The 2014 Mazda5 was named the Most Affordable 3-Row Vehicle by Kelly Blue Book (KBB). Considering the many awards and honors that other Mazda vehicles have won over the past two years, it is great to see the Mazda5 joining in the fun.
KBB claims that the 2014 Mazda5 has a “fair purchase price” of only $ 19,329. That’s an incredible amount of family car for the money, rivaling the utility of the Toyota Corolla on the dollar spent. Having driven the Mazda5 in the past, we can also attest to the fact that it is a decent vehicle to drive. The Mazda5 must be put into perspective. If you want a sporty little car, Mazda is the place to go, but it’s not a sporty car, but more of a family car. That said, it can be accompanied by a gear lever, which is now found on so few cars, sports or not.
The defining element of the 2014 Mazda5 remains its sliding rear doors which open like the doors of mini-vans, in a way. Since they do not weigh as much as the doors of the Space Shuttle hangar (like the minivans), electric assistance is not required. In any case, they slide backwards, which is very wise. Kids can get in and out of this thing without slamming the car parked next to them. So thank a Mazda5 owner if you ever see one getting out of their car next to you in a parking lot. The manual sliding door allows carpet rats to easily jump in the way home without hassle. In the middle are two captain’s seats that help reduce the stinging and “you’re on my side” issues that occur in a conventional sedan.
Torque News editor Aaron Turpen owns a Mazda5 and loves it. We asked her to summarize the vehicle for us and she said “We get a reliable 29 mpg on the highway. We bought it because it is well priced, a good size and has the sliding doors.” a van, which anyone with toddlers will realize is a serious back saver. The third row is only really useful for child or dog safety seats, but allows us to sit six comfortably if two of them are our children.
In the first paragraph, we didn’t call the Mazda5 a crossover, sedan, or minivan. This is because it doesn’t really fit the current definition of these vehicles. It’s a shame because that’s exactly what the mini-van should have been called. The gigantic leviathans that suburban moms drive around town are actually more aptly named maxi-vans, because there’s nothing “mini” about them. This vehicle is not small for a family with children. The truth is, maxi-vans are the Big-Gulps of the automotive world and wouldn’t exist in the herds they make if it weren’t for the “bigger for fun” attitude than many in. America have.
The Mazda5 is not perfect. He did not receive the SkyActiv treatment. Its drivetrain is a bit dated and while the vehicle is neither heavy nor fat, its mileage falls short of current industry (and buyers’) standards. The Mazda5 is ranked 22 city and 28 highway. In comparison, the Nissan Rogue, the number 5 vehicle on the list of most affordable 3-row vehicles, achieves a rating of 26/33 MPG. Expect this to be fixed at a later time. Taking a step back from the Mazda5 and thinking out loud sounds like the perfect platform on which to design a plug-in hybrid.