A compact minivan, the 2014 Mazda 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 for 2014.
Seating for six; space-efficient layout; versatility; steering and handling; fuel-efficiency; stylish looks
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 and a crossover utility vehicle. As such, the MAZDA5 features 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. The sliding doors are easy to operate and are more manageable when in tight parking spaces than more common hinged doors might be. 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 also like the occasional twisty road.