Product Test: The Mazda 5

Is The Mazda 5 The Ultimate Surf Vehicle? TransWorld SURF‘s Chris Cote finds edited by Edwin Eversole.

Mazda 5 At A Glance

Engine Type
153-hp 2.3L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine with variable valve timing (VVT) and a choice of 5-speed manual or 5-speed Sport automatic transmission.

Seating Configurations
Three rows with seating for six, dual sliding rear doors and 44.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the 3rd-row folded down.

Fuel Economy
EPA Mileage, City/Highway (MPG) 22/28

Available Features
Available leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, Bluetooth® hands-free phone capability‡ and DVD-based navigation system.

Safety Features
Standard safety features include advanced front air bags, front side-impact air bags and side air curtains for all three rows.

Base models begin at just under $19,000

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