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2013 Mazda MAZDA5

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2013 Mazda MAZDA5 Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.1

There's nothing else quite like the Mazda5 among new cars today. The 2013 Mazda5 can best be thought of as a miniature minivan. In length it's the size of a compact sedan, yet the Mazda5 can seat up to six passengers and has dual sliding doors and a rear liftgate that allow easy access for passengers and cargo. Unlike traditional minivans, the Mazda uses a smaller, more fuel-efficient engine and has a starting price under $21,000. Then there is the Mazda5's biggest surprise: its driving dynamics. The words "minivan" and "fun to drive" usually don't mix, but the Mazda5 is an exception. What the Mazda5 lacks in size and power compared to others, it makes up for in driving manners, fuel efficiency and value.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need seating for six and don't want to spend a fortune, the Mazda5 is a smart – if not obvious – choice. That the Mazda5 is fun to drive and costs thousands less than minivans such as the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna are further incentives.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you need to seat more than six passengers and have room leftover for cargo or require the ability to tow a trailer, you'll need to step up to a larger minivan or a 3-row crossover SUV. Traditional minivans also offer more creature comforts such as built-in navigation systems and power-operated sliding doors.

What's New for 2013

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.

Driving the MAZDA5
Driving Impressions

Consider the Mazda5's road manners icing on the automotive cake. While we doubt any driving enthusiast's first choice of vehicle would be a minivan, this people mover feels more nimble...

... than its larger, heavier rivals. Off-the-line acceleration is not the Mazda5's strength, but it redeems itself with its ability to hug corners and transmit road feel without compromising overall comfort. Among the 2013 Mazda5's pragmatic highlights is its ease in parking lots. At nearly the same length – actually a smidge shorter – as the Mazda3 compact sedan on which it's based, the Mazda5 is a snap to maneuver. Outward visibility is excellent, the seats are comfortable, and dash controls are laid out well. If you happen to be among the "save the manuals" crowd of shrinking buyers who actually enjoy shifting for themselves, the Mazda5 is your sole choice among minivans offering a manual transmission.

FLEXIBLE INTERIOR
For its small exterior, the Mazda5's innards can hold a lot. With the 3rd-row seats folded flat, there is 44.4 cubic feet of space, perfect for hauling sports gear or the family pet. Built-in storage cubbies make further use of space.

PRICE
Whether in base or buffed-up form, the 2013 Mazda5 offers a lot for the money. Prices range from under $21,000 to just over $25,000 before options.

2013 Mazda MAZDA5 Details
Interior

The 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 pair of 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
2013 Mazda MAZDA5 photo

Picture a minivan, and then shrink that visualization slightly. That's the Mazda5, a mini minivan. Overall, you could say the 2013 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 2013 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

All 2013 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 2013 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-cylinder
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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2013 Mazda MAZDA5 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.0
Out of 10

Based on 41 Ratings for the 2012 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    7.9/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    8.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.2/10
    Styling
    8.2/10

Am I happy?

By on Friday, May 13, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Price; acceptable fuel economy; pretty exterior"

Cons: "Cheap plastic; road noise"

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

Rear view of Mazda5

"The car has been generally acceptable, which I guess means that we haven't been stranded because of the car yet. We have a larger family so we bought this to transport everyone. However, it's cramped. 6 people are barely comfortable in this thing. If my wife and I slide forward and the middle row slides forward then the people in the back aren't crying that they can't move their legs. Changing the oil is a pain because of the plastic panel underneath the car that is mostly in the way. I installed a spout that sticks out sideways so I could get to it without removing the panel. The passenger side visor snapped off in my kid's hand. The connection to the car is just plastic which made me start worrying about the rest of the plastic. It was pulling teeth to get the dealership to fix that one. They had to check and see if it was a problem on other vehicles before they would address it. (They finally did fix it, which means it's been an ongoing problem for them.) The road noise is pretty loud, especially on the highway. The stereo has Bluetooth built in which is nice, though it must be a weird Bluetooth stack because it has a delay of about 3 seconds for audio coming out from my device. We hand the device to the baby to watch Sesame Street and he doesn't seem to mind. However, if we have a movie playing from the tablet mounted to the back of the seats the audio is off too much. There are ways around it, for example using the AUX cord, or getting a media player on the device that supports audio synchronization. Phone calls are NOT delayed though, so good job, I suppose. But the road noise makes phone calls using the stereo's microphone on the highway difficult. All that said, the car has been fine. It gets us around, it's a little zippy, and it handles well. Right now it's May 2016 and the 2017's are coming out. We are about to trade it in to buy a used 2015 Chrysler Town & Country and the dealership is offering us around $16,500 for the trade-in. We paid $26,000 in 2014."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Rear view of Mazda5

2008 Mazda 5 Touring - Constant problems

By on Wednesday, March 23, 2016

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Constant suspension and brake issues

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Room, practicality, easy/fun to drive"

Cons: "suspension/brake issues, lack of power with riders"

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

"I love the total idea of this car. 3rd row seats, plenty of cargo space, good looks, easy ingress/egress, etc. First issue: tires cupped and made big noise only a year into ownership. Second issue: Front brake squeal in first year of ownership. Third issue: Front suspension clunking less than two years in. Fourth issue: Rear brake squeal and clunking. Fifth issue: Rear suspension clunking. Everything was fixed MANY times at the dealer and then at my mechanic. Issues ALWAYS came back. As typical, a hassle for the dealer to find anything wrong with vehicle. I stopped going to the dealer after warranty expired due to higher cost and lack of effort to fix. My mechanic found issue after issue and "fixed" them everytime only to have them return. Upon telling one of the mechanics that I sold the vehicle, he said that it was the absolute worst car he had ever worked on. My review numbers are mixed because I fell in love with the potential of the car but was heartbroken with the reality of the constant suspension and brake issues. I actually would love to buy another IF these problems have been sorted out by Mazda."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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."

5 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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."

12 people out of 32 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."

10 people out of 19 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."

22 people out of 35 found this review helpful

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