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.