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Pros: handling,ride and comfort.quality build and mazda reliability.
Cons: nothing yet!
Advice: drive it and it will sell its self.very smooth and controled at any speed.the mazda5 handles exceptionally well and is great fun to drive on the back country roads.the mazda5 is quiet and feels solid on even the course,bumpy and uneven roads but you do notice that it has a firm suspension set up for its great handling but nothing unsettlling.for what the mazda5 is,it handles well has good and zippy performance,has practical size and space and really has no rival for the niche mazda found for the little 5.you won't go wrong with this purchase and i know,i love my mazda5 and would not recommend it if it did'nt have all the qualities of zoom zoom !!
Pros: The five speed.
Cons: Not enough 'front bias' for a front wheel drive (55/45), great for 'front wheel drive burnouts'.
Advice: Seriously recommended, most sport and utility for class and price.Literally, the best vehicle for everything.
Pros: all the safety ones
Cons: the gear shift covers radio volume knob
Advice: If your looking for comfort, safety, style and performance, this car is definetly for youThe comfort is excellent on this vehicle. There is plenty of room and space for your feet and body. We have two kids who are always on top of each other, and with this car, they get sufficient space. My husband has nerve damage and the driver's seat has lower lumber support. Awesome.
Pros: Electric sliding doors
Cons: Interior 'metal' trim
Advice: Great vehicle, becomes pricey for towingWe just purchased a 2005 to replace our 2000 MPV because we needed it to tow our boat. We found a leftover with the $425 towing package as suggested. One would assume the vehicle would be ready to accept the hitch receiver and wiring harness but no. Required: new muffler, exhaust tip, and gasket in order to install the hitch, making this just under an additional $1000 installed at the dealership. Oh, and lets not forget that the vehicle is rated and advertised to tow 3000 pounds yet the hitch receiver is rated 2000. Include the proper muffler with the tow package or at least include this info in MPV literature.
Pros: Seats 6
Cons: No MP3 input. Cigarette lighter port is near the floor. No 110v jack. MPG.
Advice: Splurge on the Touring model. The sunroof, fog lights and auto climate are a bargain.Want to carry six people without driving a huge, gas-guzzling SUV or minivan? This is the only car the size of a compact sedan that seats six in the US market. Four passengers travel in supreme comfort & can haul 44 cubic feet of gear at the same time. With all four rear seats folded the cargo area doubles, allowing you to haul an amazing 75+ cf of stuff. It's a bargain with a sun roof and the only automatic climate system in a car this inexpensive. Driving the automatic in manual mode is fun and lets you get the gas milage up above the respectable 24/27 the car is rated. It's a good looking vehicle and unique in its class.
Pros: the driver/passenger panels
Cons: unless seats 5/6 are folded flat, not much cargo room
Advice: go out and test drive it and not just once!When I saw the ads on this vehicle I was transfixed by it's versatility and appearance. However, the ads whether on TV or in the papers, neither do it justice once you see it in person and drive it! Considering it's classed a 'mini-minivan', it's nimble, quite smooth and drives comfortably. Coming from owning a '00 Protege and accustomed to a sedan, driving it was fun and actually much peppier than my car. It's overall look is very attractive and definitely not a soccer-mom SUV/wagonish appeal. I'm researching it extensively though and waiting out all the kinks (since it IS new for '06) and scoping out it's competition before I buy.
Pros: The power windows on the rear passenger sliding doors.
Cons: The strange noises coming from under the front of the vehicle.
Advice: Strongly consider purchasing a different van. i.e. Honda Odyssey or Nissan QuestWe purchased the vehicle new but from day one it had problems with something the dealership calls 'transmission shift shock'. It is fixable but it comes back to haunt you after a few weeks. I am wondering how long the transmission is going to last.. hopefully it won't die before I have a chance to replace the vehicle. Another problems we had was with the alternator which was replaced... mind you.. this is a brand new vehicle. Now we are having problems with the front end brakes or suspension.. we simply do not know and neither does the dealership. The snapping and clanking noise is very embarrasing for such a nice looking van...needless to say this is my first and last Mazda!!