2012 Mazda Mazda5 Road Test and Review
Keeping the "mini" in minivan
2012 Mazda Mazda5 Review: Introduction
While it may seem like an oxymoron to keep the minivan label on most of the vans currently on the market, the 2012 Mazda5 (or, more technically, the Mazda MAZDA5 if you're not into the whole brevity thing) uses its small stature as a way to stand out from the crowd and fit in with Mazda's sporty zoom-zoom mentality. Sizing up just slightly longer and wider than the original Chrysler minivans that debuted in 1983, the Mazda5 looks and drives more like a compact hatchback, but its three-row seating configuration is more than spacious enough to meet the needs of a small family. Although minivans have been dropping off the market in recent years, the Mazda5 was just redesigned for 2012 holding its position as the smaller, sportier and more affordable alternative in this family-friendly segment. After taking the 2011 model year off, the 2012 Mazda5 has returned to bring new-car shoppers in the compact vehicle yet another option as the C-segment continues to heat up.