2012 Mazda5

The 2012 Mazda5 is a minivan with sliding doors, a vertical liftgate out back and room for up to six people in three rows. The 2012 Mazda5 has been completely redesigned and it is an evolution of the previous model ( the Mazda MPV). The new Mazda5 competes with other regular-size minivans or small crossovers, such as Kia Rondo, Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Town&Country. The 2012 Mazda5 features all-new exterior styling, a new interior design and a larger engine.

The 2012 Mazda5 is a compact minivan available in three trim levels: Sport ( MSRP from $ 19,625), Touring ( starting at $21,625) and Grand Touring (at $24,025). The Mazda5 Sport comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, automatic climate control, full power accesories, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver seat and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack.

The Mazda5 Touring adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a rear spoiler, foglights, a trip computer and Bluetooth. The optional Moonroof&Audio package adds a sunroof, a six-CD changer and satellite radio. This package is standard on the Mazda5 Grand Touring which also adds heated mirrors, automatic xenon headlights, automatic wipers, heated front seats, driver lumbar adjustment and leather upholstery.

The new 2012 Mazda5 incorporates motifs from Mazda’s Nagare “flow” design language which is inspired by the beauty of nature and presents an elegant look not found in any existing vehicle today. The new 2012 Mazda5’s design is aimed to achieve a higher balance of functionality and design, while at the same time giving it a stylish new look that is immediately distinguishable from the box-like designs found on conventional offerings in the market.

Motifs adopted from the Nagare design language can also be found throughout the interior, from the lines above the dials and along the instrument panel to the stitch pattern in the seats and the design of the seat fabric. The overall ambience established is that of a sporty, high-quality cabin. The driver-oriented design of the interior positions the peak of the meter hood as the tall point, with all lines flowing from there to comfortably wrap around the driver. The instrument panel flows from the cockpit to the center panel and on to the passenger-side dashboard in a rippling effect that suggests a liquid sensation to the design.

With an overall length of 180.5 inches, width of 68.9 inches, height of 63.6 inches, and sitting on a 108.3-inch wheelbase, the 2012 Mazda5 delivers roomy comfort while being surprisingly compact. The long wheelbase helps give it extraordinary passenger space for its modest external dimensions, and the short front and rear overhangs enable better handling and parking ease. With a low drag coefficient of 0.30, it is aerodynamically efficient, cleaving the air quietly and maximizing fuel economy.

Every 2012 Mazda5 is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 157 horsepower and 163 lb-ft of torque. This MZR 2.5-liter engine uses a cast aluminum cylinder block and high-strength, thin-walled sleeves as well as compact, light-weight pistons. Mazda’s Variable Induction System (VIS) is also utilized to improve low to mid range torque. The MZR 2.5-liter engine of 2012 Mazda5, gives a linear feel to acceleration, accurate response and a light, relaxing driving performance. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the Sport, while a five-speed automatic with manual shift control is optional on the Mazda5 Sport and standard on Mazda5 Touring and Grand Touring. Fuel economy of 2012 Mazda5 is estimated at 21 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.

The 2012 Mazda5 comes with standard stability control, traction control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, four-wheel antilock disc brakes with brake assist, and more.

In 2012 Mazda5 review, the experts of thecarconnection.com website say about the new Mazda5:

The nimble and fuel-efficient 2012 Mazda5 appeals to parents who don’t mind being seen in a minivan but don’t want to feel like they’re driving one.

 

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