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. Safety As of publication, the Mazda5 has not been crash tested. It features a raked windshield, an aggressively styled front end, a tapered roofline and 17-inch alloy wheels and tires. An irritating trait emerged during highway driving: If the cruise control was set at 70 mph and was resumed when traveling around 65 mph, the automatic transmission would to accelerate. Its so cute and functional. Give Mazda credit for devising a way to fit six people in relative comfort inside a vehicle that's only about 3 inches longer than a Toyota Corolla. The Mazda5 is a microvan with almost all the advantages of a traditional minivan, yet it is more agile, maneuverable and economical.
I love my Mazda 5. Head restraints are adjustable in all three rows, but they, too, diminish in comfort in the second and third rows, especially the rearmost, which are functional, yes, but add nothing to an already minimally accommodating seat. 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. Visibility is good, as expected in a minivan-type transporter. Summary The 2006 Mazda5 is an impressive package for this price point. I find the performance with the 5-speed manual to be adequate, though I've read some reviewers who complain about performance.
Both side sliding doors move easily and smoothly which is a godsend to older passengers. Back seats fold down for nice roomy trunk. Stability control was added as standard for 2010. But for the most part, engine response is easily managed. Equally pleasant surprises for a car in this class are the steering wheel-mounted controls for audio and cruise settings. A strong wedge influence flares character lines and surface planes from the pinched-down front end rearward to a tall, chopped off, stubby back end rendered even more awkward by a pouting, bulbous rear bumper.
Send Mike an Hide full review. The Mazda5's front seats have aggressively bolstered backrests and are supportive enough to leave you feeling good even after hours at the wheel. The manual version of the Mazda5 significantly improves upon the weak performance complaints that have been associated with the automatic. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. The primary factor that sets Mazda5 apart from anything else in North America is its seating for six, in three rows of two, combined with its modest size. The answer's beneath the sheet metal, as the six-person Mazda5 rides on a compact car , specifically the one used by the nimble Mazda3, and it's smaller than traditional minivans.
Sometimes when the car is cold, the transmission will jerk violently from first to second. The suspension is on the f. Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Still, it maneuvers like a charm in dry weather and that makes for easy traveling. Low-grade hard plastic in the center console significantly mars the interior.
The plastic cowling at the top of the rear hatch has begun to crack symmetrically on both sides where the hatch is attached to the car body. More interior color options, silver interior trim scratches easily, stronger engine. The answer's beneath the sheet metal, as the six-person Mazda5 rides on a compact car , specifically the one used by the nimble Mazda3, and it's smaller than traditional minivans. A number of dealer-installed accessories are available, including bike and snowboard carriers. With 3 kids under 5 in car seats, had no problem them getting into their seats on their own nor I had any problems getting them buckled up. We installed the cargo rack and went on a long trip and everything was secure and plenty of room inside for 3 kids, 3 adults! We test drove and feel in love. Interior Features Other than the packaging, there's nothing special, or unique, about the 2006 Mazda5's interior.
For such a relatively tall car, there's little buffeting from crosswinds or passing trucks. Seats aren't all that comfortable either, but there are six bucket seats so everyone gets their own seat. Not that such a practical, utility-oriented vehicle needs to be fast. I don't think I will have any issues trading it in in the future and even though this car is so new, I've already began to eye my next car. If anything, the third row will likely be the hangout for kids, and there's enough space for them. With both the second- and third-row seats folded, there's 89. The automatic transmission's shifts are smooth, though its mode is uninspiring like most I've experienced.
The entire first generation 2006-2011 has a pretty mushy automatic transmission. Standard safety features include , side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags for all three rows of seats. The powertrain is relatively refined and responsive, but could be more powerful. A gentle bulge crossing the doors' lower extremities ties together the blistered fenders. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. And, of course, gas prices continue to climb, or show little or no sign of returning to levels U.
Stability control was added as standard for 2010. The resale value is not good as other Japanese makes. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. Safety features that come standard on all models include the required dual-action frontal airbags, plus front seat-mounted side-impact airbags for torso protection, and head-protecting side air curtains for all three rows of seats. Loved this car, just wish Mazda would have made a sportier version, although it still lets me throw it into every corner without hesitation. That said, with one occupant and limited cargo, the Mazda5 cruises easily while you are out touring on flat highways at speeds approaching 80 mph. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems.
That's right: A minivan that's fun to drive. We were looking for something with a third row of seats, but not quite as big as a minivan, and we loved the sporty look of the Mazda5. Annoying: no armrest for front passenger. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year. Seat bottoms could be deeper, and bolsters could be more substantive.