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  • What Is It?
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    What Is It?

    The 2012 Mazda5 is a minivan that doesn’t really act like a minivan. With a sporty ride, polarizing exterior styling and a smaller size, Mazda seems to listening to what turns people off in minivans and addressing or eliminating those aspects altogether.

    The Mazda5 is technically a subcompact crossover, but we like to think of it as a mini minivan.

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  • How Much?
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    How Much?

    MSRP: $19,345 - $24,025

    Average AOL Autos Best Deal Price (Base): $17,958

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  • Key Stats
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    Key Stats

    -2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine
    -157-hp, 163 lb-ft of torque
    -Six-speed manual transmission or five-speed automatic transmission
    -21 mpg City/28 mpg Hwy
    -Built in Changchun, China

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  • What We Like
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    What We Like

    Michael: The driving dynamics are great on this vehicle especially for a minivan. I often felt like I was simply driving a larger Mazda3, which is impressive considering that the Mazda3 is one of the best driving sedans available. It may not have the biggest engine, but it’s a smaller vehicle (lighter than many mid-size sedans) that you can throw around pretty well.  

    Autoblog: If you stow the third row seats, you're rewarded with 44.4 cubic feet of cargo-swallowing space. Further, with both second- and third-row seats flattened, there's enough storage capacity to haul as much cargo as the Mazda 5's independent rear multi-link suspension can handle.

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  • What We Don't Like
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    What We Don't Like

    Michael: I thought that the sound system was pretty bad. I’m a stickler for good audio in a car and the Mazda5’s speakers just didn’t get the job done.

    Autoblog: While the redesign of the 5's dash looks like a step in the right direction, hard plastics remain. Sure, we would have loved soft-touch materials, but with a starting price under $20,000, we weren't expecting plush expanses.

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  • Bottom Line
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    Bottom Line

    The Mazda5 has done a great job of breaking the mold of the conventional minivan. As a great combination of value and functionality, take a good hard look at this vehicle if you are looking for a family/cargo hauler before you pony up the cash for one of its more expensive competitors.

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