2018 Mazda 5 Minivan Review

The Japanese maker is planning to launch the new 2018 Mazda 5 Minivan which will boast superior handling and amazing presence. Expected to be one of the most affordable minivans in the automobile market, it has been revamped, with a sleeker look enhancing its aerodynamic appeal and one can expect the grille out at the front for added toughness and better lights for enhanced visibility.

The 2018 Mazda 5 Minivan will be available in 3 designs – Sporting activity, Touring and Grand Touring.

2018 Mazda 5 Minivan front

2018 Mazda 5 Minivan – Provides lots of Space and Comfort

If you compare it to a full-size minivan, the 2018 Mazda 5 Minivan is definitely smaller. It provides enough space for 6 passengers. When it comes to storing your cargo, you don’t have to worry. The seats in the second and third row can be folded giving you a huge space. The captain’s chair in the second row makes use of under-cushion cubbies, giving you additional area.

It might not be the funkiest car to own but has a pleasing design. After all, where else will you get a lorry with sliding doors that also plant a smile on the driver’s face?! However, the noise problem, that Mazda models are generally plagued with, exists in the minivan too.

2018 Mazda 5 Minivan side view

Features of the 2018 Mazda 5 Minivan

The model will come with well equipped basic essential features. This includes power mirrors and windows, 16-inch allow wheels, air-conditioner, a stereo along with USB, sunroof, leather steering wheel, remote keyless entry, Bluetooth and also a reverse sensor. In the GT version, you pay more and thus, you now get entitled to leather upholstery, xenon headlamps, power sunroof, haze lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, reverse sensors and heated seats in the front.

The Minivan does not have state-of-the-art safety features. These premium features are missing in the Minivan.

Even lane changing assistance and independent emergency brakes are absent. But then again, this is an old model, so the features and technology have been kept to a bare minimum.

2018 Mazda 5 Minivan interior

Powertrain and Transmission of the 2018 Mazda 5 Minivan

Powering up this cool minivan is a 2.5 liter 4 cylinder engine. This engine will produce a 157 horsepower and giving you 150-pound feet of torque. The only drawback out here is that this engine is an old one. Its mean that doesn’t come with the maker’s trademark Skyactiv technology that gives you greater fuel efficiency.

The engine will come under pressure when the minivan is packed with passengers and cargo. You can also opt for the five-speed automatic version if you are ready to pay more.

In both of them, the gear shifters are located high, right in the middle of the console. The market for minivans might have been slow, but the reasonable cost and smart measurements make it a minivan that one should look out for.

2018 Mazda 5 Diesel Minivan

While we can see other models heading to US market with the 2.2-l engine, the company keeps the same 1.6-l unit for 2018 Mazda 5 Diesel Minivan. The highlight of this car is an excellent fuel economy. Also, this variant offers better emission numbers than before. Nevertheless, the new model is not going to improve a lot of lack of power. The MPV is also loud, so it is not impossible to see an alternative with the return of the 2.0-l drivetrain. Even an upgrade to SkyActiv 2.2-l won’t be such big surprise. However, we doubt that fan would like to replace superb fuel economy for the more powerful car.

2018 Mazda 5 Minivan engine

2018 Mazda 5 Diesel Minivan alternatives

What would 2018 Mazda 5 Diesel Minivan get from switching from 1.6-l 4-cylinder unit to a bigger? First of all, the company replaced the old 2.0-l not to revisit it and return. It is a history. A 1.6-l has more potential for development, rather than upgrades of the old drivetrain. On the other hand, a 2.2-l SkyActiv is excellent in combination with a turbo system. If it happens on this minivan, it will destroy the image of the fuel-friendly vehicle. However, it is hard to keep a balance between power and consumption, and we believe drivers would pick the second option to be better. Also, the company is working on cutting the CO2 emissions, and it will be a step back in development. These are pretty strong reasons why we believe that 1.6-l 4-cylinder diesel will come once again on Mazda 5.

2018 Mazda 5 Minivan rear

Base Price, Release Date and Conclusion

The new 2018 Mazda Minivan will have a base price of 22,400. Its release date is set for the beginning of 2018.

We know that minivan is a slow selling segment and almost has been absent in the American markets for about 2 years now. However, those who love the Minivan will have a tough time to find a better replacement if they don’t have a look at the 2018 Mazda 5 Minivan.

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