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$18,510
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Smaller than a minivan, yet more useful than most compact wagons, the 2010 Mazda Mazda5 puts function before form.
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The Mazda5’s interior is surprisingly spacious. Although the rearmost two seats are kid's stuff only, theater-style seating makes the most of those backseats, although the front seats are skimpy in size for taller or larger people and there’s no side support for when you do want to enjoy the cornering abilities. A one-touch walk-in mechanism offers easy access to the third-row seats, and both the second- and third-row seats can fold down to create a virtually flat floor for transporting large objects. The second-row seats slide fore and aft to allow more space for the third row (or more cargo space) as needed, and the liftgate actually has two detents to help out shorter users.

You certainly won’t find luxurious materials and trims in the 2010 Mazda5, but it gives the overall impression of being nicely put-together, with well-coordinated if simple surface textures. The instrument panel is straightforward, and there are no complicated interfaces to overcome. Ride quality is quite good; it’s firm overall but yields to potholes and the really rough stuff. One issue to some buyers might be road noise—the Mazda5 allows more in than the average minivan.

The 2010 Mazda5 does well in the federal government’s crash tests. Driver, front passenger, and side front impact protection score the highest: five stars. Rear side impact protection and rollover resistance score four stars. Electronic stability control, a must-have feature for virtually any vehicle and families especially, is newly standard across the model line. Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with electronic brake-force distribution are paired in the standard-features list, which also includes front side and side curtain airbags that cover all three rows of seating.

The 2010 Mazda Mazda5 includes a pretty impressive list of standard features in Sport or Touring trim levels, including a standard CD stereo, power windows and locks, and cruise control. An alarm system, a Bluetooth hands-free phone system, automatic headlights, heated sideview mirrors, and rain-sensing wipers are included with the uplevel Grand Touring model. Options on the base models include fog lamps, a CD changer, and a power moonroof, while a DVD-based navigation system, remote engine start, Sirius Satellite Radio, and an overhead rear-seat DVD entertainment system are available on the Grand Touring.

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