Used 2015 Mazda MAZDA5 Van/Minivan
Mazda MAZDA5 Van/Minivan
The van that puts the "mini" in "minivan," the fun-to-drive compact 2015 Mazda5 offers three rows, seating for six and sliding doors.
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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.
You'll Like This Car If...
If the idea of a minivan appeals to you, but you don't need the added bulk in your life, then the 2015 Mazda5 may just be the ticket. It offers plenty of passenger space, is maneuverable, has good cargo room behind the second row of seats, and decent fuel economy.
You May Not Like This Car If...
While it may be frugal, there's not a lot of power from that 4-cylinder engine. The Mazda5 is also definitely lacking in minivan-standard creature comforts like navigation and power sliding doors.
What's New for 2015
The 2015 Mazda5 is carried over from last year, with no new features. However, you've missed your chance if you wanted the manual-transmission model, as it's been dropped this year. EPA city fuel economy also slips one point to 21 mpg.
In a world where few even realize that "full-size minivan" is an oxymoron, there's the 2015 Mazda5 compact minivan. The Mazda5's compact dimensions and nimble road manners are a breath of fresh air where so many competitors lumber through life. However, instead of thinking about bigger vans like the Honda Odyssey or Dodge Grand Caravan, both of which cost significantly more, the Mazda5 also competes against compact SUVs like the Honda CR-V and Ford Edge. Compared to them, the little van feels surprisingly nimble, with sharp steering and a firm suspension that's keeping in line with the Mazda "zoom-zoom" philosophy. The 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine isn't exceptionally powerful, but it's certainly enough to get the job done, even if it occasionally struggles when fully loaded. The 6-speed manual transmission has been dropped this year, a move certain to draw laments from a handful of family-toting enthusiasts, but few others.
Considering that the Mazda5 doesn't take up much more room than a compact sedan, the fact that it can carry so much inside is remarkable. There's 44.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row, more than most compact SUVs. Alternatively, it can carry six people.
The base price on the 2015 Mazda5 is right around $22,000, making it one of the least expensive 3-row vehicles you can buy. Even the fully loaded Grand Touring model is far below $30,000.
It may not be fancy inside, but the 2015 Mazda5 gets the job done. There's room for six passengers, and while the third row is kids-only, the second row offers plenty of leg- and headroom. There are storage areas everywhere, like the clever compartments hidden under the 2nd-row seat cushions. If you're hauling a bigger load, the second and third rows fold flat, and the low floor makes it easy to load large objects without a high liftover. Still, there's no denying that even with the leather seats in Grand Touring models, most competitors these days offer nicer surroundings and features.
The 2015 Mazda5 casts a fairly conventional shadow for a minivan, except for the size, of course. However, the surface detailing on this little van is something else. Swooping, wave-like patterns on the sides of the van give it some visual punch, and the wide-mouthed grille treatment will make you wonder what it thinks is so funny all the time. Base Sport models come with plastic wheel covers, while Touring and Grand Touring models get alloy wheels. Grand Touring models get a power moonroof and xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights.
Notable Standard Equipment
The base 2015 Mazda5 Sport is fairly Spartan by today's standards. It has 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, but no Bluetooth, which is pretty surprising for anything costing more than $20,000 these days. Touring models do get Bluetooth, as well as backup sensors 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.
Notable Optional Equipment
The 2015 Mazda5 can be outfitted with a rear-seat DVD entertainment system featuring a 7-inch monitor and two wireless headsets. There's also remote engine start, and an available rearview mirror with a compass and a HomeLink remote transmitter for opening garages and gates. However, if you want a navigation system, you'll have to get a portable Garmin unit from the dealership, or just get a $30 suction-cup mount for your smartphone. Dealer-supplied accessories also include roof racks to carry everything from luggage to a kayak.
Under the Hood
There's only one drivetrain option for the 2015 Mazda5: a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with 157 horsepower and 163 lb-ft of torque. That's not a lot of power, and subsequently, the Mazda5 won't win many drag races. However, it's good enough for day-to-day use. The 5-speed automatic transmission is the only one available this year, as last year's available 6-speed manual has been dropped from the Sport model. The 5-speed automatic isn't exactly state-of-the-art in a world where 6-speeds and continuously variable automatics are commonplace, but it's smooth and eager enough. All Mazda5s are front-wheel drive and can run on regular unleaded gasoline, although it's not quite as thrifty with the gas as you might think.
157 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
163 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/28 mpg
For 2015 the Mazda5 Sport carries a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $22,000. However, we suggest skipping over that base model and starting at the $23,100 Mazda5 Touring, which offers more standard features. The Grand Touring model is about $25,500, and if you can make the stretch, you'll get leather seats and a few other features to go along with it. Most minivans start at thousands more, including the similarly sized Ford Transit Connect Wagon. Larger vans like the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna are closer to $30,000. About the only van close to the Mazda5 in price is the Dodge Grand Caravan, which also begins just shy of $21,000. Before buying, be sure to check the Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are actually paying for the 2015 Mazda5. Down the road, the Mazda5's resale value is predicted to be about average.
Mazda MAZDA5 Consumer Reviews
September 14, 2015
Love my Mazda5
Seating for 6 (back 2 seats more comfortable for children or smaller adults), but drives like a car. Good gas mileage (24 average)....
March 17, 2015
A bit boring but an excellent car
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...
September 12, 2014
a quite good balance between price and functions
I with my wife and two kids, 15 and 13, traveled around California, Oregon and Washington. Our Mazda 5 is fun to drive and very quiet....
February 06, 2013
THIS VAN DRIVES SO WELL - A PLEASURE NOT A CHORE!
WE COMPLETELY LOVE OUR MAZDA 5 GRAND TOURING. IT WAS CHEAPER THAN THE OTHER MINIVANS THAT WE LOOKED AT W/ LEATHER.
July 19, 2012
Great family car
I have three kids and we bought this car brand new around Thanksgiving last year. After driving it seven months, it has definitely grown...
July 05, 2012
Best vehicle I ever owned!
I have always owned American cars but Consumer Reports Magazine highly rated the Mazda 5 so I test drove it. I fell in love with it...
June 12, 2012
MAZDA5 GT - GREAT FAMILY FRIENDLY HAULER!!!
I have owned the Mazda5 Grand Touring for 10 months and it has grown on me. I have 3 kids and it is great for hauling a family of 5...
May 23, 2012
I lov this car is my liltle baby
Hi i have 4 kids ages4,6,13,14 this car is perfect for my family the space is increible im 6.2 tall im fit good all my girl are tall and...
November 08, 2011
Replaces Honda Odyssey at $10K Less
Excellent handling. More pep than Odyssey. Excellent gas mileage.
August 07, 2011
very easy to drive and fun to drive
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...