Mazda5 commercial during Olympics... wow, seems perfect!
Wow... so I'm watching the Olympics tonight and during the commercials I hear "Zoom-Zoom", so I look over thinking to see a 3 or 6 commercial.* Nope, you guessed it.. a 5!* I have never once seen or heard about this so called Mazda 5 before 30 min ago.* But the instant I saw it, my jaw dropped.* It's EXACTLY the type of car I need!* My wife and I are just about ready to start the family and we're planning for a whopping 4 kids... so while a wagon or mid-size sedan would work for now, after about 5-6 years when #3 and #4 come, it's up to a full size minivan or SUV w/3 rows for $25-$30+.* Nope, no more need for all that, just get the $20k Mazda5 now and be done w/it... chock-full-o features to boot!
I'm only 22 right now and I wouldn't dare buy a mini-van, which admitedly the 5 looks are borderline, but I don't care... the versatility and features that I NEED meshed with the sportiness aspects that I WANT at a price of $20k?* pfff... how can I pass this up?!* I'm only planning to buy later this year in like September, so hopefully they'll still be making them and won't kill the 5 because of poor sales.* I just saw a commercial during the first day of the Olympics, and my wife just came across an add in a magazine, so it definately seems like they're making an effort to get the word out.
What tranny you guys recommend? I'm completely borderline between stick and auto... is the auto responsive and smooth?
The exhaust recall is all fixed up now too... right?
FWIW, the other cars in my consideration(maybe not anymore...) are the Mazda3 5-Door, Subaru Impreza 2.5i Wagon, Honda Civic Sedan, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry.