2012 Mazda 5 Grand Touring: Long-term car review

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During our primary inquisitiveness months by means of the 2012 Mazda 5, we averaged 24.3 mpg.

By: Bob Gritzinger on 12/30/2011

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Anything by means of sliding doors tends to slip downward the catalog of most-desired vehicles in our examination fleet. But so as to may be changing, thanks to the sporty intentions and minivan functionality of our diminutive long-term Mazda 5.

The almost 5,000 on foot we clocked in our primary inquisitiveness months in the Mazda 5 helped recognize a figure of type and dislikes. We be grateful for the vehicle's inexpensive and sensibly peppy powertrain, its receptive Ford Focus/Mazda 3-based chassis and its overall utility.

"The four-banger loves to rev, and despite the low figure of cylinders, the car was fine on the freeway, by means of no trouble keeping up by means of the crowd in the absent lane," one not practical noted. The chassis reminds us of amazing sportier supposed a van, by means of high-quality corpse manage and steering creation it sense quite spry for a 3,400-pounder--but it's no Miata. "I sense a bit of the soul of a Mazdaspeed in there, but it's buried attractive deep," an not practical said.

Some be grateful for so as to the Mazda 5's wind-blown styling theater differentiate the otherwise boxy form as of additional minivans, as,at the same time as route discover the manifold contours a distraction.

We've noted a number of center room limitations--taller editors establish front-seat journey too short, and the come into view row hardly rapidly sensible space for genuine adults. The second-row buckets appear now right. Most of the time, we leave the come into view row folded flat to give plenty cargo capacity.

The main knocks so far middle on the center materials, particularly the swaths of firm black plastic. The middle stack is functional, but we don't similar to the overall design.

"The layout of the controls is user-friendly," an not practical said, "but the readout at the top crams a group of information eager on its thin, red window. It can be rough to get come again? you require at a glance."

Finally, we'd similar to a small additional insulation as of street and wind noise.

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Our primary quarter taught us so as to there's a lot to similar to in the Mazda 5. More on foot determination tell consequences that's sufficient to rekindle our minivan fancy.

First-Quarter Update

2012 Mazda 5 Grand Touring

As-Tested Price: $24,720

Miles Driven: 4,642

Fuel Economy: 24.3 mpg

Fuel Cost: $747.32

Days Out of Service: None

Maintenance: 5,000-mile service, counting oil change, rotate tires, top off fluids, universal inspection ($64.44)



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