The Mazda 5 Touring version adds front fog lamps and a rear roof spoiler. And for that I will be getting another Mazda5!!! For those buyers enlightened enough to spec a manual transmission in their tiny van—about five percent of U. Whether there will be more small minivans in the coming years remains to be seen, though the coming ramp-up in fuel economy regulations seems likely to spur interest in the segment. The second row accommodates two adults, but the third-row should be reserved for small children. We had some Mazda options added by the dealership like compass and auto dimming mirror, remote start, mud flaps and the mentioned roof racks. The instrument panel, center stack, switches and controls have all been redone for the 2012 models. Thank You Motorkings for your outstanding customer service!! Legroom is nonexistent in the way back, the bottom cushion is mounted on the floor, and the headrest comprises most of the backrest as well.
Nooks and Cubbies The Mazda5 features many inventive places to stow items. Mazda5 in the Market Despite the rising popularity of crossovers, minivans remain an ideal choice for families looking for maximum versatility and passenger space. Driving Character: While not as firmly suspended as the Mazda3, the Mazda5 is nonetheless appealingly responsive. While front seats are a little too skimpy and flat—even compared to those in the Mazda3, it seems—the buckets in the second row of the Mazda5 have enough space for adults to be comfortable—or for kids to have their own individual seat. Driving Impressions The new 2.
I think the back support is better. All seating positions can comfortably hold adults, although the third row doesn't offer the bolstering and support that the second-row captain's chairs do. To see differences among the three trims, check out a. Overall, the fit and finish of the Mazda5's interior is pretty nice, featuring high-grade plastics and soft touches throughout the cabin. Although cozier than full-size minivans, the Mazda5 offers seating for six in three rows.
Lastly, you are offered with a few options only. This would be fine as off-the-shelf units are handy and inexpensive, but the 5 has only one power outlet up front the other one is back in the cargo area. However, the Odyssey has a lot more passenger and cargo space than the Mazda5, and critics loved its premium-quality interior materials. It's rather fun to throw around, thanks to responsive and communicative steering. I have two folders with all our car and travel information and a smaller-size Rand McNally the kind with the spiral binder fits in there. Like the Mazda5, reviewers said the has sharp handling for a minivan. Nor is a built-in navigation system available, since Mazda believes most young family buyers will opt for a portable Garmin, Magellan or other stick-on system.
I average 20-22 mpg with my stop and go city driving only commute. Suspiciously similar stowage aside, the vans at least look nothing alike. Otherwise, Touring and Grand Touring models get Bluetooth hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio streaming, though. The last Mazda5 we tested in 2006 did the same job about a half-second faster, but it had a manual transmission. Reviewers said the first- and second-row seats can hold four adults comfortably, but the third-row seats are only suitable for children. One thing I love that I've never seen anybody else mention is the glove compartment because there are brackets on the sides to hold things in layers. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500.
At the rear, new horizontal taillight clusters replace the funky vertical strips of the old car, and various creases, flares and flourishes now lend character to the car's sides. And despite occupying a nonexistent segment, it has been successful. Touring and Grand Touring models get Bluetooth hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio streaming, though. Body style: Van Engine: 2. After becoming frustrated with even used car prices for the type of vehicle we were looking at, I convinced her to test out the 2012 Mazda5. Rear seating is accessed through sliding rear doors. Top-notch steering and a nimble, athletic feel make the 5 a blast to drive, especially when the road winds.
The answer may lie with the new Nissan Lafesta Highway Star -- which, for all intents and purposes, is simply a rebadged Mazda5. Don't know how Mazda makes any money off of this car as it is a steal compared to other people movers--heck, its a steal compared to economy cars. A five-speed automatic is available. Reviewers said the Mazda5 has very nimble, car-like handling that makes it one of the most fun-to-drive minivans on the market. Both rear side doors slide.
Even the cockpit, which features a shifter console somewhat like that found in minivans, looks more like that of a sport sedan in every other way. Our tester accelerated as you'd expect. The 2012 Mazda5 has a modest powertrains, but it's built on the same chassis and sporty running gear as the Mazda3 hatchback and sedan—so it responds and corners with more athleticism than most wagons and people-movers. The 5 gets new front styling with a smiley-face grille, like those on the Mazda 2 and 3. If you have bigger kids definitely test that all will fit before you buy. There are no pretentions of off-roading ability or active, outdoorsy lifestyles in a minivan. While front seats are a little too skimpy and flat—even compared to those in the Mazda3, it seems—the buckets in the second row of the Mazda5 have enough space for adults to be comfortable—or for kids to have their own individual seat.