2012 Mazda 5 Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The Mazda5 is redesigned for 2012 with a more expressive exterior design. The Mazda5 debuted for the 2006 model year as a new type of small car from Mazda with a blend of style and functionality that combines the dimensions of a compact with available seating for six. For 2008 the Mazda5 received exterior styling updates, a 5-speed automatic transmission, rear air vents, and improved fuel economy. The Mazda5 shares underbody architecture, suspension design and components with the Mazda3 in a unique wedge-shaped body that features two sliding doors and a low floor. Inside, the Mazda5 features three rows of theater-style seating with slide and recline adjustments for the second row. The second- and third-row seats fold to create a nearly flat cargo floor.
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2012 Mazda 5 is a three-row, six-passenger compact minivan available in three trim levels: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. The base Sport comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, full power accessories, keyless entry, cruise control, automatic climate control (with rear vents and fan controls), a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack.
The 5 Touring adds 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, a rear spoiler, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a trip computer and Bluetooth. For the Touring, the optional Moonroof & Audio package adds a sunroof, satellite radio and a six-CD changer. This package is standard on the 5 Grand Touring, which also gets automatic xenon headlights, heated mirrors, automatic wipers, driver lumbar adjustment, heated front seats and leather upholstery.
There are a number of dealer-installed extras that will be available later in the model year, including remote ignition, an iPod interface, a Garmin portable navigation system and a DVD entertainment system.
Powertrains and Performance
Every 2012 Mazda 5 is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 157 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual is standard on the Sport, while a five-speed automatic is optional on the Sport and standard on everything else. In Edmunds performance testing, a 5 Grand Touring went from zero to 60 mph in 9.5 seconds — slower than most typical minivans and many compact SUVs. With either transmission, fuel economy is estimated at 21 mpg city/28 highway.
Every Mazda 5 comes with standard stability and traction control, four-wheel antilock disc brakes with brake assist, front side airbags and side curtain airbags. In Edmunds brake testing, the 5 came to a stop from 60 mph in 130 feet — a few feet longer than average.
Interior Design and Special Features
While the 5 is obviously smaller than the typical minivan, it still packs plenty of interior versatility. The comfortable second-row captain’s chairs slide and recline, and the passenger-side seat features a nifty pop-up center table and storage space that can be fitted between the chairs (and later stowed away, creating a walk-through channel to the third row). The third row is big enough for kids and is easier to get into than every crossover third row we can think of. At the same time, the sliding rear doors mean easy access, particularly in parking lots.
Up front, the new 5′s dash layout has remained largely the same, and the overall look is sleeker now. All of the controls are easy to reach and use, and that helps the 5 feel much more like a regular car from behind the wheel. The front seats provide respectable comfort, though taller folks may wish for more rearward seat travel.
If you want some added utility but don’t want to give up the agility and urban maneuverability of car, the 2012 Mazda 5 is an excellent choice. Acceleration is slightly pokey (especially on hilly terrain), but the 5′s handling is excellent. On winding roads, the 5 rewards the driver with precise steering and controlled body motions. Passengers riding with an enthusiastic driver will also appreciate a retuned suspension that helps keep them from sliding and swaying in their seats. On the Edmunds test track, the 5 nearly matched the handling numbers of the much smaller Mazda 2. Quite simply, the 5 is fun to drive, something we can’t say about any other regular minivan.
2012 Mazda 5 Price :
MSRP range : $19,345 – $24,025
Invoice price range : $18,116 – $22,495
2012 Mazda 5 Specs :
Type : MiniVan
Passengers : 6
Doors : 5
Gas Mileage : 6.8 L/100 KM
Engine : 2.5L L4 DOHC 16-valve
HP (hp@rpm) : 157 @ 6000
Torque (lb.ft@rpm) : 163 @ 4000
Drivetrain : Front-wheel drive
Transmission : 6 speed automatic
Opt. Transmission #1 : 5 speed automatic
Brakes : 4-wheel disc
Bodystyle : MiniVan
Length (mm) : 4 585
Width (mm) : 1 750
Height (mm) : 1 615
Wheelbase (mm) : 2 750