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2012 Mazda MAZDA5

The MAZDA5 is unique: it doesn't fit into a mold, and neither do its owners; it can't be defined by a segment; it suits a family, but thrives in an active lifestyle setting. One could say it's a vehicle right where everything else isn't. (continued below)

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2012 Mazda MAZDA5

2012 MAZDA5 Delivers Unexpectedly Delightful Design, Functionality and Performance

Source: Mazda | Published: Sat Nov 20, 2010

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In approaching the development of the all-new 2012 MAZDA5, Hideki Matsuoka, MAZDA5 program manager, took the best of the current model and set out to further evolve it. The team aimed to create a new multi-activity vehicle (MAV) that combines superior environmental performance with a new expression of stylish design. Matsuoka's concept for the new MAZDA5 was to bring to the market a "contemporary smart choice."

"This concept expresses our goal to build a new family mover for the global market that offers a smart solution to the user's every need by establishing a balance between diverse functionality and outstanding performance," said Matsuoka.

Changes to the 2012 MAZDA5 continue under the skin, too, as the vehicle is powered by a 2.5-liter MZR I4 engine, which also sees use in the MAZDA3, MAZDA6 and CX-7, and can be paired with either a manual or automatic transmission. "We have further evolved Mazda's trademark Zoom-Zoom driving experience by working to deliver an overall balance of linear feeling and response that creates a unique bond between the driver and car, as well as a stronger sense of trust in the vehicle," said Matsuoka.

MAZDA5's Smart, Emotional Exterior Design

Adopting the expression "Seductive Smartness" as the design concept, the new MAZDA5's design is aimed to achieve a higher balance of functionality and design, while at the same time giving it a stylish new look that is immediately distinguishable from the box-like designs found on conventional offerings in the market.

The five-point front grille shares the unique design of the family face that is found on every Mazda. This makes it immediately distinguishable as a Mazda product, and lends it a dynamic and sporty expression that is true to its DNA. The 'flowing' lines of the hood and headlamps gather in the center of the grille to create a powerful sense of motion. And the curved lines that form the mesh pattern adopted for the grille lend the impression that the mesh flows out from the center to the sides, which expresses the essence of Nagare design.

The fog lamp bezels were designed to form a continuous line with the side shoulders and wheel arches to present a wide, dynamic image. This blends beautifully with the gentle S-shaped contour established by the flowing lines off the sides of the front grille and up toward the headlamps. In addition, the mesh pattern surrounding the fog lamps creates a design that flows back toward the rear of the vehicle. The deeply sculpted form of the area around the hood and fog lamps gives the front a firm countenance that emphasizes its aggressive-looking styling. The hood is laid out taller than the previous generation MAZDA5, which presents a greater presence.

The Nagare design motif applied to the sides of the body gracefully continues the dynamic flow of the lines from the headlamps and front fenders, and then carries that flow to the rear fenders and rear combination lamps in beautiful fashion. In the same spirit, the rails for the sliding door are blended skillfully with the character lines.

By connecting the flow from the front and sides through to the rear fenders, rear combination lamps and all the way to the tailgate, MAZDA5's design creates an exquisite and consistent body line. Adding further appeal and lending the rear end a wider, more stable look, is the powerful line cut by the prominent rear fender shoulders combined with the placement of the rear combination lamps, which are laid out lower than on the previous generation vehicle. The finishing touch is the extended rear quarter and rear window glass panels that completely cover the D-pillar to emphasize the fresh, flowing design.

Mazda MAZDA5: Review (2/2)

Key: AT - automatic transmission, MT - manual transmission, F/R/AWD - front/rear/all wheel drive
Type I4
Displacement 151 cu in (2489 cc)
Power 157 hp @ 6000 RPM
Torque 163 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
Redline 6200 RPM
Driveline Front Wheel Drive
Transmission 5 Speed Automatic (Std.)
  6 Speed Manual (Opt.)
Brakes & Tires
Brakes Front - Rear Ventilated Discs - Solid Discs
Tire Size Front - Rear 205/55 R16 (Std.)
  205/50 R17 (Opt.)
Exterior Dimensions & Weight
Length 180.5 in
Width 68.9 in
Height 63.6 in
Curb Weight AT: 3457 lbs
  MT: 3417 lbs
0-60 n/a
1/4 Mile n/a
60-0 Braking n/a
Top Speed n/a
Fuel Economy
EPA Fuel Mileage - City/Highway 21/28 mpg
Origin & Price
Origin Japan
Base Retail Price (MSRP) n/a

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