2013 Mazda Mazda5 Overview
One of the most budget friendly people movers around, the 2013 Mazda Mazda5 offers excellent fuel economy and driving dynamics.
The Mazda5 shines as a minimalist alternative to minivans, which have grown to the point that “mini”, seems to be a misnomer. We should note however, that seating capacity in the Mazda5 stops at six – those looking to carry seven or eight passengers regularly will have to look at larger, more traditional offerings like the Toyota Sienna or the Honda Odyssey.
That’s really where the rubber meets the road with the Mazda5; as a low-cost, fuel efficient alternative to a minivan it makes a lot of sense. But if you are desirous of cavernous interior cargo space and more seating, you’re better off with one of the other more traditional members in the segment.
The Mazda5 does have a profile is similar to a minivan, just smaller in every dimension. It has the same two sliding doors and a rear liftgate. The Mazda5 does, however, feature a few distinct styling elements that separate it though, including the wavy folds that add texture and drama to the sheetmetal, along with an aggressive front that still sports that familiar Mazda smile. 16-inch wheels and halogen headlights are standard, while sporty touches like foglights and a small rear spoiler are optional.
Under the hood there is only one engine option: a 157-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder that outputs 163 pounds-feet of torque and is mated to a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission. Thanks to its smaller size which doesn’t need a large engine, the Mazda5 is a head-above the competition when it comes to fuel economy rolling in at 22/28 mpg city/highway with the automatic (the manual lowers city mpg to 21).
Inside, the Mazda5 seats six across three rows (two in each row) and thanks to its high ceiling, offers an airy feeling cabin that isn’t claustrophobic. For 2013, there are not many changes but a few features have been added – a USB port is now standard, a convenient map pocket has been added on the driver’s side, and the upholstery has been restyled. Automatic climate control, cruise control, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel are also standard. For those who want to spruce up the Mazda5 even more, options include leather upholstery, heated front seats, and Bluetooth connectivity.
Standard safety features include all-disc antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, and side curtain airbags for all three rows.
If you need a car that can move plenty of people, but don’t want to pay a minivan price or get minivan gas mileage, it’s well worth taking a look at the 2013 Mazda Mazda5.