2012 Mazda MAZDA5

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2012 Mazda5
2012 Mazda5
We've seen several concept vehicles with what Mazda calls its Nagare "flow" styling language, but the 2012 5 is the first production vehicle to use it. The Mazda 5 continues to be an uncommonly versatile vehicle, with three comfortable rows of seating despite its small size. The 5 seats six people and offers enough legroom for adults to fit in the third row for short trips. The second-row captain's chairs slide and recline and can be folded flat, and the third-row seats have a fifty-fifty split so they can be tipped forward individually and folded to create a flat load area. There are plenty of interior storage binnacles, including compartments under the second-row seats. Sliding rear doors give the 5 the easy rear-seat access of a minivan and help prevent dings from overzealous door openers. A 157-hp four-cylinder is the only engine, and although it isn't overly powerful, it's lively enough to get the job done. The five-speed automatic transmission works fine, but young parents resisting the transition into adulthood might prefer the six-speed manual, as do we. It's a unique offering in a unique segment, and it helps make the 5 extraordinarily enjoyable to drive.
2012 Mazda 5 Sport Right Side View
We often speak of the ability of an exotic car to transport your imagination somewhere equally special -- a Ferrari 458 Italia to Monza or a Rolls-Royce Phantom to Downing Street, for instance. For me, however, few vehicles do this better than small vans. Climbing behind the wheel of the tidy Mazda 5, I instantly picture myself flying along the autobahn, sitting in traffic outside Tokyo, or careening down an ancient back alley in Jerusalem - probably because I've ridden in small vans in all those places, usually on my way to or from the airport.
2012 Mazda 5 Sport Front Right View
What a delightfully perplexing car. Having a lot of similarities to its sibling, the Mazda 3, means that this "multi-activity vehicle" has a lot to offer. Immediately you notice that you have an abundance of power. The 2.5-liter engine that's used in the Mazda 3, Mazda 6, and CX-7 appears in the 5 as well, and it has enough grunt to make the front tires squeal during heavy-throttle starts. But then, when you go to shift into second, you notice the silly gearbox. The shift action is fine, but the quality of the hardware is appalling. The knob twists and turns when you grab it and you can't tighten it down because it's fused to the boot. And when you try to use a little muscle to keep it from dancing around, the shifter jumps down a level and is ready to go into reverse.
2012 Mazda 5 Sport Rear Right View
It's nice to see the Mazda 5 back on the market after it skipped the 2010 model year getting rejuventated with changes that include new styling both inside and out and a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that replaces the old 2.3-liter unit. The new engine is up only incrementally in power (from 153 to 157 hp) and torque (from 148 to 163 lb-ft), but in truth, that's plenty for a small people-mover, and the six-speed manual with which it's paired is easy to use, with decent throws and a nicely weighted clutch. I am impressed with the quality of the interior materials, and the instrument panel and other controls are nicely arranged and easy to decipher.
2012 Mazda 5 Sport Front View
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Nissan Lafesta Highway Star Front Three Quarters View
Chances are when Deep Purple wrote the song “Highway Star” back in 1971, the “driving power” they sang about wasn’t a family-friendly minivan. Nevertheless, Nissan’s used the same title on its latest minivan, the Lafesta Highway Star -- which, for all intents and purposes, is simply a Mazda5.
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When is a Mazda5 not a Mazda? When it’s sold as a Nissan, apparently. The two automakers announced yesterday that they’ve inked an agreement that will allow Nissan to sell a variation if the mini-minivan through its own dealer network in Japan.
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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.
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Mazda designers may be moving on to Kodo, but the firm's previous Nagare design language still lives, thanks in no small part to the new U.S.-spec 2012 Mazda5, which was unwrapped at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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2012 Mazda MAZDA5 Specifications

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Engine
2.5L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
21 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
28 MPG
Horsepower:
157 hp @ 6000rpm
Torque:
163 ft lb of torque @ 4000rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
60,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Roadside
36,000 miles / 36 months
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
IIHS Best Pick
N/R
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R

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