THE 2013 MAZDA5: DESIGNED FOR LIFE UNEXPECTED.
With sporty performance, pure athletic style and a roomy interior, the Mazda5 defies category labels while delivering on versatility. The 6-passenger seating is easily accessible by two sliding rear doors, while the 2.5L DOHC engine delivers impressive power without compromising fuel efficiency. Because calling it a minivan doesn’t mean it has to drive like one.
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Traditional minivans keep getting bigger, and for smaller families that don’t need such vast acreage, the 2013 Mazda 5 splits the difference. Completely redesigned last year, the Mazda 5 remains a mini-minivan for those with discriminating needs. If you seldom ferry more than five passengers, there’s a good chance you’ll simply enjoy the nearly 55 cubic feet of cargo space offered by keeping the third row semi-permanently folded.
The Mazda 5 offers another advantage that can’t be understated: It’s very fun to drive. Some automakers may boast that their minivan handles like a car, but with a sporty suspension and precise steering, the Mazda 5 actually does. This holds true whether you’re taking the road less traveled or just navigating the strip mall parking lot. And its humble size makes the 5 easier to maneuver through tight spaces and slot into compact parking spots.
The 2013 Mazda 5 is for everyone. Larger families will need little more space. There’s something to be said for V6 power, especially in hilly terrain or with a full passenger load. The 5 works best as a niche — very appealing — alternative to mainstream vans.
The Mazda5 has been something of a curiosity since it debuted. Its sliding side doors technically make it a minivan, but its driving experience and roominess make it more of a large hatchback.
It’s been updated for 2012 with new styling and a new engine, and it gives minivan buyers a smaller alternative to traditional models. It also gives them something they likely are interested in (nimble handling) while sacrificing nothing.
The 2012 Mazda5 won’t work for every family, but if you don’t need that third row and want minivan practicality, it’s just right for you.
The Mazda5 starts around $20,000, but the as-tested price for our top-level Grand Touring trim was $24,720.
Compiled By: Josh Martin