When it comes to minivans, Americans automatically think Chrysler Voyager. But from early next year the new Mazda5 will go on sale in the US, as a 2012 model, which can change the game! Regardless of design and features, the Mazda offers better value than the Chrysler as well, stating at just $19,990, including destination and delivery.
All 2012 MAZDA5 models are powered by a 2.5-liter MZR I-4 engine and can be paired with either a six-speed manual (Sport models only) or five-speed automatic transmission (standard on Touring and Grand Touring). It produces 157 hp at 6,000 rpm, and 163 ft-lb of torque at 4,000 rpm.
Standard safety features on all models include Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), traction control, anti-lock brakes (ABS), tire-pressure monitoring, and dual front, front-seat and side curtain airbags that offer protection to all three rows. As for the equipments, the car is offered in three trim grades: a well-appointed Sport, the mid-level Touring and the top-of-the-line Grand Touring.
The well-equipped MAZDA5 Sport includes 16-inch alloy wheels with 205/55/R16 all-season tires, power mirrors, air conditioning, power windows and door locks, AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo with six speakers, audio auxiliary jack, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, remote keyless entry system, one-touch up/down driver’s window, 50/50 split fold-down third row seats and steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls.
Then we have the Touring model starting from $21,990 which offers a five-speed automatic transmission, 17-inch alloy wheels with P205/50R17 all-season tires, sport side still extensions, rear liftgate spoiler, fog lamps, Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and trip computer. Available on Touring models is a Moonroof and Audio Package ($1,140) which includes a power moonroof, in-dash 6-disc CD changer and Sirius satellite radio.
The top-of-the line Grand Touring is priced from $24,670 and adds a power moonroof, xenon high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights, automatic on/off headlights, heated door mirrors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, anti-theft alarm system, driver’s seat lumbar support adjustment, heated front seats, in-dash 6-disc CD changer, leather-trimmed seats and Sirius satellite radio.