Zoom, Zooming in the 2012 Mazda 5
Over the course of the last 6 months we have had the privilege of reviewing some great family vehicles. Lest you think you have ventured to the wrong website, note that we review them from the point of the grocery shopping, kid hauling, multiple activities around town mom. After all, that is a BIG purchase, wouldn’t it be nice to know how well it fits a family as much as you know the safety ratings? I do.
This round it was time to review the Mazda 5. Honestly, after reviewing the Odyssey and the Sienna I was highly skeptical about my enjoyment level of this vehicle. It is smaller, doesn’t have all the nooks and crannies for all the
junk equipment that I need for the kids and doesn’t ride as high. (I’m short so I have a short vehicle complex too). So I reluctantly took it for a spin on Black Friday to give it its first full test.
My thinking in taking it for Black Friday was that it had lots of trunk room, similar to the van; but was zippier than the van meaning that I could slid in and out of parking spots and the traffic madness that is Black Friday with less effort. I was also hauling a couple other adults and the sliding back doors seemed like a plus in that department too. Turns out, it was the best decision I could have made!
The vehicle, despite being the size of a car, not a van, handled beautifully. I loved that I could zip in and out of parking spots and run errands in a way that I couldn’t with the van. I also didn’t feel like I was just a little ole car like I thought I would coming from the mini van that I usually drive. And the cargo space? Well, see for yourself. We fit two bicycles, not yet assembled and a myriad of other purchases in the trunk without making the seating uncomfortable.
I absolutely LOVED the third row seat! It wouldn’t be the most comfortable for a long trip but the main reason we purchased a van with only 2 children was that we could never transport others’. That problem is solved in the Mazda 5. And it has the cool sliding back doors just like a mini van!
After my positive experience on Black Friday I drove it absolutely everywhere for the week. It even snowed that week and I had no apprehensions about taking it out and about. Again, it handled very well.
And if you don’t believe me, how about this for a true story? While we had the vehicle we had some friends inquire about it as an option they were considering for their next vehicle purchase. So we did the decent thing and invited them over for dinner and to go for a ride in it so that they could see what it was like without the influence of a sales person. After all, I’m not making commission if Mazda sells a vehicle! Turns out that they loved it as much as we did and went and purchased one around the holidays. Nice. And you are welcome Mazda! :)
So if you can’t tell, I highly recommend this vehicle if you are in the market for one of this size for your family. (The price tag is reasonable too). I have it at the top of our list of vehicles to replace our current sedan and that says A LOT as I am usually very loyal to my friends at Honda and Toyota.
Disclosure: I received a vehicle with gas included to test drive for the week to conduct this review. All the opinions in this post are mine, want to know more about how I facilitate reviews, view my full disclosure policy!