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.