CHANGES FOR 2013:
– No changes.
Moving in on Mazda5 territory, this ‘microvan’ (or feel free to call it a multi-purpose vehicle, or MPV, as they do in Europe) trumps the Mazda with seating for seven. Unlike the Mazda5, it doesn’t have sliding rear doors and its second-row legroom is not as generous, although there’s slightly more space for the two third-row passengers. The Orlando has a smooth and quiet ride, a fresh and modern cabin and good outward visibility. For a young family seeking fuel-efficient utility, the Orlando is worth a look. Available with a six-speed stick, too.
The Orlando uses a 2.4-litre direct-injection four-cylinder engine. A six-speed manual transmission is standard in the LS, 1LT and 2LT models, and can be optioned to a six-speed automatic on the LT models. The LTZ uses the automatic exclusively.
Features on the LS include 16-inch steel wheels, keyless entry, child view mirror, OnStar, engine block heater, black door handles, automatic headlights, manual mirrors, variable intermittent wipers, rear washer/wiper, console with open storage, driver information centre, tilt steering wheel, illuminated vanity mirrors, express up/down front windows, cloth seats, 60/40 split-folding second-row seat, 50/50 split-folding third-row seat, and CD/MP3 stereo. Air conditioning can be added as an option.
The 1LT adds air conditioning, body-colour door handles, privacy glass, power-adjustable heated mirrors, console with closed storage, cruise control, floor mats, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, and premium cloth seats.
The 2LT adds 16-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, tire pressure monitoring system, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, Bluetooth connectivity, USB port and SiriusXM satellite radio.
The LTZ adds 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, remote starter, body-colour door handles with chrome strip, chrome body side mouldings, cargo cover and net, auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated seats, and six-way power driver’s seat.