2012 Mazda 5: ‘Mini-minivan’ stays the lonely course – Boston Overdrive – Boston.com

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Count me the few automotive journalists who are truly to hear about the new 2012 5.

While crossovers of all shapes and flood American roads, minivans like the Mazda 5 exist here. In June, canceled plans to import its C-Max van, the only competitor to the low-slung Mazda the sliding doors.

From the I first set eyes on it six years I have been a Mazda 5 probably one of the few in existence. I looked at mini-minivan (what Mazda to call it) and instantly thought, is the right-size vehicle for a family of

So, when faced with a family of four, my wife and I one in December 2007. The 2008 5 with the five-speed manual has sat in my driveway for four years and I loved it for its flexibility (it seats six in a and offers lots of cargo and for being fun to drive thanks to handling and that rare the manual transmission.

When the 2012 model in my driveway, thoughts of buying the new danced in my head (but my side kicked in because our car has than 16,000 miles). our 2008 is almost paid

Then the inevitable comparisons made. Let’s see. The and 2008 models both in at 3,417 pounds. Wheelbase? check in at 108.3 inches.

The overall length is one inch than the 2008 model. made a mini-minivan an inch About the only significant came in the second row where the jumped from 35.2 to inches, thus increasing comfort.

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Unfortunately, that in legroom came at a price. row cargo space (with the row seats folded flat) from 44.4 cubic down to 27.5 cubic Its ability to carry four and their stuff has been in the newest model and that its appeal somewhat.

Weekend getaways will packing more judiciously.

it’s a conscious decision on part to sacrifice cargo Carmakers do incredible amounts of research. The Japanese automaker have discovered that cargo space was more to gain more second row

After all, Mazda was in by the fact that it couldn’t stretch the 5 because then it become just a minivan and some of its appeal.

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There’s a big Mazda continues to make the of a power sliding rear A Mazda PR rep said the doors can be with one finger, but it’s a lot to push a key fob button when hands are full of little and backpacks.

It would be nice to be able to the doors as you walk out your door.

Mechanically, the new 5 is a little The 2012 model comes a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine produces 157 horsepower versus. the 2.3-liter that produced 153 Fuel economy is almost at 21 mpg city for both models and 28 mpg in the car (up 1 from the 2008 model).

fuel economy, especially in a car small, is the 5’s biggest Two full-size minivans, the 2011 Quest and 2011 Toyota (with the four-cylinder), each get 19 mpg and 24 mpg highway. For a lot more room, you get average fuel costs of $306 more – or less $6 a week. It’s a decision will need to strongly (The Quest has a starting about $7,000 higher the Mazda 5 while the Sienna at about $5,000 more.)

One huge improvement and it’s to appeal to a very small of the Mazda 5 buyers is the return of a transmission that had been The model Mazda loaned me for a was the five-speed automatic, but I’ve the six-speed manual in Spain. a delight and I’m glad to see it to the US.

So, how else is the Mazda 5 improved for Some might say the “Nagare” philosophy Mazda is incorporating its vehicle line a lot of swooping and strakes across the body is an but I can’t embrace it on the 5. It seems too like window dressing to to give this vehicle a appearance.

Ride comfort to be good. Handling is always You’ll never have a negotiating the grocery store lots with the 5. Visibility is excellent.

The 5 also comes packed all the standard safety features one want in a family hauler.

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The Mazda 5 is nicely priced in the trim level with manual transmission at $19,195. Opt for the automatic sport trim and you pay a reasonable $20,195. Most are going to charge a lot more for an Move up to the tourer for $21,195 and you get features like 17-inch wheels, rear spoiler, wrapped steering wheel, and hands-free phone and audio

The Grand Tourer for $23,875 has high intensity discharge headlights, heated front and door mirrors, and leather-trimmed among other features.

Griffin is president of the New England Press Association and can be reached at .

Mazda 5

2012 Mazda 5

Horsepower: 157 @ rpm.

Torque: 163 lb.-ft. @ rpm.

Overall length: in.

Wheelbase: 108.3 in.

Height: in.

Width: 68.9 in.

Curb 3,417 lbs.

THE GOOD: six-speed manual transmission, for a family of four

THE BAD: fuel economy for its size, cargo area behind row

THE BOTTOM LINE: A right-size that can haul six in a pinch, the 5 is fun to drive for a people hauler but better fuel efficiency

CONSIDER: No direct competition; a Hyundai Elantra Wagon, Transit Connect Wagon, Impreza wagon

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