At first glance, it can be difficult to define the 2014 Mazda5. When you first see it, it makes you think of a minivan. However, once you sit behind the wheel, you realize that it also offers fun handling that appeals to fans of dynamic cars. So is it a fun wagon to drive, a more compact minivan, or a mix of the two?
In reality, the Mazda5 is one of a kind, and that's why it's hard to find a similar comparison. If we classify it as a minivan, we are not too far off the mark except that it drives like a car and not a typical "minivan". In addition, its interior space is greater than what a family car can offer.
The Mazda 5 was redesigned in 2012 and is now powered by the same engine that was found under the hood of the older generation of the Mazda 3. More specifically, it is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine developing 157 horsepower and 163 lb-ft of torque. Running on regular gasoline, the Mazda 5 lacks Mazda's recent SkyActiv technology, but it remains very economical with an average fuel consumption of 6.7 liters per 100 kilometers when you opt for an automatic transmission model. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard and can claim an average economy of 6.8 liters per 100 kilometers.
Offered from $ 21,995 before taxes and preparation, the 2014 Mazda 5 is equipped as standard with air conditioning, power windows, 16-inch aluminum rims, traction and stability control, doors sliding on each side and automatic door unlocking.
The GT model adds xenon lights, heated seats, a park assist system, Bluetooth phone system, 17-inch wheels and Sirius XM satellite radio. The GT model starts at $ 24,805 before taxes and preparation.
Inside, the Mazda 5 displays sporty styling that suits the model’s personality. The front seats are comfortable as are the two rear bench seats, which offer good head and elbow room. On the road, the Mazda 5, regardless of model, is quiet and the comfort of the suspension is soothing on a long ride. In addition, the large glass surfaces offer astonishing visibility for a family vehicle.
As mentioned earlier, there is no vehicle like the Mazda 5 from other manufacturers. This is a model that charms with its handling and driving pleasure offered to the driver, but its interior space and versatility make it a family vehicle par excellence. Come try it out today at Mazda Chatel!