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the optional navigation system benefits from a more user-friendly touchscreen design
A sunroof is available for Sport and is standard on the other models
Air-vent controls for rear passengers are greatly appreciated
Car and Driver
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 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.
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.