That makes the 5 about 1000 pounds lighter than the average full-size minivan in our most recent. Like Michael Corleone, little brothers sometimes grow up to run the family business. Stability control was added as standard for 2010. If anything, the third row will likely be the hangout for kids, and there's enough space for them. An available five-speed automatic transmission also replaces the last year's four-speed automatic, and the top-of-the-line Grand Touring model now has more standard equipment.
The mild redesign for 2008 brings the shift lever and center console closer to the driver for more of a cockpit feel. Like Joe D pointed out, the stick shift allows you to extract every last ounce of oomph from the 2. It was actually the second generation evolution of the Mazda Premecy, which was a minivan sold in Europe and Asia. To be sure, the 2008 Mazda 5 is a vehicle that should appeal to a narrow band of car buyers. For 2008, the Mazda5 gets a slightly different appearance, some new features, and a new automatic transmission. With the available five-speed automatic transmission, the engine is barely adequate with a light load and completely overwhelmed when carrying around half of your kid's soccer team. The 2012 Mazda5 integrates the five point front grille design shared by every emerging model in the lineup.
Electroluminescent gauges have been added, along with rear seat air vents and controls, additional passenger flip-down armrests and an auxiliary audio jack. Touring and Grand Touring models are only offered with the automatic transmission. Vehicle controls are sensibly arranged and all-around visibility is good. That's right: A minivan that's fun to drive. The Mazda5 is a microvan with almost all the advantages of a traditional minivan, yet it is more agile, maneuverable and economical. Some of us have been in this business long enough to have retired to a small island in the Caribbean on the proceeds.
The 2008 Mazda5 stands out among vehicles its size for its amazingly spacious interior, with seating for up to six people--although the rearmost two seats are kid's stuff only. Irritating if you are in a hurry. DoorsFilter selectedDoorsList, null ; doorsFilter. FuelTypeFilter selectedFuelTypeList, null ; fuelTypeFilter. Inside, seating for six in three rows offers great flexibility, with a flat-floor design for maximum legroom.
Grand Touring models also pick up standard alarm systems, a Bluetooth hands-free phone system, automatic headlights, heated sideview mirrors, and rain-sensing wipers. The idea is still novel in America, but vehicles as good as the Mazda5 just might help it catch on. Second-row seats have child-safety seat anchors and top tethers, but the third row only has top tethers. TransmissionFilter selectedTransmissionList, transmissionTemplate ; } listingsSearchManager. Overall average of 25 mpg, usually with 3 kids inside.
More people or more stuff, you should buy something larger. Introduced as a 2006 model, the Mazda5 gets styling and equipment updates for 2008. That betters the Honda by 8 percent on the highway and a whopping 24 percent on the city cycle. Mazda's drive like Honda's used to, lots of feedback and engagement for the driver. A turn of the wheel delivers a quick change of direction, and there's a fair amount of. Inside, there have been extensive changes to the front half of the vehicle, including a new shift panel and center console, new electroluminescent gauges, second-row vents with individual fan-speed controls, and front passenger inboard armrests. If you are looking for one, be sure to check underneath the rear wheel arches for rust, as well as underneath the vehicle, especially in salty areas.
I was with in Hiroshima, Japan, in November 2004, when the company first showed this vehicle to the America press corps. Braking is provided by a surefooted four-wheel anti-lock disc system. There are also, however, some significant drawbacks. SeatingFilter selectedSeatingList, null ; seatingFilter. Units Affected 2323 If you've got yourself a clunker of a vehicle, does the government have a deal for you! Touring and Grand Touring models are only offered with the automatic transmission. Problems were mostly suspension related, which were fixed fairly early on.
I appreciate the effort to guard me from my own stupidity, but. The Mazda has flexible, three-row seating for six people. Also, every seating position gets a three-point seatbelt and an adjustable head restraint. In a market filled with nichebusters and me-too copycats, the No. In our hands, the Mazda 5 got 23 mpg.
And it's one of the smallest vehicles to offer third-row seating, with space for six. Driving Impressions Sharing its suspension design including a multilink rear setup with the athletic 3 means that the 5 possesses quick, precise handling and minimal body roll through the curves. That handling prowess is assured via MacPherson struts in the front and a multilink suspension in the rear, with 17-inch wheels and tires. Start with a small-sedan chassis for handling, ride comfort, and fuel efficiency. Both rear rows conveniently fold flat, providing a 5-foot-long load floor and 44 cubic feet of cargo capacity. However, with gas prices remaining high and consumers becoming more realistic about their vehicle needs, perhaps that narrow band will grow broader.