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#1062 of 1387 When is the 2007 2007 2007 Mazda 5 going to be available?
Aug 07, 2006 (9:10 am)
I have been watching the Mazda 5 all year now and am anxiously awaiting the 2007 Mazda5. My wife does not want to trade in her BMW, but with a baby now, times are changing. We live in San Francisco and want a small, efficient, and convenient automobile. My wife and I have a new baby and we rented a Mazda 5 from Hertz for a weekend in Portland, OR. We drove it to Bend, OR (2.5 hours). Although we are not big people, we found the Mazda5 to be super convenient and comfortable for the trip. The Bugaboo stroller fit in the back, both sideways and frontways; and it even fit sideways with the 3rd row seat up. We also had two suitcases and two backpacks and the baby with still plenty of toom. There were lots of pockets and cup holders for lunch on the go. It was spacious enough that my wife could climb over from the backseat into the front seat when the baby was sleeping. The access through the sliding doors made getting the carseat in and out a cinch. The car is at a perfect level to put the baby in the carseat without having to stretch and strain yourself. It is also easy to climb in and out of the backseat with those kick-butt sliding back doors. As far as the engine goes, I ran it hard with A/C on around the hills/mountains of Mt.Hood. I would punch it going uphill and it drops to 3rd gear and easily gets up to 60+ mph. I was passing people on narrow road straight-aways with confidence. I even tested the engine later once I picked up my 270lb football playing cousin and the engine still responded. Overall, it handled well, like a sedan, with a super-tight turning radius. The point of the small engine is to save gas and money, and besides most people with a baby on board don't drive like RICKY BOBBY. We found the hatchback/liftgate to be the perfect height for a changing table, so we liked that when we were out with the baby. We thought the rear-view mirror was tiny and would definitely get the home-link rearview mirror if we got one. The styling is cool IMO (I have a 2000 BMW 323 and 2006 Acura TL) and we had a Carbon Grey one, that looked like it belonged on the Nascar track (hehe, my wife rolls her eyes when I say that). My wife says there is no way in heck she will ever drive a wagon or a minivan, but I think I am breaking her will with the Mazda 5. Now she just doesn't want to give up luxury, so bring on the leather trim and the 2007 Mazda 5.
#1063 of 1387 Re: When is the 2007 2007 2007 Mazda 5 going to be available? [epharmacist]
Aug 07, 2006 (12:58 pm)
she just doesn't want to give up luxury, so bring on the leather trim and the 2007 Mazda 5.
Our first 2007 MZ5 grand touring with leather is due to hit my dealership in 2-3 weeks....so your local dealer should see them seen in short order also. enjoy.
#1064 of 1387 Re: When is the 2007 2007 2007 Mazda 5 going to be available? [audia8q]
Aug 08, 2006 (7:22 am)
Much obliged....thanks for the heads-up!
#1065 of 1387 Re: When is the 2007 2007 2007 Mazda 5 going to be available? [audia8q]
Aug 08, 2006 (6:17 pm)
I wonder if the iPod connector is going to be in the first '07 models or if it will be "late availability" months later.
#1069 of 1387 Re: Decided not to go for the Mazda5 [pat_the_rat]
Aug 12, 2006 (11:40 am)
Although you are correct that the Honda Odyssey has so much more room and it is comfortable. I know because I own a 2004 Odyssey...and I can't wait to get rid of it. It gets 14 mpg around town and 20 on the highway. It has been plagued with electrical problems (electric windows and audio steering wheel controls) since I have owned it. The console displays are extremely out of date. It floats like a boat. Of course my complaints on the handling might not be fair since my prior vehicle was an Acura TL Type S which I traded in for the Odyssey when 4 grandchildren came to live with me. I have been unhappy with handling since day one. The children that sit in the back say that it makes them carsick. So, I am considering the Mazda5 (it's zippy, good gas mileage, and great price), the Mazda CX-9...if they ever release it, the Hyundai Santa Fe, and whatever else seats 6+, gets good gas mileage, and doesn't cost an arm and a leg. I agree that the Mazda5 interior looks cheap...maybe the Leather option would help with that. One other thing...the Honda warranty is 3/36. How does that compare with the warranties of the other vehicles that you are condering? All factor to consider. Good luck.
#1070 of 1387 Help - thinking of buying a Mazda5
Aug 22, 2006 (6:03 pm)
Mazda5 owners - I need your advice. My wife and I are looking for a good family vehicle. We have 2 kids (3 and newborn), need a decent amount of seating space, ease of back seat access, good cargo space and a competitive price.
We're torn between a used Honda CR-V and a new Mazda5.
Do you have any insight that could help sway us to the Mazda side?
Also, we're wondering how it does in Canadian winters.
Thank you all in advance!
#1071 of 1387 Re: Help - thinking of buying a Mazda5 [karlis]
Aug 22, 2006 (7:34 pm)
Well all the reasons you mentioned were the reason we chose the 5. Oh and did you notice the sliding doors! Makes loading the kids in much easier. no banging doors in the parking lot. Lots of space. Our 2.5 year old loves having his own window seat!! and there is enough space in the third row. for the occasional full load haul!!
As winters go. I'll let you know next April!! But definitely get snow tires. All season tires are a myth!!
Wouldn't touch a CR-V... maybe you don't $1.10 l gas, but I do! The 4 banger in the 5 is pretty peppy and very economical!
But a Used CR-V is that...USED not comparable IMHO THe mazda will be new with all it's warranty and only your abuse /use to deal with.