The Mazda5 is basically a mini-minivan, with sliding doors and a vertical liftgate out back, in addition to styling reminiscent of minivan. Offered in Sport, Touring, or Grand Touring trims, it's powered by a 2.3-liter, 153-hp, four-cylinder engine with available five-speed manual or five-speed automatic. Second row bucket seats can recline and slide while 3-row side-curtain airbags provide protection for everyone on board. Standard safety features include anti-lock brakes, six airbags, engine immobilizer and adjustable headrests at all seating positions.
The Mazda5 rolls into 2009 unchanged except for some paint color additions and deletions.