The 2008 MAZDA5 is a FWD compact mini-van powered by a 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 153 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. Transmission options consist of a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic. Fuel mileage is an EPA estimated range of 21 mpg city and 28 mpg highway depending on transmission selection. Features include xenon headlights, heated side mirrors, power moonroof, LED taillights, leather-trimmed seats, heated seats, 6-disc CD changer, hands-free phone capability and navigation. Safety is comprised of advanced front airbags, side-impact airbags, aide-impact curtains, anti-lock braking, dynamic stability control, traction control and antitheft system. The MAZDA5 is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
For 2008, the Mazda5 gets a slightly different appearance, some new features, and a new automatic transmission. A new front bumper fascia design and flowing grille give the model a sportier look, enhanced by new headlight and taillight designs. Inside, there have been extensive changes to the front half of the vehicle, including a new shift panel and center console, new electroluminescent gauges, second-row vents with individual fan-speed controls, and front passenger inboard armrests. Sound systems now have an auxiliary input jack. On Grand Touring models, features have been expanded to include an alarm system and Bluetooth hands-free interface. Mechanically, a five-speed automatic transmission replaces the former four-speed auto. A new Sand interior color is available, and five new exterior colors join the palette: Copper Red, Golden Sand, Stormy Blue, Sunlight Silver, and Crystal White Pearl.
Seating for six; competitive price; solid fuel efficiency; impressive handling and maneuverability; small footprint for easy parking.
Part minivan, part SUV, and part station wagon, the 2008 Mazda5 can serve a wide range of needs for city dwellers with a tight budget and an even tighter parking space--especially when there are children to be shuttled. Yet the model stands out for its fun-to-drive qualities, as it handles more like a sporty hatchback or wagon than a minivan or SUV.