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2012 Mazda5

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2012 Mazda5 GS
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It is barely 2011 and here I am driving Mazda’s newest model, the 2012 Mazda5, a vehicle many would call a mini-minivan. The 2012 Mazda5 is completely redesigned but doesn’t stray too far from its original intent of a small, nimble people carrier.

My tester is a GS version with added convenience package which adds Bluetooth, cruise control, trip computer, leather wrapped steering wheel, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and an anti-theft alarm system for a very appealing $845.

2012 Mazda5 GS
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Base price for my tester is $21,795, which gives you a lot of vehicle for the money. Although, yes, you could fetch the much larger Dodge Grand Caravan in base trim for less, feature-wise, this mini-minivan comes with nearly everything you would want.

And it comes with one thing that no other vehicle in this class can offer you: a 2.5L four-cylinder engine producing 157hp and 163lb-ft of torque, mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

Other standard features in the Mazda5 GS include ABS with EBFD (electronic brake force distribution), traction control, power door locks and power windows and mirrors, rain sensing wipers, keyless entry, tilt and telescopic steering, automatic climate control with air conditioning and dual front air bags, side air bags and side curtain airbags.

2012 Mazda5 GS
MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $22,640

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