Mazda 5

From Mazda press: The MAZDA5 is a three-row, six-passenger multi-activity vehicle injected with sports car inspiration that efficiently transports people and equipment like a large SUV while demonstrating Mazda's infusion of stylish, insightful and spirited vehicles. There is nothing like it on sale in North America at this time - it truly is in a class of one.

For 2008, MAZDA5 was revamped with a freshened exterior design, five-speed automatic transmission, rear cool air vents, improved gas mileage, arm rests, standard auxiliary audio input jack, and new interior and exterior colors. As a further enhancement for the 2010 model year, all MAZDA5 models, including the Sport trim with five-speed manual transmission, are now equipped with Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and Traction Control System (TCS). MAZDA5 continues to offer customers excellent value and fuel economy and an abundance of standard features in Sport, Touring and Grand Touring versions.

The MAZDA5 is powered by an all-aluminum 2.3-liter, four-cylinder MZR series engine, producing 153 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. A flowing wedge-shaped body with solid proportions defines the exterior of the MAZDA5 as unmistakably Mazda, while inside the cabin, the MAZDA5 offers a flexible seating arrangement. The large sliding doors and low floor allow for fluid ingress and egress, and a one-touch walk-in mechanism offers easy access to the third-row seats.

"One of Mazda's strengths is the ability to manufacture the right vehicles at the right time for the right price and the MAZDA5 is a perfect example," Jeff Horne, vehicle line manager. "In a down economy with unstable fuel prices, the MAZDA5 can transport up to six passengers and their gear, delivering enlivening performance, all while getting 28 highway miles per gallon and starting under $18,000."

MAZDA5 is powered by a 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine, good for 153 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 148 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm. Similar to the MZR-series engine in the MAZDA3 , MAZDA6, MX-5, and Tribute, the engine has 16-valves, double overhead camshafts and utilizes an aluminum block and head for light weight, which in turn improves handling by minimizing weight over the front axle.

Lightweight pistons help improve smoothness, throttle response and the engine's ability to rev, while variable induction mixes good low-end torque with strong high-revving power. The power goes to the road through a short-shift, fast-moving, five-speed manual gearbox.

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