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the functionality of a minivan but without the minivan stigma
The 2009 Mazda 5 is largely unchanged
The 2009 Mazda Mazda5 is an evolution of the people-hauler that Mazda introduced to the market in model year 2006. Variously described as a multi-activity vehicle, a mini-minivan, and a space wagon, the Mazda5 looks sporty and offers room for six passengers in the footprint of one of Mazda's smallest vehicles.
ConsumerGuide says the 2009 Mazda5 is "largely unchanged." It would not be a stretch to call the Mazda5 a "sensibly sized wagon," in the words of ConsumerGuide, if you overlook its sliding rear doors. A good idea, the Mazda 2009 Mazda5's sliders "make loading passengers in tight parking spaces easy," reports Edmunds, attributing the feature to the Mazda5's European roots. Cars.com notes "the Mazda5 has a wedge shape that's characterized by a raked windshield and a relatively upright rear liftgate." Changes for 2009 include the replacement of Sunlight Silver paint with Liquid Silver.
The interior design of the Mazda5 can be summed up as "sensible." A large speedometer dominates the three-gauge cluster, and the gearshift is mounted on a center panel. Cars.com confirms this, noting that the 2009 Mazda's "controls are sensibly arranged." The Mazda5 features electroluminescent gauges, which are lit day and night and especially easy to read, "along with rear sear air vents and controls [and] additional passenger flip-down armrests," according to Edmunds. That said, they lament that "the interior is filled with too many competing materials and surfaces, which gives it a disjointed and busy feel."
The 2009 Mazda Mazda5 continues Mazda's sport design theme in a package sized between a wagon and a minivan.