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Mazda Mazda5 Performance

Test drivers say the 2015 Mazda5 is very fun to drive, especially for a minivan, and they love its nimble handling and responsive steering. Though critics note that its four-cylinder engine is not especially strong, they say it provides adequate acceleration when driving around town.

  • "With the ability to seat up to six, or haul large loads when you fold the seats down the Mazda5 is also surprisingly fun to drive. Sure, its 4-cylinder engine isn't particularly powerful, but the sharp steering and lively suspension definitely keep things interesting." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 2015 Mazda 5 deftly blends utility with agility and urban maneuverability." -- Edmunds
  • "With its stiff suspension and taut steering, the Mazda5 is a joy to drive." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "All the controls and responses are in harmony, making it easy (and fun) to wring the most out of the Mazda 5. When was the last time you wanted to wring anything but your own neck in a minivan?" -- Car and Driver (2012)

Acceleration and Power

The 2015 Mazda5 comes with a 157-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a five-speed automatic transmission. According to the EPA, the 2015 Mazda5 gets 21/28 mpg city/highway, which is excellent for the class.

Most critics say the Mazda5’s engine doesn’t feel particularly powerful, and that it feels slow when it’s climbing hills or full of passengers and cargo. However, they note that the Mazda5 has sufficient power for driving around the city.

  • "If there's any compromise here, it's the 5's four-cylinder engine. Although it has enough power for day-to-day errands, acceleration is still pretty pokey, especially on hills or when fully loaded." --Edmunds
  • "The 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine isn't exceptionally powerful, but it's certainly enough to get the job done, even if it occasionally struggles when fully loaded." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "… the 5 is responsive from a stop and in around-town driving. It falls just short of feeling quick, however." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Handling and Braking

According to test drivers, the 2015 Mazda5 is unexpectedly nimble, especially compared with competing minivans. Critics also appreciate the Mazda5’s responsive steering, and they write that its small turning radius helps it maneuver in tight spaces. Reviewers note that the Mazda5 has a firmer ride than other minivans, but they don’t think it’s uncomfortable.

  • "The Mazda5's compact dimensions and nimble road manners are a breath of fresh air where so many competitors lumber through life." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 5's ride is not overly firm, but you'll feel the bumps a bit more than you would in a full-size minivan. On the other hand, the handling is pretty sporty, and as family vehicles go, the Mazda 5 is unusually fun to drive." -- Edmunds
  • "Mazda 5 is surprisingly sporty. Grip is good and body lean is modest in corners. The responsive steering provides good road feel, and a tight turning circle aids in close-quarters maneuvering." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "It's rather fun to throw around, thanks to responsive and communicative steering." -- Motor Trend (2012)
Review Last Updated: 3/27/15

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