What Happened to the Mazda 5 Minivan
If you’ve been looking at Mazda’s impressive 2016 model year lineup and wondering where the Mazda 5 minivan falls into all of this, then we have some news you will be wanting to hear. So, what happened to the Mazda 5 minivan?
Mazda recently released a detailed lineup of models for the 2016 model year. Among those models receiving some significant changes are the 2016 Mazda 3, 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, 2016 Mazda 6 and 2016 Mazda CX-5. But what about the much loved Mazda 5?
Mazda has revealed the Mazda 5 will not continue beyond the 2015 model year. Sure, it’s sad news, but not every model can live forever like the famed Miata, and Mazda is sure to be focused on providing the best driving experience for modern drivers in future models.
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What Will Replace the Mazda 5 Minivan?
So, can we expect a replacement for the Mazda 5 minivan anytime in the near future. Perhaps another minivan model, or something similar? At this time, there is no reason to believe a new Mazda minivan is on the horizon.
That being said, however, the Mazda CX-5 compact SUV and all-new Mazda CX-3 subcompact crossover could both be considered suitable replacements for the minivan market. After all, the CX-5 has proven to be highly popular, providing incredible efficiency and a spacious interior. Families looking for something that offers the same type of versatility as the Mazda 5 minivan are sure to find it in Mazda’s current lineup that includes the CX-9, CX-5 and CX-3.
So, now that we know what happened to the Mazda 5 minivan, it is time to once again say goodbye to a faithful model that has served drivers well and say hello to the exciting future of Mazda driving.
This doesn’t explain why the 5 was retired! Other than the ” model can’t live forever”, nothing. Sales, overlap with other models would be a reason,…
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I completely understand why the 5 was dropped. [I own a 08 & 14 M5] The biggest issue was the seats could not be removed. Chrysler engineers are smart and made that stow and go seating. Also, the 2.3 & 2.5 has to work hard with a full load. It really shows when you combine that full load with a steep incline. I did get just shy of 30mpg with 4 adults and lots of luggage going to vegas. A few pretty steep inclines! Tip: Never use cruise control goin up mountains, it really lets the motor rev high, and with it off it go’s just as good up hills. Also, some do not like the later 5’s styling. Ok I get that. So those are the top 3 issues. 1.Seats cant be removed 2.Underpowered when loaded. 3.Later models styling. The 5 is more of a European car, and is much more successful there. What the 5 had was killer handling. [For a van. Based off the 3] My 08 with 50 series tires [stock] can really fly threw turns. On our last vacation to vegas we rented a car. It acted up and all that they had was a Chrysler R/T van. It handled like a lumber wagon by comparison. It didnt seem to be any quicker at all. I would assume it could haul more wieght up hills easyier with its V6. But side by side unladen I didnt feel any power advantage. Admittedly, it had to wiegh over 4,000 pounds [I assume] over the 5’s 3450? It had a load of options. I admit it was bigger, cushier, more convenient, but around turns it stunk. What mazda SHOULD have done? This seems a no brainer to me. It wouldnt compete with the other vans in comfort, gagets ect, but they should of gave it a power/handling option. Take the Mazdaspeed turbo and put that in the 5. Along with bigger low profile tires and maybie some ground effects. The HP/torque could have been raised substantially. Maybie not 300hp like the mazdaspeed. But concentrate on torque, and get the HP to maybie 225-240. That would have been a untapped market. Little van that was more sports car than boring mini van. [I have seen 5s modded/lowered and they can look pretty cool if not overdone.] That was a terrible oversite by mazda. The 5 is based off a 3 so doing the turbo thing would have been very easy. I belive the CX5 is 2.5 turbo? One thing no one can argue, a Mazda 5 will always be way more reliable than a chrysler van. That made in Japan thing is tuff to beat.But those sto and go seats are pretty cool!