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Review: 2012 Mazda5

Mazda's Pint-sized Minivan Gets Better, Not Bigger Way back in 1983, Chrysler shocked the world with the introduction of the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager. The upstart family haulers took the auto industry by storm, driving a stake through the heart of station wagon sales while setting the table for Chrysler to own the minivan segment for decades to come. But that segment has evolved in the last several years, leading to a redefinition of family transportation. First and foremost, the minivan has gone through an HGH-fueled growth spurt, adding a host of whiz-bang features like... Read More

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    Official: Mini Cooper Countryman only small car to earn good grade in latest IIHS crash tests [w/video]
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    Competitors in the small-car segment didn't do nearly as well. Four vehicles earned "poor" grades. Only one small car out of 12 tested earned a good grade in the latest round of crash-test results compiled by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Mini Cooper Countryman received a "good" ranking on the organization's small-front overlap ...

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    Official: Nissan offers rebadged Mazda5 in Japan as Lafesta Highway Star [w/video]
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    When is a Mazda5 not a Mazda5? When it's a Nissan. Only it's still a Mazda5 even when it's wearing a different badge. The two Japanese automakers have entered into an arrangement whereby the latter supplies the former with lightly facelifted versions of its latest minivan, and presto! We've got the new Nissan Lafesta. Actually, it's full name is the ...

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    Review: 2012 Mazda5
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    Mazda's Pint-sized Minivan Gets Better, Not Bigger Way back in 1983, Chrysler shocked the world with the introduction of the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager. The upstart family haulers took the auto industry by storm, driving a stake through the heart of station wagon sales while setting the table for Chrysler to own the minivan segment for decades ...

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    Mazda to supply Nissan with its own version of Mazda5
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    Mazda has officially announced that it will supply the Mazda5 minivan to Nissan beginning in May of this year. But before you go dreaming of a Nissan micro-minivan here in the United States, know that this will be a Japan-only affair. As of this writing, mum's the word on what the Nissan-badged Mazda will be called in the automaker's home market. The ...

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    2012 Mazda5 available with clean-burning 1.6-liter diesel engine in Europe
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    In the U.S., the Mazda5 MPV, a more spacious version of the Mazda3, stands alone in its class. However, over in Europe, the mini-minivan segment is chock full of vehicles like the Ford Grand C-Max to compete with the Mazda5 for sales. It's this level of competition that has driven the Japanese automaker to introduce a more fuel-efficient, optional ...

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    2009-2010 Mazda5 minivans recalled over fuel pump concerns
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    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a safety recall on certain Mazda5 minivans from the 2009 and 2010 model year. This recall focuses on the van's fuel pump, with NHTSA citing that water may not have been completely removed from the pump's harness connector before vehicle assembly. Thus, the connector pin may corrode, causing ...

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    2012 Mazda5 priced from $19,990, hits dealerships in January
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    We have quite the soft spot for the Mazda5 mini-minivan. It's a taller, more capacious version of the zippy Mazda3, and it stands totally alone in a class of Americanized small MPVs (until the Ford Grand C-Max arrives on our shores, that is). Mazda has given the 5 a healthy once-over for the 2012 model year, and the automaker has just announced that the ...

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    LA 2010: 2012 Mazda5 with updated styling now goes with the flow
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    The upcoming 2012 Mazda5 just showed us its smiling face, and Mazda's flowing design language is visible everywhere on it. The mini people mover has gotten a displacement increase up from the old 2.3-liter and is now powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 157 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. Three trims are ...

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    U.S.-spec 2012 Mazda5 coming to LA Auto Show
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    We first saw the next-generation Mazda5 when it debuted in Geneva earlier this year, but now Mazda has confirmed that the version destined for the United States will be revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. Badged as a 2012 model, the U.S.-spec Mazda5 won't differ all that much from its European kin in terms of appearance. A good thing, ...

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    Limited-edition Japanese postage stamp set honors iconic Mazda vehicles
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    Mazda has produced some iconic sports cars throughout its history, and now those vehicles have been immortalized in stamp form. Released as a limited-edition on November 1st, the Japan Post Network Chugoke Regional Office has created a 12-stamp set officially titled History of Mazda Motor Corporation Hiroshima. The stamp set is limited to just 3,000 units ...

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    Paris preview: Mazda2 gets a facelift, 3 and 5 get new diesel engines
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    When Mazda announced that it would be bringing its diminutive 2 to America at the Los Angeles Auto Show last December, it gave the B-segment hatch a mild facelift compared to the version that had been on sale in Europe and Asia for some time. That new smiley-faced look, which echos the larger Mazda3, is heading to Europe this fall as well and will make ...

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    Report: 2007-2009 Mazda3 and Mazda5 models face power steering recall
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    Automotive News is reporting that Mazda has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it will recall over 200,000 2007 to 2009 Mazda3 and Mazda5 models due to faulty power-assist steering pumps and pipes. The recall announcement comes two months after NHTSA launched an investigation into 33 complaints of power steering failures. In ...

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    Toyota Sienna score in Consumer Reports plunges, no longer top-rated
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    It's generally accepted that every new iteration of any vehicle is somehow better than its predecessor. And that's true of the 2011 Toyota Sienna minivan, which is festooned with more goodies (like a 16.4-inch widescreen monitor for rear-seat passengers) and a sportier flair (complete with a sporty SE trim) than the previous generation Sienna. The only ...

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    Mazda launches certified pre-owned program
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    Quite a few automakers have had success with certified pre-owned used car programs, and now Mazda is jumping on board by offering a CPO plan of its own. After all, used vehicles that have passed a rigorous inspection are more attractive to potential buyers, even though certified cars commonly carry a heavier price tag than their non-inspected lot ...

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    Nagare no more? Mazda to change styling direction
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    According to Auto Express, Mazda Europe's British design boss Peter Birtwhistle has confirmed that the Japanese automaker will take on a new styling direction. Perhaps the news shouldn't come as a shocker, considering that former Mazda design head Franz von Holhausen, the man responsible for the previous styling direction of concepts like the Nagare and ...

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    Edmunds compiles top ten 'Dark-Horse' list of worthy overlooked vehicles
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    We all know the typical sales winners of the automotive universe. Come hell or high water, Honda Civics and Toyota Camrys will still float off of the lot. Granted, that's good news for most automakers, but at the same time, there's a wealth of under-appreciated models languishing under the beady eyes of inflatable gorillas across the country. The good ...

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    Geneva 2010: 2011 Mazda5 gets swoopy in Switzerland
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    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 ...

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    Consumer Reports adds six cars to Top Picks list, touts diversity
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    Each year, the automotive editors of Consumer Reports select their Top Pick Cars, representing vehicles that are the best in their individual segments. These cars are deemed to have "average or better" predicted reliability and have scored high marks in government safety testing. In past years, automakers like Honda and Toyota have dominated this list, ...

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    All-New 2011 Mazda5 coming to Geneva
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    The Mazda5 has been around since 2006, going about its microvan business in relative obscurity, yet rewarding buyers with a healthy dose of zoom-zoom mixed into their three-row vanlet driving needs. The Mazda5 (Premacy in other markets) received a few tweaks in 2008, but other than new wheels and clear tail lamps, there weren't a lot of changes. Well, ...

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    Fido Approved: America's top ten pet-safe vehicles
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    Most people don't pay it any mind, but car accidents and pets don't mix. Just like with humans, wrapping your car around a telephone pole can kill Fido dead. Or really injure the cute little guy. To draw attention to this issue, a website called Bark Buckle Up has teamed up with Edmunds.com to bring us their Top 10 Pet Safe Vehicles. As Bark Buckle Up ...

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