Getting the seat back up requires pulling the same strap, something my 5-foot 6-inch wife found easy to do. But Mazda says under hard acceleration, or if the front wheels begin to slip, as much as 50 percent of that power can be sent to the rear wheels. However, it doesn't create a completely flat cargo area. One thing the freakishly tall 6-foot 4-inch, in my case will quickly learn is that the tailgate when open does not have a 6-foot 4-inch clearance. I also have a double stroller that had to fit in the back of my new car without me having to drop the seats.
It was by far our favorite, with the only thing coming close the Subaru Tribeca. Rear cargo mat covers about one foot in depth, and owners manual is no help regarding Bluetooth technology in vehicle. I love that the second row of seating can adjust forward or back giving just the right amount of leg room. The negatives we have are mostly nitpicky. One other small, but much appreciated item: the front seat cupholders are deep enough to hold a drink the size of a Venti Starbuck's or a tall water bottle, so tipping in corners is not a problem. Mileage is about 17 around town, peaks at about 23 on the road.
Carrying seven people means two up front, three in the second row and two in the hind quarters. Mazda says there is 17 cubic feet of cargo space with the third row upright. There is a slight, uphill slant. Roomy everywhere, and handles like a much smaller vehicle Zoom, Zoom, Zoom applies! The second row can also be folded down easily. One is that it is so easy to climb into the front seats. .
The center console is a little too wide for comfort sometimes, and small cups sink out of sight in the cupholders. It works with an impressive six-speed, Japanese-made automatic transmission that can be shifted manually if the driver is interested in some frisky motoring. Be sure to check Fair Purchase Prices to see what buyers are actually paying in your area. It is tough for one vehicle to be everything to everybody. Then, without moving the position of the second row I climbed into the third row and found adequate head and legroom.
I guess you have to give up something, given it's weight and performance capabilities. The navigation is not user friendly. The rear camera has come in hand. We love the sporty feel and handling - I've managed to squall tires several times trying to pull out into traffic, and this loaded down with kids and groceries! How big is the biggest Mazda? There is also a storage slot in all four door pockets suitable for a water bottle or can. The Murano is a great drive mind you, but smaller and honestly, the interior is lacking in excitement. The ride is so smooth, the pick up is good for a big vehicle and the seats are real comfy. The touch screen is difficult to hit just right, especially while moving.
The mid-range Touring and top-line Grand Touring add leather trim, power front seats and more. Buyers have a choice of black or beige interiors and the latter made the interior seem brighter and roomier. We have absolutely no luck getting the voice recognition to work, either for dialing the phone or for any other commands. But the price is a stiff ride on a rough surface. One thing fussy drivers might notice is a difference in the steering between the front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.
The look is upscale and nothing about it says boring, family transportation. Christopher Jensen filed this report to NewCarTestDrive. Tire pressure sensors are great: have alerted us to a slow leak on one corner. Drives beautifully, has tons of room and is an excellent value! The B-pillar is the second roof pillar back from the windshield, which uses the A-pillar. With more people and cargo aboard, it is understandably less athletic and loses some performance, but it remains a satisfying ride. That is about as much as the trunk of a mid-size sedan, although it would require piling luggage up to the roof, blocking the rearward view.
When I was testing it I put the seat in a mid-position. There have been very few glitches, especially for a new model. Power comes from a refined, new 263-horsepower 3. Wish the floor mats were a little more substantial, though. One nice touch is a full-width chrome strip across the top of the black-out grille opening, which flows across the top of the large, centered Mazda logo. There is a small storage bin between the front seats and relatively thin storage compartments on the front doors.