• (4.4) 35 reviews
  • MSRP: $5,322$14,378
  • Body Style: Wagon
  • Combined MPG: 24
  • Engine: 157-hp, 2.5-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
2012 Mazda Mazda5

Our Take on the 2012 Mazda Mazda5

After taking a year off, the Mazda5 small minivan is back for the 2012 model year in redesigned form. It has room for up to six people in three rows. Though it does have sliding side doors, the Mazda5's closest competitors include small hatchbacks and crossovers as opposed to regular-size m... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Gas mileage
  • Limited cargo room with seats up
  • Limited front-seat legroom
  • Second-row seat comfort
  • Small third row

Notable Features

  • New styling, engine for 2012
  • Seats six in three rows
  • Manual or automatic
  • Three-row side curtain airbags
  • Standard automatic air conditioning

2012 Mazda Mazda5 Reviews

Cars.com Expert Reviews

I got almost everything I wanted from the 2012 Mazda5, a six-seat mini-minivan, but it really depended on what scenario I was putting it through each day. I quickly learned that I had to keep the "mini" in mind when it came to the Mazda5. Want to haul six passengers but cringe at the fuel-economy numbers found with third-row crossovers and larger vans? You'll score with the Mazda5 as lon... Read full review for the 2012 Mazda Mazda 5

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We love our Mazda5!!

by Amanda in Austin from Austin, TX on March 28, 2012

We needed a new family car, and searched high and low for the right one. After months of looking, we landed on a Mazda5 Grand Touring. We love the interior room, the flexible seating, the zippy handli... Read Full Review

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2012 Mazda Mazda5 Safety Ratings

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There is currently 1 recall for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.


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