I have had the opportunity to drive some amazing cars. This time I want to tell you about the Mazda5. I used to drive a Mazda MX6. It was not a mom car. It was an awesome fast manual that I would zoom through the mountains of Gatlinburg in. I only had one child, so it worked for being a single awesome mom of one. Fast forward 10 years later. I am a mom of 3, a wife and a little zoom zoom sports car just ain’t gonna cut it. I’m still awesome though. But I sold the car.
I now drive a Suburban….eh….drove….since some careless (insert explicit words here…) man pulled out in front of me and totaled my suburban.
P.S.A >>>>Pay attention when you are driving!
Morgan had a bout scheduled for Tulsa, Oklahoma. That is quite a drive from my house and my Suburban wasn’t even running at the time. So I talked to some people, who talked to some people, who said I could check out the Mazda5 for this little mother daughter roller derby road trip. Uh yea! THANKS!
2013 Minivan of the year!
The Mazda5 was way cooler than I expected. Honestly I had no idea what the Mazda5 even looked like til I googled it. When they brought it over I was in awe! I wanted to keep it!
Please sir, may I have another?
One of my biggest issues with my Suburban, or any car for that matter is my kids. They don’t give a crud and just slam the doors open and into anything that may have been in the way. Poles, cars…other people…. Well, with the Mazda5, it can not happen. I repeat…it CAN NOT HAPPEN! Check out the photo below…
It’s a minivan, so the doors slide open on both sides. Not once did I have to tell the girls to be careful! That was a load of stress off of this mama!
Ready for more awesome features???
Storage under the seats! There is also a drink holder for between those seats that can fold up and under one of the seats to make room for walking to the back seat. There are 3 rows of seats! Like I said, this is a minivan, but it is so much like a car that you forget it is a minivan…does that make sense?
For extra storage room, that 3rd row can fold down easily! This is made for families! It is so easy to drive as well! I normally can not handle driving more than 15 min because of my CRPS/RSD. My right arm gives out from extreme pain fairly easy. The Mazda5 is so easy to drive that I was able to let my right arm rest for most of the trip. The Mazda5 drives so smooth. Combine the ease of driving, the smoothness and the cruise control and that was one easy road trip for this cripple. Yes, I call myself a cripple…it’s ok. I accept it. I own it.
Oh, check this photo out too. Once those seats are down in the third row, you have a ton of room…
Here is a photo of the back all packed with Roller Derby gear for 2, as well as all of our luggage for our road trip…
As you can see, there is a ton of room still! We could have packed a whole lot more in there!
I have many more photos that show off the features of the Mazda5 in this Google+ album. Click on over and check them out!
So, quick run down of why I loved the Mazda5..
- It’s a minivan that makes you think it is a car
- The Doors that slide open
- Storage under seats
- 3rd row seating
- Large storage area in the back when 3rd row is folded down
- Easy to drive
- Handles great
- Smooth ride
- Great Safety features
The Mazda5 is the not so “mom” looking minivan and it’s perfect for a busy mom like me!
I was able to drive the Mazda5 for 1 week to facilitate my review. No compensation was received and all opinions are my own.
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Kelsey Apley says
Vans have come a LONG way, this looks super nice!! I love how much space it has, and the interior! Looks great. Thanks for sharing, I havent’ heard of this Mazda van!
I’m not ashamed to say I’d love a minivan if it’s got features like this. Although, I’d only use all the space occasionally since it’s usually just my son and I in the car together.
NICE!!! I may have to check into this one. I am looking at getting something new this summer.
Krystle(Baking Beauty) says
Love all the storage space. i’ve never seen a vehicle that has it under the seats.