up'&was so happy to find the new 5!it has everything i was looking for to transport my family of 4,the body lines of this car look great from ALL angles,we chose the upgraded 'touring model which adds fogs,spoiler side skirts 17' rims nicer grill &leather wheel,power is surprisingly good w/ smooth tranny & good mpg!turning radius is great!almost like a compact car u can make a u turn anywhere& park with ease!the seats are really comfy w/good back support and captains chairs up front and 2nd row,so its a 2 plus 2 plus 2 in rd row which pops up& down really easy!the dual slide doors are light and easy to use for wifey w kiddies!pass/cargo room is also more then adequate,this mpv is a hot seller in Europe and only car in its class that got rave reviews..much better ad easier then suv w 3rd row,i highly recommend,u won't be disapointed!we love our 2012 5!"
22 people out of 23 found this review helpful
By Paul on Sunday, August 07, 2011
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "great price compared to other mini-vans"
Cons: "no power side- sliding doors but very easy to open and close with one finger"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"After matching the mazda 5 against the other mini-vans, I thought it had much more value than the others. I felt like I saved about $8000 or $9000 and got pretty much what I wanted. My wife hauls 3 grandkids around in it. It is very reliable and easy to drive and easy to park. With the back 4 seats down. you can haul a lot more than you would expect (fold-up tables, chairs, coolers, food etc). We made one trip to Las Vegas from San Diego over the mountains going there and then again coming back. no problems with power. 28 mpg both ways."
47 people out of 50 found this review helpful
By Binky on Friday, August 10, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Agile, stylish family vehicle"
Cons: "No cover on centre console, steering wheel design"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I know a lot of people who have this car and love it, so when I had a child and needed more space, it was a logical choice. Safety rating, value, and gas mileage were important considerations. Gas mileage isn't as good as the Honda Civic I was driving previously, but that's to be expected. This car makes great use of space, nothing is wasted. The rear-most seats are probably best for kids; my husband and I are both tall, and find the headroom great but leg room lacking back there. The rest of the seating is very roomy. I love that the second row of seats are buckets rather than bench. I drive a lot, and the built-in bluetooth is great for that. The sound system is good enough for me and the heated front seats are a nice touch. As for the exterior, the new Nagare styling is a definite improvement, and the sliding side doors are brilliant. My only gripes: 1) I'm not a fan of the steering wheel which forces my hands into the 2 and 10 position due to the lower crossbar. I can't drive with one hand on the bottom of the wheel which is my preference (not correct I know, but been driving like that for years) and 2) I wish the centre console storage had a lid instead of being completely open. I don't like seeing all the junk I store in there and would rather have the ability to cover it up. I would recommend getting the back windows tinted, which we did. I wish I had sprung for the roof rack."
16 people out of 17 found this review helpful