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2012 Mazda MAZDA5

2012 Mazda MAZDA5 Review

(0 Stars)  The only truly mini minivan.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

Overview
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.

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