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#978 of 1387 Re: Close comparison [cmyers300m]
Jul 01, 2006 (8:37 pm)
That would be a better choice. The Mazda5 has been on sale in Europe for several years, they call it a "Space Wagon". The Kia may be a new model where the Mazda5 is the North American version of an existing vehicle -- with *experience*. The reason the only recall has been the heat shield problem: they can make them almost fool proof, but they can not make them damn-fool proof.
Who drives 75mph in second gear in a new car?
What makes the Mazda5 so sporty is that it has some of the styling attributes of the CX-7 without the higher price. And for 2007 -2008?, Mazda is going to offer leather trim -- probably black.
By then aftermarket suppliers will offer trim packages in other colors using higher quality leather. A light gray with dark gray suede seat inserts would be really cool in more ways than one -- suede doesn't get as hot as leather.
#982 of 1387 Re: Close comparison [fowler3]
Jul 07, 2006 (4:16 am)
It's Ironic that you mention "Why can't Chrysler and GM make the same thing?" Because GM's European and Autrailia Subsidiaries are doing exactly that. Look at Vauxhall's Zafira. It's almost a clone of the 5 (without the sliding doors). For some reason GM seems to think that all North American's want is BIG SUV's. My guess is that's why their sales were down 26% last month and why they have been having such a horrible last couple of years. I think they really beleive that Bush's America's Right to all the oil it wants attitude will save them! It won't They need to start taking a look at what their European divisions are doing! and take a lesson. Especially up here in Canada where 3 out of 4 vechicle sold have a 4 cylinder engine, not GM's tired old V8 technology!
#983 of 1387 Re: Close comparison [wa98strat]
Jul 07, 2006 (7:29 am)
GM's tired old technology is right. I saw a Buick Lacrosse yesterday, still a big car, with LED taillights. It takes more than LEDs to make a modern car for the 21st Century. The reason there are so many SUVs is because people started thinking the only safe way to be on the road was to drive the same size vehicle. Not that they actually needed an SUV.
It's about time people started thinking about smaller vehicles in a realistic way. The time is coming when "I HAVE TO HAVE..." no longer matters and what you can buy, like it or not, does. Washington state is starting a test program taxing drivers on the number of miles they drive annually, which will cause many drivers to re-think where they really have to go. We'll pay for it in miles driven, higher taxes, and higher fuel prices if we don't start thinking smaller.
The way to pull the road out from under die-hard SUV owners is to limit the amount of gas they can buy at gas stations. They will get tired of waiting in lines going from station to station.
#985 of 1387 Re: Will "the 5" fit two large dogs? [odie6l]
Jul 09, 2006 (1:03 pm)
Do the middle seats come out? I'll be picking up my 5 on Friday...trading in the thirsty MPV, but a little worried about giving up some space. Hope this is as great a car as everyone says..my buying experience has been less than great.
#987 of 1387 Re: Will "the 5" fit two large dogs? [stagilmore]
Jul 09, 2006 (3:12 pm)
No the middle seats don't come out, but they do fold flat at the same level as the 3rd row, making a level load floor.