Our time with the 2009 Mazda5 was a bit of a departure from our usual review. Normally, we are carting kids around to hockey or maybe a weekend away with the full family of 5. This time, the herd was down a member so we were off to Niagara Falls for the weekend while he was schussing at Mont Tremblant. Would the 6 seater mini, mini van be the right size for a traveling family of 4?
On the outside, the clean lines of Mazda’s little people mover are somewhat reminiscent of the first generation Honda Odyssey, albeit a shrunken head version. While in its 4th year of production, the compact 5 looks remarkably current. The 5 door layout is super versatile and the small sliding side doors are light weight enough to be quite kid friendly. Our 8 year old was happy to be able to operate them by himself, which he can’t do on a full size mini van. [Read more…]