2006-2010 Mazda 5 expert review

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2006-2010 Mazda 5 review

Mazda 5 seat arrangement. Photo: Mazda

Fuel Economy . The 2006-2007 Mazda 5 automatic gets 19 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. With some minor tweaks, the fuel economy was improved for 2008; the 2008-2010 Mazda 5 auto is rated at 21/27 mpg city/highway. With 20% city, 80% highway use, the 5 is estimated to travel 372 miles (599 km) on a full 15.9-gallon (60.2 liter) tank.

Opting for a manual transmission will get you even better mileage; the 2010 Mazda 5 with a five-speed manual transmission gets 22 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.

Handling: On the road, Mazda 5 is very agile and maneuverable; it handles more like a sporty wagon than a minivan. The ride is firm, but comfortable. The 2.3L 4-cylinder engine is peppy around town, but might feel underpowered with a full load.

Safety: Antilock brakes are standard. Stability Control system was added for 2010. In the NHTSA frontal crash tests, the 2008-2010 Mazda 5 got five stars for both the driver and the front passenger.

In the side-impact tests, Mazda 5 scored five stars for the driver and four stars for the rear passenger.

Mechanical: Mazda 5 has a 157-hp 2.3-liter 4-cylinder DOHC engine, which is pretty reliable and is easy to maintain. This engine has a timing chain ; there is no timing belt.

Mazda 5

Transmission choices included a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic (5-speed automatic from 2008). Rear brakes are disks only. The 5 has McPherson struts in the front and multi-link independent suspension in the back.

The power steering is electro-hydraulic, with a conventional hydraulic steering rack and electrically-driven hydraulic steering pump.

Reliability . Consumer Reports rates the 2006-2009 Mazda 5 ‘below average’ with the suspension and brakes receiving the worst scores; however, the engine and transmission are rated well. According to a Mazda service expert we spoke to, common problems are fairly minor and not very expensive.

Pros: The 5 is maneuverable and nimble. It handles sporty and you can get it with a stick shift. The fuel economy is not too bad and maintenance costs are reasonable.

It’s also easy to work on, which is a big plus for a DIY owner.

Cons: The 5 is not as roomy or comfortable as conventional minivans. One of the common complaints we found is that the air conditioner feels a bit weak for the rear passengers in early models; the second-row cool air vents with fan-speed controls were only added for 2008. The seats are pretty firm and the cushions are fairly short, which might be a problem on long trips. Tall drivers could find front legroom tight.

The road noise is more noticeable than in other minivans.

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