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Much more fun than it needs to be!
Pros: Handling/Perfect seat height
Cons: Road noise.A guy friend told me they market this vehicle heavily to women in women's magazines....too bad the vast majority of them will never know how capable this vehicle is in the handling/steering/braking area! This is sooo much fun to drive, it is really a tall sports car! It is difficult to make non-driving enthusiasts understand how, 'at one' you can feel with a vehicle; everything works in perfect harmony, dynamically speaking. You could say it has a 'lively or frisky' chassis that works so well with the quick steering and brakes that work and feel well. The throttle response is incredibly quick, helping to make it feel much quicker than it really is. It is like a practical, reliable BMW, mainly lacking the quiet ride and big price of a BMW. I bought my 2009 Mazda5 Grand Touring with 3 miles on it on 4/30/09 and it has just over 13K miles on it. The only time I brought it back to the dealer was because the driver side sliding door was squecking. They lubricated it and it was quiet again. It is soooo easy to get in and out of it and the driver's seat, when adjusted to the highest postion, is the perfect height for me, (I'm 5'8'), to get in and out of very easily. My worst average mpg was about 21 for one tank and the best was about 28mpg. I am a child-less guy in my forties who also enjoys muscle cars and sport sedans!