The Mazda5 provides most of the versatility of a minivan in a compact, maneuverable and affordable package. Handling is sporty and agile, ride is comfortable, the powertrain is fairly refined and gas mileage is respectable. Overall fuel economy is 24 mpg. However, road noise is pronounced and power for merging or climbing hills falls a bit short. Now offered with standard ESC, emergency handling is even more secure.
Alerts
There is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
NA
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS, side and head protection air bags standard. ESC standard from 2010.
Road Test

The Mazda5 provides most of the versatility of a minivan in a compact, maneuverable and affordable package. Handling is sporty and agile, ride is comfortable, the powertrain is fairly refined and gas mileage is respectable. Overall fuel economy is 24 mpg. However, road noise is pronounced and power for merging or climbing hills falls a bit short. Now offered with standard ESC, emergency handling is even more secure.

Seating
2 front, 2 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
wagon
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 5-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.3-liter 4 (153 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2010 Mazda 5 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"Bad alignment has lead to excessive tire wear, even when it is set at factory specs"

Janet M., NJ (2010 Mazda 5 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Ball joints

"Just eventually wore out and needed replacing."

Anonymous, TX (2010 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Seems they wear out quickly and do not show any symptoms so get your vehicle checked when it goes in."

Anonymous, OH (2010 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer replaced the ball joints with Moog brand and they failed less than 5,000 miles later. Not sure if improperly installed or undersized. Tires were worn to the cords. Replaced ball joints and control arms as an assembly."

Frank S., WI (2010 Mazda 5 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"They were OK but was told they were causing a noise when I drove over bumps. Was the struts instead"

Mark A., OH (2010 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

"I am careful driver and rarely go on poor roads. this is the tfird time I have had to replace the bushings and I have met several other Mazda 5 owners with the same problem none of us have had this problem with any other make of car. I smell a lemon. It has been very expensive."

Anonymous, CT (2010 Mazda 5 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"they always seem to fail creating lots of noise while driving on bumps etc"

Usama H., IL (2010 Mazda 5 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Sway-bar (stabilizer) and control-arm bushings became noisy. Mazda has a TSB that addresses the problem"

Steve-Shoko H., OK (2010 Mazda 5 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Car started to make rattling noises and jump around the road. Dealer found them worn out on a cross member. The part was only $18 but it took several hours to replace"

Mark A., OH (2010 Mazda 5 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear suspension squeaks. Replaced bushing and noise is gone"

Anonymous, AB (2010 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Front sway bar bushings started to make noise. I replaced them with parts from Autozone. Even though we have an extended warranty the dealer would have charged about $130 for an inspection"

R E., CA (2010 Mazda 5 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"RF Strut had to be replaced at 111,000 miles. did both struts and tie rods @ $500 cost. should have lasted longer. very noisy/rattley!"

Anonymous, AR (2010 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear shock mount broke, allowing the shock to rub against the tire and negatively impact the ride of the vehicle. A repair shop replaced the mounts and shocks on both sides based on the age of the vehicle."

Anonymous, (2010 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"We moved from the city to the country where the roads are in poor condition. This highlighted the poor suspension on the vehicle. Had dealer look at the suspension, but nothing is wrong with it, just bad design."

Anonymous, TX (2010 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to get rear suspension redone, Back tires were "cupping"."

Anonymous, SK (2010 Mazda 5 Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Awful shocks with noisy and bump road ever as new! Got worse and inked to be replaced by its 7th year"

Negar A., WA (2010 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"This car is hard on shocks to the point they totally fail. Tires are too low a profile for the roads here."

Mark A., OH (2010 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Front rignt shock was weak and had to be replacedr"

Anonymous, QC (2010 Mazda 5 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Right rear shock leaked and failed. It had to be replaced"

Dixon N., MD (2010 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced"

Anonymous, QC (2010 Mazda 5 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"I kept taking my car in for noises and they said it was links and ball joints. In the end, aftermarket struts fixed it. Money wasted"

Mark A., OH (2010 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"At 55000 miles my rear shocks failed. I feel that's too early for shocks to fail"

Anonymous, MN (2010 Mazda 5 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced struts because of front vibration"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Mazda 5 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"had to be replaced"

Usama H., IL (2010 Mazda 5 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Struts/towers last year. Needed looking at twice. Probably about $1600. It's based on to many Ford parts that want me to get rid of it within the next 12 months. Our old Tribute needed a new tranny at 86K miles and got $1000 for it on trade."

David M., IL (2010 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear upper shock mounts broke. This is a common problem with Mazda's of this vintage."

Frank S., WI (2010 Mazda 5 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear shocks have both been replaced twice. Mazda says there is nothing wrong with the design but I see a lot of people complaining on the internet and mine should not have failed twice in 30000 miles. I am disappointed in the car and Mazda"

J P., MA (2010 Mazda 5 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Worn out rear shocks"

Anonymous, MD (2010 Mazda 5 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Left rear shock developed a leak and failed"

Joseph T., IL (2010 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Two winters in a row, potholes caused components of our suspension system to crack, requiring costly repairs"

William W., NY (2010 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Car would jump around when you hit a bump. The labor was cheap, parts moderately expensive. Only rear struts failed"

Mark A., OH (2010 Mazda 5 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"BANGING NOISE IN REAR WHEN GOING OVER BUMPS"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Mazda 5 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear shocks required replacing (started leaking). This the third pair of rear shocks for this vehicle"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Mazda 5 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Wore out prematurely"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"This is the 2nd Mazda 5 we've owned and each has had repeated problems with suspension, both in and out of warranty; it's clear that the vehicle is severely under-suspended"

Anonymous, MD (2010 Mazda 5 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced the rear shocks both sides, passenger side twice so far"

Kenneth G., MA (2010 Mazda 5 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear shocks were leaking oil and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Mazda 5 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"cracked shock absorber, was repaired under warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Mazda 5 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"changed rear torsion bars to be adjustable to prevent uneven rear tire wear"

Anonymous, NC (2010 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"NOISE WHEN GOING OVER BUMPS AT LOW SPEEDS"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Mazda 5 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

"The suspension system has been an ongoing problem with this car."

Mark R., ON (2010 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Per the service person that worked on the vehicle it appears that it had previously been in accident and the front axle had been bent. They replaced the axle and most of the vibration has gone away but not completely"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Mazda 5 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Too thin tires so rims get indented bringing vibrations in the drive that masked more major problems that were developing"

Anonymous, QC (2010 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

"they were part of the strut replacement"

Anonymous, AR (2010 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

"Due to a rear suspension problem the back tires "cupped". This happened very quickly. I had to replace two tires and there was no wear warranty."

Anonymous, SK (2010 Mazda 5 Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Tires need to be rotated or they feather and get noisy"

Mark A., OH (2010 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"rear tires wear out on the inside only got 25000 miles on last set of tires"

Anonymous, NC (2010 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Severe and dangerous wear of tires that developed in only one summer and was due to bad alignement according to the garage"

Anonymous, QC (2010 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Need to have a four wheel alignment each year because the rear tires wear"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Mazda 5 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Spotted during a check up when in for an oil change. One wheel only."

Anonymous, ON (2010 Mazda 5 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"As the car ages the noise from air leaks is getting worse"

Anonymous, MD (2010 Mazda 5 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Heat shield was loose. Lasted about a week until I had it fixed."

Anonymous, IN (2010 Mazda 5 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Cool or cold temps cause a very bad rattle when hitting bump, as temps rise the noise will stop"

Anonymous, OK (2010 Mazda 5 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Heat shields rusting and coming loose."

Frank S., WI (2010 Mazda 5 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Car is generally noisy. Windshield squeaks and there is a lot of noise in the back seat (undiagnosed - shocks, perhaps?)"

Anonymous, MD (2010 Mazda 5 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"When the weather warms up, rthe car squeaks when stopping, when getting in or out. The suspension"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Due to low profile of the car, the heat shield came loose underneath and was dragging... was removed at auto shop."

Anonymous, ON (2010 Mazda 5 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"There were noises coming from the rear of the car. Mazda repaired it. The cause was 2 squeaking joints. The repair cost was $70"

Anonymous, WA (2010 Mazda 5 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Squeaks coming from the dashboard - notice it at times - not enough of a problem to take it back to the dealer"

Anonymous, KY (2010 Mazda 5 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Sliding doors have a rattle that the dealer was not able to fix permanently after 4 years of trying!"

Jim B., PA (2010 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"Vehicle in generally noisy. However, I love this car so I'm willing to tolerate it! :)"

Anonymous, MD (2010 Mazda 5 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Slowly stopped cooling. Went to have it charged, and was told the compressor was dead. Happened in 2019."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mazda 5 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor seized"

Anonymous, MI (2010 Mazda 5 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Airconditioner quit cooling completely. had to replace the compressor"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Mazda 5 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"a/c failed due to failed compressor. I was shocked to find this costly failure in a car that's only 7 years old. As a result I have decided to sell the vehicle and will likely not buy Mazda again"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Mazda 5 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"not cooling"

Anonymous, BC (2010 Mazda 5 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"A chip went out and the climate control would automatically go into high blower and stay on continually"

Anonymous, WA (2010 Mazda 5 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"We had to have two blowers replaced as well as the mechanism that diverted airflow to the back of the car."

Kenneth C., VA (2010 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Developed a chirping/squealing noise that would come and go if the fan was running"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"It was defective one week after we bought it and the dealer fixed it for free, after several complaints and persuasion"

Anonymous, OR (2010 Mazda 5 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"System leaked all refrigerant in about 5 months."

Phil C., CT (2010 Mazda 5 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

"It fell apart"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Mazda 5 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Burned out tail light"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Mazda 5 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Light bulb burnt at rear. Changing both bulbs at left and right afterward"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"Extremely difficult to replace bulbs"

Anonymous, (2010 Mazda 5 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"poor lights that don't hold their direction setting for some reason; many adjustments by dealer have been made. Finally new lights installed that have helped. Still not great."

P C., BC (2010 Mazda 5 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Replace one approximately every 6 months"

James R., NY (2010 Mazda 5 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Design of headlights prevents owner from replacing headlamp bulb. Requires special tool, or something. Incurred totally unnecessary costs because I couldn't replace headlamp myself"

Anonymous, MN (2010 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Both headlights went out within days of each other, in the same order, 14 months apart. Also, the CD deck will not eject a disk if the heater or defroster has been running very long. You have to turn the airconditioner on in order to cool the CD"

Anonymous, MN (2010 Mazda 5 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"2 TPMS valve stems leaked, one broke completely"

Anonymous, NM (2010 Mazda 5 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Normal routine brake wear

"Breaks wear faster than normal because of weight"

John R., CA (2010 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Just normal brake wear found during oil change svc"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

"brakes are failing overall and the cost to fix is more then the vehicle is worth"

Anonymous, (2010 Mazda 5 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Low brake fluid a problem"

Anonymous, MD (2010 Mazda 5 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"started having a scrapping sound and after it was checked they said the brakes were wearing out. No problems since they were replaced"

Anonymous, OR (2010 Mazda 5 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"Squeaking a lot and loud when damp or just sitting garage overnight. Goes away quickly but irritating. Has no effect on actual braking that I can tell"

Kenneth S., WI (2010 Mazda 5 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes always squeak loudly on backing up in wet or damp conditions. Common to many owners. Dealer can't fix problem"

Anonymous, MN (2010 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Makes horrendous noise backing up if slightly damp"

Anonymous, MN (2010 Mazda 5 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Front bumper is loose and needs replacement if it is to be fixed. This is extremely costly and should not have been a problem."

Charles A., CA (2010 Mazda 5 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Weatherstripping on window came loose and had to be glued back in place"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"the paint chips and there are many scratches from other car doors smacking mine in parking spaces.never had this problem with my 2000 Saturn"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear hatch door had a section of paint flake off"

Anonymous, OK (2010 Mazda 5 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"Left-rear wheel well. Where the metal lip curves around the outside of the wheel well, we have seen a progression from a minor "rippling" into a major rust issue along that lip"

Chris B., WI (2010 Mazda 5 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"rust around rear wheel wells"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Clutch grew soft and later failed on an out-of-state trip. I had it replaced at the dealer. This is the second clutch replacement since purchase."

Anonymous, MA (2010 Mazda 5 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"This has been a continual problem with this car. We seem to need to replace the Manual Transmission Clutch ever 25 - 30,000 miles. This is in sharp contrast to all the other Manual Transmission Vehicles that we have owned (6 - 7) where the Clutch lasts 100,000 miles or more"

Janet M., NJ (2010 Mazda 5 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"clutch needed to be replaced after 30k miles and probably will need to be replaced soon after another 28 k"

Anonymous, MI (2010 Mazda 5 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch action became very soft, required replacement at 4 years, 43000 miles. Completely unacceptable lifetime. Mazda refused to provide any compensation, claiming it was normal wear and tear"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Mazda 5 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"I have had multiple Clutch Replacements on this car. This is unlike the last 6 manual transmission cars I have owned"

Janet M., NJ (2010 Mazda 5 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed to replace clutch"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Mazda 5 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"The r3ear sliding doors on this car have been a problem forever. I live in Wisconsin and in the winter when there is freezing rain or snow melts then the doors freeze shut. Also, if you do get them to open, then often the doors won't latch when you try to close them until the inside of the car warms up. Horrible design for northern climates."

Anonymous, WI (2010 Mazda 5 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"Both of the back sliding door locks failed at the same time which resulted in the doors opening unexpectedly inability to get them to lock shut. The sliding doors on this vehicle have been a problem since it was new. Both the locking mechanisms inside the door and the exposed mechanisms on the bottom of the door are susceptible to rusting and seizing up. Also the door seals would freeze to the metal in the winter Poor design for vehicles exposed to winter salt."

Frank S., WI (2010 Mazda 5 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Seat belts

"The seatbelts are not retracting properly and then are difficult to lock in place to prevent bouncing around"

Anonymous, DE (2010 Mazda 5 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"driver window stuck midway (up/down) had to replace the regulator"

Anonymous, NC (2010 Mazda 5 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Automatic window on drivers side failed"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"In 2019 check engine light came on. Was told cause was an 02 sensor located near the cat. convertor. Changing it took care of the problem."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mazda 5 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced front oxygen sensor"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine light came and the mechanic said that the O2 sensor failed. We had them both replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mazda 5 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"O2 sensor failed"

Alek D., CA (2010 Mazda 5 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear O2 sensor needed replacement"

Stephen R., PA (2010 Mazda 5 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"still has original exhaust system, the leaks are probably from age and mileage"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Mazda 5 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"Flimsy heat shields that don't last on this car. Lost 2 or 3 over the years."

Anonymous, NY (2010 Mazda 5 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"Rusted away to the point it was hanging, don't try to fix it, not worth it, buy one online."

Anonymous, OH (2010 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"After spending over $1000, airbag light still flashes 1-9 despite ]multiple repair attempts. I don’t trusts it now and am disgusted at the poor reliability of this car"

Negar A., WA (2010 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"Skips even with new CDs"

Vincent L., NY (2010 Mazda 5 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"CD player has cd stuck inside. DVD player wont eject DVD"

Anonymous, MD (2010 Mazda 5 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Hardware replacement

"The connection port to plug in the audio devise (phone) broke and no longer works"

Anonymous, OR (2010 Mazda 5 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Rear entertainment system (e.g., DVD player, rear screen)

"Had to have DVD replaced two times and it has broken again"

Anonymous, MD (2010 Mazda 5 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine mounts

"Were informed motor mount required replacement when we took it in for scheduled service. Ended up costing about $400 (in addition to the scheduled service), which surprised me"

Anonymous, MN (2010 Mazda 5 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"one of them leaked out"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Mazda 5 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"One of the seals broke and leaked Oil. The repair show replaced the seal and the oil pan drain plug and it hasn't happened again."

Anonymous, FL (2010 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

"Shift linkage corroded so it would not easily shift the transmission"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Mazda 5 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

"clutch slips quite regularly"

Anonymous, MI (2010 Mazda 5 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Cooling fan

"Failure at 197000 miles caused engine overheating."

Anonymous, GA (2010 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"Needed the rear axle replaced due to rust"

Nancy B., MO (2010 Mazda 5 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

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