• Sep 16, 2008
2011 Mazda5 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Mazda's Nagare design theme has infiltrated nearly every model in its lineup, with only a few lone hold-outs. Here in Geneva, one of the last unmolested models has finally gone under the knife and the result is the 2011 Mazda 5.

In addition to the new smiling fascia, five-point grille, deeper chin spoiler and flared front fenders, the new 5 gets a trio of dramatic, wave-live character lines sweeping from the front door and terminating into the deeply drawn rear tailamps. The combination ditches the somewhat anonymous profile of the previous model, it's just a shame the rear looks disproportionately top heavy.

The interior gets a quick once over, with thicker, wider seats, power sliding doors and a reworked center stack, with the standard seven seats carrying over and the new 2.5-liter four-cylinder from the new Mazda3 finding its way underhood when it hits the States later this year.




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All-New Mazda5

The Eye-catching, Eco-Friendly C-MAV with 7-Seat Functionality – World Premiere


The next generation of Mazda's compact people-carrier, Mazda5, takes centre stage at this year's Geneva Motor Show. It replaces a successful model that has been popular with families looking for 7-seat functionality in a sporty and safe package. Since launch in 2005, Mazda5 has found 470,153 owners worldwide, 168,107 of them in Europe (as of December 2009). It has also won 37 automotive awards and has consistently been voted one of Europe's most reliable and safe small vans.

The all-new Mazda5 carries forth this tradition with family-friendly attributes and a new design that includes "Nagare Flow" elements. This design is optimally balanced with superb aerodynamics. There are also practical dual sliding rear doors and easy step-in access, more comfortable seats and instruments that are easier to use. For added convenience, power-sliding rear doors are available (according to version and country).

Compared to the original model, the all-new Mazda5 is easier on the pocketbook too. Its engine line-up has been renewed and now includes an eco-friendly 2.0-litre direct-injection petrol engine with the Mazda i-stop system, evolved especially for this vehicle. This version delivers an approximately 15 percent reduction in CO2 emissions compared to the 2.0-litre petrol it replaces. It also features a 1.8-litre petrol engine, now with six-speed manual gearbox, and an economical diesel engine. Combined with one of the segment's lowest coefficients of drag (Cd: 0.30), the all-new Mazda5 uses less fuel and produces fewer emissions than ever before. Yet, despite this frugal nature, it is fun and predictable to drive with a stiffer body and suspension updates contributing to a linear driving feel. These features – and a host of new options – make the all-new Mazda5 even more appealing and even better at meeting the needs of families with active lifestyles.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      another Mazda ruined, 1st the 3 and now this... so sad :(
        • 4 Years Ago
        If they screw up the design of next MX-5 by using more of their Nagare Concept crap, I'm really going to get ticked.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Armrests for the front seats!
      At last.
      Get rid of those stupid looking skinny tires, and they may be worth looking at. Too bad the local Mazda dealership went bust in my area.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There goes the only petite, almost cool, minivan on the market...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hope it doesn't drive like it looks, because they've done quite a job of turning a crisp, pert little MPV into a Toyota Tarago:

        http://www.toyota.com.au/tarago
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed with RowFive--the front isn't that bad when you take into account the creasing on the side, and the rear looks like a second-generation Toyota Previa/Estima (which is not a compliment).
        • 4 Years Ago
        agree. The new design seems so contrived
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you mean "there goes... in the wrong direction", then I agree. I have young kids, and the Mazda5 tops my list of everyday-useful vehicles that I can actually enjoy driving. The current Mazda5 has great looks, nimble handling, can seat 6, and is available with a manual transmission (!). If it were rear wheel drive I'd buy one and never consider anything else. Given my van choices are realistically limited to FWD, the Mazda5 is king.

        The new styling seen here doesn't appeal to me at all, and it's not the smiley grille I dislike so much-- in fact, the front isn't that bad. But the front fenders don't work with the rest of the design (despite providing a family resemblance to the Mazda6), the wavy side creases are overwrought, and the rear fascia is just a disaster.

        I'm sure many were completely oblivious to the Mazda5 and could care less, but this redesign is a big disappointment for me. I didn't intend to trade in the family wagon so soon, but it looks like I'd better grab a 2010 while I can.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I won't consider buying any mazda5s until the sudden loss of power-steering issue is recalled.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I actually like it. The smiley face works well here (I'm not sure if it's the increased height of the 5 or not but I like it) and I can see how the side strakes blend into the design. I do think that the two lower lines could come off, and the main line directly under the door handles could stay! :)

      The interior looks better too. Good Job Mazda!
      • 4 Years Ago
      ..at least the seats look beautiful...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have a Mazdaspeed 6. My dealer gave me a 5 as a loaner one time. Kinda nifty but good lord is it slow! I know a mini people hauler doesn't need to be stupid fast but this thing could barely get out of it's own way.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did anyone else notice the huge hand sticking out of the sun roof?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, the entire Addams family is inside and they forgot Thing on the roof. But he's making the most of the situation by taking pictures.

        It's the perfect car for them. They call it Brother Scary Clown Face.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Exterior is A, but the dash-board seems very cheap. (One would expect automaker to showcase the top-trim. I just hope this is not the case.)
        • 4 Years Ago
        I like the happy-face and the swoopedy-swoops but from the back it looks like it's wearing a hat
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks like a fat fish on crack.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How could anyone think that rear end is an improvement over the previous models? And that wavy mess on the sides? WTF? Tip for designer: Put down the crack pipe and start over.
      • 4 Years Ago
      looks like a really modern (and happy) Hearse.

      "What's that kid? your DAD DIED? F-ing GLEE."
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