While front seats are a little too skimpy and flat—even compared to those in the Mazda3, it seems—the buckets in the second row of the Mazda5 have enough space for adults to be comfortable—or for kids to have their own individual seat. Manual-gearbox Mazda5 models feel more energetic than those with the automatic, but the automatic offers full manumatic control. It's easy to forget that you're in a minivan-type vehicle because the Mazda5 drives so much like a sedan. The variation comes in the rate of acceleration and the tenacity of tire grip. The two automakers recently inked a deal that has Mazda building a version of its mini-minivan for Nissan to sell through its Japanese dealer network. Tested vehicle specifications Tested vehicle 2014 Mazda 5 Sport wagon Weight 3,426 lbs. Driving It The beauty of the 2012 Mazda3 is that no matter which model you choose, it will be equipped with a fun to drive spirit.
I called Mazda but got no help. The five-speed automatic transmission remains on Touring and Grand Touring models. Of the two transmissions, we pretty strongly recommend the manual, and if you're undecided, you'll have a better experience rowing your own gears. To get it to respond I have to turn it way down. To get the best deal, be sure to check the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price to see what consumers in your area are currently paying for the 2012 Mazda3.
Restraints and dummy kinematics Dummy movement was well controlled. The Mazda5 is one of the few minivans with a manual transmission. No option packages are available, but even base 5s receive…. Unfortunately, the Mazda 5 is not iPod-friendly. The Mazda3's stiff body helps impart a feeling of solidity and safety.
Essentially a small minivan, the 2012 Mazda5 can accommodate six adults, has sliding rear doors for easy access to the second and third rows and a center aisle to aid access to the rear when children's car seats are being used in the second row. Vehicle Details The Mazda 5's interior can be summed up in one word: Functional. There's really no point in revving the engine into its noisy upper reaches, though. The engine makes just four horsepower more than the previous 2. A six-speed manual gearbox is offered only in the base Sport model, while the five-speed automatic that's optional in the Sport is standard in the Mazda5 Touring and Grand Touring models. Mazda5 in the Market Despite the rising popularity of crossovers, minivans remain an ideal choice for families looking for maximum versatility and passenger space. Walkaround For 2012, Mazda 5 has been given a substantial cosmetic makeover, with every panel on the car replaced by newer and flashier sheetmetal, with almost no chrome plating on the exterior other than the badges.
A new front grille dissected by a wide black bumper strip and a new lower air intake help improve a weak spot on the previous year Mazda3's exterior. Tested vehicle specifications Tested vehicle 2014 Mazda 5 Sport wagon Weight 3,425 lbs. All-wheel drive was optional on the Sienna, which is rare for the class, and test drivers said its optional V6 engine delivers strong acceleration. I called Mazda but got no help. Top-notch steering and a nimble, athletic feel make the 5 a blast to drive, especially when the road winds. Mazda has updated the interior to better fit in with the interiors of the Mazda3 and Mazda6 lineups, with a more simple, matte look, with bright accents, throughout, and a few more curves added to the instrument panel. The six-speaker sound system sounded very good when the volume was cranked up.
The more powerful s models have a 168-horsepower 2. Yeah, the 2012 Mazda3's got that, too. The Mazda3's stiff body helps impart a feeling of solidity and safety. The Mazda3 features bold front fender flares straddling 16- and 17-inch wheels. The 2012 Mazda5 has a modest powertrains, but it's built on the same chassis and sporty running gear as the Mazda3 hatchback and sedan—so it responds and corners with more athleticism than most wagons and people-movers. Furthermore, this model is already known for its entertaining driving character, and with a little more power and steering and suspension tuned even more for handling, the Mazda5 is one family choice for those who like the twisties.
But the quality of the voice transmission is terrible. Like the Mazda5, reviewers said the has sharp handling for a minivan. The Mazda5 is all-new for 2012 and debuts the short-lived Nagare styling. Also new is the fuel-efficient 2. A crushable brake and accelerator pedal assembly, three-point seat belts for all seating positions and a tire pressure monitoring system are also standard.
The Mazdaspeed3 comes only in the Touring trim. It looks fine now and was not expensive to repair. Top-notch steering and a nimble, athletic feel make the 5 a blast to drive, especially when the road winds. Driving Impressions The new 2. For the ultimate in performance driving, there is the 263-horsepower Mazdaspeed3, which features a performance suspension, sport seats and more torque steer than a front drive car has a right to. Better still, the Skyactiv engine runs on regular 87 octane fuel.
I believe if was from hitting a major pothole. You don't have to spend a lot to get a lot with the 2012 Mazda3 compact, because even the base model comes with 16-inch wheels, color keyed mirrors, and halogen fog lights. There's a new upper and lower grille design, new hood, new fenders, new lamps, new bumpers and air intakes up front, with body-colored door handles all around, new taillamps, liftgate, and wheels. And to put it all into perspective, the Mazda5 is actually five inches longer than the original Dodge Caravan, but nearly two feet shorter than what are now called minivans, like the Honda Odyssey,Dodge Grand Caravan, and Toyota Sienna. Bi-xenon means there are two headlights on each side — one for high beam and the other for low beam.