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 Grand Touring trim levels. Competitors include the Honda Fit and Kia Rondo.
New for 2009
The Mazda5 received significant changes last year, including new exterior styling and a new five-speed automatic transmission. Little has changed for 2009; Liquid Silver is a new color, and the Sand interior is now available with more exterior colors.
The Mazda5 has a wedge shape that's characterized by a raked windshield and a relatively upright rear liftgate. Large sliding doors and a low floor allow easy entry and exit.
- Fog lights standard on Touring and Grand Touring trims
- Automatic xenon headlights, heated mirrors and rain-sensing windshield wipers on Grand Touring
- Suspension features MacPherson struts in front and a multilink setup in back
- Standard 17-inch alloy wheels
A large speedometer dominates the three-gauge cluster, and the gearshift is mounted on a center panel. The Mazda5's second-row seats can slide and recline.
- Front bucket seats
- Cloth or leather seating surfaces
- Fold-flat two-person third row
- Standard features include a CD stereo, cruise control and automatic air conditioning
- Heated front seats, a security system and Bluetooth cell phone connectivity on Grand Touring
- Optional touch-screen navigation system
Under the Hood
The Mazda5's 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine produces 153 horsepower and 148 pounds-feet of torque.
- Five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission
- Front-wheel drive
Standard safety features include:
- All-disc antilock brakes
- Three-row side curtain airbags
- Side-impact airbags for the front seats