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5 Fast Facts About the 2013 Mazda 5

3/13/2013
Mazda completely redesigned the Mazda 5 minivan for the 2012 model year, and this vehicle's debut marked the end of the automaker's Nagare design phase in favor of the Kodo themes introduced with the 2013 CX-5 crossover. Because the 2013 Mazda 5 is just one year old, changes are limited to a new standard USB port, the addition of LED turn signal indicators in the side mirror housings, improved fuel economy with the automatic transmission, and three new paint colors. Rear parking assist sensors are added to all but the standard Mazda 5 Sport model, and the minivan is no longer offered with an in-dash CD changer. Here are 5 more fast facts about the 2013 Mazda 5.

1.) The Mazda5 is a minivan, but it is not the same size as other members of the class. Most minivans aren't small at all, but the Mazda5 is truly a compact van equipped with 6-passenger seating and sliding side doors. It rides on the same platform as the Mazda3, with a stretched wheelbase and 44.4 cu.-ft. of cargo capacity with the third-row seat folded down. Mazda does not publish minimum or maximum cargo volume for this model.

2.) Mazda offers the 2013 Mazda 5 in Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring trim levels. Touring models add larger 17-inch aluminum wheels, rear parking assist sensors, Bluetooth connectivity with music streaming capability, a trip computer, and upgrades to interior and exterior trim. Grand Touring models are equipped with automatic xenon high-intensity discharge headlights, rain-sensing wipers, leather seats, heated front seats, and satellite radio. Options include a power sunroof, a rear-seat entertainment system, a universal garage door opener, a roof rack, a cargo net, a cargo cover, and extra-cost paint.

3.) Every 2013 Mazda 5 model is equipped with a 157 horsepower, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that drives the front wheels through a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 5-speed automatic transmission. According to the EPA, the Mazda 5 gets 24 mpg in combined driving regardless of transmission choice.

4.) The Mazda 5 has not been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Six air bags, 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with brake assist, and a traction and stability control system are standard. Rear parking assist sensors are included on Touring and Grand Touring models. Grand Touring models also have rain-sensing windshield wipers.

5.) According to Mazda, highlights of the 2013 Mazda 5 include "smart and emotional design, instinctive, intuitive creature comforts, customary Mazda quality, and a superior dynamic driving performance that does not compromise its environmental impact."