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Why Mazda Got My Money

Posted in Mazda, New Cars, Writer's Rides by Dustin Driver | November 10th, 2010 | 7 Responses |

Yep, that's a manual in a minivan.

My family is extremely fortunate—this year we were able to afford a new car. We went with Mazda. Here’s why: Mazda has consistently shown that it cares about driving. You see, a lot of car manufacturers just focus on getting you from Point A to Point B. Mazda focuses on the drive.

Mazda has made and still makes famously fun cars—the MX-5, the RX-7 and RX-8, anything with the MAZDASPEED badge. But this post isn’t about those icons of zoom-zoom. It’s about Mazda’s pedestrian people mover, the Mazda5. It’s the perfect example of the Mazda driving credo: Make it fun. On paper the 5 looks dreary. It’s heavy at about 3500 pounds and slightly underpowered with just 153 (157 for 2011) horsepower. It takes ten seconds to hit 60. In the sheet metal, however, the 5 is far from dreary. It’s a surprisingly spritely little vanlet, responsive and flickable, well-balanced, and dare I say sporty.

It’s also available with a manual transmission. Read that again. While other manufacturers are killing the manual transmission in their lineups, Mazda continues to offer it. Even in their minivans.

That, my friends, is why we purchased a 2010 Mazda5 Sport—with a manual transmission. Mazda put in the effort to make their most pedestrian of cars fun and engaging.

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7 Responses

  1. dodahman says:

    Too bad they don’t give a s#!t about quality or customer service after the purchase. I bought a Mazda6 I’d like to drive right up their collective corporate a$$es. What a pile!

  2. Congrats on getting the new ride. It’s always a good feeling to get a new car! I have to admit that I’ve never seen a manual transmission inside a minivan before (although I haven’t been inside that mini vans). It seems a bit surprising to see on there.

    Wish I could drive a stick shift but I have to admit that I don’t know how. I used to get confused between D3 and D4 (automatic) when I used to drive an Accord so manual is probably not a good idea for me.

  3. Florence Used Cars says:

    I meant to say I haven’t been inside “that” many mini vans… Typo!

  4. Sorry to hear that dodahman. My family has had good luck with Mazdas since 1978 or so, so we stick with ‘em. However, I have heard of troubles with Mazda automatic transmissions. And there was a problem with the valve cover gaskets in my mother’s ’96 626 V6.

  5. eddie_327 says:

    super mini van! one drawback in my eyes are the big goofy tail lights. on the good side no “stoned guppy” front bumper (to use a kurt phrase)

  6. turbosrt says:

    Im impressed. A majority of people that drive cant even handle a manual which is sick if you ask me. Our society has become so lazy that car companies leave a manual transmission completely out of the picture on most of their models. Its truly sad. Maybe thats why so many more accidents occor nowadays.

  7. Cheyner says:

    I have to agree, I went from a 5 speed 2000 Cavalier to a 2008 Mazda5 5 speed, and I love it. My pickup driving friends made fun of me at first, but I have changed a few of their minds after kicking their asses in a few races. Many don’t realized the Mazda5 is basically