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#823 of 859 Re: Driver Seat comfort [driversherri]
Jan 29, 2010 (5:51 am)
I have a '05 Mazda 3i which I've owned for almost 5 years and I purchased our '08 Rondo LX V6 to serve as my wife's and family vehicle just over 11 months ago.
I find my Mazda 3i's driver's seat and driving position to be comfortable for me and would assume that a Mazda 5's driver's seat should be similar. Note that I'm 5'8 and ~153 lbs.
My Mazda's driver's seat is adjustible for seatback angle, height & lumbar support and the steering column tilts and telescopes.
I'd say our Kia Rondo LX's driver seat is also fairly comfortable-at least for me. However, I can't say how comfortable it may be on a long trip since my wife drives it 95% of the time and so far I have not driven it on a long trip. As I recall the Rondo's seat also has adjustments for seatback angle, height, and (I think) lumbar support. The steering column only adjusts for tilt (doesn't telescope). The seat bottom might be a little short for taller drivers, but this could also be a blessing for those who are relatively short in stature. I do like the relatively high "chair like" seating position in the Rondo and the significant amount of headroom. The second row seat also is relatively spacious for two adults. Note that our car has the optional third row seats, which also includes fore-and-aft seat adjustibility for the 2nd row.
I've read comments from some who claimed the driver's seat in the Rondo was uncomfortable for them and I can undertand how larger drivers might have a hard time finding enough space in most any midsize to small vehicle-particularly ones manufactured by Japanese and Korean companies.
Regardless of what I or anyone else may think, the only person who can determine whether or not the seat & control adjustments in a vehicle can be set to a position that will be comfortable comfortable for you...is you!
#824 of 859 Rondo and Mazda5 Named to About.com 'Best Family Cars Under $20,000' List
Jan 30, 2010 (11:03 am)
Finding a budget-friendly car is tough enough; when you have kids, it becomes more difficult. I've picked ten cars which I think represent the best family cars for under $20,000.
--- Aaron Gold, About.com Guide
7. KIA Rondo
#826 of 859 Idling Stop - Re: pictures on the 2011 Mazda 5 [coolmazda5]
Jan 30, 2010 (1:27 pm)
a good alternative until the price of hybrids come down to a more affordable level.
#827 of 859 Re: pictures on the 2011 Mazda 5 [castg1]
Jan 31, 2010 (6:58 am)
You would think the Istop would be a selling point in the USA even if it didn't impact the stated EPA ratings.
I wonder if it adds any reliability issues? It seems a sensible thing to have on most models. Air conditioning would be a problem in extended stop and go traffic unless it was able to run the AC electrically.
#828 of 859 US sales for January 2010
Feb 02, 2010 (2:57 pm)
Mazda 5 - 1,627 (1,340 in Jan. '08)
Rondo - 356 (1,657 in Jan. '08)
#829 of 859 Re: US sales for January 2010 [conwelpic]
Feb 05, 2010 (5:29 am)
very interesting. Where do you find information like that? I was interested in seeing sales numbers for all cars.
#830 of 859 Re: US sales for January 2010 [speddy]
Feb 05, 2010 (6:09 am)
I get the US figures from the newswire as they come out first, but KIA US does post their sales for all their models on there website. For some reason KIA Canada doesn't do this.
If you like sales statistics for all manufacturers, I find this site very good and entertaining. He covers both US and Canada.
#831 of 859 Re: US sales for January 2010 [conwelpic]
Feb 05, 2010 (7:17 am)
Thanks! I used to read this kind of information in Car and Driver, but they stopped puting that sort of information in a long time ago.
#832 of 859 Re: Driver Seat comfort [driversherri]
Feb 05, 2010 (4:45 pm)
My wife is 5' tall and finds the Mazda 5 comfortable.
What we are not happy with is the horrible reliability. We have a 2007 and the sunroof exploded for no apparent reason soon after getting the car. The clutch exploded at 92,000 km and the engine went at 108,000 km. None of this was covered by Mazda.
The car has been extremely expensive due to all these problems. I'd go with the Kia. It can't be any less reliable than a Mazda
We joke that our Mazda goes Boom Boom Boom instead of Zoom Zoom Zoom