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Tire pressure monitor now standard
The car has to be stopped to program in a destination...on the navigation system.
Except for traction control and stability control, the 2008 Mazda Mazda5 offers a full complement of standard safety features. Unfortunately, no crash-test data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) exists. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not tested the Mazda5, either.
Standard safety features on this Mazda 2008 include side impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags for all three rows, anti-lock brakes, and a tire pressure monitoring system. Cars.com notes, regarding child car seat anchors (LATCH points), that the second row has upper and lower anchors, but the third row has only upper anchors.
Mother Proof seems perturbed about the safety feature built in the optional navigation system: "[It's] easy to use...but the car has to be stopped to program in a destination...it means a passenger can't work the system if the car is in gear. I appreciate the effort to guard me from my own stupidity, but...there are limits." Other manufacturers implement this feature, too.
Also standard are electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and brake assist (BA). J.D. Power explains, "EBD automatically balances front-to-rear braking forces to optimize stopping power...BA provides full braking power in emergency braking situations."
Visibility is good, as it should be, considering the amount of glass. Passengers sit up high in the Mazda. For 2008, drivers "[have] a commanding outlook over...the instrument panel," writes Kelley Blue Book. There is no backup assist camera available on this 2008 Mazda, and an anti-theft alarm system is available only on the top-of-the-line Grand Touring trim as standard.
The lack of traction control and stability control on the 2008 Mazda Mazda5 are minuses for a family vehicle.