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2014 Mazda Mazda5 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2014 Mazda Mazda5 was new.


Interior: 7.1

Reviewers think the 2014 Mazda5 has a simple, functional interior with a contemporary design. The Mazda5 lacks many of the features that are available in rival minivans, but most reviewers are pleased with the Mazda5’s simplicity and say that the features that are available are easy to use. Critics write that the front seats are comfortable, though they say taller drivers might want more legroom. They think the second-row seats are wonderfully comfortable and spacious and they say the third row is suitable only for children.

  • "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 (2013)
  • "Up front, the dash layout looks sleek, simple and modern, with the exception of a dash panel heavy with audio control buttons." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "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 2014 Mazda5 seats six people in three rows and comes standard with cloth upholstery, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel and a driver’s seat with manual height adjustment. Leather upholstery and heated front seats are optional. Reviewers say that the front seats are fairly comfortable, though some wish they provided more legroom for taller occupants. Unlike most rival minivans, the Mazda5 doesn’t offer power-adjustable front seats. Test drivers are most enthusiastic about the sliding and reclining second-row captain’s chairs, which they say are comfortable and offer lots of space. They also write that the dual sliding side doors ease entry and exit. Reviewers say the third-row seats are very small and suitable only for children.

  • "Unlike larger vans, there’s seating for six instead of the normal seven- or eight-passenger capacity, and the tiny 50/50 split-folding third row is essentially a kids-only space. Still, the second-row captain’s chairs, which recline and slide rearward for extra legroom, are quite accommodating." -- Left Lane News
  • "The front seats provide respectable comfort, though taller folks may wish for more rearward seat travel." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "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 (2013)
  • "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 (2013)

Interior Features

The 2014 Mazda5 comes standard with automatic climate control, a six-speaker stereo, an auxiliary input and a USB port. Options include Bluetooth phone connectivity with music streaming, a moonroof, rear backup sensors and heated side mirrors.

Reviewers say the Mazda5’s interior controls are simple and clearly marked for the most part. Some think that the screen that displays the climate and audio system settings is small, but they say it’s easy to read once you become acclimated to it. Though the Mazda5 doesn’t offer as many features as some minivans, many critics find its simplicity appealing.

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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 (2013)
  • "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)
  • "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." -- The New York Times (2012)


The 2014 Mazda5 has significantly less cargo space than most vans in the class, with 44.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the third-row seats folded. By comparison, the Honda Odyssey has 93.1 cubic feet of cargo space with its third-row seats folded. While most reviewers agree that cargo space behind the third row is small, some think that folding down the second and third rows creates a useful amount of space. Most automotive journalists like the hidden storage spaces for small items, such as the compartments beneath the second-row seat cushions.

  • "At 5.9 cubic feet, storage capacity is essentially nonsexist with the third-row seats in place, but fold them down and a generous 44.4 cubic feet is available. When the time comes to carry larger items, 97.7 cubes can be unlocked by folding all but the first-row seats flat - that’s as much as some significantly larger crossover vehicles." -- Left Lane News
  • "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." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "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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