Somewhere in the life of the minivan, manufacturers forgot the word ?mini? before the ?van? and went all out to make something different. The only ?mini? that survived was the 2009 Mazda MAZDA5. It comes with some nifty features that make it a fun vehicle to drive and, with the capacity to seat five passengers, it continues to serve in the corner of family vehicle quite well.
Body Styles: Minivan
Transmissions: five-speed automatic transmission
Models: MAZDA5 Sport, MAZDA5 Touring, MAZDA5 Grand Touring
The 2009 Mazda MAZDA5 remains largely unchanged from the previous model year, except for some paint choices. It has a friendly and attractive appearance on its minivan body style. It also has armrests for the passengers, which gives it a feel of luxury without actually turning itself into a luxury vehicle.
The exterior of the 2009 Mazda MAZDA5 is quite attractive and is enhanced by the 17-inch alloy wheels with P205-50R17 89V all-season tires. It boasts of a fair ground clearance of 5.5 inches, a width of 69.1 inches, a height of 64.2 inches, length of 181.5 inches, seated on a wheelbase of 108.3 inches, and sporting a maximum cargo capacity of 70.9 cubic feet when the two rear seats are collapsed. It has sliding doors and a vertical liftgate in the back.
The interior of the 2009 Mazda MAZDA5 comes with both comfort and convenience, making it a favorable family car without the opulence of some of its competitors in the category. In line with the trend in the manufacturing industry, it sports power doors, power windows, power mirrors, and has cruise control on the steering wheel. There is ample storage space, with a front console with storage, cup holders in the front, rear, and on the third row, storage pockets on the front and rear seats, and seat back storage on the front seats.
It comes with reasonable space in the front at 40.7 inches of headroom, 52.9 inches of hip room in bucket seats, 55.5 inches of shoulder room, and 40.7 inches of legroom. The rear seats have 58.3 inches of hip room, 39.4 inches of headroom, 55.6 inches of shoulder room, and 35.2 inches of legroom. To increase the cargo carrying capacity, it has folding rear seats and folding split bench third row seats.
For its integration with technology and entertainment devices, the 2009 Mazda MAZDA5 comes fitted with AM/FM radio, a CD player, an Auxiliary MP3 audio input, and six speakers all around.
Performance & Handling
All of the trims on the 2009 Mazda MAZDA5 are front-wheel drive with a five-speed manual transmission. The MAZDA5 comes with a 2.3-liter base engine that emits 153 hp, 148 ft-lb of torque, and has four-cylinders and 16 valves with a double overhead cam (DOHC).
The 2009 Mazda MAZDA5 comes with a four-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS), and other safety and stability features, such as the emergency braking assist system, the engine immobilizer system, and the electronic brake-force distribution system. All of these enhance safe stopping and response in an emergency situation, when the vehicle is maneuvering bends at high speeds, and when the traction on the road is not optimal.
For child safety, the 2009 Mazda MAZDA5 comes fitted with child seat anchors and child safety lock on the rear doors. It also comes fitted with airbags for the driver and the front passenger, rear passenger seats, and third-row passenger seats. The side airbags are mounted as a standard feature as well.
The headrests on the driver’s seat, the front passenger seat, and the passenger seats in the rear all have adjustable headrests fitted with whiplash protection.
EPA Fuel Economy
MAZDA5 Sport: 22/28 mpg city/highway
MAZDA5 Touring, Grand Touring: 21/27 mpg city/highway
- Appealing exterior appearance
- Flexibility in the interior seating
- Dual sliding doors
You Won't Like
- No stability control
- Noisy at high speeds
- Kids-only third row seating
Nimble, practical, and ?mini? minivan at a good price.
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