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8.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 7.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 7.1
Reliability: N/A

2015 Mazda Mazda5 Review

The 2015 Mazda5 will never be prom queen of the minivans. It lacks many of the bells and whistles of other vans, but it's more fun to drive than the typical used family hauler.

Pros & Cons

  • Agile handling
  • Good fuel economy
  • Low projected cost of ownership

 

  • Small cargo space
  • Few convenience features
  • Mediocre crash test results

 

2015 Mazda Mazda5 Overview

Is the 2015 Mazda5 a Good Used Minivan?

If you want a pre-owned minivan that's a hoot to drive, practical for everyday errands, and a good value, there’s a lot to like about the 2015 Mazda5. As a new car, its budget-friendly price tag and low ownership costs helped it win our 2015 Best Minivan for the Money award. It's a bit light on features, however; the 2015 Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna are much better options if you’re looking for high-tech goodies or generous passenger comfort.

Used 2015 Mazda5 Performance and Interior

The Mazda5 has nimble handling and a fun-to-drive persona. Every model comes with a responsive four-cylinder engine and five-speed automatic transmission, a combination that's eager to accelerate around town, but can struggle on a long hill climb. This is one of the thriftiest powertrains in the class – its fuel economy rating is 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

This Mazda minivan is more athletic than most – its well-tuned suspension and sharp steering reward you with precise cornering and minimal body roll. However, the ride is rather firm – though not uncomfortable.

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The Mazda5 has seating for six people, while other vans hold seven or eight. The front seats and second row are fairly comfortable, offering a competitive amount of legroom and headroom (though shoulder width is narrower than some). The third row is quite cramped and best left to smaller passengers. The second-row seats feature full LATCH equipment for child safety seats: two lower anchors each and one upper tether. The third row offers a pair of upper tether anchors only. The cargo area provides 44.4 cubic feet of space with the third row folded – far less than competitors.

The Mazda5 is short on convenience features. It's the only minivan in the segment without available navigation, an infotainment system, power sliding rear doors, or a power liftgate. Among the standard inclusions are a CD player, a USB port, and automatic air conditioning. If you want something a little swankier, some editions come with perks like Bluetooth, a moonroof, leather upholstery, and heated seats.

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Used 2015 Mazda5 Prices

Prices range from about $13,300 for a 2015 Mazda5 Sport to around $15,900 for the top-level Grand Touring trim. The number of miles on the vehicle, the vehicle's condition, and your ZIP code can shift the price up or down. Visit our 2015 Mazda5 pricing page for pricing in your area.

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We Did the Research for You: 30 Reviews Analyzed

Like all of our car reviews, this 2015 Mazda5 overview is not based on our personal opinions. Instead, we analyzed 30 reviews alongside specs like fuel economy, crash test results, and predicted reliability ratings to help you decide if the Mazda5 is right for you.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been in business for 84 years, and our autos team has been publishing car, truck, and SUV reviews for a decade. We lean on more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience to create our Best Car rankings, along with our Best Cars for Families and Best Cars for the Money awards.

How Reliable Is the 2015 Mazda5?

J.D. Power and Associates has not rated the 2015 Mazda5 for reliability. As a brand, Mazda generally ranks about average.

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How Safe Is the Mazda5?

The 2015 Mazda5 has low safety scores. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave it the highest rating of Good for roof strength and moderate overlap front crash safety, an Acceptable rating for seat and head restraints, a Marginal rating for side impact safety, and a Poor rating for small overlap front crash safety.

Notably, the Mazda5 lacks many of its competitors’ advanced safety features, such as forward collision warning and blind spot alert. However, rear backup sensors are standard in used Touring and Grand Touring trims.

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Should I Consider Another Used Mazda5?

The 2015 Mazda5 marked the compact minivan’s final year of production. For its last hurrah, Mazda took away the option to have a manual transmission but made few other changes. That's good news if you have a tight budget, as you may be able to save some money with a 2014, 2013, or 2012 model. These model years are all part of the minivan's second generation and aren’t much different from the 2015 edition.

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Which Used Mazda5 Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Mazda5 can be found in three trim levels: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. All three come with the same four-cylinder engine, automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive, with the main differences being price and interior amenities.

If you want to keep the price as low as possible, pick the base Sport edition. It comes with appealing basic features, including automatic climate control, cruise control, keyless entry, a six-way manual-adjustable driver’s seat, and 16-inch wheels. However, if you have room in your budget, the Grand Touring edition is the way to go. This trim treats you to leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, a power moonroof, and rain-sensing wipers – and it still costs less than the average competitor.

You can also get a factory warranty by shopping for a certified pre-owned Mazda5 at your dealer. For each certified pre-owned vehicle, Mazda extends the original limited powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited vehicle warranty. To qualify as CPO, each vehicle must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mazda warranty page carefully.

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2015 Mazda5 and Other Minivans to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Mazda5 or 2015 Honda Odyssey?

The Honda Odyssey feels more sophisticated inside than most minivans, with appealing technology and adult-friendly seating in every row. Its standard infotainment system has an 8-inch display screen, Pandora compatibility, and a rearview camera. Some editions come with nifty extras like a built-in vacuum and a split-screen rear-seat entertainment system. Apart from cost, the Mazda5 can’t compete.

Which Is Better: 2015 Mazda5 or 2015 Toyota Sienna?

Like the Honda Odyssey, the Toyota Sienna offers impressive safety ratings, high levels of passenger comfort, and a generous amount of in-cabin and behind-the-seat cargo space. It's also the only 2015 minivan available with all-wheel drive.

Which Is Better: 2015 Mazda5 or 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan?

The 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan isn’t the most refined or modern minivan competitor, but its low projected cost of ownership and fold-flat Stow ’n Go seats make it a very practical alternative for used car shoppers. Still, the Dodge isn't as much fun behind the wheel as the Mazda minivan.

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