Ask Away...: My Behind the Wheel Experience in the 2013 Mazda5

Thursday, August 29, 2013

My Behind the Wheel Experience in the 2013 Mazda5

My week with the 2013 Mazda5 was a great one and I loved so many of the exterior/interior features of the Mazda5 as well as the engine of this minivan!   So here's how it was for my behind the wheel!


Handling


Of course I had to see how this minivan handled the PA back roads, and let me tell you it hugged every curve and to my surprise, stuff wasn’t flying back and forth on the floor at every curve or turn.  

It handles sharp turns like a pro!



Ease of Driving


I assumed that the Mazda5 wouldn’t accelerate like a typical vehicle and I would have to drive it like a grandma, but I must say, when I needed to merge onto the highway or speed up to pass someone, this vehicle was quick and steady.  


The brakes had to be gradually pressed since this vehicle isn’t one of those super sensitive/touchy ones, so that was a nice change for me. 


Daily Use


This was a great minivan because you get the benefit of being up higher but it’s not a hassle to climb in or out.   And it was so easy to load and unload after I went on shopping trips and got groceries.

Parking, even in the tightest of spaces was so easy!   I also found it surprisingly easy to back out in sticky situations and I LOVE the reverse-alert whenever I throw it into R. 

It was easy to see blind spots and see what was going on around me in intersections, without having to worry that my view is blocked.  

And I really liked that this wasn’t a super noisy vehicle.

I took my friend and her kids to the park on one occasion and it was easy to strap the kids in and they loved how much space they had (away from each other!).  They liked that the air conditioning hit them so well and it didn’t take 20 minutes for the back seats to cool down.  


Overall, I think this is a great family vehicle and with the 2013 Mazda5 you can still be practical with a minivan size vehicle, without sacrificing gas mileage, and a stylish looking exterior!

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