Grand Am Series
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Kapuskasing, Ontario
Re: enough trunk space????
First and foremost, don't let anyone tell you the 5 is a minivan. It's actually a station wagon, as described by Mazda and once you get one you'll see why.
We got a 5 last year just before my wife got her baby. What makes it really great for babies, todlers and young children is that it's very low on it's feet so it's just a small step up to get in. The sliding second row seat makes it way easier to get in the back than any other minivan and it also makes it much easier to strap in or remover the baby seat, they also make the leg room customizable, which is important because all three rows don't have that much to spare. The doors are really light and very easy to close or open. It has one of the easiest seat folding and unfolding mechanisms I have ever seen, the third row can be handled with two fingers literally. The rear hatch opens in two stages, so if you're small you can still reach it, and if you're tall you can make it open higher. Sliding doors mean your kids won't leave dents everywhere. It's really easy to handle in the city because of the smaller foot print and very short turning radius.
We have experienced a few short comings though. Even with the third row down there's not as much trunk space as expected. The rear wheel wells make the cargo area narrow and unless we jamed it against the second row seat baby carriage didn't fit completely sideways, it had to be put in an angle, which is not desirable when we need to carry other things. The cargo area is also not as high as minivans but that hasn't been an issue so far. 6 adults will fit awkwardly, definately something to avoid for long trips. On second thought the 5 is not reccomended for long trips because most of the seats are not that comfortable for extended periods of time, not because of their shape but because they lack armrests.
In any case I highly recomend the 5 for small urban famillies. I don't reccomend it for travellers and country famillies with losts of luggage.