This week I am driving a Metallic White 2010 Mazda5
GT. I have always described it as kind of a mini-minivan. It
has sliding side doors, a higher roof profile and a third
row of seats. It first hit the market back in 2006 and since
people that own them, love them, very little has changed on
|It is a pretty great vehicle now
and it looks like it might be getting even better. (Photo:
Mazda calls it a multi-activity vehicle and that is a pretty
good description. It is similar in size and price to the PT
Cruiser, close lengthwise to that of the Honda CR-V, but yet
it has features that are very similar to some minivans.
Overall it is a bit of everything!
Taking the entire shape in, it looks like a small van or
maybe a tall wagon. I don't really like the look of it; I
would have preferred a shorter, less angled front end. But
the vehicle has a look to it that sets it apart and many
people will find that attractive.
You can't tell from the outside that the passenger doors
slide open. And I think that the sliding side doors are most
likely one of best selling features of this vehicle. It
makes getting people and cargo in and out of tight spaces
very easy. I am not sure I like the sliding doors when my
hands are full though. At least the doors are lighter than
those on a real van, but I still think that they are harder
to open and close than traditional door.
The interior is very nicely arranged. I am a big fan of a
simple dashboard - I think it keeps everything looking
clean. There is a triple gauge cluster with the speedometer
being the largest in the center and therefore the easiest to
read. There are also three knobs on the centre console to
work the heat and fan. A few buttons for everything else and
it looks great!
The fit and finish are what you would expect from Mazda. The
mix of materials is classy, but I am not crazy about the
black piano finish on the centre portion of the dash. It
looks gorgeous at first, but within hours it is covered in
fingerprints and dust. I find that I am constantly wiping it
off to keep it shiny and clean.
|The fit and finish are what you
would expect from Mazda. (Photo: Lacey Elliott/Auto123.com)