Best described as a compact minivan, the 2013 Mazda Mazda5 offers seating for six. The Mazda5 is powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 157 hp, for a 0-60 time of 8.8 seconds. FWD is paired to a 6-speed manual, or optional 5-speed automatic transmission, for an EPA estimated 21 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. Features include 17-inch alloy wheels, HID headlights, rear backup sensors, leather seats, power moonroof, automatic climate control, and steering wheel mounted controls. Safety is comprised of anti-lock braking system (ABS), brake assist (BA), electronic brake force distribution (EBD), traction control system (TCS), and tire pressure monitoring (TPMS). The Mazda5 is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
The Mazda5 is essentially unchanged after its debut in 2012. Several new colors are available and the automatic version now gets a little bit better fuel economy around town. Otherwise, the innovative 5-door remains unaltered.
Seating for six; space-efficient layout; versatility; steering and handling; fuel-efficiency; new, more stylish look
The Mazda5's sliding side doors might lead some to dismiss it as a minivan, but they shouldn't; there's nothing else on the market quite like this unique vehicle, which combines some of the attributes of a minivan (but smaller) and a crossover utility vehicle (but lower). The Mazda5 has excellent passenger design: It takes up about the same parking footprint as a compact sedan, but it has comfortable seating for six. Mazda says that even with all six seats up in place, there's enough cargo space for a standard baby stroller. Also, the sliding doors are easy to operate and are easier to manage when in tight parking spaces. Furthermore, this model is already known for its entertaining driving character, and with a little more power and steering and suspension tuned even more for handling, the Mazda5 is one family choice for those who like the twisties.