After ten good years in the US market, Mazda is withdrawing the last of the real minivans, the Mazda5. Unlike the Sienna and Odyssey Maxivans that we see everyday above us in traffic, the Mazda5 was actually a ‘mini’ in its proportions, but could seat 6 people. Sometimes called a sport wagon, sometimes a minivan or family transporter, the Mazda5 was loved by those who drove or owned one.
Mazda didn’t do any kind of eulogy for the Mazda5. Its disappearance was hidden between updates to the 2016 models in a general press release. Mazda simply wrote: “There are no plans at this time to bring a replacement Mazda5 to the US market beyond the 2015 model year.”
Our own Aaron Turpen from Torque News has owned a Mazda5 for many years. We asked him for his opinion and he replied, “We loved our 5. It is exactly the right size, did not cost a mortgage to purchase and is excellent in terms of economy. fuel. âYears ago, this author was a salesperson traveling to the United States and renting a car a week. The Mazda5 has become one of my favorites. The first generation had rear seats facing each other so that one could sit and work there in a sort of portable workspace. Compared to the compact domestic cars of the day, the Mazda5 was superior in almost every respect, but especially when it came to front seat comfort.
Despite cumulative sales double that of the MX-5 Miata, the Mazda5 is being phased out mainly due to lack of sales and our cultural migration away from things with sliding rear doors. Moms and dads want to look cool now when transporting kids to Target and the Mazda5, while not a bad vehicle, doesn’t look as good as a Mazda CX-5 or the newer. CX-3.