Last post on Jan 12, 2007 at 12:04 PM
You are in the Mazda Mazda5
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Mazda MAZDA5, Van
Dec 27, 2006 (9:49 am)
see MPV thread. I like the 5, but waiting for the diesel/6spd MT package.
#2057 of 2063 mazda5 performance
Dec 28, 2006 (4:09 pm)
I'm in the process of finalizing a deal on an odyssey but the 5 appeals to me bcos of its look and certainly better handling.
Just wanted to know how the 5 performs on highway, during merging, passing, etc. Does it struggle ? I know its a 4-cyl but is it really bad ? I'm not looking for sports car like performnace but something thats not too bad.
appreciate any comments from owners.
#2058 of 2063 Re: mazda5 performance [car_enthu]
Dec 28, 2006 (8:10 pm)
The 5 and the Ody are really two different beasts. One is a large (non) minivan and the other is a smaller minivan (or people mover). Either you want the larger vehicle or smaller vehicle. Either you want the extra cargo area while using the 3rd row seats, or you don't. Personally, IMO the Ody is bloated and heavy but it suits those looking for the space and seating for 7. The 5 isn't a rocket, but it is a fairly peppy engine, especially when mated to the MT. MPG has been decent for the 5 as well, which seems to not be the case with the Ody. The 5 is going to be cheaper as well.
Take an extended drive with both and try the highway merge etc. Us members here can only offer an opinion, you have to live with the decision you make!
#2059 of 2063 Re: mazda5 performance [subearu]
Dec 29, 2006 (6:50 am)
Sort of like comparing a Corolla to a Camry. Both will seat 5, but one is bigger and more expensive, but has more room, but both are good cars.
#2060 of 2063 Re: mazda5 performance [bobw3]
Dec 29, 2006 (9:11 am)
thanks for your responses ! I know it's not fair to compare odyssey to mazda5, but I'm caught in 2 minds here. We have just 1 kid so the 5 maybe OK for now even with the occasional grandparents visit.
Just want to make sure the 5 doesn't huff & puff to get on the highway when we have 4 adults and a kid in there.
Anyways, will be test driving it this evening
#2061 of 2063 Mazda 5 performance
Dec 29, 2006 (3:26 pm)
I drove a 5 and liked it. It seemed a little under power going up hills but it was fine. I had four people on board during the test drive. I have read that when fully loaded it does have a hard time going up hills.
I looked at all the vans. Like the honda but it was to much and road hard. The toyota was nice but hated the transmission. It didn't shift smoothly. Like the 5 allot but worried about the room also. Not much room behind the 3rd row. Ended up getting one of the last MPV. So far so good. Can't say its the best van out there but for the price i went for it. IT was bigger inside then the 5 and had more power. Its not nearly as sporty as the 5 but price won out. So far i have to say the mazda really is nice for what it is.
#2062 of 2063 Re: mazda5 performance [car_enthu]
Dec 31, 2006 (9:54 pm)
The pickup is fine. Was able to get up to 85 for a quick pass yesterday with 4 ppl and the back fully loaded.
We bought the 5 instead of the Ody/Sienna because it fits how we drive - 2 adults, 2 small kids, and the occasional grandparents visit. We had the same questions, and they have all been happily answered.
Plus you can use the slapshifter to downshift if you really needed to. Will be interested to see what you get. Oh, and look around mazdausa.com for a 2006 model. You should be able to get one far below invoice.
Jan 12, 2007 (12:04 pm)
I believe they categorized the 5 as a small wagon, and it was the highest rated model they tested. It was in an issue a few months back, maybe about a year ago.
It's smaller but a lot more fun to drive than the MPV. Probably a better city car, though the MPV would probably be better suited for trips and long distances, humming along at low revs with that V6.