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FEATURES | 7 out of 10
conspicuously absent from the options sheet are a sunroof, Bluetooth connectivity, iPod integration, a USB jack, a trip computer, and xenon headlights
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The price is right and for the utility you get, there aren't many better choices.
There's no longer a factory-installed navigation system
The 2014 Mazda 5 offers loads of value and space--more than any other minivan or crossover, really.
At the base Mazda 5 Sport level, you get power locks, windows, and mirrors; automatic climate control; an AM/FM/CD player with an auxiliary jack; a USB port; a tilt/telescopic steering wheel; cruise control; keyless entry; and steering-wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls.On the Mazda5 Touring, the automatic transmission becomes standard, as do 17-inch wheels; leather trim on the steering wheel and shift lever; and a trip computer. Rear parking sensors also are standard. Bluetooth with audio streaming is also standard.
In top-of-the-line Grand Touring form, the Mazda5 also comes with a power moonroof, heated mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, xenon HID headlamps, heated front seats, and Sirius satellite radio (a stand-alone option, too), all for around $25,000.
The audio system is only capable of displaying a few characters at a time; satellite radio is available with it, but that hampers tuning and display.
When it comes to advanced tech features, the Mazda5 is sorely lacking. Most glaring: there's no navigation option (a Garmin system is offered on a dealer-installed basis, however).
The Mazda 5 is a disappointment for those looking for tech and connectivity features; but it's a strong value.