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Mazda MAZDA5, Kia Rondo, Car Comparisons, Car Buying, Wagon
Sep 17, 2008 (4:28 pm)
Didn't think I would ever poke my head in here again after all of that noise a few months ago or whenever that was (when some dude was flame-baiting Rondo owners), but I found an article that's very relevant to this thread, which is the first ever "Rondo vs. Mazda5" article I've seen from an American website. I've posted links before to comparison articles from the Canadian press--adventurous types can try searching this thread for those links.
The Truth About Cars: 2008 Kia Rondo EX vs. 2009 Mazda5 GT
#566 of 859 Re: [medicineman]
Sep 18, 2008 (1:51 pm)
Rondo = Minivan?
Mazda5 takes almost 10 seconds to stroll from 0 to 60 mph?
(Mazda5 5MT: 0-60MPH 8.53 Sec)
Rondo more fun to drive than the Mazda5?
#567 of 859 Re: [medicineman]
Sep 18, 2008 (4:23 pm)
That article makes a very good point: If you are 6'3", your choices suck.
I know, it doesn't suck, but that word made my statement.
I guess I'm just glad that I stopped at 5'10" so I could enjoy a Mazda5 for a while.
#568 of 859 Re: [maltb]
Sep 18, 2008 (7:14 pm)
I am 6'3" and i am OK in the Mazda5. Could i use a little more leg room? Yes. Do i need it? No. I don't think i would buy this car if i was any taller. The passenger side is even worse.
#569 of 859 Canadian August Sales - Rondo and Mazda 5
Sep 19, 2008 (2:58 pm)
a big surprise this month as the Rondo outsold the Mazda 5 quite extensively:
Rondo: 1,087 with YTD of 7,323 (this now brings it to over 15,000 units since its introduction to North America in November 2006.
Mazda 5: 747 with YTD of 9,757
(just viewed the 2009 Rondo and picked up the '09 brochure)
#570 of 859 Typical trip to the beach
Sep 21, 2008 (7:33 pm)
...before gets too cold in this area
Road sightings during the weekend:
6 Rondo "Minivans" (multiple colors and trims), 3 seemed rentals (could see the barcode on the left rear window and usually no rear license plate frame). No kids in any of them
Seen more Rondos on the road on a daily basis, starts looking an ubiquitous car at least in my area
#571 of 859 Re: Canadian August Sales - Rondo and Mazda 5 [conwelpic]
Sep 22, 2008 (7:26 am)
KIA Canada seems to be cashing on the fact that Mazda CA cannot get enough Mazda5s in inventory, good for KIA...
Sep 26, 2008 (5:04 pm)
Can one fit a regular stroller at the back of either Mazda5 or Kia Rondo, with the 3rd row seat still up?
#573 of 859 Re: Trunk space [nastacio]
Sep 26, 2008 (5:28 pm)
For special occasional use, yes, but tightly if its a big one. I say occasional because it is not the ideal thing to do IMO (see pics). Now, if you have a small folding portable stroller, not a problem (so to give you an idea, the space at the bottom can fit a golf bag)
#574 of 859 Mazda 5 - 2 year report
Sep 27, 2008 (10:03 pm)
We bought a 2007 Mazda 5 Touring in November 2007. After about 30K miles and 2 years, here is a summary:
We really like this car. I can't believe it is not more popular. It's a shame Mazda doesn't advertise it. If Honda was selling this it would probably be selling 50K-75K a year rather than 20K units.
The good stuff:
Great value for the price. Pretty fuel efficient, even with the 4speed auto in the 07 model - we have seen about 30mpg on the highway and usually average 23-25mpg in mixed driving. Engine is refined and pretty quiet for a 4 cylinder. Handles fabulously for what it is; the Mazda 3/5 platform is like a poor man's BMW. This is probably my favorite feature of the car. It's not too low and not too high like an SUV. It's shorter than my Acura TL but has way more space efficiency. Love the interior flexibility. Love the sliding doors. We have had it two years and have not even had it back to the dealer once, it's reliability has been flawless. Great visibility. Very maneuverable; very tight turning circle.
Some of the stuff that was already fixed - more armrests, center console, heater vents, etc.
Plastic is kind of cheap and scratches easily, especially around door panels. Distance between brake pedal and gas pedal a little tight, took getting used to. Occasional thump in front suspension when going over a bump slowly while turning - need to get this looked at. Driver's seat not that comfortable, sometimes tough to get a good driving position. Could always use a bit more power but don't want to sacrifice fuel economy.
In summary, we're pretty happy. We also looked at the CRV but didn't want to pay $5K more for similar features, and we liked the lower height and sliding doors. If you like an agile smaller ride but want quite a bit of space, this is your car!