Founded in Japan in 1920, Mazda is named for an Asian god of wisdom. The Mazda Motor Corporation is based in Hiroshima, Japan. In the year 1999 Mazda introduced the Premacy and it was sold primarily in Europe and Asia. From the second generation (2005 to 2010) onward, the car became known as the Mazda5 and is still in production.
When it was first introduced, the car came with a standard four-speed automatic transmission and had either front or all-wheel drive. The first generation Premacy was sold by Ford in some markets in Asia as the Ixion. In China the first generation Premacy is still being built by FAW Haima Automobile Company as the Haima Freema.
The Mazda5 is a mid-sized wagon that can compete with compact MPVs (multi-purpose vehicles) throughout Europe. The Mazda5 was initially the subject of a recall in the United States in 2005, due to the potential of exhaust fires. Mazda has announced that the 2015 Mazda5 will be the last due to sluggish sales.
The 2015 Mazda5 has an MSRP of just over $20,000.00 with import fees extra. The price goes up with added available features. Used car prices are lower and vary depending on model year, mileage, and condition.
Third generation (2010-2015) have four different engines, including a 1.8L MZR Inline-4, 2.0L MZR Inline-4, 2.0L SKYACTIV-G Inline-4, and a 2.5L MZR Inline-4. Second generation offers a variety of Inline-4 engines including the 2.0L MZ-CD Diesel Inline-4 engine.
Second generation Mazda5s come with either a 4 or 5-speed automatic transmission or a 5 or 6-speed manual transmission. The current generation include a 6-speed manual, and 5 and 6-speed automatic transmissions.
Size and Space Options
The Mazda5 has seating for six passengers and plenty of head and leg room. The third row seat comes with a split fold-down back for storage.
Control Panel and Display
The car includes steering wheel-mounted audio controls, a center instrument panel display, speedometer, tachometer, and fuel gauge.
The Mazda5 comes with heated front driver and passenger seats, adjustable lumbar support in the driver’s seat, and plenty of cup holders.
The Mazda5 is available all over Asia, Europe, and North America but after 2015 the car will be discontinued, due to poor sales.
The car comes with an engine-immobilizer anti-theft system, alarm system, and a keyless remote panic button.
The Mazda5 comes with front and side-impact airbags, an anti-lock braking system, stability and traction control systems, rear sensors, and side impact door beams.
The manufacturer offers cloth or leather seats, USB and auxiliary audio input, rear DVD entertainment system, leather trim, under the floor storage, cruise control, Bluetooth capability, and a center row foldout table with cup holders.
Exterior options include rain-sensing windshield wipers, heated side mirrors, sliding rear doors, auto-off headlights, and either 16 or 17-inch alloy wheels.
There are optional moon roof and sunroof packages, a roof rack, all-weather floor mats, remote engine start, cargo net, rear bumper guard, and wheel locks.
Mazda is known for its quality cars and the problem during the 2005 recall in America was quickly fixed with no problems since.
The Mazda5 offers a sleek outline and Mazdas are generally regarded for their speed and maneuverability.
The Mazda5 offers a lot for the money and it is a great value as a family car. With the 2015 being the last year of production, there will still be used cars available for a good price. Newer technology also helps keep track of things such as tire pressure that can help you save money on repairs.
Even though production is ending in 2015, the Mazda5 is a great family car for the money. It includes some excellent safety and security features and enough technology to keep the kids occupied.