Mazda may have treated the 2012 Mazda5 to a rather extensive makeover, but the revisions apparently don't carry a significant price hike. Buyers can bring a 2012 5 home for as little as $19,990 (including destination), roughly $595 more than a comparable 2010 model.
That figure nets shoppers an entry-level Sport model. No option packages are available, but even base 5s receive the larger 2.5-liter I-4, ABS, stability and traction control, 16-inch aluminum wheels, a six-speaker audio system with an auxiliary input, three-row side curtain air bags, and cruise control. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and available only on the Sport trim, although a five-speed automatic is optional, running buyers roughly $1100.
Mazda5 Touring models, which start at $21,990, receive a glut of additional standard features, despite seeing a price hike of $500. The touring trim throws in features like the five-speed automatic, 17-inch wheels, fog lamps, side sill extensions, rear spoiler, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity at no extra charge. A Moonroof and Audio package throws in Sirius satellite radio, an in-dash six-disc CD changer, and a power moonroof for an extra $1140.
Those features, however, are standard on the 2012 Mazda5 Grand Touring model, which stickers for $24,670. Other standard features include a xenon HID headlamps, automatic headlamp control, heated door mirrors and front seats, leather seating trim, rain-sensing wipers, and leather-trimmed seating.
Despite the 2012 model year connotations, expect the new Mazda5 to arrive at Mazda dealers nationwide in January 2011.