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post #11 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-23-2005, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
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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.

Questions?


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post #12 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-27-2005, 11:42 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Driving a 5 on Tuesday

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mazda5


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Re: Driving a 5 on Tuesday

I'm not a big fan of the lights mounted to the sides of the rear window. The Volvo V50 does that same thing, I don't like it on that either.

Otherwise, not bad.
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post #14 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-28-2005, 09:27 AM Thread Starter
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Updated to include pictures of the Cardinal Red 5 I saw yesterday.


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I really need to create the gallery here. I'll try to do that today.
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That's cool, I'm happy posting them to flickr.


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Re: Driving a 5 on Tuesday

Hi all, posting from S'pore. The Mazda 5 is already available over in this part of the world since June. Mine's the 2.0L wif the aerokit (only 1 variant available here). The MZ5 is certainly a great drive and refinement levels are surprisingly good. Juz love it!Unfortunately, this model is so new that there's so little info available on it esp on aftermarket parts or cross-sharing between it's MZ3 sibling. Keen to reduce abit of the bodyroll due to the high CG (tho it's still pretty tidy for a minivan) by fitting bigger anti-sway bars but hv no idea if the 22mm ones available for the MZ3 will fit.
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That'd be an interesting question. I'd love to see someone try. Perhaps try contacting a company that makes them and see if they'll give you a discount to test fit?
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Re: Driving a 5 on Tuesday

I have to agree with most of the info posted above. I have been inside 2 different Mazda5's (one GS and one GT, both with 5spd, and both already sold, so no chance to test drive... yet). Excellent space and headroom in front 2 rows, especially since 2nd row also adjustable fore-and-back. 3rd row seating is surprisingly adequate for adults (I'm 6'1&quot though I wouldn't want to be back there for more than a short trip in town. My 3yr-old twins loved it and climbed in and out with much more ease than in their aunt's Toyota Sienna. The 2nd row makes them feel like royalty and the 3rd row is tailor made for their size.

3rd row seats fold kinda-almost flat, but certainly not 'into the floor' in the Honda sense of the phrase. The make a gently sloping load floor by meeting nicely with the back of the folded 2nd row seats (remember to tilt the bottom cushion of the 2nd row seats first -- something the salesman didn't seem to remember. I am impressed that all seats can fold without having to remove the headrests AWESOME FEATURE but am disappointed that when all seats are folded there remains a sizeable gap (pit? hole?) between the 2nd row folded seats. This is sure to be a pain when smaller cargo disappears into that void or handlebars of your bicycle get caught there making unloading awkward. Still, this was not designed as a cargo van, so I shouldn't be too concerned. How often will I need to carry that much stuff?

Space behind the 3rd row when upright is very limited, but OK for some groceries. Fold one or both of the 3rd row seats and now you've got lots of room. By the way, seats fold very easily and can be raised back upright with the same light touch. My wife likes the 2-position liftgate (opens to a lower stop, then push a little more and it goes up higher for tall folk like me to stand under). Sliding side door and liftgate are all much easier to manipulate than the doors on the Sienna I'm used to. I didn't get to try the power sliding door feature, but the sliding side doors were so light to the touch that I didn't think a power feature was really needed. A two-finger tug on the door seemed to do the job.

Controls in the cabin all fall easily to hand. I haven't had a chance to drive one yet, but expect there might be one on the lot I can drive tomorrow.

Hope this info helps someone out there.
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