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FEATURES | 7 out of 10
a five-speed manual remains standard on the base-trim Sport
A console emerges from under the second-row passenger seat and contains cupholders for both middle-row passengers
Kelley Blue Book
In terms of functionality, the 5 pushes all the right buttons
Car and Driver
The 2010 Mazda Mazda5 doesn’t come especially well equipped, but it has a reasonably long standard equipment list and won’t disappoint.
There are three trim levels for the 2009 Mazda 5: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring (GT). Among the features on the base 2009 Mazda5 Sport are 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, keyless entry, rear-seat air conditioning with separate controls, 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.
The 2010 Mazda5 Touring model steps up to fog lights, a rear spoiler, a moonroof, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and a six-CD changer. And for those who want a loaded vehicle, the Grand Touring trim of the Mazda5 piles on automatic xenon headlights, rain-sensing wipers, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and Bluetooth.
Available on all trims are a DVD entertainment system, a HomeLink universal garage/gate opener, and a cargo cover. Options on the 2010 Mazda5 Sport trim include the moonroof and a rear spoiler. Remote start is optional on the Touring and Grand Touring trims, but the DVD-navigation system with touch screen is optional only on the Grand Touring trim.
MotherProof notes, "Leather is only available on the [top-of-the-line] Grand Touring trim;" TheCarConnection.com, however, cautions that prices can get quite high on the Grand Touring, so if you want the best deal you might have to settle for cloth.
A number of features in the 2010 Mazda5 seem perfectly designed for busy moms or those with their hands full. The rear liftgate features two stops to suit different heights. 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. To keep weight and cost down in this Mazda, 2009 Mazda5s do not have a power driver seat. They do, however, feature a ratchet-style lever to adjust seat height.
MotherProof details all the places to put loose items: "plastic storage bins under both of the second-row seats...a table with two cupholders on the passenger side that folds out into the aisle between the seats...the table surface pops out to reveal a [nifty] toy net...[and] there's another bin hiding under the floor of the rear cargo area."
All models get 24-hour roadside assistance, a comprehensive three-year/36,000-mile warranty, a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, and a five-year/unlimited-mile corrosion warranty.
The 2010 Mazda5 has amazing utility features but only satisfactory comfort and luxury details. You're out of luck if you want a loaded one with a stick or an affordable one with leather.