Test Drive: 2006 Mazda 5

10 Oct 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Test Drive: 2006 Mazda 5

2006 (photo courtesy of Mazda)

in September 2004 at the Paris Show, the Mazda5 straddles a between SUV, minivan, and Still, not everyone would it a crossover, which is one of today’s big for vehicles that blend of several body styles. correctly advises that else on the market is quite the Mazda5, noting that it convention.

Seating six occupants on three of seats, the Mazda5 is fitted sliding rear doors a minivan. Compact dimensions are smaller than those of a however, which translates to handling. Built on a 108-inch the Mazda5 is 181.5 inches overall and 64.2 inches

Beneath the hood sits a four-cylinder engine that 157 horsepower at 6500 rpm, as as 148 pound-feet of torque at 3500. A automatic with manual-shift is the sole transmission. Front and anti-roll bars are included in the independent suspension, and Mazda a turning circle that’s 35 feet, suggesting impressive

Standard alloy wheels 17-inch tires. A two-stage makes it easier for shorter to open and close the rear area. Weighing a relatively 3,333 pounds, the Mazda5 a body-colored grille, fascias, and handles.

Sport and Touring models are the latter adding a six-CD moonroof, foglamps, automatic control, side sill and a rear liftgate spoiler.

than might be expected, the is an enjoyable vehicle, of suitable for most families, in the European Except for an occasional slight in the engine of a test model, not fault could be found the Mazda5. Performance is hardly but response is smooth and acceleration is than adequate for most – actually rather in takeoffs.

Well-behaved transmission operations make the Mazda5 friendly and

Especially easy to maneuver, it like a compact car, and lean isn’t much of an in curves. Ride comfort most SUVs and many with no discernible penalty for satisfying handling traits.

Exceptionally easy to enter, the is comfortable once you’re occupying seats that are to chair-height. Despite a low roof, it plenty of head space.

little engine sound is though you can tell it’s a if you listen closely. A slight of road noise occurs at

Driver’s seat bolstering is but unobtrusive. The lighted gear is handy. Visibility is super, for some blockage by the right-hand headrest.

All told, the Mazda has just everything for practical motoring, for one price: $19,510 (including destination charge), plus an $900 for an automatic transmission than stick shift.

All copyright 2006 by Tirekicking

Text by James M. Flammang; supplied by Mazda

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