2008 Mazda MAZDA5

At a Glance

Pricing $17,995 - $22,515
Drive Types FWD
Engines 2.3l I4
Transmissions A5, M5
Fuel Economy 21-22 (city), 27-28 (highway)

The Mazda5 provides a rare glimpse of a vehicle configuration that US buyers may or may not accept. Riding on a compact platform, the Mazda5 is in short, a small wagon with 3 rows of seating and sliding doors like those found on a minivan. The sliding doors allow for wider door openings without the parking lot problems associated with large rear swinging doors. A 150hp 2.3L 4-cylinder provides power and can be configured with a manual transmission. The interior can seat up to 6 with three rows of 2 seating positions. Like most of the newer sport wagons, the 3rd row seats are relatively small and will force a tradeoff between cargo and 6-passenger hauling.

What Changed:

The Mazda5 receives a freshened exterior that includes LED tail lights on Touring and Grand Touring models. A new 5-speed automatic promises better fuel economy.

Model/Trim/Package Engine Original MSRP
MAZDA5 Sport 2.3l I4 (153-bhp) M5 FWD $17,995
MAZDA5 Sport 2.3l I4 (153-bhp) A5 FWD $18,945
MAZDA5 Touring 2.3l I4 (153-bhp) A5 FWD $20,760
MAZDA5 Grand Touring 2.3l I4 (153-bhp) A5 FWD $22,515