2012 Mazda Mazda5 Price Review and Specs – The sporty 2012 Mazda Mazda5 should be just right for folks who don’t need all the size or space of a full-size minivan. The 2012 Mazda5 has been completely redesigned. Sharp handling; easier to park and maneuver than a regular minivan; affordable price; sliding doors are great for parking lots. Missing some popular minivan options; seats only six; fuel economy only slightly better than a minivan.
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With a combination of flexible seat arrangements, sliding doors, stylish design, good handling, fuel efficiency and high level of safety, MAZDA5 has made a strong impact in the North American market. Completely redesigned for 2012, the latest Mazda5 is an evolution of the previous model. Highlights include a bit more power, more comfortable seating and swoopier styling. At its core, however, the 5 remains a mini-minivan for those with modest family transportation needs. With two seats in each of its three rows, it only seats six compared to the seven- or eight-passenger seating of a big minivan (now that’s an oxymoron). But if occasions to haul multiple passengers are few and far between, the Mazda5′s design has a sizable (size being the operative word here) practical advantage over compact crossover SUVs. Read and see, 2012 Audi A7 Review.
Pricing Information for 2012 Mazda Mazda5
MSRP: $19,195 – $23,875
Invoice: $17,978 – $22,356
The 2012 Mazda5 is a three-row, six-passenger compact minivan available in three trim levels: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. The base Sport comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, full power accessories, keyless entry, cruise control, automatic climate control (with rear vents and fan controls), a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack. Compare it with 2012 Honda Civic Sedan.
The 5 Touring adds 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, a rear spoiler, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a trip computer and Bluetooth. For the Touring, the optional Moonroof & Audio package adds a sunroof, satellite radio and a six-CD changer. This package is standard on the 5 Grand Touring, which also gets automatic xenon headlights, heated mirrors, automatic wipers, driver lumbar adjustment, heated front seats and leather upholstery.
There are a number of dealer-installed extras that will be available later in the model year, including remote ignition, an iPod interface, a Garmin portable navigation system and a DVD entertainment system.
Every new 2012 Mazda Mazda5 is equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 157 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual is standard on the Sport, while a five-speed automatic is optional on the Sport and standard on everything else. See also related car, 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV, 2012 Renault Fluence ZE and 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid.
If you want some added utility but don’t want to give up the agility and urban maneuverability of car, the 2012 Mazda5 is an excellent choice. Acceleration is slightly pokey (especially on hilly terrain), but the 5′s handling is excellent.