Tremendously practical, the Mazda5 has a wide range of attributes unmatched by any other vehicle on the market. Sliding side doors and seats for six make it an alternative for larger and more-expensive minivans and SUVs. Lots of windows provide a good view out and the tidy footprint aids maneuverability and parking. Nimble and agile handling means it doesn't sacrifice being fun-to-drive either.
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    Overall Owner Satisfaction

    Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

    Overall Owner Satisfaction

    Owner Satisfaction with:

    Driving Experience

    Includes acceleration and handling

    What Owners Say

    "The handling of the Mazda 5 is so good! Taking tight corners is more fun than anyone would ever expect out of a vehicle with sliding doors. Acceleration leaves a little too be desired but it makes up for that in the handling."

    Lance T., NV (2012 Mazda 5)

    "It drives like a sports car. It corners well and loves to run."

    Anonymous, AZ (2012 Mazda 5)

    "The Mazda 5 handles like a car, even though it's a van. The engine was increased in 2012 to 2.5 litres so it has lots of power while still being economical."

    Richard M., ON (2012 Mazda 5)

    "Accelerates to get on the highway very smoothly and has the speed to merge into oncoming traffic."

    Clarann M., OR (2012 Mazda 5)

    "it accelerates well and handles very well. I enjoy driving it."

    Anonymous, NJ (2012 Mazda 5)

    "It handles more like a sports sedan than a van. Rides well but is a bit noisy and a bit to much road noise"

    Michael F., NV (2012 Mazda 5)

    "For a 6-seater microvan, the handling is fantastic. I don't accelerate hard much because it is fuel-inefficient."

    Anonymous, FL (2012 Mazda 5)

    "The Mazda 5 handles like a smaller car, with stable, precise well-controlled steering and adequate acceleration. The drive was very smooth and quiet when new but after a couple of years it developed quite a few rattles, buzzes and creaks, mostly from what I believe are loose things within the dash"

    Adam S., ON (2012 Mazda 5)

    "super nimble. Great for driving around town."

    Anonymous, TX (2012 Mazda 5)

    "Note: This car has a 6 speed manual transmission. It shifts, accelerates, rides and handles like a much sportier vehicle. FUN! Wind noise is high at highway speeds."

    Anonymous, NY (2012 Mazda 5)

    "Acceleration is very good. Being able to control deceleration by foot off accelerator and downshifting."

    Judith K., HI (2012 Mazda 5)

    "This car accelerates quickly when needed and is always responsive."

    Nancy W., LA (2012 Mazda 5)

    "Acceleration is average especially at passing other vehicles on two lane roads. Handling at highway speeds is very good but stiff at maneuvering for parking."

    Anonymous, TX (2012 Mazda 5)

    "Excellent handling"

    Anonymous, NJ (2012 Mazda 5)

    "Handles great for an SUV. Sporty"

    Anonymous, KY (2012 Mazda 5)

    "Fun to drive esp since it's a van. Mazda really does know how to make a car fun to drive."

    Kincade W., MA (2012 Mazda 5)

    "Like all Mazdas it handles great and for what is a mini-mini-van it is fun to drive."

    Anonymous, CA (2012 Mazda 5)

    "I don't drive fast but this car has plenty of zip and nice handling."

    ALBERT N., MA (2012 Mazda 5)

    "It is a very lazy car, it seems like it is a great effort for it to accelarate. Otherwise it is a great car for the size and gas mileage."

    Anonymous, NH (2012 Mazda 5)

    "The Manuel transmission makes a world of difference in the driving experience in this model. The automatic was so boring"

    Anonymous, ME (2012 Mazda 5)

    "I thought the road noise was a bit high, but a friend who had just purchased a new Subaru Forester has on several occasions remarked on how quiet the 5 is."

    Anonymous, OH (2012 Mazda 5)

    "The Mazda 5 has adequate acceleration. But it handles like a sports car on the road. Fun to drive and feels very secure on winding roads."

    MICHAEL F., NV (2012 Mazda 5)

    "Handling is excellent, the steering is precise and responsive with good feedback, braking is better than average. The car handles like a smaller vehicle, it feels quite nimble. Acceleration is adequate."

    ADAM S., ON (2012 Mazda 5)

    "Fun car to drive. It's practical and a good value. Biggest complaint is noise--not enough sound deadening."

    Anonymous, AZ (2012 Mazda 5)

    "Probably I appreciate the acceleration and handling more than others would because I had a 1997 Plymouth Voyager for 14 years; the contrast when I drove the Mazda was wonderful."

    Anonymous, CA (2012 Mazda 5)

    "The acceleration is great as is the handling"

    PAUL H., TX (2012 Mazda 5)

    "From a stopped position you have to be very gentle with the accelerator or the wheels spin and it is hard on tires. It has all the zip anyone could want."

    ROGER K., MI (2012 Mazda 5)

    "none"

    Anonymous, MD (2012 Mazda 5)

    "From time to time there when the accelerator is pushed, the car will start to die, and then do nothing and finally after 3-5 seconds will respond. Because this is a problem that is random, the dealer couldn't find what was the problem."

    Anonymous, WA (2012 Mazda 5)

    Comfort

    Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

    What Owners Say

    "Seats are comfortable but don’t have as much adjustment as my old Volva"

    Anonymous, ON (2012 Mazda 5)

    "Seats are very comfortable. They are easy to get in and out of for seniors, since they are just the right height too. Car is it not noisy."

    Anonymous, NJ (2012 Mazda 5)

    "The car is a little noisy, but it handles very well. We love the sliding doors for the back seat."

    Bob M., WA (2012 Mazda 5)

    "The driver’s seat is comfortable and supportive. I really like the captain chairs in the second row. Great for passengers and dogs."

    Anonymous, AZ (2012 Mazda 5)

    "Very quiet on the road"

    Anonymous, ME (2012 Mazda 5)

    "Noisy cabin"

    Anonymous, OH (2012 Mazda 5)

    "very roomy in the front seats, great visibility, seats are nicer than others in the same class of car"

    Anonymous, CA (2012 Mazda 5)

    "The seats were great when the car was new over the last 5 years they have started to show their age. The aren't as supportive as they used to be. The ride is fine and what I would expect with this type of car. The road noise has always been loud and has increased with age."

    Anonymous, MA (2012 Mazda 5)

    "Seating is very good, the ride is somewhat stiff and noise at highway speeds is elevated."

    Anonymous, TX (2012 Mazda 5)

    "Rides well for a small car"

    John H., NS (2012 Mazda 5)

    "Seats a bit hard, not shaped for this old guys skinny rear end. I develop some pain after a time in the passenger or driver seat."

    MICHAEL G., TX (2012 Mazda 5)

    "Wind noise is bothersome. Passenger seat belt rubs on my spouse's neck (she is only 5 feet tall.). Climate control and ride are fine."

    Anonymous, CO (2012 Mazda 5)

    "The vehicle has a lot of road noise when driving."

    Anonymous, WA (2012 Mazda 5)

    "This vehicle was a great value, and I have no complaints for the price, but it is not a minivan. It is too small for long family vacations or road trips."

    DANA M., NV (2012 Mazda 5)

    "Way too much road noise Don't like that I have to lift cargo so high when loading Cup holders are too far back for driver and not convenient for back seat passengers"

    PAM T., TX (2012 Mazda 5)

    "Outside noise is loud at times - may be due to road pavement."

    CLARANN M., OR (2012 Mazda 5)

    "The seats are somewhat small and not as comfortable as I thought."

    PAUL H., TX (2012 Mazda 5)

    "Can't use just vents to let in cool air. Must use air conditioning to cool inside of car. More road noise than I would like."

    Anonymous, CO (2012 Mazda 5)

    Value

    Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

    What Owners Say

    "It is a good quality vehicle for the price, with plenty of room in what is still a compact size, but I have had some components fail prematurely (transmission, CV boot), the brakes wear out quickly, and routine maintenance is very expensive compared to my previous vehicles"

    Adam S., ON (2012 Mazda 5)

    "2012 Mazda is a reliable automobile. While it is not the most comfortable car, it certainly makes up for any deficiencies with its reliability. It is perfect for a family of 4."

    Anonymous, VA (2012 Mazda 5)

    "For the price it’s a great car for a family that sits six and the sliding rear doors are great in tight spaces. It gets better mileage than a regular minivan but not much more than the Toyota van I own. Maybe 2 to 3 MPG more."

    Michael F., NV (2012 Mazda 5)

    "This car is fun to drive and is extremely versatile. Can seat 6 for short runs can move lot of stuff. Price is low relative to cross-over SUVs."

    Anonymous, NY (2012 Mazda 5)

    "The Mazda 5 has been a great value. 7 years and almost 70,000 miles and it has required nothing, other than normal maintenance. On second set of tires and original brakes. For a small vehicle,, it has amazing cargo capacity, so it has real utility, not "sport" activity."

    Arthur S., WA (2012 Mazda 5)

    "We have never been so pleased with a car and, since we are now both 75, that is saying something."

    Anonymous, NJ (2012 Mazda 5)

    "I live on a mountain. I use the manual transmission going downhill and have never had to have any work done on the brakes!"

    Judith K., HI (2012 Mazda 5)

    "Excellent value. No problems since purchase at all"

    Anonymous, ID (2012 Mazda 5)

    "90 K miles and this car is still running well. Layout of small mini van works for the traveling college professor that drives to her client. Excellent car for a short person with great driving visibility!"

    Anonymous, CA (2012 Mazda 5)

    "This has been a very reliable, fun to drive vehicle. It works so well for a family of 4 with plenty of usable space but still being compact and easy to drive in tight spaces. All for under $25K when new and the value for this has been unbeatable."

    Lance T., NV (2012 Mazda 5)

    "Inexpensive, reliable, plenty of room, versatile."

    Anonymous, CO (2012 Mazda 5)

    "The Mazda5 is the only real mini van sold in North America. It has great cargo room , good interior storage and handles very well for a van."

    Richard M., ON (2012 Mazda 5)

    "Only reasonably sized vehicle with sliding doors, good room inside"

    Anonymous, TX (2012 Mazda 5)

    "Best car I've owned for the price. I've only had one minor issue (emissions system) go wrong with the car in 6 years and it was less than $200 to repair. LOVE this car."

    Anonymous, IN (2012 Mazda 5)

    "Seating for 6 (4 adults & 2 children) is not commonly available in a car that's pleasant to drive, at this price point. I wish Mazda was updating the vehicle with modern safety systems and improved crash worthiness. Because they did not, and because they are dropping the Mazda5 in Canada during 2018, it was not a potential choice."

    Norman F., BC (2012 Mazda 5)

    "Great value - nothing else like it available"

    Anonymous, NJ (2012 Mazda 5)

    "So much versatility for the money. Many different seating possibilities with 3 rows of seats and tons of flexible cargo carrying options with the seats folded down. Brilliant car. Too bad Mazda never advertised or marketed it."

    Anonymous, CA (2012 Mazda 5)

    "very good value - reasonable price, great mileage, excellent reliability"

    Anonymous, CA (2012 Mazda 5)

    "Pleasant to drive, convenient 6-seater. Excellent visibility, very reliable. We've done nothing beside routine maintenance and it's never once presented a problem. Sad to see it discontinued. If Mazda updated with advanced tech, I'd buy another new vehicle in a moment."

    NORMAN F., BC (2012 Mazda 5)

    "I needed the small van format to transport my String Bass and our sound gear for gigs. This was my best choice."

    STEPHEN B., NJ (2012 Mazda 5)

    "An extremely versatile vehicle that is comfortable and relatively efficient to drive. Not at all expensive for the value (@around -9% off sticker plus loyalty bonus)."

    Anonymous, OH (2012 Mazda 5)

    "I like this car more than the Acura I replaced."

    Anonymous, HI (2012 Mazda 5)

    "Great price for a very roomy 7 passenger car. It handles very well but could be more comfortable with a better ride."

    Anonymous, NY (2012 Mazda 5)

    "by using info from various sources, I was able to get the vehicle for a little over $17,000. I had to confront the dealer with his own internet advertisement. He tried to claim that the ad represented their military discount, not their regular price. I told him that was not what the ad said, and I wanted the car at the advertised price. The folding seats and sliding doors make the car a versatile hauler. I think I might have been better off with leather interior, though."

    STEVE S., NC (2012 Mazda 5)

    "Exceptional MPG 3rd row seat a BIG plus"

    Anonymous, MD (2012 Mazda 5)

    "very satisfied"

    ELMER G., NY (2012 Mazda 5)

    "I bought the highest MPG rating with the most room (handicapped equipment). We have very little city driving, thus the overall mpg. One time, all city, we got 24. I think this car was the best kept secret in the Automobile business. Too bad, we've lost a realistic six passenger for family, priced around 20K."

    A D., MN (2012 Mazda 5)

    "Tiny van is funny looking 2WD but it hauls 6 people or 4 plus cargo in decent highway cruising comfort, has peppy performance with 29 MPG, it deserves more attention vs. more expensive SUVs like CR-V or Escape."

    ARTHUR H., MN (2012 Mazda 5)

    "Great vehicle for under $20K"

    DANIEL A., NC (2012 Mazda 5)

    "The 6 passenger design of the Mazda 5 is very versatile. We have 4 grandkids hence 6 is a good number. The car seats also fold down easily for carrying stuff as needed."

    KINCADE W., MA (2012 Mazda 5)

    "It was the right price when I bought it new. They are no longer making it, so I think that it will be easy to sell when the time comes."

    STEPHANIE M., MI (2012 Mazda 5)

    "good gas mileage......low maintenance.....comfortable lumbar seat for driver.....attractive interior design, all leather bucket seats.....ease of handling...roomy second row seats...plenty of room in the rear for bulky shopping items, hauling etc...attractive exterior design, sun roof."

    Anonymous, TX (2012 Mazda 5)

    "It carries 6 people for under $20k! And it has a stick shift! The seats are super flexible for hauling gear or people."

    BENJAMIN T., OR (2012 Mazda 5)

    Styling

    How it looks inside and out

    What Owners Say

    "Although it seats six passengers, overall it is a very small car for more than four people. The mileage is very good for a 6-passenger car but I am going for a wider base next time. Despite being garage kept, the paint on this car chips off more than any car I have owned in the past."

    WALTER B., KY (2012 Mazda 5)

    "After looking at looking at new vehicles, I'm reminded of the excellent outward visibility of Mazda 5, particularly toward the rear."

    NORMAN F., BC (2012 Mazda 5)

    "It's cute!"

    STEPHANIE M., MI (2012 Mazda 5)

    "Has three rows of seats, so it is very easy to get from the second row to the back row because of the space between the two seats in the second row. Sliding doors make it easy to get into the side of the car."

    Anonymous, CO (2012 Mazda 5)

    "I like smart-looking, sporty cars. This car is an ugly family car. My wife picked it out and loves it."

    JEROME M., PA (2012 Mazda 5)

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