The six-person Mazda5 features flexible seating that can be reconfigured to maximize occupant or cargo space. Aimed at young, professional families with active lifestyles, the Mazda5 comes in Sport, Touring and new Grand Touring trim levels for 2007.
The new Grand Touring edition features leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats and xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights. Galaxy Gray Mica and Dark Plum Mica are new colors for 2007.
The Mazda5 has a wedge shape that's characterized by a raked windshield but a relatively upright rear liftgate. Large sliding doors and a low floor promise easy entry and exit.
The underbody architecture and suspension design are shared with the automaker's Mazda3 compact car. MacPherson struts are used in front, and a multilink suspension goes in the rear. Alloy wheels hold 17-inch tires. Touring and Grand Touring models feature fog lamps and a rear spoiler.
The Mazda5's second-row seats can slide and recline, and Mazda says the center of the dashboard was raised so the controls are within easy reach and the instruments are closer to eye level. A large speedometer dominates the three-gauge cluster, and the gearshift is mounted on a center panel.
Standard features on the Sport model include a CD stereo, cruise control, and power windows and locks.
Under the Hood
The 2.3-liter four-cylinder produces 153 horsepower and 148 pounds-feet of torque. A five-speed manual gearbox and a four-speed automatic transmission with a manual-shift mode are offered.
Antilock brakes incorporate electronic brake-force distribution, and the side curtain airbags protect all three rows of seats. Side-impact airbags for the front seats are standard.