NEW FOR 2014:

-GT model with moonroof no longer available with manual transmission; replaced by GT with moonroof, luxury package and automatic transmission.

One of few models so far left out of Mazda’s SkyActiv fuel-saving plan, the Mazda5 carries on with a last-generation 2.5L four-cylinder engine making 157 hp and 163 lb-ft of torque. Compare that to the 184 hp and 185 lb-ft from the newer SkyActiv 2.5 used in the Mazda3, Mazda6, and CX-5 crossover.

Both GS and GT trims are available with a six-speed manual transmission that can be optioned to a five-speed automatic; as stated above, the automatic becomes standard in GT models with the optional sunroof and luxury package.

Features on the GS include 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, black grille, power mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, intermittent rear wiper, automatic headlamps, dual sliding doors, outside temperature gauge, tilt and telescopic steering wheel with audio controls, keyless entry, auto-down driver’s window, illuminated entry, electroluminescent gauges, manual driver’s height adjustment, driver’s side seat back pocket, second-row fore-and-aft sliding seats, 50/50 split-folding third-row seat, floor mats, CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary and USB input, and active front head restraints.

The GT adds 17-inch alloy wheels, tire pressure monitoring system, side sill extensions, dark silver grille, heated mirrors with integrated turn signals, xenon headlamps, fog lights, rear spoiler, cruise control, heated front seats, driver’s lumbar support, leather-wrapped steering wheel, trip computer, CD/MP3 stereo, Bluetooth connectivity with audio profile, Sirius satellite radio, rear backup sensors, and anti-theft alarm.

The GS can be optioned with a Convenience Package of Bluetooth connectivity with audio profile, cruise control, trip computer, leather-wrapped steering wheel and anti-theft alarm.

The GT can be optioned with a Luxury Package of leather upholstery, centre row fold-out cargo table/bin, and power sunroof.

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