2015 Mazda Mazda5 Grand Touring Review

I recently spent a week driving the above 2015 Mazda5 Grand Touring. It’s a nice looking car, and a pretty nice ride too. Most of the vehicles I’ve reviewed over the past few years have been matched up with a family vacation or road trip of some kind. Not this time. This one I put to the test with my daily routine and my family’s busy schedule.


The 2015 Mazda5 offers a high level of performance and stability as well as a high level of safety features. All Mazda5 vehicles are equipped with six airbags, Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Assist, Dynamic Stability Control, a Traction Control System, a tire pressure monitoring system, side-impact door beams, three-point safety belts and adjustable headrests, front seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters as well as Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH).


The Mazda5 is one of the most fuel efficient vehicles that I’ve reviewed. It used so little gas, that half way through the review I asked my husband if I was reading the fuel gauge correctly, because it seemed to never move. I was! This is a huge pro when I shop for my next vehicle. I also found the size of the Mazda5 perfect for me. Not too big, like a truck or even larger SUV, but higher than the car I own (a Pontiac Grand Prix) giving me a much more comfortable view while I’m on the road. I also love the space in the back hatch. It’s designed very well. Roomy, without being too big. It works great for a family our size (3). Honestly, the only issue I had with this vehicle was adjust the temperature setting correctly. We live in Michigan, and with snow on the ground, I had a hard time heating the inside, while also keeping the windows from fogging up. Making it hard to drive. I’m sure if I owned the car, and had more time that I would have been able to figure out the settings, but the few days that I tried, I had some issues.

The look and design of the Mazda5 Grand Touring is very impressive. It’s an easy, and fun car to drive. The sunroof is a plus. I really like the wide rear doors. They made life a little more convenient several times during my review week. The second-row seats manually slide, recline and can easily be folded flat without needing to remove the headrests. This is easily my favorite feature. Between the wide doors, hatch, and adjustable seats, the Mazda5 Grand Touring is perfect for camping season! Something I never even considered when I first saw the vehicle.

In a couple of years when our teenage daughter takes over my car, I can easily see myself in a Mazda5. It’s definitely on my short list to consider.

A BIG pro to shopping Mazda is their warranty and roadside assistance!

All Mazda vehicles come with the Mazda Certified Roadside Assistance Program. Using either the toll-free number or free Mazda Assist app for iOS- and Android-operated mobile devices, owners and their family members can contact roadside assistance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year throughout the United States and Canada. In addition, the New Vehicle Limited Warranty includes a comprehensive three-year/36,000-mile warranty, which covers every part of the vehicle (except those subject to normal wear), a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty and a five-year/unlimited-mileage corrosion warranty.

Disclosure: I drove the Mazda5 Grand Touring for seven days. No monetary compensation has been exchanged. The opinions express are honest and my own. I was not asked or influenced in any way to write a positive review. I am disclosing this information as part of the legal FTC blogger regulations.


  1. Janet W. says:

    What a great looking vehicle! This would be great for us to travel in to Florida this summer! Lots of space!

    • I took mine to Georgia with 5 people and it was a tight fit. My 8yo and I took turns in the third row, which was half seat half trunk space/luggage, and it wasn’t always comfortable. The 3rd row is great for kids, but even for them there’s not a lot of leg room for long trips.

      • Jenn
        Twitter: 5_dollarshake

        I can definitely see how that would be tight. This is not really a car I would take more than three people on a road trip in and expect to be comfortable.

  2. Crystal Wachoski says:

    Wow, that is nice looking. It looks like it has lots of room!

  3. Liz
    Twitter: yesnofilms

    Looks really roomy, and with a nice interior, too.

  4. I have a 2012 Mazda5 and there’s definitely some pros and cons. Keeping the inside warm during the winter has been tricky – what with all the windows. It’s the same idea as a house full of windows, you have to be a little creative with it keeping the cold out and the heat in. The opposite is true for the summer. The A/C tends to run a lot since there’s quite a few places for the sun to shine in.

    However i do love the fact that it’s perfect for my family of 4. There’s plenty of room for everyday use, but when the boys want to bring a friend someplace, I have room. That was always my fear with our Corolla. Only one of the boys could bring a friend since everyone has to be in the backseat. It’s not often we need to carry 5-6 people, but it’s handy when we do.

    My only complaint with it I would have liked to seen the automatic sliding doors like some of the mini vans have. If it’s going to look like a mini-minivan, why not include that feature?

    • Jenn
      Twitter: 5_dollarshake

      Jacki- Glad to hear the whole heat/windows issue was not just me. 🙂
      Yes, making the doors automatic would be a great idea! The size is perfect for my family of three.

  5. I’m sure safety features are a big issue for your family with kids in the car and soon to be teen drivers. Glad you had a nice experience with this test drive

  6. Rachel says:

    How cool that you get to drive and review cars! What a great way to find a car too!

  7. Wow! Very nice!

  8. Karen Glatt says:

    I like the color and style of this Mazda5. Mazda’s are very good cars and really work great in giving a comfortable ride! I would love to own a Mazda. I bet you enjoyed getting to ride around in luxury.

  9. Melissa says:

    Wow! looks like a great vehicle!

  10. Jordan says:

    Looks like a great car with cool features! Great review!