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2007 Mazda Mazda5 Interior

This interior review was written when the 2007 Mazda Mazda5 was new.

The Mazda5's interior is all practicality, from the seats, to the space and the design. MSN comments "the overall look isn't luxurious, by any means. But it's pleasant and functional."

The Car Connection notes "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. There are no other three-row vehicles this small...or small CUVs [crossover utility vehicles] or wagons this flexible, with reasonable room for six, or two and a lot of stuff." However, AutoWeek is quick to point out that those looking for more minivan proportions will find the space tight. "We're used to the elbow room of a larger van, with at least enough room between seats to keep bickering siblings out of swinging distance from each other."

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Seating

The 2007 Mazda5 has the class distinction of providing three rows of seating for six passengers, similar to American cars "in the days of yore," Kelley Blue Book describes. "The Mazda5 gives each of the six individuals his or her own seat with theater-style elevation for each row," its writers praise. However the Boston Globe represents those who find the cabin loses comfort the farther back you sit, and suggests adults stay away from third row seats that require "a bend-duck-and-twist maneuver" to gain access.

Several enjoy the front row's roominess and comfort, especially for tall drivers and passengers. Specifically, the Los Angeles Times calls the driver's seat "tall and upright, as it properly should be in a vehicle designed for close-quarters urban driving." However, the Detroit News and a few others notice a "small disappointment" in front-row comfort -- "Mr. Shotgun gets cheated out of a center armrest," Automotive.com remarks.

Consumer Guide appreciates "terrific" headroom for the second-row passengers, while most others comment on their versatility. "Second-row seats slide back to give occupants more legroom. And each of the two second-row seats comes with a fold-down armrest for traveling comfort," the Chicago Tribune says. U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman thinks the second row makes the Mazda5 a great family car. "Even toddlers will enjoy the autonomy offered by the second-row captain's chairs, which also help keep siblings out of each other's space...and the captain chairs recline to facilitate highway naps (for grown-ups too!)"

Speaking of facilitating -- the third row doesn't facilitate much more than discomfort, say reviewers. "The third row is fairly dreadful, though, unless you are in kindergarten," to the Detroit News, but Automotive.com raises the age limit. "Legs, arms, feet...Mazda's always forgetting something. Things should be perfectly fine if everyone behind you is under 10."

The Auto Channel represents the more objective opinion. "But in reality, how often do you take six people in a vehicle? So the Mazda5 is great for the four people you might actually transport. If you're asked to transport more, the rear passengers can endure some slight discomfort for a short while."

Interior Features

There are mixed reviews on the 2007 Mazda5's interior features. The Los Angeles Times enjoys gauges and controls that "are stacked in an orderly and sensible way," and appreciates cockpit accessories that "are backlit in a soft green rather than the Hebrew National orange of the Mazda3." MSN points to a "reasonably quiet and quite stylish" interior where "gauges can be ready quickly and most controls are easy to reach and operate," an opinion many shared.

Other reviews voice complaints. Consumer Guide disagrees with those who praise the gauges' readability, and Automotive.com finds outdated parts. "The need to push a button to release the key from the ignition is a dumb annoyance that everyone else solved around 1988," they write. Detroit News also hopes for a redesign, calling out "a swathed-in-metal instrument panel that looked like it belonged in an oral surgeon's office."

A tilt and telescoping steering wheel with buttons for cruise control and audio is included standard on all Mazda5s, in addition to two power outlets and delayed courtesy lights.

Stereo and Entertainment

The Mazda5's base model has an audio system with four speakers while the Touring trims have a six-speaker setup. Both sound systems are "a little short on bass and shorter on features," for Automotive.com, but later adds that the system "sounds pleasingly crisp and clean." Other auto critics do not mention the stereo's sound, but several appreciate its ease of operation, except for U.S. News' Rick Newman, who says "the digital radio display is small and difficult on imperfect eyes."

Navigation

Most writers have grievances with Mazda5's navigation system. Consumer Guide's issue with reading the instrument panel carries over to viewing the LCD screen, while CarsDirect writes, "the navigation system takes some acclimation, what with the controls located down on the shift console." Regardless of where they're located, Automotive.com doesn't think there are enough controls for the system. "The do-everything knob often mistakes push-downs for a tilt-a-whirl motion and vice versa. It's also the type that locks out user input whenever the van's in motion. Both are annoying."

Cargo

Most reviewers say your happiness with the Mazda5's 44.4 cubic feet of available cargo space can vary, depending on how many passengers you transport. With all seats upright, Chicago Tribune finds "there's not enough room behind it to hold much more than a small duffel bag or a couple of golf clubs -- just clubs, not the entire bag." Edmunds suggests you "don't go grocery shopping in the Mazda when you have five passengers unless you want them to hold your bags on their laps."

But several reviews note the 5 provides ample space when not loaded down with people, and appreciate its versatility. Kelley Blue Book is just one to praise seating that "folds out of the way individually, so the Mazda5 can accommodate anywhere from one to six occupants and a number of combinations of occupants and gear," and the Boston Globe is pleased that reconfiguring the seats "can be done without jammed fingers or skinned knuckles." The end result is a wagon with "plenty of space inside for bicycles, snowboards, boogie boards, skis, camping gear, climbing gear, dogs, people, groceries, you name it," The Auto Channel reports.

The Auto Channel also likes the 2007 Mazda5's small storage areas within the cabin. "Lots of cup holders and cubbies as well as storage and stowage areas add to its practicality for families," it notes. One of those cubbies often mentioned is a utility bin stowed beneath the second row's right cushion, "perfect for action figures -- and a shallow plastic bin in the cargo hold -- perfect for wet bathing suits," the Detroit News explains.

Review Last Updated: 5/1/08

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