The shift lever for the automatic transmission glides confidently through its gate. The Mazda5 is a microvan with almost all the advantages of a traditional minivan, yet it is more agile, maneuverable and economical. Mazda — nice comfy good gas cunsumpt. It seats six yet takes up less space than a minivan and costs less to buy and operate. All 2008 Mazdas come with a roadside assistance program. But beyond this, the interior is in line with what's to be expected of a vehicle in the Mazda5's price range.
They envelop you, providing a cockpit-feel more than a mere cabin. I love the fact that it has room for 7 people, so I can do carpools for the kids' activities, and then I can put the back seats down and have as much trunk space as I did in the Volvo Cross Country I just got rid of! The low gearing does cause higher revs on the highway which is why fuel economy isn't any higher. Side mirrors attach to the lower half of small, wind-wing-shaped quarter windows. A new front bumper fascia design and flowing grille give the model a sportier look, enhanced by new headlight and taillight designs. The low sill height makes for easy loading. The cabin gets a bit loud when going that fast, with both wind and road noise contributing to the din. The dashboard looks like something you'd see in a minivan, with broad reaches of quality plastic spreading far forward beneath the sharply raked windshield.
With the available five-speed automatic transmission, the engine is barely adequate with a light load and completely overwhelmed when carrying around half of your kid's soccer team. The only thing I hate and Mazda havent been able to fix, is the radio goes crackly at totally random occassions, so it's ipod and Cd's most of the way! It get more mpg than any minivan. The driver has a commanding outlook over a logically designed instrument panel. With the available five-speed automatic transmission, the engine is barely adequate with a light load and completely overwhelmed when carrying around half of your kid's soccer team. Manufacturer Info Sources: 1-800-222-5500 -.
The repairs were done at a reputable shop, but there were continuing issues with slippage, which they eventually fixed at no extra charge. More refined, metallic finishers are used in the interior. Build the body tall to pack more people and things inside the same footprint. They do, however, feature a pump lever to adjust seat height. The styling of the vehicle is very smart and sporty for a Multi Use Vehicle. And it's one of the smallest vehicles to offer third-row seating, with space for six. Things should be perfectly fine if everyone behind you is under 10.
Though we were driving around Chicago, it thought we were in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The mild redesign for 2008 brings the shift lever and center console closer to the driver for more of a cockpit feel. Much more comfortable than the Zafira I tried, and better equipped. Additionally, three-point seat belts and head restraints are offered for all six seats. Three-Row Seating In days of yore, American cars seated six passengers on two three-person benches. Read previous reviews, true that it is not that great in deep snow.
The five-speed manual is definitely not a sporty gearbox, requiring careful aiming for gear selection. They hug the sides of the vehicle when open, and create a wide opening for easy entry and exit to the rear seats — even for the third row of passengers. Station wagons used to do the job, but have now all but disappeared. Options on the 2008 Mazda5 Sport trim include the moonroof and a rear spoiler but only with the five-speed auto transmission; it's odd that the sporty rear spoiler cannot be had with the sportscar-like manual transmission. The Grand Touring version adds a touch of luxury to this otherwise utilitarian package.
The headlights and rear combination taillights have been redesigned. The skyscraper principle applies equally to motor vehicles. We had a great trip. While I was downsizing due to no more kids at home, getting my work equipment in and out of sliding doors stood out as a priority. The brakes are solid, with communicative pedal feedback.
Then the editors at TheCarConnection. The tailgate is also configured for tight spaces, with two stops, including a lower one that keeps the hatch at a position for low garage doors and easier reach. The Mazda5 rides well, too--smoothly but firmly and without much body motion. The liftgate extends well into the rear bumper, removing some visual mass from the back end, as well as easing loading with a low cargo floor. The 2008 Mazda5 stands out among vehicles its size for its amazingly spacious interior, with seating for up to six people--although the rearmost two seats are kid's stuff only.
Using the Mazda5 to run errands is the best part. Maybe they need balancing or maybe it is the type of tire. It also provides a fine balance between precise road feedback for maximum driving fun, and the cushioned stability needed for a comfortable ride with up to six people on board. The four-cylinder teams with either a standard five-speed manual transmission or an optional five-speed automatic, which is new for 2008. The optional navigation system's screen has been moved for 2008. The five-speed automatic transmission increases fuel economy versus last year's four-speed automatic. Stability control was added as standard for 2010.