2007 Mazda MAZDA5 Review
The Mazda5 offers the seating and cargo versatility of a minivan with a wagon's size and pricing. However, it does not have the peppy engine performance associated with Mazda cars, and might not be suited for those who need to carry both a lot of people and cargo. If you're interested in a minivan, you should consider the Toyota Sienna's reputation for quality and value. If you're in the market for a wagon, you should consider Chrysler PT Cruiser's retro-style.
The 2007 Mazda5 is an attempt to create a car with the cargo space and practicality of a minivan, while keeping the size of a wagon. Generally reviewers receive this experiment favorably. "What are they putting in the guava juice at Mazda's design headquarters?" U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman wonders. "Whatever it is I want some. In a market filled with nichebusters and me-too copycats, the No. 4 Japanese automaker keeps finding ways to turn out clever, affordable funmobiles that are a bit more creative than the competition." Edmunds praises the Mazda5 for having "all the amenities of a minivan without the bulk. It fits neatly into compact parking spots without coveting thy neighbor's space."
MSN also highlights the Mazda5's appeal, while touching on its shortcomings. "Good things can come in smaller packages, as evidenced by the Mazda5. This compactly sized vehicle has six seats, versatile cargo space, nifty features -- all in a body that's smaller than a typical minivan's. The Mazda5 could use a bit more power, though." Kelley Blue Book also sees both sides. "Offering sliding side doors and three-row seating, the Mazda5 can certainly swallow its share of people and cargo, and its willing suspension is delightful. If the Mazda5 has a weak point it's that the standard 2.3-liter engine lacks enough muscle to give this family-friendly vehicle the 'Zoom-Zoom' attitude."
Despite a so-so engine, reviewers generally agree the Mazda5 is a great bargain. "If you're peddling a shrunken van in the land of the large, you'd better at least be offering a big bargain. That's something we Americans can appreciate," Automobile Magazine notes. The says the 5 fits that description -- it's "a lot of minivan -- or space wagon, or multi-activity vehicle, or snow blower -- for the money." IntelliChoice gives the 2007 Mazda5 a rating of "better than average" for its predicted five-year total cost of ownership compared to others in its class.
The 5 is available in three trims, the Sport, Touring and Grand Touring, all of which have the same four-cylinder engine. It's part of Ford's C1 platform, along with the Mazda3.