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#234 of 264 Re: Snowbirds [leewan]
Oct 16, 2011 (7:55 pm)
I've owned an older Sienna (2000) and a Mazda 5 (2008), and loved both of them. When we took the Sienna to the Grand Canyon, we got a canvas bag that sat on the roof and attached to the roof rack with velcro. Since we needed all the seats in, there wasn't room for much beside the five of us in the van.
With the Mazda 5, we've always been amazed at what fits inside, love driving it, and love the gas mileage compared to my Sienna. There's no comparison between the responsive steering in the Mazda5 and the sluggish, oh-did-you-want-to-turn-here? steering on the Sienna.
Good luck with your decision!
#235 of 264 Re: Snowbirds [leewan]
Oct 17, 2011 (6:45 am)
The MZ5 is a great little what I'd like to call "Microvan". Comparing the Sienna to the MZ5 is like comparing apples to oranges. A better comparison would be between a Sienna and an Odyssey. Having said that, if you are planning on using all 6 seats in the MZ5 you will definately need to invest on a roof rack and/or luggage carrying device that will mount to the roof. When all 6 seats are in use you have only pillow/blanket stash room behind the third row. Also, with all this loaded (luggage on roof and six occupants) you will definately feel the difference in power. You'll eventually get to the speed limit but you wont get to it quick. On steep inclines (if you encounter any) your best bet is to move to the right slow lane just to avoid getting ugly stares and the ocasional bird. However, if you are only using 4 seats, then you have tons of room when the third row is stashed away, obviously 5 occupants will diminish interior luggage room but you'll be able to fold one side of the third row to use for luggage.
Anyway, hope this helps. Even with all of the above mentioned, I love my MZ5 and I would never trade it for a "Minivan" (Sienna, Odyssey, et.al)
#236 of 264 Re: Snowbirds [davicho]
Oct 17, 2011 (7:43 am)
Thanks should have said, it is just the two of us going south for the winter
#237 of 264 Re: Snowbirds [leewan]
Oct 17, 2011 (8:26 am)
In that case...you should have bought yourself a MZ5 long time ago. The Sienna is just too big if its just the two of you. With just the two of you, you will have tons and tons of room with the second and third row folded down. Enjoy your trip on your new MZ5 (if you decide to get it)...
Oct 17, 2011 (9:40 am)
A reporter is interested in talking with owners of a 2011 or 2012 Mazda 5 who are also parents. If you are interested in commenting on your experience, please reply to predmunds.com no later than Monday, October 31, 2011 and include your city and state of residence, the model year of your vehicle and the age of your child/ren.
#239 of 264 Re: Snowbirds [davicho]
Oct 18, 2011 (10:01 am)
Well we did it, 2012 Red Sport 5 spd auto. Hope it works out, thanks to all.
#240 of 264 Re: Snowbirds [leewan]
Oct 18, 2011 (10:17 am)
Congrats!! You'll love it. Enjoy!
Oct 22, 2011 (12:49 pm)
We have a luggage bubble on our 2010 Mazda 5 and love it. When you need extra stuff it holds about another 15 cu feet--the same amount of space in a mid-size sedan. That way you can hold 4 people and huge amounts of luggage or even 6 people and moderate luggage on a trip.
Plus we now have a hitch in back installed so that we can put two bikes in back.
Overall enjoying our Mazda5 a lot. It's a lot of car for the money. Love the smooth shifting manual and the sporty handling.
#242 of 264 Re: Snowbirds [davicho]
Oct 26, 2011 (7:05 am)
Just got back from a 410 mile trip (now 534 miles on the car) and got 26.9 mpg running 68 to 72 mph and some city mixed in. SO I am happy, but will be checking again. Just got a scangauge e and we are off to Florida in two weeks, 1700 miles and it will be loaded, we will see how that comes out.
So far really like the car, we moved down from a Town and Country.
Nice to see Mazda #4 in reliability ahead of Honda and Toyota, M3 best small car which Iím guessing has the same engine and transmission as the 5?
#243 of 264 MZ5 at hospital...
Oct 26, 2011 (8:05 am)
So last Monday (10-17-11) went home for lunch to enjoy a nice hot meal and the prosperity of my house. Headed back this lady on my left side was not paying attention because she was yapping her mouth away on her cell phone try to avoid a rear end collision ahead of her and instead veers to her right and hits me...
Front bumper cover, left fender, left mirror, left front and rear wheels, and left rear quarter panel, rear bumper cover...
$4300 in total labor and parts. I am still so pissed off!!! I had just bought my new to me 2006 MZ5 that I looked for a long time to find...a clean white manual touring and not even a month of ownership this happens.