My wife and I are looking very seriously at buying a new Mazda 5 and I have read some reports that suggest the vehicle is underpowered. I have test driven it, and it seemed O.K. However, we are kayakers and plan on installing roof racks, and will at times be carrying two kayaks on the roof. We have "saddle" roof racks so the kayaks will be positioned almost on their sides. This means they will be sit fairly high above the roof. Was wondering if anyone else has done this and had any problems with a lack of power? How did the vehicle handle in a cross wind with kayaks on top? Was there enough power going up hills, etc., etc. Any information would be appreciated. Thanks.
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