The second- and third-row seats fold down to create a flat load floor stretching from the rear liftgate to the back of the front seats, good for more than 5 feet. It's in leg room and hip room that the Mazda5 cramps third-row occupants. But hey, something has to give. Luckily, though, you can also find these with manual transmissions. With 2 young kids, an active lifestyle for all and a 20 mile congested commute this car is an all-in-wonder machine.
Body-color, full-round handles bridge concave circles in the doors. Trendy, clear-lens taillight arrays are stacked on each side of the fixed rear window. The benefits of this approach — sporty handling, minimal and manageable dimensions — are readily apparent after only a short time behind the wheel. Mazda says sliding rear doors offer easier. And, with the third row, it is perfect for the occasional friend, cousin or grandparent. We ended up having to call back on Friday and we were then told the car was ready for pick up.
A number of dealer-installed accessories are available, including bike and snowboard carriers. Primary Use: Commuting to work Comfortable, Quick And Reliable — All around good little car. But families still exist, and couples young and old still enjoy getting out and about. The automatic's manual shift mode is faithful to the concept, holding the selected gear regardless of engine speed. Matte black B-pillars and C-pillars play down the height of the glasshouse.
It is a very practical family mini-van. The base model is equipped with keyless entry, complete power accessories, cruise control, automatic climate control with rear vents and a six speaker sound system. If you haven't seen the Mazda5, imagine a mini-van, but about 25% smaller. My wife has always been ambivalent toward cars until I bought her the Mazda5. I really wanted another minivan, but did not have the budget available for a late model traditional m-v. For the 2012 model year, Mazda replaced the 2. As far as the performance, you just need to get manual rather than auto transmission.
It is small enough that you still feel like you're driving a car, but large enough to fit two adults and three small children. Needs the roof container for long trips. For the 2012 model year, Mazda replaced the 2. My rear-left wheel well is almost gone. Yes, I get to enjoy my family time, but it is the time when I get to drive my wife's 2006 Mazda5. Back seats fold down for nice roomy trunk. Our gas mileage with this load, on the 700 mile trip with average speeds 75-80 mph, was 24.
If you like manual transmission and need a micro-van that fills like a car buy it. Throttle tip in can be a bit quicker than expected, especially when accelerating from a stop around a corner. The flow lines of the hood, headlights and body panels help create a compelling sense of movement. Second-row seats have child-safety seat anchors and top tethers, but the third-row seat only has top tethers. The instrument cluster is pleasantly basic, with eye-catching contrasts between speedometer and supportive gauges. Not many adults will want to park for very long in the third row.
Steering isn't especially precise, but it has good on-center feel and directional stability. Seats are, well, adequate, best in the front row, then losing both comfort and support as you move to the third row. The powertrain is relatively refined and responsive, but could be more powerful. Suspension activity is more noticeable, with sharp pavement breaks resonating directly into the cabin, in part due to weight savings that bring the Mazda5 in well under the Freestyle's two tons. But they find room inside for a minimum of six people, sometimes seven. A panel with the system's controls is tacked onto the console on the driver's side of the shift gate.
I think this would be better for a family who only needed the third row as occasional seating. The Mazda5 does, however, make efficient use of the space it has. The resale value is not good as other Japanese makes. I have two young children and this versatile car does well with all of the stuff and car seats. The front discs are ventilated for better heat dissipation.