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2013 Mazda Mazda5 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Mazda Mazda5 was new.


Interior: 7.4

Most reviewers agree that the 2013 Mazda5 does not have the nicest interior in the class, but they do say that the six-seat cabin is appropriate for the Mazda5's price and has enough space for most families.

  • "The Mazda5's interior is best described in one word: functional. With room for six passengers, fold-flat second and third rows, and convenient storage areas such as under-seat cubbies in the 2nd-row captain's chairs, there's plenty of space for people and stuff." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "For the most part, the interior works brilliantly." -- Motor Trend (2012)
  • "No modern car really is simple, but the Mazda5 tester lacked the electronic artifice becoming common. That made it less distracting, less tiresome and much more fun to drive." -- USA Today (2012)


The 2013 Mazda5 seats six people in three rows. Reviewers say the first two rows have comfortable seats, but the third row is a bit tight, especially for adults. Most reviewers agree that the sliding rear doors make it easy for passengers to get in and out.

  • "The Mazda 5's terrific 2nd-row headroom and decent legroom is abetted by slide and recline seat adjustments. The 3rd row only suits small children, especially for foot space. The sliding doors provide outstanding entry and exit to the 2nd row. Even the third row is reasonably easy to enter thanks to the 2nd-row seats' slide-and-fold action." -- Consumer Guide
  • "A caveat does come with that last row, though. The pair of 3rd-row seats are small and most suitable for children. The second row, on the other hand, offers plenty of individual space and commendable legroom." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The front seats were not overly bolstered, but did offer good support during our four-hour drive through San Diego." -- Left Lane News (2012)

Interior Features

The 2013 Mazda5 has a shorter list of available features than most other minivans. Standard features include a six-speaker stereo, an auxiliary input jack, a USB port, remote entry and cruise control. Available features include heated front seats, Bluetooth and a single-screen rear-seat DVD entertainment system.

Despite a more limited lineup of interior features than other vans, reviewers say what is available works well and is simply laid out. Plus, several reviewers note that the features the Mazda5 offers are appropriate for its price.

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  • "Most switchgear is simple and handy with clear markings. Many climate and audio settings are displayed on a small screen mounted high on the central control area of the dashboard. Much information is displayed in this compact area, so until you know where to fix your gaze it can take a bit of concentration to find the information you're looking for. The radio has numerous control buttons; again some acclimation will be required." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Such simple ingenuity appealed to me. I am a confirmed minimalist, and the 5 is a minimalist’s minivan. There are only six cup holders -- the Odyssey has 15! -- and no flat-screen monitors in the headrests.” -- New York Times (2012)
  • "The down-market interior trim, plus Mazda's unwillingness to push up the price with optional features such as power sliding side doors and power tailgate, make the new 5 a non-starter among the well-heeled 'move-down' crowd. But Mazda says that's not the target audience." -- USA Today (2012)


Since it's smaller than other minivans, the Mazda5 has the least amount of cargo space in the class. The 2013 Mazda5 has 5.58 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row and 44.4 cubic feet of space behind the second row. By comparison, the Honda Odyssey has 38.4 cubic feet behind its third row. While overall cargo space is small, reviewers like the many hidden storage spaces for small items.

  • "Large side and rear openings ease loading. There is little more than grocery-bag space behind the 3rd row, but all rear seats fold to make a nearly flat floor and can be arranged for a wide variety of passenger or cargo loads. There is abundant small-item storage that includes hidden trays beneath the 2nd-row seats and rear cargo floor. A clever console tray and cupholder flips out from under the passenger-side 2nd-row seat bottom, a very nice convenience." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Compartments beneath the second-row seat cushions kept valuables out of sight. The bins also provided space for some gear (ball gloves, Frisbee discs, small air compressors) that otherwise would have had no home and would have slid around unchecked." -- USA Today (2012)
  • "Filling the 5 with people does severely limit storage space, a problem Mazda has attempted to remedy with a shallow and mostly ineffective storage beneath the second row seats. We can't help but scratch our heads and wonder why Mazda has spent its engineering dollars on creating a storage space that can only stow a couple of action figures and a travel pack of trail mix." -- Autoblog (2012)

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