The 16-valve head is quite sophisticated, with variable valve timing and a variable induction system that optimizes intake efficiency and torque. Low-grade hard plastic in the center console significantly mars the interior. And thanks for reading Autoblog. We notice you're using an ad blocker. But they find room inside for a minimum of six people, sometimes seven. Mazda adds standard front, front side, and three-row side curtain airbags.
The optional side sill extensions create a ground-effect look that somehow works, giving the perspective a more complete, more finished touch. The second- and third-row seats fold down to create a flat load floor stretching from the rear liftgate to the back of the front seats, good for more than 5 feet. Head restraints are adjustable in all three rows, but they, too, diminish in comfort in the second and third rows, especially the rearmost, which are functional, yes, but add nothing to an already minimally accommodating seat. Suspension, f: independent, MacPherson strut, coil springs, gas-pressure shocks, stabilizer bar Suspension, r: independent, multi-link, coil springs, gas-pressure shocks, stabilizer bar Ground clearance: 5. Throttle tip in can be a bit quicker than expected, especially when accelerating from a stop around a corner. Fun to drive, sunroof helps.
The driver's seat height adjustment is manual and pivots on the front of the seat bottom. Among them: air conditioning; power windows and central locking; four-speaker, multi-source stereo; steering wheel-mounted speed and sound controls; inboard armrests on the middle-row seats; four passenger assist grips; and carpeted floor mats. If you want the control a manual transmission provides, get the real thing. Side-impact and side-curtain airbags are standard on 3s Touring and 3s Grand Touring. Steering isn't especially precise, but it has good on-center feel and directional stability. Informal 0-60 runs with the automatic were 11 seconds plus. That said, it's a pleasant car that in some ways delivers more than expected, although coming up a bit short in a few.
It seats six yet takes up less space than a minivan and costs less to buy and operate. It's in leg room and hip room that the Mazda5 cramps third-row occupants. Send Mike an Hide full review. That's right: A minivan that's fun to drive. It's a smooth-revving unit, but it doesn't have a whole lot of extra power. But for the most part, engine response is easily managed. It features a raked windshield, an aggressively styled front end, a tapered roofline and 17-inch alloy wheels and tires.
Safety features that come standard on all models include the required dual-action frontal airbags, plus front seat-mounted side-impact airbags for torso protection, and head-protecting side air curtains for all three rows of seats. They suck in the winter with all season tires. Mazda has positioned itself as the car for those people, the zoom-zoom car. The large manual rear doors slide open and closed with remarkably low effort for easy access to the middle-row seats, which flip forward with a single motion for third-row ingress and egress. Redline is 6500 rpm, but the engine is happy zooming to 7000.
The primary factor that sets Mazda5 apart from anything else in North America is its seating for six, in three rows of two, combined with its modest size. There are also, however, some significant drawbacks. Failing to fasten the seat belt around grocery bags, or anything of similar mass, placed in the front passenger seat activates the most irritating sequence of reminder beeps that repeat for several minutes before shutting up. The display screen for navigation system that's optional on the Touring rises out of the dash top above the center stack and offers four angle settings to fight glare. Road noise is not especially intrusive, no more so, certainly, than in the Ford Freestyle. For occupant protection, front dual airbags are standard, and seat-mounted side and roof-mounted curtain airbags are available as well. All that mass not only explores the brakes' limits, but also shifts the car's balance around, too, converting abrupt evasive moves into exciting moments.
The five-speed manual is definitely not a sporty gearbox, requiring careful aiming for gear selections. Audio systems have been upgraded with an auxiliary audio input and 12-volt power outlets are now standard for all models, providing the driver or passenger the option of bringing their own portable audio player to enjoy their favorite music in the car. One major complaint must be noted. A turn of the wheel delivers a quick change of direction, and there's a fair amount of. Give Mazda credit for devising a way to fit six people in relative comfort inside a vehicle that's only about 3 inches longer than a Toyota Corolla. An attractive and durable-looking fabric covers seats and door panels with seat side bolsters and insets wearing contrasting textures.
Just like a minivan, the Mazda5 really will accommodate six adults, although a couple might have to make some less-than-comfortable adaptations, again, not unlike with some minivans. If people understand and buy into it, it sets the brand and its products apart…provided they live up to that positioning. But ads are also how we keep the garage doors open and the lights on here at Autoblog - and keep our stories free for you and for everyone. Total seats-down cargo capacity is 13 cubic feet better at 44. The four-cylinder teams with either a standard five-speed manual transmission the Mazda 5 is currently the only minivan that offers a manual or an optional four-speed automatic. Seats are, well, adequate, best in the front row, then losing both comfort and support as you move to the third row. A panel with the system's controls is tacked onto the console on the driver's side of the shift gate.
Operations in Canada are managed by Mazda Canada, Inc. New interior features Both 4-Door sedan and 5-Door have newly added rear armrests with integrated cup holders for rear seat occupants. For such a relatively tall car, there's little buffeting from crosswinds or passing trucks. The answer's beneath the sheet metal, as the six-person Mazda5 rides on a compact car , specifically the one used by the nimble Mazda3, and it's smaller than traditional minivans. The exact text will differ depending on the actual application you have running. We sampled it with both five-speed manual and optional four-speed automatic transaxles with two normal-sized adults and no cargo on board and found it, well, slow. The automatic transmission's shifts are smooth, though its mode is uninspiring like most I've experienced.
Passive safety systems feature a rigid body shell that provides exceptional collision safety. Standard safety features include , side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags for all three rows of seats. The benefits of this approach — sporty handling, minimal and manageable dimensions — are readily apparent after only a short time behind the wheel. When we arrived to pick up the vehicle we were then informed that we would be givin dealer plates as they did not yet have plates for the vehicle. Suspension activity is more noticeable, with sharp pavement breaks resonating directly into the cabin, in part due to weight savings that bring the Mazda5 in well under the Freestyle's two tons.