2014 Mazda5 – Review

2014 Mazda5 – Review
13 Aug 2013

Mazda 5 300The Mazda 5 is an amazing vehicle that carries an overall length of a compact sedan and the look of a minivan offering impressive room for six people. The Mazda 5 has lots of distinctive features that are making this decent, elegant and beautiful minivan totally unique and head turning. This car has two sliding doors and a rear liftgate for easy enter and exit and at the same time the car gets power from a more fuel efficient engine that is very rare in the segment of minivans. The most enthusiastic news is its price that is quite affordable and the Mazda 5 perfectly value your each and every single penny. For the 2014 model year, the Mazda 5 will receive a facelift and adds more efficient safety features.

Exterior and Interior

The exterior of the Mazda 5 is very elegant that looks like a very cute and distinctive minivan and features rearview mirrors, power sideview mirrors, three new decent exterior colors including Jet Black, Zeal Red and Meteor Gray, new Sein turn lane change and the rear end is complemented with D-Pillar mounted vertical taillamps. The base Sport trim rolls out on 16 inch alloy wheels whereas Touring and Grand Touring has 17 inch alloy wheels.

Dimensions

  • Length    181.5 inches
  • Width    69.1 Inches
  • Height    64.2 Inches
  • Wheelbase    108.3 Inches
  • Curb Weight    3400 lbs

The interior of the Mazda 5 is one of the beautiful and spacious cabins in the segment of minivans. The interior seat trim is upgraded to ensure comfort and soothing feel to the passengers even on longer trips. The dashboard panel has now a more clean and sleek design finished with black piano color and this year the spare wheel is replaced with a repair kit making the car lighter and highly fuel efficient. Standard on the 2014 Mazda 5 are USB ports, muffler extension and illuminated glove box whereas rearview auto-dimming mirror and rear camera are optional. The third row is easily accessible because of the folding 2nd row captain’s chair. The third row can be folded down completely to expand the cargo area to 44.4 cubic feet.

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Safety Features

Standard safety features on the 2014 Mazda 5 are advanced front airbags, front side impact airbags, side impact air curtain for three rows, antilock disc brakes, stability control and traction control.

Under the Hood

Unlike traditional minivans, the new 2014 Mazda 5 gets power from a more fuel efficient engine that is a 2.5 liter four cylinder 16 valve engine that delivers 157 horsepower and 163 lb ft of torque. The Powertrain is mated with a six speed manual transmission in Sport trim whereas the Touring and Grand Touring trims gets a five speed automatic transmission that is optional for Sport. The EPA rated fuel economy is 21 mpg city and 28 mpg highway whereas 24 mpg is combined. With automatic transmission the city mpg increased by 1. The car accelerates from 0-60 mph between 9.0 seconds to 10.0 seconds.

Pricing and Availability

The 2014 Mazda 5 is offered in three trims, Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. The lineup is not priced yet for the 2014 model year however the potential buyers can expect a starting price under $20,000 because this is the vehicle also popular for its affordability. The car is expected to go on sale in fall 2013.

Competitors

Nissan Quest, Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna

Pros

  • Spacious cabin
  • Weight saving move
  • Significant interior features

Cons

  • Slight exterior updates
  • Same Powertrain
  • No price and release date yet

The Verdict

The Mazda 5 by Mazda is a decent and attractive minivan with lots of interior room, comfort and convenience. The new 2014 model year got certain decent improvements that are making it an attractive and refreshing. A good choice for those want to get a distinctive minivan in the class.

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Misa Khan

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