2006 Mazda 5 Review | Autobytel.com

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Mazda 5

This car is too smart for form-over-function

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This is not a new for the United States. Mini-minivans in the late 1980s and early bobbing helplessly in the wake of the successful Dodge Caravan and Voyager. Popular in Europe and for their ability to provide interior room combined minimum exterior size, vehicles never sold in America.

For example, one of the best of the breed, the 1990 Nissan lasted just one year. stuck it out a little longer, the Expo LRV until 1994, Honda took the baton the 1995 Odyssey – though it, and its Oasis clone, had conventional side doors rather sliders. None of these intelligent as they were, the imagination of American consumers, and came close to becoming an in the way that the first minivan, the Microbus, did back in the 1950s and

Fast forward a decade or and Mazda is taking the leap the 2006 Mazda 5. Logic dictate this as a doomed given the utter lack of shown by the public in the Mazda 5’s predecessors. But when you’re to distinguish your brand innovative products, fuel are shooting skyward, and one of the hot industry is the six-passenger “sports tourer,” it hurt to test the waters and see if the is finally right for the mini-minivan to success.

Based on a week-long drive in a 2006 Mazda 5 we’d say it’s got potential. are issues associated with with engine performance, and design. Mazda didn’t try to hide the sliding door on the outside, and most Americans likely cross the Mazda 5 off lists once they out that it’s really a and not some new-fangled “sport available at a bargain price.

too bad about our culture’s tendency to form over function – people who might love the 5 won’t give it a second

Mazda sells the 5 in two trims: and Touring. Standard equipment on the Mazda 5 Sport includes spiffy 17-inch alloy power door locks keyless entry, power (including those in the sliding doors), power mirrors, air cruise control, and a four-speaker with a CD player and auxiliary on the steering wheel.

The Mazda 5 starts at $19,510 and adds two speakers along with a CD changer, a leather-wrapped steering a power moonroof, fog lights, climate control, and unique such as body-color mirrors, sill extensions, and a rear spoiler. Every 2006 5 is equipped with occupant-sensing airbags, side-impact airbags for the seats, and side curtain

You’d think that a 2.3-liter inline four-cylinder have trouble motivating a vehicle, and you’d be right – but when the Mazda 5 is toting than two passengers, or is filled a substantial load. Otherwise, a rather sprightly machine, and frugal with fuel to though we think it should done better than the mpg average we managed.

A five-speed gearbox is standard, and a four-speed with manual shifting is optional. The 2006 Mazda 5 on a four-wheel-independent suspension with and rear stabilizer bars, ventilated front and solid antilock disc brakes EBD and brake assist, and comes with an electro-hydraulic power steering system. Big 17-inch come standard to ensure the Mazda 5 adheres both to the and the automaker’s zoom-zoom philosophy – in the department if not outright performance.

Our model came fully in the top Touring trim with an transmission and a navigation system, in at $22,410 including the $560 charge. If that sounds a bargain, imagine slicing off the sticker by ditching the navigation for a detailed atlas. Now take a in your local Sunday and you’ll see that dealers are which means you can roll out the in a well-equipped, fun-to-drive, efficient, and 2006 Mazda 5 for less $20,000.

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Driving Impressions

Blackett’s 2006 Mazda 5 Impressions:

Apparently, just something looks like a doesn’t mean it drives one. Case in point: the Mazda 5 mini-minivan. Under the albeit a bit boxy, shape is a little hauler that decent handling, even piloting down winding roads. Understeer rears its head in hard-core corners, but is a six-passenger wagon, so extreme stick isn’t exactly a quality.

Thus, the squealing doing their best to grip, can’t be complained too much. Keep the speeds and back road slaloming can be entertaining in the Mazda 5.

From the seat, there’s the sporty wheel to enjoy, a leather-wrapped that provides plenty of and sufficient heft when the needle climbs. Razor-sharp is left for the RX-8, but the Mazda 5 is in nicely for a people-hauler. Braking is a thanks to the antilock disc though the pedal can be a tad touchy as first depressed.

The same can be of the throttle, which is tied to an yet ultimately underpowered, little that revs for all it’s Mash the pedal on the highway for a pass, and the Mazda 5 will pass, though screams of come from under the

But don’t blame the engine – the four-speed automatic transmission is to decide on the proper gear, hunting for the right answer, and settling for a deep dig into or third gear for a wild on the ol’ tachometer. Call it the “Spinning Game” – it’ll keep the amused for hours, or until get a mild case of whiplash the sudden and repeated downshifts.

for that confused …, the Mazda 5 packs a good bit of fun for an six-passenger wagon, er, van, thing. But that’s with one driver on board. Add in five bodies of average weight, and one can imagine how outmatched the powertrain be.

Brian Chee’s 2006 5 Driving Impressions:

It kept at me, this car that wouldn’t up. Over and over again, it with the most irritating and I failed to figure out what it was I was wrong, or what was amiss this weird little Doors were shut seatbelts were on, and the parking was off.

Yet still, it beeped.

I lifted my briefcase off the passenger and the clamor stopped. Turns out the weight sensor on the passenger is set low enough to activate the fasten warning for items no heavier a healthy sack of groceries, or, in case, a briefcase. The solution is enough, true – either put belongings somewhere else, or a belt around your

I must confess, though, I forgot this simple several times during two with the vehicle.

Other the bark of a seatbelt buzzer, the Mazda 5 is a pretty smooth and car, with just amounts of wind and road The engine purrs along, neither a happy note nor an squeal, and the tires keep composure during sedate maneuvers. It’s essentially a remember, with a strange design.

Driving such a elicits a number of stares at so you’ll have a great to motor away as quickly as The engine is peppy, but barely so – if briefcase is heavy, or you have a few aboard, you may have some during the getaway especially if the is uphill.

You get the last laugh, When it comes to parking and lanes, making U-turns and the types of things that the typically bloated SUVs on our fits, the Mazda 5 is nimble and a pleasure to pilot along streets and in and out of traffic. You get a really turning radius, a nice view and great visibility, the Mazda 5 rocks like a toy in a bathtub during harder-than-usual and braking is only adequate.

All in all, the 2006 Mazda 5 designed for a different road and a driver than what we here in America, and, it is quite a popular car in Europe. a more powerful engine and a wider stance, this also be a big hit in America.

Ron Perry’s Mazda 5 Driving Impressions:

My experience in the 2006 Mazda 5 what I was expecting…it was better. minivan, whatever you want to them, vehicles like are not my favorite to drive, so when I saw the 5 on the schedule I was less than about spending much time in it. However, the Mazda 5 won me

The engine, though sluggish off the delivers surprisingly well under way. Loaded adults, the engine might a few more seconds to get up to speed but lane changes and passing not an issue and I had confidence that the 5 would accomplish these without issue. The steering is a light for me, but considering the type it is I would give it a passing

My biggest surprise was how smooth and the Mazda 5 was. It tracks and handles the bumps and washboard of the freeway with grace and Great brakes and a quiet void of much wind or noise rounded out my experience.

Wardlaw’s 2006 Mazda 5 Impressions:

Given the Mazda front and rear, perhaps I have been surprised to the 2006 Mazda 5 immensely fun to Like a Mazda 3, this isn’t speedy but makes up for its of punch with entertaining quick reflexes, and refined to driver inputs.

Except for tip-in, which is abrupt to cause the front tires to lay a until you get your right calibrated to its sensitivity. The 2.3-liter engine delivers smooth and likes to rev. Its 157 ponies are when one person is aboard; the Mazda 5 up with people or and it’s easy to conclude the four-banger would be taxed.

response is adequate for passing, but no and the Mazda 5 can maintain a steady speed of 80 mph on the flat lands. Add weight, altitude, hill and performance is likely to degrade Great for city driving, the 5 is equipped with a four-speed transmission that shifts under normal circumstances, but a bit for passing.

Manual shifts are and set up like a BMW or Formula One racing car – You tap up for a downshift and tap down for an upshift. I dislike that.

The Mazda 5’s is linear and a tad overassisted, but with road feel. The brake is sensitive and responsive without grabby, making it easy to quick and smooth stops. The communicates most nuances of the surface, and since this is not a vehicle inside, you get to hear little change in the topography, the rifle shots of expansion to the harmonic thrum of grooved

The Mazda 5 is an impressive handling for what it is – a mini-minivan. There’s not as roll and pitch as I expected, it exists. The 17-inch tires well and are quiet when

Ride quality is surprisingly for a vehicle that communicates so of what the tires and suspension are up to. most European vehicles, the 5 rides a bit on the stiff side, yet out the worst road anomalies. motion is kept nicely in The Mazda 5 also has a very turning circle and is quite to park.

Visibility is terrific all

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Thom Blackett’s of the 2006 Mazda 5’s Comfort:

its small size, the 2006 5 provides a comfortable cabin for people. What? It’s a ride? Oh, yeah, those two in the row” need to be extremely or maybe your inbred who relish the opportunity to lick knees.

Whoever gets back there will from a cupholder, but there’s little leg, foot, and room, though the second-row can be moved forward for more Of course, that means in the second row will be squished, On a more positive note, the 5 allows for easy access to the and the sliding doors make for ingress/egress in tight parking

Forward of that sufficiently third row are four bucket each with its own fold-down armrest, adjustable headrest, and cushions. The driver’s seat a height adjuster, and the steering tilts and telescopes, though not

Brian Chee’s Opinion of the Mazda 5’s Comfort:

Stick to the seats, bunky, and you’re That’s where the comfort is the 2006 Mazda 5, with supportive seats, a nice layout and plenty of legroom. The seat offers a manual adjustment, which also you forward a bit in the process, which be really exciting if this was a at Disneyland.

Sitting in the back is of like sitting on the lawn at local concert venue. maybe it’s better that, but you’ll still like a second-class citizen during long drives, a good chance for numb The seats are far enough away to it’s hard to reach and deal with children, or passenger needs.

I didn’t try to get into the third row. My HMO doesn’t cover that. On a note, materials throughout the felt nice and durable, and the fabric was comfortable.

Plastics had a tactile feel, though was too much hard plastic the interior. The best thing the Mazda 5 was getting out… and in. The rear doors facilitated all large or small, and would loading groceries and kids a which is also true for the lift-over height, which is low to make placing heavy into the back easy.

the Mazda 5 is livable, but there are models available that more in terms of comfort.

Ron Opinion of the 2006 Mazda 5’s

The one thing that surprised me about the 2006 Mazda 5 was the cabin feels roomier you expect it to for the small size of the The seats fit me well and nice such as fold-down armrests and door panel surfaces me. Even the second-row seats get the armrests and a center console can be tucked under one of the second-row to make more room.

forced to ride in the third row suffer if they are over feet tall as head and room is minimal. Another issue for me is that unless you to raise them, the headrests jab you at shoulder blade level due to a seat back. Raising to their highest level is a for comfort.

Mazda didn’t comfort when it came to the however. The tailgate rises to a height on its hydraulic shocks for of average height and raises an 4-6 inches with a gentle for those on the taller side. No smashing your head on the when loading and unloading the area.

It’s the little like this that

Overall, the 2006 Mazda 5 both a smooth ride and a interior with the exception of the seating. The cabin feels and all controls are easy to understand and The seats are comfortable and easily and getting in and out of the cabin is no problem.

Christian Wardlaw’s Opinion of the Mazda 5’s Comfort:

Putting and stuff inside the 2006 5 is a breeze thanks to the sliding doors and the low rear liftover and the tailgate offers two-stage gas for loading in low-clearance garages worry that you’ll the paint on low-hanging pipes. rows of seats collapse and easily, without requiring the of the headrests. Also, the steering is a joy to hold.

Otherwise, comfort me. The front seats themselves are but I could never find the mix of seat height and cushion to get comfortable behind the wheel. the seat is raised, the bottom tilts forward, so your is to sit low and close to the floor with thigh support, or high and forward toward the dashboard.

not as fussy as I will appreciate the upper door panel and armrest. Drivers not as tall as I keep from banging knees on the bottom on the steering like I did.

Second-row comfort is adequate. Toe room is and while my legs cleared the seatbacks, room is not generous. keep in mind that the 5 is a narrow vehicle, so you sit close to the doors feeling vulnerable to impacts, and close to the person the second-row seat with

And yes, I did squeeze all 240 pounds of me the third-row seat, a torture to watching Food Network’s Ray schlep around a city on $40 a This seat is essentially unless you’re toting kids and slide the second-row forward a bit.

Finally, I this to be a loud vehicle all of the At low speeds, engine whine and roar are constant companions. At speeds, the wind noise these elements out.

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Thom Blackett’s of the 2006 Mazda 5’s Quality:

has done a pretty good job of its little wagon with materials, including nice on the dash, doors, and pillars, as as durable cloth fabric on the Most everything was firmly though the driver’s A-pillar didn’t fit quite right the fuzzy headliner, and the second-row rocker panel trim was off. Also noted was a rattle from the folding between the second-row bucket though that noise was by the lackluster sound system.

build quality was marred by a few faults, including a tailgate inconsistent gaps, headlights didn’t sit equally flush on side, and orange peel that was quite noticeable in sunlight. The lower egg-crate while looking flimsy and was actually solid and tight.

Chee’s Opinion of the 2006 5’s Quality:

Aside from the beep-beep-beep from a twitchy warning system, aside back seats designed for people, aside from too hard plastic throughout the and a design that will get you from Orange County, I no significant quality problems the Mazda 5. In fact, materials inside the cabin have a utilitarian feel, and the front were adequate. Gaps and seemed a bit irregular, however, but had a nice heft. All in all, the felt like it would together over a long of time and use.

Ron Perry’s of the 2006 Mazda 5’s Quality:

and exterior quality on the 2006 5 was good. My drive was squeak- and and the interior pieces all looked and to be of good quality for a vehicle in category. The seats are covered a nylon cloth material has a quality feel to it and that I will hold up well to the of normal wear-and-tear and possible spills. The interior doesn’t or look cheap and all components fit together with no noticeable gap or issues.

Areas I feel attention are the center console and panels in the third row as well as the aluminum trim. The plastic felt loose and flimsy and the aluminum trim just from the quality feel of the

Outside, the Mazda 5 holds up when it comes to scrutinizing gaps and fitment issues. A loose grille that is of a one-piece plastic bumper and front doors that when closing instead of with a solid thud are the issues I found with the 5.

Brian Opinion of the 2006 Mazda 5’s

Aw, shucks. The 2006 Mazda 5 for itself. The thing is, um, different, and the are hard to get used to.

Not that anything wrong with of course, but those huge lights, that squat body…man, that car has got a great

Inside, the Mazda 5 has some moments, especially the dash which lays everything out for the to see, with nice and a simple approach. Excellent also make driving the 5 a pleasure, especially the large for environmental settings. There are flip-up trays in the back the seats, and plenty of storage and Call me the vocal minority, but I liked the placement of the navigation and the navigation controls.

Yes, it a minute to see ‘em parked next to the but once located, the navi were easy to use. The problem was that its location it hard for, say, a to assist with programming. Not a bad a if your partner is constantly your driving decisions…

Ron Opinion of the 2006 Mazda 5’s

The 2006 Mazda 5 is a well design that results in a product. It’s full of things that impress, fold-down armrests, assist for front and rear occupants, hideaway center console for the seats, lots of storage and multiple cupholders and water holders. Designers used two plastics on the interior that one another and add a feeling of quality to the

Even the type of material the seats feels good and the inserts really give a sporty look. Add to that a with two height options and side doors for easy and exit, and it’s apparent spent time making the Mazda 5 feel bigger it really is.

The big miss with me has to be the design. I just can’t up to the look, which to my eye is heavily by the Japanese. The Mazda 5 looks odd every angle, too small to be a and too large to be a compact five-door which just confuses my of what a car should be.

Christian Opinion of the 2006 Mazda 5’s

Simple. Basic. Smart. are the notes I made to sum up the 2006 5’s design.

Personally, I think is a good looking vehicle the exception of the high-mounted, clear-lens The five-spoke wheels are handsome, and is a well balanced design. the Mazda 5 looks and feels upscale than the price tag lead you to believe, and outward from the driver’s seat is

As for control layout, I have no The stereo and climate control are stylish, featuring large with clear markings and a feel when used. All controls are located exactly you expect to find them, the Mazda 5 intuitive to use from the

Even the navigation system, pops up from the dashboard and is separate from the stereo and systems, is a breeze to program, get maps, and go back to the previous

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Thom Advice about the 2006 5:

This is a vehicle that a good chunk of time for and fiddling with the rear configurations, after which the buyer will appreciate the 2006 Mazda 5 has to offer. a versatile car with a ride borders on entertaining.

However, is a four-passenger vehicle that to have a third-row seat essentially useless, putting it in the of the more spacious Honda which is available with drive, and a whole host of small suvs. For its sporty the Mazda 5 is ahead of these but in terms of utility and overall this mini-minivan is a no-go.

Chee’s Advice about the Mazda 5:

The 2006 Mazda 5 is a idea. It’s just not a car.

Ron Perry’s Advice the 2006 Mazda 5:

If you want the of a larger vehicle with the more economical size of a definitely drive the 2006 5. Small in size but big on utility and the Mazda 5 is perfect for the family is just starting out and doesn’t a bigger SUV or regular size

Christian Wardlaw’s Advice the 2006 Mazda 5:

Before the 2006 Mazda 5, I thought was the most intelligent buy on the market I still think it’s a choice, but it wouldn’t work for me I cannot get comfortable behind the and that’s a shame because is a likeable, well-rounded vehicle. fun to drive, a great value, to use, and imparts a sense of

All it really needs is a driver’s with separate height and tilt adjustment and redesigned to achieve something close to

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