The 2010 Mazda5 Is A Genre Buster That's Ahead Of Its Time

March 24, 2010
Although the Mazda5 compact minivan arrived on our shores with little fanfare, its impact on the North American auto landscape is going to be heard for decades to come. Honestly, how can you argue with a shrunken six-seat minivan that gets 21 city, 27 highway when connected to an automatic (you can get a manual on base versions) working the sole engine available—a 2.3-liter four-cylinder with 153 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. The Mazda5 also runs on regular unleaded which is very important if you are on a budget.

Budgets are concepts well understood by families, most especially those who could use the cargo and six-passenger capacity of the Mazda5. Many families who use minivans just drive them for the easy loading abilities of children through the sliding doors and the fact that they generally have very low lift heights into the cargo area. Low lift-in heights are important when you have to throw the double stroller for the twins in the back.

Thanks to a sporty feeling steering rack borrowed from the 3 the 2010 Mazda5 minivan is able to take back lane country roads with more handling fluidity than any other minivan competitor. The engine is a true Mazda four-cylinder gem: quick to rev, smooth and powerful all the way through the rev range. To be honest the four in the Mazda5 is far less raucous than most of the “up-level” V-6 engines you get with the Dodge Caravan.

Starting at only $18,745, there are three 2010 Mazda5 trim levels with Sport coming in at the bottom, followed by the high value Touring at $22,000 and the luxurious Grand Touring at $23,755. The Touring model adds to the basic 5 features (air, power everything) on the Touring model with a five-speed automatic, halogen fog lights, sunroof, LED tail-lights and a six-Disc premium audio system. Grand Touring models add Xenon (HID) headlamps, leather, rain sensing wipers, heated seats, Bluetooth and enjoy the benefits of a built-in navigation system.

If you ordered a Mazda5 Grand Touring with the Grand Touring Package and DVD Rear Seat Entertainment Package your estimated cost would be $26,955. And Mazda dealers are closing out the last of these exemplary 2010 models so deals could no doubt be found easily.

The 2010 Mazda5 may be small and a bit innocuous looking but inside this well engineered family vehicle lays the loyal heart of a visionary. It was the first compact MPV (minivan) to make it to the United States from Europe and Asia and it looks like for the upcoming model Ford, Chevy and Kia are going to follow suit. Honestly though it had to be lonely for the Mazda5 at the top. But then it’s really easy to get the top when you are the only car in your class.

The Car Connection also features an in-depth test of the 2010 Mazda5 written by Bengt Halvorson. He claims (righly so), that "for families looking for fuel-efficient, maneuverable, and roomy transportation—with a fun-to-drive feel—the 2010 Mazda5 is your best and only choice." How true.

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