2008 Mazda Mazda5

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$17,995 - $22,515

Pros & Cons

  • Blends the best qualities of wagons and minivans, including sliding rear doors
  • Small size, sliding doors make it easy to park
  • Features individual captain's seating for six, spread out in three rows
  • Folding seats allow more versatility for cargo than most wagons
  • Engine does not provide Mazda's normal "zoom zoom"
  • No crash test data
  • Limited cargo space with all seats up




Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.6
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2008 Mazda Mazda5 Overview

The 2008 Mazda5 is a solid attempt to create a car with the cargo space and practicality of a minivan, while keeping the size of a wagon. "What are they putting in the guava juice at Mazda's design headquarters?" U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman writes. "Whatever it is I want some. In a market filled with nichebusters and me-too copycats, the No. 4 Japanese automaker keeps finding ways to turn out clever, affordable funmobiles that are a bit more creative than the competition." For 2008, the Mazda5 adds a new five-speed automatic transmission and an auxiliary input jack for connecting portable music players to the audio system. The 5 is still available in three trims, the Sport, Touring and Grand Touring, all of which have the same four-cylinder engine. It's part of Ford's C1 platform, along with the Mazda3

  • "This sporty van combines the ride of a sedan, the convenience of a hatchback, the easy access of a minivan, and the utility of a small SUV. Inside, seating for six in three rows offers great flexibility, with a flat-floor design for maximum legroom." -- Car and Driver
  • "We recommend it to small families with kids under five or six years old, with the caveat that we'd like it better if traction control and electronic stability control were available." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Mazda5 comes along with many of the attributes of a minivan -- except the frumpiness. It is actually a ball to drive." -- U.S. News
  • "It fits neatly into tight spaces. It presents no visual obstruction to other drivers. But it can carry six passengers and judicious amounts of their stuff." -- Washington Post
  • "The 5 has an unmistakably road-friendly character apparent in its responses and ease of parking, and the edge in visibility doesn't hurt." -- Automotive.com
  • "Who's it for? Well, after living with it a bit, I'd say it's for youngsters, oldsters and many inbetweeners." -- The Auto Channel
  • "As small vehicles go, this one's big. And as minivans go, this one's cool." -- USA Today

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