(Closed) NWR: Anyone drive a Mazda 5 or similar? (hatchback?)

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Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I have a Mazda3 hatchback which I purchased after trading in my Ford Escape. I am coming from having a big car all my driving life and I have to say – I LOVE MY MAZDA!! The seats fold down flat and the hatch back opens up like an SUV so it’s plenty roomy but it also moves like a sports car and gets much better gas mileage than my Escape.

I’ve had it for almost a year and I love love love it. I also got a great deal and 0% financing!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

I’m all about my Honda Fit! It’s 4 door + hatchback. Everything folds down. You can fold it different ways too. Great MPG, especially if you have a manual. Manual gets like, 40? Mine gets 30-something. Really spacious on the inside. They handle really really well too. Comfy seats.

 

I LOVE my Fit. I never thought I could have a hatchback with so much room! Plus, I love Honda. They drive forever.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I drive a 2008 mazda3 hatchback and I LOVE MAZDA…like i’m obsessed.

Previously I drove a 1996 chevy s10 blazer and I swear my mazda holds just as much junk.  Its super sporty, zoom-zoomy, and great on gas.  Pretty much the best car ever!

I like ALL mazda’s, and I love the 5’s.  I have no reason to own one, but I call it the “mini-mini-van” because of the sliding doors.  I’ve sat in one at the dealership and its pretty cool.  I joke with Fiance that if we ever have quadruplets that’s what we are getting because there is room for 4 car seats LOL.  I love the idea that its big enough to be a true family car, without being a huge expensive sedan like a Maxima, and without being a huge gas-guzzling SUV. (not against SUV’s at all, they just aren’t for everyone)

I bought my car new, and I have NO plans of getting a new car anytime soon.  I keep good tires on it and do regular maintenance and it runs exactly like it did on day one.  You’ll never go wrong with a mazda!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

Fiance drives a mazda and I just love the way it drives.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

Yea I’m obsessed with Maza also. I had a tribute for a good number of years and then was about to buy a brand new fully loaded Mazda 6 and decided to make a smarter financial decision and got a cheaper ride (Altima). Everytime I see a Mazda on the road, it hurts my heart lol.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

It’s a five-seater. 

I don’t think you should worry about Fiance or anyone else making fun of a minivan, btw. =D Rock it if that’s what you want! I get a lot of giggles for driving something sensible in an age group that loves fast cars that have two doors and no MPG. I kept telling dealers I wanted something incredibly safe with good MPG. Oh, that’s another thing about the Fit…. it has good safety ratings.

 

Actually, it’s really good I got a safe car instead of that red car with lots of extra speakers and a spoiler that the one salesman pitched at me. My first Fit was totaled in December in a car accident on the freeway when some guy rammed into a motorcycle and then me. I was stopped in traffic, and he slammed into the motorcyclist (who bounced off the top of my car and rolled to safety) and my car was crammed into the center divider mabob. I have whiplash still, but not a scratch on me. My car did a GREAT job of protecting me. It’s wonderful to be in a car you can trust.

 

A bit of a tangent, but an important point (kind of) nonetheless. =)

 

ETA: Here’s a picture of the back of my beloved red Fit (RIP)

Post # 11
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Helper bee

i drove the 5 on a test drive and if you like zippy and fun, that’s not the car for you.. you’re pretty much sitting upright and it does have a minivan feel to it.  it was pretty boring to drive.  but i like stick and i like power and something fun.  if you want 4 door and something zippy and fun, and want a mazda, try the mazda 3. 

 

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

We test drove the Mazda3, Toyota Matrix, and Hyundai Elantra Touring (the hatchback version) and were not impressed (at all) with how tiny the Mazda3 and Matrix are. It felt pretty claustrophobic, actually. I drove a VW Golf, which is TINY, before this, and those cars felt poorly designed and smaller than my car, even though mine is technically smaller. I haven’t driven the Mazda 5, but we were so blown away by the space, handling, and price of the Elantra hatchback that we decided to purchase that instead!

Post # 14
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Helper bee

i have a friend with the  5 and she loves it. as long as you’re not expecing it to drive like a car, because it doesn’t.  just try it.

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper

I test drove a Mazda3 but settled on a VW Jetta instead. The Mazda was nice but the VW was just SOOOO much nicer for the same price. The safety ratings on the VW also make me really happy. I’ve heard good things about the station wagon Jettas. Fiance on the other hand drives a Mazda RX-8 that he loves (I named it the “Batmobile”). You want zippy? That thing is zippy, haha. Zoom zoom! πŸ˜‰

 

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