• Aug 13th 2007 at 4:02PM
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After three years of wearing the same clothes, Mazda's anti-minivan minivan, the Mazda5, has been spotted trying out a new look.
This spy shot shows the six-seater with a revised grille, redesigned headlights that extend a bit beyond the fenders, a more rounded front bumper, flashy chrome trim around the fog lights and LED taillights.

Possibly the most interesting thing on this lightly-camouflaged car are the 17-inch wheels. They are much sportier than what the 5 wore previously, and, dare we say it, hint at MazdaSpeed possibilities. (Actually, they're more typical Ford of Europe wheels.) World Car Fans says the 2008 version of the family hauler won't be getting an engine change, though, so maybe it's just wishful thinking on our part. WCF, however, does say the 2007's 4-speed automatic gets upgraded to a new 5-speed auto in 2008, and the 5-speed manual will still be an option.

[Source: World Car Fans]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      If only they would put the Speed3 turbo 4 in it. It'd be a van I'd buy. As the current owner of a Nissan Quest, I'm glad to see vans with style. Although I like Suvs, gas is too expensive for it to work. A van is very practical, but very boring. The 5 looks great, but not enough power for me.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't see any LED taillights... Just the carry-over assembly.
        • 8 Years Ago
        The Sport model doesn't get LEDs for 2008. Possible the test mule is a Touring or Grand Touring model.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If I had to have only one car, it'd be a close tie between this and the Kia Rondo. The Mazda's more fun to drive, has easier access, but the Kia's seats are better and it's easier to live with (less noise, for one).

      Both are excellent. I don't know how they're selling in the US, but in Canada they're doing amazingly well.
        • 8 Years Ago
        I did some digging and it looks like ~25-30% of the 5 sales are Canadian. It outsells the Tribute, which isn't the case in the US.

        Not entirely surprising, but I agree with you that Mazda hasn't promoted it enough. Given the price of fuel, they could make a real case for it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      As much as marketing types like to hold up the "zoom zoom" campaign as one of the most successful, the truth is, Mazda's advertizing fails in one regard. They never really talk about INDIVIDUAL vehicles. Its always a full lineup thing. Most of the individual spots seem to go to the local dealers and their adverts are always bad. When was the last time you saw a Speed3 ad or one for the 5? The only reason their cars sell is through word of mouth IMO. Its not due to their commercials.

      And as for those taillights, ugh. George Jetson meets meets multi-colored snowman. Overall still the best of the people movers though.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hmm....I like the new headlights OK but I think the original lower front grill/fog light area looks much more sporting. And the rear lights look much better in the non-altezza style found on some trim levels worldwide. Still, I think it's pretty neat and especially LOVE that you can get it in a manual. That alone makes me want to go try one.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I bought a 2007 GS model here in Canada because I feel the size is right for us, it can ride 6 people in a pinch yet is not as big as the Dinosaurs lumbering around town. Canadian buyers are more practical than their American counterparts, hence Hatchbacks and Mazda 5's are quite popular here.

      I read somewhere that some people like to ride Big Expensive SUVs and Trucks to compensate for something lacking...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Its too bad the mazda dealer network is so scattered.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why won't Mazda add traction/stability control? Even as a cost option this would make the Mazda5 more competitive.
        • 8 Years Ago
        I agree, with price of gas and 4 kids, I'm looking for something with better gas mileage to drive to work with traction on can rely on through longer commutes in Cleveland weather, and can carry all the kids to drop them off at day care/school on the way to work.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This vehicle has continually failed in the US market because of it's size. It's too small of a minivan and too large of a hatch. They can facelift it until it's blue in the face, but I garantee this next one will still sell poorly.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I don't think they're too small to make it in the USA.
        I never really like the orinary minivans as they're too big and high. This one is perfect for us. Less weight better mileage too and more affordable package. Mazda just need to advertise these sporty minivans, now that the CX7 and 9's are already rolling.Can't wait to get in my 2008.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I miss my wagon. I always see these on the road and kinda pine for them. Maybe I'll make the jump next year.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Only a 5 speed auto?! The '06 Mazda3 got one, so if they were going to go with a 5 speed auto and not a 6 speed, they should have done it for the '07s.

      But hey, something thing is better than nothing.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Agreed. Mazda has made some odd choices with the Mazda5, primarily a lack of advertising and support.

        Hard to beat the utility and features for the price, but no one I talk too outside of car enthusiasts even know it exists.

        Would I like a stronger engine - sure. But now that some of the obvious shortcomings of the 2007 seem to be addressed with the '08, for our young-ish family of four it's at the top of our test drive list.
      • 8 Years Ago
      17" wheels have always been standard on the 5 GT.
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