2008 MAZDA MAZDA5
Nice alternative to a minivan. Serves our purpose, which was to have a sliding side door. Leg room adequate for front and middle row seats, but third row is pretty cramped. Doesn't ride as smoothly as a minivan. The bushings are problematic. Front needed replacing upon purchase and rear are deteriorating and will need replacing soon.
2009 MAZDA MAZDA5
Mazda5 sport, 38K miles, purchase in May, 2015 because it can fit six but is not a huge car. Drives well, happy with it. Had to replace power steering hose and rear shocks, which was disappointing and a reason for only 3 stars. (the dealer wouldn't get any stars) Apparently factory rear shocks for this model are known to break down early--leak oil. The basics of the car are good, and we are happy with it. We will put less than 10K a year on this car, so it should last 7 or 8 years.
2009 MAZDA MAZDA5
If you don't need room to carry stuff around but you need room for the family this is your car. Good on gas. And maybe more comfortable that it seems.
2013 MAZDA MAZDA5
The gas tank holds a little more than 15 gallons... but will get anywhere from 15mpg to 22mpg for small mini van/wagon. The gas gauge will give you no indication on how much gas you have. If you have more than 1 child this car is too small. No trunk space unless you lay down your back 2 seats. After folding down your back 2 seats for trunk space the car lacks a passangers bench seating for the rear passangers so you can only fit 3 in the car... but with a family of 5.. i would have to empty the trunk space because anything in the back with 1 downed seat will hit the 5th passanger. If the gas mileage was 27mpg to 35mpg for the size of the car it would get a higher rating. But lack of passanger space and trunk space gives this 1 start