Mazda 5 Car Review: A Cheap Car With Good Gas Mileage and Room for Passengers or Cargo

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The Mazda 5 is in a class of its own. Placing it in between the SUV and minivan, Mazda calls it a sporty crossover. It has a sleek look and resembles something of a mini-minivan, with its easy access sliding doors. Buyers can choose from additional optional features, including a moon roof, spoiler and window tint, to enhance its modern design.

Fuel Efficiency and Price

The Mazda 5 gets good reviews for being one of the most fuel efficient cars in its class. The 2008 version boasts the EPA’s Smartway certification mark in air pollution, fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions. With 21-28 miles per gallon, it has a higher fuel economy than most vehicles with similar cargo/passenger space. Starting at around $20,000, it is also one of the cheapest in its class.

Passenger and Cargo Space

Mazda 5 is a great compromise between fuel economy and passenger space. The three rows each have two seats, though the third row is better suited for small children. When all six seats are full of passengers, there is a small space behind the third row accessible with the hatchback door. When empty, each of the four rear seats can lay flat independently of one another. This creates several unique options for toting passengers and cargo. jasa pengiriman barang

Engine and Drive

Despite its larger size and extra space, the car drives well. It has plenty of the Mazda zoom, and the brakes are nice and tight. The vehicle has an overall maneuverability that is unique for this class of cars. It boasts a 2.3 liter, 4 cylinder engine with 153 horsepower, and it redlines at 6500 rpm.

Other Reviews

The U.S. News and World Report ranks the Mazda 5 number one in a small class of “Compact Wagons.” Mazda ranks above the Chrysler PT Cruiser and the Chevrolet HHR, because of its price, size and drive. It ranks over 7 out of 10 in all of the site’s categories, with the exception of the safety (which is not ranked). However, Mazda’s site claims an NHTSA rating of 5 stars in a frontal impact and driver’s side crash test.

Edmund’s review gives the Mazda 5 an overall positive ranking, praising it as affordable, fuel efficient and easy to maneuver. Edmunds compares the Mazda 5 to the Kia Rondo, which boasts an extra seat but lacks the benefit of sliding doors.

Who Should Buy a Mazda 5?

Mazda 5 is a great car for families with small children. It is also a good sized car for smaller families or individuals who need extra cargo space.

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