The Mazda 5 is often referred to as a minivan, but it’s a fraction of the size of anything else on the market that carries that classification. In truth, it’s really more of a minivan.
Although it has had few competitors over the years, the Mazda 5 now has the three-row Ford Transit Connect wagon among its rivals. Ford’s hybrid-only C-Max, which is actually based on the same architecture as the 5, may also be included, although it is only sold as a two-row vanlet in Stats and it ie a bit shorter, with hinged rear doors instead of the 5’s sliders. The same goes for the Toyota Prius V hybrid. Other budget wagon options include the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen, which is available with gasoline or diesel engines.
The current Mazda 5 is based on the foundations of the previous generation Mazda 3 compact car. This is a van for those who like to drive; what it loses in interior space, it makes up for in maneuverability. The 2015 model year will likely be the last for the slow-selling Mazda minivan. Customers who once sought out these practical vehicles are now turning to small crossovers to meet their family needs, so dealers will be happy to steer them towards a CX-3, CX-5 or CX-9 when the Mazda 5 doesn’t. will be more.
For more information on the Mazda 5, including options, pricing and specs, check out our full 2015 Mazda 5 review.
Two generations of the Mazda 5 pickup were sold in the United States. The first was offered here from 2006 to 2010. All pickups of this generation received a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine developing 153 horsepower. Early models used a four-speed automatic transmission, while the gearbox was upgraded to a five-speed unit from 2008. The switch didn’t do much for acceleration, but did significantly improved fuel economy. The 2008 update also brought a new design for the center console controls and some dashboard improvements, as well as separate climate controls and additional air vents for the rear passengers.
The current Mazda 5 is the result of a redesign for 2012. The styling of the latest model is considerably more adventurous, with lines based on Mazda’s so-called “Nagare” design language with sleek, almost aquatic forms. The tailgate has a more car-like design than it did in the last generation, and the Mazda 5’s front styling may have the most extreme version of the corporate grille design.” smiling” from Mazda. With luck, it will probably be toned down in the coming years, like the Mazda 3.
Because the Mazda 5 is one of the smallest minivans on the market, its seating layout isn’t what you get from a larger minivan. The 5 offers seating for six, divided into three rows of two seats. In the first and second row, that means individual bucket seats, while row three gets a bench seat. The second row can be moved fore and aft to accommodate taller people or more stuff, and also make it easier to get into the third row. The rearmost rows can also fold down to allow cargo transport.
While its dimensions make it a 7/8 scale minivan, behind the wheel it maneuvers and handles like a small car. And it also doesn’t require any more space to park than a compact car. One downside of the Mazda 5, however, is a louder interior than you’d encounter in most other vehicles of its type. It feels a lot like a car – and it can be quite peppy when driven hard, provided you’re not carrying a full load. But load the Mazda 5 and its engine will tire, especially if you opt for the automatic transmission.
Mazda offers a single engine, a 157-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder, and until the 2015 model year sporty drivers could order it with a six-speed manual transmission instead of the 2-speed automatic. five reports. Excellent steering with superb road feel, precise control of body movements and a light ride feel make the Mazda 5 great fun to drive – and when’s the last time the same could be said of a van? Although you could manually shift the automatic transmission through the gears, the Mazda 5’s standard manual gearbox made it more fun to drive. Although the Mazda 5 does not accelerate quickly, handling is a strong point; even loaded, it can take on a twisty road with a surprisingly nimble and stable feel. Likely due to low turnouts, Mazda opted to drop the manual option for the 2015 model year, while making some minor changes to the package contents on the remaining models.
Trim and upholstery have been improved over the previous generation, though we still found them to feel downsized up close. Some buyers will also be unhappy with the lack of Bluetooth connectivity on some trim levels and the complete lack of a navigation option. For 2013, Mazda added a USB input as well as side mirrors with integrated LED turn signals. Changes have been minimal since then, but in the summer of 2014 the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tested a 2014 model and found that it did not perform well in several categories. In particular, it failed the new difficult small overlap frontal test.