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2009 Mazda MAZDA5 Van

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Benefits of Driving a 2009 Mazda MAZDA5 Van

With the MAZDA5, Mazda embraces the 'mini' element of minivan but doesn't neglect the need for seating capacity and versatility. Its economical starting price, compact frame and nimble handling make the MAZDA5 the perfect option for urban families with a tight budget and even tighter parking spaces. For 'Zoom Zoom' fans, the MAZDA5 offers the only 5-speed manual transmission in its segment. Fuel economy is another feature where the MAZDA5 leads its class.

What's new for 2009?

The 2009 MAZDA5 is virtually unchanged from the mildly redesigned 2008 model. The overhead DVD entertainment system is no longer available. Base prices have risen slightly over last year.

Model Strengths

  • Sporty
  • compact with seating for 6
  • economical both at the dealership and at the pump
  • small footprint for effortless parking and maneuverability.

Model Review

Taking the compact agility of its brother the MAZDA3 and adding the convenience of fold away third row seating and dual sliding rear doors the MAZDA5 truly becomes a multi-tasking giant. The second row seats recline and come equipped with under-seat storage and a fold-out table that offers storage as well as dual cup holders. With just one touch the second row seats slide over and seatbacks tilt forward to allow for easy entry to the third row theater style seats. Or, simply fold down the third row seat to haul everything for the weekend camping trip. Even the tailgate is flexible with 2 stop positions keeping the hatch level safe for low garage doors and providing easier reach for the height challenged.

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Clamoring for a hybrid minivan? Can't wait any longer? You might consider the Mazda5—the number one most fuel-efficient minivan on the market.

A minivan one entire car class smaller than the stereotypical Dodge Caravan, the Mazda5 is almost unique in the American market. While it competes with many similarly sized entries in Europe and Asia, in the States it stands almost alone.

For urban dwellers who need the load space and families who want something smaller than the two-ton-plus behemoths offered by market leaders Chrysler, Dodge, Toyota, and Honda, the Mazda5 is an option with almost no direct competitors. The seven-seat Kia Rondo is probably closest, though it doesn't offer sliding rear doors.

According to published road tests, the handling lives up to Mazda's "zoom zoom" image. And with prices starting around $18,000, the Mazda5 is considerably less expensive than full-size minivans. The Mazda5 was launched as a 2006 model, incidentally, so it should be showing up as a recent used car as well.

Four Cylinders, Five Speeds
It's not only the compact size that makes the Mazda5 stand out. Few minivans offer a five-speed manual (standard on the base Sport model), in this case paired to a 153-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. No V6 option is offered. A five-speed automatic is available on the Sport and standard on the midlevel Touring and high-line Grand Touring models, though several road tests deemed that combination sluggish. As tested by Car and Driver, acceleration from 0 to 60 mph is a leisurely 9.4 seconds.

The Mazda5 is based on the underpinnings of the sporty previous-generation Mazda3 subcompact, so its handling gets high marks despite being much larger and heavier. Its front suspension uses McPherson struts, but its rear axle is suspended with more precise multiple links rather than a simple beam. Reviews call the Mazda5 surprisingly nimble for what is, after all, a large box on four wheels, and steering feel in particular was cited as excellent.

Given how hard the engine has to work to move that box around, though, the fuel economy isn't stellar—but it's the number one most fuel-efficient minivan on the market. The EPA rates the manual version at 22 mpg city / 28 mpg highway, with the automatic down 1 mile per gallon in each rating, at 21 mpg city / 27 mpg highway.

Space and Features for Families
Starting with a subcompact limits body width, so the Mazda5's six seats are arranged in three pairs. The rear seats are really only for children, though, but they're easy to reach courtesy of a one-touch folding mechanism for the sliding second row. Both pairs of rear seats can be folded flat to create a surprisingly cavernous load floor for Home Depot or discount store hauling duties.

Second-row passengers fare well owing to the stadium-style seating, which raises the second row slightly above the front seats. Taller drivers may find the front row limited in its travel, though.

As with any family vehicle, safety equipment is lavish. The Mazda5 includes front and side-curtain airbags (for all three rows) as well as anti-lock disc brakes on all four wheels, with electronic brake force distribution standard. Some testers criticized the lack of electronic stability control, however.

Standard equipment includes power windows and locks, cruise control, and a CD stereo. Surprisingly for a minivan, air conditioning is optional, as are an alarm system, Bluetooth phone system, heated mirrors, remote starting, and rain-sensing wipers.

Buyers planning long family trips can choose from a raft of electronic and infotainment options. The family navigator's job gets easier with the DVD navigation system, back-row riders can be sedated with an overhead DVD entertainment system, and everyone including the driver can enjoy Sirius Satellite Radio.

Just for Kicks
And keep this in mind. After years of swearing off hybrids as too expensive for the mainstream market, Mazda CEO Takashi Yamanouchi last month committed to producing hybrid gas-electric cars by 2015. Can you imagine a full-hybrid Mazda5 minivan that gets mileage in the mid-30s or higher—blowing away the competition for a fuel-efficient family hauler just in time for the return of skyrocketing gas prices? Is it likely to happen? No. But it's an intriguing possibility.

 

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Safety Features & Equipment

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Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
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Road Visibility

Fog Lamps Opt
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Security

Anti-theft System Std
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Mazda Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Each Mazda Certified Pre-Owned vehicle comes with a 12-Month / 12,000 Mile Vehicle Limited Warranty with no deductible on covered components, which begins when the factory warranty ends. If it's out of warranty, the 12-month/12,000 miles warranty begins on the certified retail date.

Coverage begins on the limited powertrain warranty from the original retail sales date and covers 7-Years /100,000 miles, whichever comes first.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2008-2014 model years and less than 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 150-Point Detailed Inspection

Autocheck® Vehicle History Report with 3-year buyback protection from Experian, subject to all Experian & Experian Automotive buyback terms and conditions.

Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance 24hr Roadside Assistance for the life of the Powertrain Limited Warranty offers confidence on the road around the clock.
Special Financing Yes, see your Mazda dealer for details.
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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