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2012 Mazda5 Long-Term Test Drive: Welcome Home!

MAR 31 2011 BY KRISTIN VARELA – Motherproof.com

If you’ve been reading MotherProof.com for a while, you’ve probably seen my posts about my long-term test drive of the 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Ralliart and how well it fit into my family life. This year I’ll be moving my clan into the 2012 Mazda5 and I’m so excited about it.

My family grew in the past year from three to five with the addition of a husband and stepdaughter to our clan, and like many families out there, we’re experiencing some major automotive growing pains. Most vehicles that “seat five” really don’t seat five actual people, especially when three of them are in booster seats that take up more than their fair share of the backseat. With the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s new child-safety seat guidelines, there’s no end of booster seat usage in sight for us anytime soon.

The Mazda5 seems like a perfect compromise. I’m used to driving a small car (I own a Volvo C30) and I just don’t feel ready to make the leap into a huge crossover, SUV or … gasp … minivan. The Mazda5 drives like a small car, fits easily into my garage and has six full-sized seats. We now have space for the entire family, all the kids’ booster seats and room to spare for a grandparent or friend to tag along. Ahhh, we’re getting very close to automotive bliss.

Check in as I document my family’s experiences in the 2012 Mazda5 as its newness fades and the reality of living with it day in and day out sets in. Will the sense of bliss continue? Stay tuned.

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