What is it? The Mazda5 microvan will get a new design for the 2012 model year. The 5 will be powered by a new 157-hp 2.5-liter MZR I4 engine, and can be paired with either a manual or automatic transmission (The current Mazda5 has a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine in the United States.)
The new Mazda5 wears the latest corporate "smiley" face, as seen on the Mazda3. Once again, this segment-blurring model has dual sliding rear doors and three seating rows.
The current-generation six-passenger microvan has been a class favorite in our tests combining the utility of a small minivan with small-car maneuverability and affordability. The current powertrain is relatively refined and responsive, providing adequate performance, but it lacks reserve power when carrying full loads or climbing hills. Fuel economy is a decent 23 mpg overall.
When will it be available? More details on the U.S. pricing and market launch will be announced at a later date.