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2015 Mazda 5: a minivan for those who love to drive

2015 Mazda 5: a minivan for those who love to drive

2015 Mazda 5: a minivan for those who love to drive

If there is a problem with minivans, it’s that they don’t look stylish or feel sporty, but the 2015 Mazda 5 aims to change that. Two trims are available, the base model GS starting at $21,995 and the top range GT starting at $26,795.

First, the Mazda 5 is all about handling and performance. The front and rear wheels are stopped by 4 power-assisted disc brakes with ABS and electronic brake force distribution (EBFD). Rack-and-pinion steering with Electro-Hydraulic Power-Assist Steering is standard and both front and rear suspensions are independent with front and rear stabilizer bars. Powering all of that is a 2.5 L 4-cylinder engine and a 6-speed manual transmission (11.1 city/8.3 highway L/100 km) with an optional 5-speed automatic (10.7 city/8.2 highway L/100 km) available to send power to the front wheels. In a people-hauler, safety is crucial, thus there are plenty of air bags, side-door impact protection beams and even integrated child seat anchors.

The 2015 Mazda 5 is full of surprises

On the outside, the 5 definitely starts off on a high note. The bodyline looks sleek and quite European without sacrificing the practicality buyers need. The front bumper features a large signature Mazda black front grille paired with additional grilles at the side, while the headlamps give it an aggressive look, especially with the optional xenon HIDs. The GS trim comes with 16” alloy wheels while standard 17” alloy wheels are delivered with the GT model. Cargo space is great, with 112 L available with all seats in place, 426 L with the third row’s seats folded and 857 L with the second and third row seats folded.

Look on the inside and find enough seating to comfortably accommodate 6 passengers. The second row offers two captain’s chairs that slide forwards and backwards. All the seats are cloth wrapped on the base model, with leather upholstery coming as standard on the GT. There are silver finishes on the front door handles and the instrument panel, which has electroluminescent gauges. Air conditioning is standard and there are also neat features like remote keyless entry and optional steering-mounted cruise control. The audio is taken care of by an AM/FM CD player stereo with 4 speakers and steering-mounted controls with USB and auxiliary audio input. Bluetooth capability is optional. To enjoy sunny summer drives, buyers can also opt for the moonroof package.

The Mazda5 has been collecting positive reviews from auto journalists since it launched and its unrivalled Japanese reliability make it a winner. The 2015 Mazda 5 is a strong contender in the minivan market. Come to Atlantic Mazda and test drive the new 2015 Mazda 5 today!

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