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Mazda MAZDA5, Interior, Van
#7 of 12 Re: Mazda 5 Karakuri seats [hydrogen3]
Feb 11, 2008 (10:13 am)
FYI, factory tint is only allowed on vehicles classified as truck. While DC was able to do this with the
Neon PT Cruiser, Mazda couldn't get it done on the Mazda5. Politics.
#8 of 12 Re: Mazda 5 Karakuri seats [maltb]
Feb 11, 2008 (3:51 pm)
No worries maltb, now that I see it looks like a troll, this is its first post, joined only 2 days ago and its the wrong forum area if you ask
#9 of 12 Re: Mazda 5 Karakuri seats [coolmazda5]
Feb 13, 2008 (1:18 pm)
The interior radio and HVAC layout is nice in the 06 model. Nav came from the top! New Nav is down low, and its not chrome like the old model. Usually I am enticed by newer models... in this case I'm not. I can put LEDs in the taillamp myself
Karakuri seats make the car what it is. If you change a 7 passenger car into 6, then do shouldn't the MPG change too? It is political, deffinitly, but how do you think Mr. Karakuri feels?
I joined up to respond to this thread. I use Edmonds.com research tools to spec cars. However once I find a car I like, I see the changes made for global markets. Maybe Mazda is happy with the 5's sales, maybe 7 seats would sell more! If anything you can save on advertising costs... "The seating in the Mazda5 is not like in Europe, or Asia. We've replaced Japanese innovation with some old Ford armrests; Buy one today!"
Tinting i don't quite get. Some sites advertise with the front windshield tinted!
I think I'll wait for the 1.6 CRDi i30
#10 of 12 Re: Mazda 5 Karakuri seats [hydrogen3]
Feb 13, 2008 (5:11 pm)
Oh, you are back , I thought you were a troll given how the topics came and went. Good to know its a real you then. My bad
Isnt' the 1.6 CRDi i30 a Hyundai? If yes, stereotypes maybe, but that is a turn-off to me (and looks smaller anyway).
You either want to seat 7 very small passengers, you don't use toddler seats or you don't have a compact garage. Pictures tell it all, many of us DO NOT need a 7 seater, for that I would buy a Mini-van or similar . Also, to be honest, I've seen so many complaints about the MPG on the Mazda5, but compared to other 6 seater, 7 seaters, it is really decent.
For the pics, just check the posts 226, 291, 296 and 307 in these links:
coolmazda5, "Rondo vs Outlander/Rav4/Santa Fe/Mazda5" #227, 30 Nov 2007 12:13 pm
coolmazda5, "Mazda 5 vs Kia Rondo" #291, 7 Feb 2008 4:43 pm
coolmazda5, "Mazda 5 vs Kia Rondo" #296, 8 Feb 2008 1:13 pm
coolmazda5, "Mazda 5 vs Kia Rondo" #307, 9 Feb 2008 11:42 am
I won't tell you what to buy of course, everybody buys as they please, but some extra info may help you understanding the Mazda5 target market better
#11 of 12 Re: Mazda 5 Karakuri seats [coolmazda5]
Feb 13, 2008 (11:10 pm)
The two seats in the back are extra.. for now. I like the extra room in the Mazda5 compared to regular compacts such as the i30... or Mazda3 to stay in brand.
One of my concerns is the rear facing infant seat which is ideally placed in the center of the second row. Without the Karakuri hiding seat I see no support in the center aisle.
The latch buckles are always there on either side, so someone could straddle the middle without the speced seat. Might this be more dangerous, than the original design? Are there any rear facing tether attachments in the car?
I guess wanting DSC, Traction, 6-spd, and diesel, are the product of EU market envy
#12 of 12 Re: Mazda 5 Karakuri seats [mexmazda]
Mar 17, 2008 (6:46 pm)
Anybody had any success with this Karakuri seat in US, would be interested.