Family Reviews the 2012 Mazda5


The Mazda5, a six-seater, is a mini-minivan, so compromises are necessary when hauling kids in child-safety seats, says Family contributor Carrie Kim. Third-row legroom is best for younger kids, and Carrie’s rear-facing convertible seats ate up all the second-row legroom, making it difficult to maneuver around the Mazda5’s interior. There’s a lot to like about the Mazda5, though, including its rear sliding doors and its fun-to-drive four-cylinder engine.

2012 Mazda5 Review



This is a fun mini-minivan! My daughter-in-law has an earlier version (2009) in the Sport trim and has been running the daylights out of it for more than three years and more than 40K miles.

It has never let her down and required only periodic maintenance like changing the oil and filters. Even the tires are still original.

Gas mileage is only so-so but she is known for pressing the go-pedal hard.

Hers cost <$17K when she bought it yet it had everything that was important like a competent 2.4-liter, an automatic, AC and Cruise, a killer Sat/AM/FM/CD/MP3 radio with 6 speakers, and it is really fun to drive.

Well worth the money!

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