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    Sleeping in mazda 5

    I am considering a mazda 5, but was curious how tall you can be and still sleep in the rear area of the car. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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    go to the showroom, fold the seats down, and lay down
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    see post #296 in the below thread; while I'd advise against using a mattress and box spring, you can eek out the length of a mattress with second row stowed and the front row almost all the way forward.
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    Thanks chief. I work for a dealership with a mazda franchise about an hour and a half away, so I would not be buying from any of the dealers in the area. Didn't want to break their fuzzy little hearts lookin and leavin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stew View Post
    Thanks chief. I work for a dealership with a mazda franchise about an hour and a half away, so I would not be buying from any of the dealers in the area. Didn't want to break their fuzzy little hearts lookin and leavin.
    Glad to help. You're a better man than I; when I bought my Mazdaspeed3, I test drove locally and purchased from another larger dealer with better selection and price about 45 minutes away. I don't feel too bad, because the local dealership gets my service-related business.
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    I quickly measured the back of my '5'.......it's about 6'0" from the back of the front seats to the tailgate, and about 6'8" diagonally. I'm 6'0" and I'm sure I could sleep in it the easily, but I'd need an air mattress to lay on.
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    Meh...we just went to New York City for 4 days and THREE of us slept in an 06 Civic instead of paying for a hotel...I am sure you will have no problems at all in the 5...

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    Hope this helps. I hauled a twin size bed frame from Ikea and the package (about 83 inches in length) reaches partially into the front row. If you really want to sleep comfortably in the back of the 5, you can even push the two front seats all the way towards the front and recline the seat backs forward. There is a Coleman air mattress that is designed for SUVs and supposedly fits the 5, but I haven't had time to use it yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chief_wiggum View Post
    see post #296 in the below thread; while I'd advise against using a mattress and box spring, you can eek out the length of a mattress with second row stowed and the front row almost all the way forward.
    http://www.mazdas247.com/forum/showt...um#post5567357
    Actually, a better pic would be on page 9, post #131.

    Alternately for taller people who must have the rear hatch open, I wonder if there's any rear hatch tent attachment designed for the 5. I remember there was one designed for the Aztek...

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    Quote Originally Posted by njaremka View Post
    go to the showroom, fold the seats down, and lay down
    OK, went to the local dealer and tried it out. Pass seat all the way forward with pass rear seat forward was able to fit in (5'11" tall). My concern was not distance to back of front seats, but distance to the botom cushion once folded forward to lay down the mid row seats. I didn't see a way to not have them there other than unbolting them which I don't think I want to do.

    Thanks for the help.

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    I just went outside and measured the back of my 2012 Mazda 5 GT. I moved the passenger seat fully forward and tilted the seatback toward the dash. I then pulled up the seat bottom of the second row seat on the passenger side and pushed the seatback all the way flat (after removing the headrest). Measuring from the inside of the closed tailgate straight behind the passenger seat, the distance to the folded second seat bottom was 72". Measuring from the driver's corner of the inside tailgate diagonally to the folded seat bottom on the passenger side, the distance was 80". I'd venture that 90% of the male population could sleep comfortably in the back of the '5'. Here are a couple earlier shots of the inside of my '5' with all rear seats folded down:



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    Thanks for the pics Johnny. It really is amazing how much space they snuck into these things.

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    I slept in the back of my 5 (along with two kids) on a camping trip when it was too cold outside. Three sleeping bags, no pads or air mattress. This is of course largely due to the fact that I am the bottom 10% on the growth chart. A commodores folding chair and a small pillow filled the gap between the two second-row seats so no body parts will get stuck in there. The only problem I had was closing the liftgate from inside the cargo area. I had to enter the cargo area from a side door.

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    I've slept in mine. I'm 5'-10"


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    5phreak did you put anything in the seat gaps between 2nd and third row?

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