For the 2007 model year, the Mazda5 adds a Grand Touring package with heated leather seats, features new high-intensity discharge xenon headlamps, and comes in two new exterior colors-Galaxy Gray and Dark Plum.
The Mazda5 is a 3-row, 6-passenger "van." It was launched in 2006 as an alternative to the traditional minivan; indeed, Mazda has discontinued its MPV minivan for the 2007 model year. And while not a minivan in the traditional sense, the Mazda5 does offer many of the same features and versatility of a minivan. For example, the second-row seats slide and recline and fold flat. The third-row seats can be tipped forward individually and folded flat as well. With both rows folded, the cargo floor stretches to more than 63 inches. Also, the tailgate features a two-stage opening mechanism that stops first for easier reach for closing, or it can be fully opened.
The Mazda5 is available in Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring versions. All are powered by Mazda's 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 153 hp. This engine also is used in the Mazda3, Mazda6, MX-5 Miata, Tribute compact SUV, and B Series pickup truck. In the Mazda5, the engine is linked to a 4-speed automatic transmission and drives the vehicle's front wheels.
All Mazda5 versions feature 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS, cruise control, sliding rear doors, 17-inch wheels, power exterior mirrors, audio controls on the steering wheel, AM/FM/CD audio systems, power locks and windows, under-seat storage beneath the second row, remote keyless entry, and six air bags, including side curtains. The Touring model adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an in-dash 6-CD changer, a tilt-and-slide power moonroof, fog lamps, automatic climate controls, and a rear liftgate spoiler.
The Mazda5 competes in the Midsize Van segment, which consists of 13 models. Buyers in this segment look for reliability, safety, and comfort, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study. SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Dodge Caravan (211,140 units sold), Honda Odyssey (177,919), and Toyota Sienna (163,269). The Mazda5 sold 17,109 units in 2006, an increase of 259.4 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Midsize Van segment include the Chrysler Town & Country, Chevrolet Uplander, Kia Sedona, Ford Freestar, and Nissan Quest. Joining the segment in 2007 is the Hyundai Entourage.
|Sport (M5)||5 speed manual||$17,735||153-hp / 2.3L 4-cyl||22/27|
|Touring (M5)||5 speed manual||$19,350||153-hp / 2.3L 4-cyl||22/27|
|Grand Touring (A4)||4 speed automatic||$21,500||153-hp / 2.3L 4-cyl||21/26|