Mazda: 2015 Mazda 5 Model Review

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What’s New in Mazda 5 2015 Model?

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Image source: Edmunds

The newly unveiled 2015 Mazda 5 is a six-passenger, three-row compact minivan designed and available in three models: the Grand Touring trim levels model, Touring model, and Sport model.

The Sport model is designed in standard 16-inch alloy wheels, full power accessories, key-less entry, cruise control, automatic climate control (with rear vents and fan controls), a height-adjustable driver seat, 50/50-split rear folding seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, USB port and an auxiliary audio jack.

Also, the 5 Touring adds the following features to the Sport: 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, a rear spoiler, rear parking sensors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, a trip computer, and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity.

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Image source: Edmunds

While the Mazda 5 Grand Touring is designed with a sunroof, automatic xenon headlights, heated mirrors, automatic wipers, driver lumbar adjustment, heated front seats, leather upholstery and satellite radio.

The Mazda 5 also has some stand-alone features which includes remote ignition, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system.

Performance and Power trains

All the three models of the Mazda 5 are powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 157 hp and 163 pound-feet of torque. The engine sends its power to the front wheels via a five-speed automatic transmission.

During Edmunds' performance testing, a Mazda 5 Grand Touring accelerated from zero to 60 mph in a leisurely 9.5 seconds. That's slower than any V6-powered minivan but about the same as a four-cylinder-powered compact crossover.

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Image source: Edmunds

Special Features and Interior Design


The Mazda 5 2015 model comes with a comfortable second-row captain's chairs slide and recline, while the passenger-side seat features a nifty fold-out center table/storage net that can snap into place between the seats, then be stowed away later to create a walk-through to the third row.

The Mazda’s dash layout appears sleek, simple, and modern but with numerous audio control buttons. However, the controls are easy to reach, use, and it makes the Mazda 5 seem like a regular from behind the dash board.

The front seat of the minivan provides easy comfort but taller adults will prefer more room during long distance travel. Designed with wide sliding door opening, the Mazda 5 third seat row offers easier access than most other three-row crossover on the road today.

Also, the minivan is designed with 50/50-split-folding seats which are best suited for kids. By comparison, the second row is quite spacious. Folding the third-row seat down creates a 44.4 cubic feet of space.

However, the major disadvantage of the Mazda 5 in comparison to larger minivan is its narrower cabin which may require you to load bigger items like a stroller in just one angle.

Do you think the new Mazda 5 2015 model is the best minivan on the road today? share your experience with us.
 
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