Join Date: May 2005
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Re: Driving a 5 on Tuesday
Alright, where to start. I drove a Platinum Silver 5 tonight, fully loaded with Air and with the Automatic transmission.
One word to describe the drive?
Fun. Really fun. I want one.
I am kinda shocked to write this, but Mazda made driving a mini-van (and that's what this is, judging by the amount of room inside it) a fun experience. I loaded the vehicle with 4 adults and my two children, to simulate how I would be driving it at it's peak load.
Step 1: The highway. I drove about 10 minutes on the highway, and the acceleration was brisk and effortless. I checked the rpm's at 100km/h - 2600.
As the km/h flew past 120, I realised that the car wasn't hesitating under the weight at all. As the km/h neared 140, I thought maybe I should slow down a little. There was no "whine" of the engine and the wind/engine noise was minimal enough that I could communicate with my son in the back seat with no problem. The 5 passes this test with flying colours.
Step 2: The hill. I was a little skeptical that it would be as good as reported up the hill. I mean, I've got a 3300lb car here with 4 adults and 2 kids in it. The 2.3 couldn't possibly be any good up the hill. Well... it was good. It wasn't great, and I could have used a little bit more power there, but this is quite a large hill we're talking about. I will give it a passing grade, but certainly not the flying colours that were given for the highway.
Step 3: Changing positions. First of all I was in the driving seat, and to expand on my previous point about the driving position I pulled up beside a Toyota Sienna (new model) and was almost at eye level with the driver of the Sienna.
I sat in the middle row, with my 5 year old son and baby in the third row behind me. 6 foot tall adult in front of me. Plenty of space to get comfortable and enjoy the ride. I sat in the back row, with my 5 year old son in front of me. Surprisingly, I COULD sit quite comfortably back there - BUT I wouldn't think anyone over six foot tall would be able to. My head was very near to the roof.
Man, what else? I hate doing this, because inevitably I forget things. The air conditioning was good, it cooled the car down quite rapidly once I figured out how to use it.
I took a few pictures of it, and will try and get them on a website as soon as I can. Gorgeous car, and it will be a *huge* hit in Canada. I can't wait to see the red one.
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