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The Mazda5 is classified as a compact minivan, but hovers near the crossover realm, and was added to the Japanese automaker's lineup in the 2006 model year. It has never been an overly popular vehicle, but a redesign in 2012 is a sign that Mazda has faith in this model and plans to keep it around for many years.
The 2013 model year is essentially a carryover for the Mazda5 lineup, thanks to its year-old redesign. There are. However, some minor changes made to the standard features group and some extra safety items. Also added to the 2013 model year were a few new color options to better complement its recently restyled body.
This six-passenger minivan comes in three trim levels for the 2013 model year: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. The Sport trim level keep s things pretty simple, while still providing premium features, like a six-speaker sound system and cabin air filter. The Touring trim level steps things up a notch with Bluetooth and larger rims. The Grad Touring package caps of the Mazda5 lineup with xenon headlights and leather seating.
In terms of competition, the compact minivan realm is pretty much bare in the U.S. market, so that leaves only mi-sized minivans and compact crossovers to compete with the Mazda5. First up is the Dodge Grand Caravan, which comes standard with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine with 283 horsepower, cloth seating for seven people, power windows and door locks, and a four-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system. Another viable alternative in the 2013 Nissan Quest, which comes standard with a 3.5-liter engine with 260 horsepower, seven-person cloth seating, power windows and door locks, a CVT, and a four-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo system with aux input. Another option is the 2013 Honda Odyssey, which comes standard with 3.5-liter engine that cranks out 248 horsepower, seven-person cloth seating, power windows and locks, and a five-speed automatic transmission. The final competitor is the 2013 Toyota Sienna, which comes standard with a 2.5-liter engine with 266 horsepower, seven-person cloth seating, power windows and door locks, and a six-speed shiftable automatic transmission.
The small minivan market is booming in other countries, but in the U.S., the Mazda5 is all there is in the 2013 model year. This puts the Mazda5 at both an advantage and disadvantage heading into this model year.
The Grand Touring trim level is the pinnacle of the Mazda5 lineup, as it takes the base features from the Touring trim level and completely decks it out with a slew of standard features. On the outside, the Grand Touring package adds in: auto-leveling xenon HID headlights, heated side-view mirror and rain-sensing wipers. Inside the cabin, the Grand Touring trim level adds in SiriusXM capabilities with four months of free service, power sunroof, leather seating and heated front seats with driver side lumbar support.
The Sport trim level acts as the base level for the Mazda5 lineup and comes relatively well equipped, for a minivan. Under the hood, it comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that carries 157 horsepower and 163 foot-pounds of torque. This trim level comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, but a five-speed automatic is optional. On the outside, the Mazda5 comes standard with: intermittent wipers, keyless entry, electric power steering, four-wheel ABS, traction control, electronic brake-force distribution, stability control, side-view-mirror-integrated turn signals, power mirrors and 16-inch aluminum wheels with 205/55R16 tires. Inside the cabin, the Mazda5 Sport comes with: power windows and door locks, tilt and telescoping wheel, climate control with cabin air filter, cruise control, six-speaker audio system with AM/FM/CD/MP3 capabilities, auxiliary jack and USB port, two 12-volt power outlets, thermometer, clock, and steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls.
The Touring trim level takes the Sport level’s base features and build upon them, bringing a little more comfort and luxury to this compact minivan. The Touring model starts out by making the five-speed automatic transmission a standard feature. On the outside, the Touring level spruces things up with 17-inch aluminum wheels, sporty ground effects, rear spoiler and fog lamps. Also added to the outside are backup sensors to help identify things in your rearward path. Inside the cabin, the Touring trim level adds in: Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling and audio streaming, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob, and a trip computer.
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