Fantastic all around car for a great price!
Tires needed to be replaced at around 30,000 miles. That's about right for the stock Toyo Proxes.
The shroud on the underside lost a massive piece after my wife drove over a stick. A stick. It's not exactly made of sturdy materials.
Fog light was broken by a stray rock.
Top of the rear bumper has quite a few scratches from cargo sliding over it - highly recommended you get the optional rubber cover.
We got our 5 as my wife's daily driver. It is excellent for our family of 4, and it is very helpful that it can transport 6 people in a pinch. Plenty of cargo room with the rear seats folded.
The 5 is far ahead of its competitors in terms of value, fun to drive, reliability, and cost of ownership. When we bought it, I wanted the manual, but as it is my wife's daily driver we got the automatic. I've never driven a smoother, more intuitive automatic. LOVE that in manual mode our minivan will hold a gear to the redline. I've driven sports cars that won't do that. Speaks to Mazda's commitment to sport.
It's fun to drive; handling much like a slightly tall Mazda 3. Twisty roads are a blast, the view out is fantastic, and it sticks to the road really, really well. It won't win any drag races, but hey, it's a van and gets 28 MPG.
Being an inexpensive car, it has an inexpensive feel. Hard plastics abound, and at least on the US version, there aren't a lot of the amenities that are offered on say, a Toyota Sienna or Honda Odyssey. But then again, it cost nearly half the price.
I highly recommend the 5. Unless you love spending a lot of money on a car or frequently transport 8 people, the 5 is all the car most people need. Plus, it's fun to drive!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th February, 2014