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Edmunds.com 2012 Mazda MAZDA5 Overview
While it may seem hard to believe that a minivan could be either stylish or sporty, the redesigned 2012 Mazda 5 looks like it will deliver on both counts. This second generation of Mazda's mini minivan takes many of the same styling cues introduced on the new Mazda 3, including a "smiling" front end with a five-point grille and prominent front fenders. Out back, the rear quarter panel and rear glass have been extended to cover the rearmost window pillars, emphasizing the car's racy new look. Inside, the 2012 Mazda 5 is expected to offer seating for up to seven passengers with the addition of a new second-row center seat that can be swapped out for a storage bin. Other high points of the updated interior include wider, thicker seats, power-sliding side doors and a redesigned dash layout. Cargo capacity will now max out at a substantially roomier 52.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded flat. In the engine bay, U.S. buyers can expect to see the same spunky 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder used in the Mazda 3. While other markets will get 5s equipped with Mazda's idle-stop technology -- which is said to reduce CO2 emissions by 15 percent and boost fuel economy by as much as 3 mpg in city driving -- it's unknown if the system will be included on models sold here or not. The 2012 Mazda 5 is likely to remain one of the most fun-to-drive vehicles available for smaller families when it goes on sale in early 2011 as a 2012 model. Check back later this year for comprehensive buying advice and driving impressions.