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Mazda5 Owners - Give Us Your Report



  • carthellcarthell Posts: 128
    edited January 2014

    @keep_it_simple said:
    So does everyone love their Mazda5 or are they simply hard to find?

    I found it hard to find a 2013 model in my state this past December, so I settled for a 2014 Touring. I've racked up slightly less than 400 miles so far. It is much quieter than my old vehicle, has a parking sensor (unexpected bonus) which is really useful on the small streets and tight parking spaces I navigate on and into, and Bluetooth which makes interaction with my phone So. Much. Easier. (I had some doubts about it working because the web site didn't list my model, the LG 800G. I then realized that Bluetooth is a standard that should work most anywhere.)

    My first fill-up yielded a MPG figure of 21, not too far from my old ride and just under the city figure estimated by the EPA (expected).

    My brother, who's all legs and taller than me, finds the front passenger seat harder to fit into because of the way the glovebox and dash intrudes into the passenger space. He's much happier in the second row.

    Except for a wavy scratch on my front bumper that managed to imprint itself there :@ after a week (!!) of ownership, I'm happy with my purchase.

  • carthellcarthell Posts: 128
    After nearly a year of of ownership, I'm still mostly happy with my purchase. On most fill-ups, I achieve near 22 mpg (mostly city miles). A recent fill-up did produce a much lower figure (around 17 mpg). There were more than a few days where I had to use the air conditioning unit to keep the windows clear.

    I've taken one long road trip with the car earlier this summer. Like other cars in my price range (and buses and planes), I've found that I can't sit in the vehicle for more than 1.5-2 hours before the area around my coccyx starts crying out for relief. The so-called trucker's massaging chair pads I bought a few years ago hit every place but where it was the most needed. I'll have to buy a pad to compensate for that. (If you find yourself thinking about taking a trip to Chincoteague Island on the eastern Virginia seashore, do it. It is a very nice place, but there is only one road that leads there. Pick the right day, and you'll see a rocket launch.) The USB port gets extensive use as a phone charger and mp3 player. It plays songs placed on a memory stick fine. The car's radio can't play music on the model of iPod nano that I have, and it doesn't appear to be able to find music stored on my brother's Android phone.

    Hauling people and stuff: people have commented that my vehicle is more like a wagon than a very small van, and it is a capable hauler with the third row down. It has handled multiple runs to the bulk product retailer that I go to, and was able to handle a 50" TV loaded vertically and diagonally (one middle row seat was folded). One of the third row seats was occupied by a teenage girl once, and she appeared to be comfortable. I did have some trouble once with getting my mom from the hospital: her condition had caused her body to swell. Although there was enough room for her in the second row once inside, getting her through the opening was a problem. The patient transporters suggested that I kick the seat back as far as it could go, and that allowed her to get in. She had problems pulling herself in, and folding her legs enough to clear the B pillar.

    On retrospect, she would have had an easier time getting into my sister's Grand Caravan, and was about to call her when the seat back suggestion was mentioned.

    Because my vehicle is gray, it is harder to distinguish from other vehicles. Sometimes, I use my keyfob's lock feature to get the car to sound out its location.

    Maintenance: aside from replacement of a tire because of an unfixable puncture, the vehicle hasn't given me trouble. The previous Suzuki I had started with rotor and electrical (starting) problems throughout much of my ownership experience.

    I wish for many happy years with my vehicle until the day that I wear it out, or Mazda NA comes to its senses and brings back the Mazda6 wagon.
  • fezofezo Manahawkin, NJPosts: 10,335
    Quiet in here. I'll see what I can do about that as I pick up my nice 2013 GT CPO. Seemed like a very good deal other than there was not a manual to be had.

    I agree about the loss of the late, lamented 6 wagon. I have an 2004 6s wagon that was to die for. Unfortunately it need four cats. All four are clogged beyond saving. If I'd known that was going to happen I wouldn't have done the clutch and tires. Oh, well. I loved that car. I'm sure I'll like this one.
    2013 Mazda 5 Grand Touring, 2010 Toyota Prius IV. 2007 Toyota Camry XLE, 2004 Toyota Camry LE, 1999 Mazda Miata
  • fezofezo Manahawkin, NJPosts: 10,335
    Let's see if anyone is in here. I bought a 2013 5 Grand Touring with 20,000 miles on it Tuesday. Very nice and certainly not a thing wrong with it. I can see things I'd do differently were I designing the car - mostly storage for little things by the driver. I'd put a better stereo in it and I do wonder why they never went Skyactive on it.

    That said, it gets about 25 MPG overall. 28+ on the highway. I'll be up in Manhattan on Monday so I'll have a real city number. Very quiet and competent. Not the tiger that the 6 was but no problem ferrying around the family and still has a Mazda personality which is a good thing.
    2013 Mazda 5 Grand Touring, 2010 Toyota Prius IV. 2007 Toyota Camry XLE, 2004 Toyota Camry LE, 1999 Mazda Miata
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    edited May 2015
    Shopped these several times - always felt too narrow somehow, at least coming from a full size van. Coming from a sedan it probably feels plenty big enough, and would be something you'd get used to in a couple of days even downsizing from a big van.
  • fezofezo Manahawkin, NJPosts: 10,335
    Yeah, it is a bit narrow but it does the trick.
    2013 Mazda 5 Grand Touring, 2010 Toyota Prius IV. 2007 Toyota Camry XLE, 2004 Toyota Camry LE, 1999 Mazda Miata
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