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For fans of Mazda, 2008’s Mazda5 offers many popular features that should satisfy most families.

There are three trim levels for the 2008 Mazda Mazda5: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring (GT).

The 2008 Mazda Mazda5 has a good features list, but if you want one with a manual transmission, leather, and a navigation system, you’re out of luck.

The base 2008 Mazda5 Sport is equipped with the five-speed manual transmission, 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, rear-seat air conditioning with separate controls, full power accessories, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, cruise control, a trip computer, and a six-speaker sound system with CD and an auxiliary audio jack, reports Edmunds.

The 2008 Mazda Mazda5 Touring trim adds the five-speed automatic, fog lights, a rear spoiler, moonroof, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and an in-dash six-CD changer. The Grand Touring trim of the Mazda 2008 piles on automatic xenon headlights, rain-sensing wipers, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and Bluetooth, according to Edmunds, who add that "all Mazda 5s are pre-wired for [Sirius] satellite radio." Remote illuminated keyless entry is standard on all 2008 Mazda 5 trims, too, according to Mother Proof.

A DVD entertainment system, a HomeLink universal garage/gate opener, and a cargo cover are available on all trims. Options on the 2008 Mazda5 Sport trim include the moonroof and a rear spoiler but only with the five-speed auto transmission; it's odd that the sporty rear spoiler cannot be had with the sportscar-like manual transmission. Remote start is optional on the Touring and Grand Touring trims, but the DVD-navigation system with touchscreen is optional only on the Grand Touring trim, according to various reviews read by TheCarConnection.com. Mother Proof notes, "Leather is only available on the [top-of-the-line] Grand Touring trim."

To keep weight and cost down in this Mazda, 2008 Mazda5s do not have a power driver seat. They do, however, feature a pump lever to adjust seat height. On all trims, "a console emerges from under the second-row passenger seat and contains cupholders for both middle-row passengers and an ingenious net catch-all for odds and ends," describes Kelley Blue Book.

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