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2008 Mazda MAZDA5 - Expert Reviews


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Driven: 2008 Mazda Mazda5
Source: MSN Autos

...cargo room is adequate for a few grocery bags, but it folds easily to provide space similar to a midsize SUV. Fold the second row flat and the Mazda5 is all you need for a trip to the home improvement store.Along with all that utility for people and cargo, you also get a machine that's reasonably fun to drive. Step on the throttle and the Mazda5's 153-horsepower engine gets it moving quickly. The chassis is shared with the sporty Mazda3, so the Mazda5 inherits many of the same qualities, with tight steering and impressive handling.Our test Mazda5 was the top-of-the-line Grand Touring edition...

2008 Mazda Mazda5 Professional Review

...That said, four people fit very well, and with that rear seat down there's 44.4 cubic feet of cargo room back there. With all three rows in place, there's enough room in the rear for a couple of pieces of soft luggage, or several grocery bags. Inside, the Grand Touring test vehicle is downright luxurious, with leather upholstery, a power sunroof and heated front seats. Options included a navigation system ($2,000), Sirius satellite radio ($400) and a rear bumper step plate ($50). With $635 in shipping, the total price was $25,480. That doesn't mean you need to spend that much on a Mazda5; the...

2008 Mazda Mazda5 Professional Review

...Vehicle controls are sensibly arranged and all-around visibility is good. Notable options include a touch-screen navigation system, Bluetooth-based cell phone connectivity, a moonroof, heated seats and a six-CD audio system. The second row has two bucket seats that can slide forward and back for additional legroom in either the second or third row. The seats also recline rather far, and most adults will be able to get comfortable in them. Adult comfort dips a bit in the 50/50-split third-row bench seat, but it'd be acceptable in a pinch for short trips. If anything, the third row will likely...

2008 Mazda Mazda5 Professional Review

...rear window washer/wiper/defogger, side-curtain air bags, anti-lock brakes, heated front seats, automatic climate control, rain-sensing wipers, power plugs front and rear and 17-inch all-season radials. You can get a rear-seat DVD entertainment system for the kids that runs $1,200 and a navi system for the adults that runs $2,000. But there are two things you can't get at any price. One is power seats. Heat, yes, but no power. Go figure. And no power sliding side doors or tailgate. That keeps the cost down, don't you know. O'Sullivan says the Mazda5 fits a niche for those who need to haul...

2008 Mazda Mazda5 Professional Review

...Sliding side doors and an interior that can be configured for a variety of uses makes the Mazda5 useful, especially to young families who need space for carpooling one day and soccer equipment the next. Three features contribute to the vehicle's roomy interior: a low profile fuel tank, a compact multilink rear suspension and a stepped floor. The stepped floor permits excellent legroom. Legroom is 35.2 inches in the second row and 30.7 in the third. The second row has individual seats for greater comfort. They slide, recline and can be folded flat without having the headrests removed. A...

2008 Mazda Mazda5 Professional Review

...Also annoying while driving is the ever-persistent road noise. In order to provide an economic package, Mazda apparently decided to skimp on noise insulation. Conversation is strained at highway speeds, especially with folks in the backseat. What the Mazda5 doesn't strain, however, is a girl's budget. There are three trim levels, and only one engine is available. Leather is only available with the Grand Touring version. I will mention (yet again) that leather is worth the price. Aside from the obvious leaking sippy cup factor, the cloth seats in my test car seemed to attract lint and hair...

2008 Mazda Mazda5 Professional Review

...MacPherson struts are used in front, and a multilink suspension goes in the rear. Restyled alloy wheels hold 17-inch tires. Interior The Mazda5's second-row seats can slide and recline, and Mazda says the center of the dashboard was raised so the controls are within easy reach and the instruments are closer to eye level. A large speedometer dominates the three-gauge cluster, and the gearshift is mounted on a center panel. Standard features on the Sport model include a CD stereo, cruise control, and power windows and locks. The top-of-the-line Grand Touring features leather-trimmed seats...

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