My review: 2012 Mazda5

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    My review: 2012 Mazda5



    Listen in on self-described auto enthusiasts discussing any of today's family vehicles, and you'll hear a number of recurring complaints – among them, a wish for more compact dimensions and more manual transmissions.

    That the Mazda5 offers both is nothing new...
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    Re: My review: 2012 Mazda5

    Return of the MPV?
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    Re: My review: 2012 Mazda5

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    Return of the MPV?
    Much smaller. It's an economy car with sliding doors, just like the first generation.

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    It's actually a cool little people hauler that could easily be used for daily driving without feeling like you are driving way to much vehicle for one person.

    It's a shame that front-end kinda kills the sporty looks of the last generation.

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    This is a neat little package. I've enjoyed playing in the one on the floor of the local Hyundai/Mazda dealer. Sort of like the Rondo, but these doors slide.

    Having Hyundai in the same showroom only points out how behind-the-curve the Mazda powertrains are. This car would definitely benefit from the Sonata four-cylinder mills.
    I noticed the same thing when checking Malibu and Fusion websites. Not only are they 25~ behind the HP curve now, but the 'bu site lists specs for the 2010 Optima, not the 2011. WTF?

    With some updated powertrains, this would be a very attractive package.
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    Re: My review: 2012 Mazda5

    I find the old one a lot more appealing.

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    Re: My review: 2012 Mazda5

    If I needed something with more cargo space than a hatch I'd give this a strong look. ~90 cubic feet behind the first row sounds pretty good for the size/weight of this thing.

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    Re: My review: 2012 Mazda5

    From a styling standpoint I prefer the original 5. The interior is an improvement, however. Overall, if it's anything like the original I'll like it very much. It's genuinely fun to drive and extremely practical; I cannot think of a more practical vehicle with similar dimensions and pricing. It's got the best of both worlds: a near-wagon ride height but minivan flexibility.

    My lone objective gripe is that I wish there was an engine upgrade. The 2.5L is fine for the bulk of buyers, but some might be willing to step up to some extra pep. But I guess Mazda doesn't have suitable engine. The 3.7L would ruin the driving experience with all the weight up front, but even more importantly it has crappy mileage. The 2.3T from the Mazdaspeed 3 has the power but is only rated 18/25. They should try to get something near the 21/28 of the 2.5L model.

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    I really like the concept of the Mazda5 and check it out every time I go to an autoshow. They've done a lot to manage space in such a small car.

    Aside from the lack of performance pretensions that really aren't as important in this model, the only issue really is the lack of space for rear seat occupants. You really need to be fairly dexterous to get into the rear seats. Once there, be prepared to be unable to move for the entire time you're back there. Small children can fit reasonably, but the lack of rear seat room rivals many four seat sports cars. I owned the last generation Camaro and its rear seat was quite comfortable in comparison.

    I want to like this car. I really do, but the rear seat is all but useless. Mazda would have been better off trading off the rear seat for more cargo room, which almost defeats the purpose of the car, or basing it off a larger platform like the Mazda 6.

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    Re: My review: 2012 Mazda5

    Nice review. Hope to see one at the auto show this weekend; I've always found this vehicle to be fascinating; a van without the typical van problems.

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    Re: My review: 2012 Mazda5

    I agree with others on the exterior styling. I actually grabbed an '10 model while they were still available. I do like the new interior through but it seemed the '12 model had a downgrade in standard features. (16" wheels, no lumbar adjustment, etc..)

    We are actually on our third 5 now. Had an 06, 08 and now the 10. Power is a bit lacking but not bad. Handling is great for what it is. I've installed Mazdaspeed wheels and upgraded the rear swaybar on mine and it handles nearly as well as my Nissan Sentra Spec-V.

    Rear seat legroom is bad when the seats are moved all the way back. But you aren't supposed to fit six passengers in that configuration. In that scenario the center row has a LOT of room and the back has none. I've taken trips with six passengers and we were all comfortable and had plenty of room. The trick is to adjust the seats to a more "normal" location. Pull the center row forward slightly to better match normal seat room for small cars then the rear row has about the same room available. Works very well for what it is. Since I only need those two extra seats maybe an hour or two every six weeks it is pefect. Did not have to drop an extra $10k+ on a larger van or maxi sized SUV that most certainly wouldn't be as entertaining to drive.

    The 08 model we had was actually a stick also. Very enjoyable.


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