March 11th, 2008 at 6:00pm

As heard on
WWJ Newsradio 950


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They say the minivan market is going away, but don’t tell that to Mazda.

If you ever get a chance to see the original Chrysler minivan you won’t believe how small they look. But today there’s nothing mini about minivans — in fact, most of them are downright huge.

The Mazda 5 on the other hand is a people mover that’s very close in size to the original Chrysler vans. It has sliding doors, seating for six and for 2008 Mazda completley restyled the front-end and added LED taillights while inside they redesigned the center console and instrument cluster. Mazda also added a new five-speed automatic transmission and recalibrated engine to deliver better fuel economy — up to 22 city and 28 highway.

The original minivan is what saved Chrysler from disaster and the Mazda 5 is doing the same for Mazda.

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One Comment to “AUTOMOTIVE INSIGHT: 2008 Mazda 5”

  1. Tom Martin Says:

    I owned a short-wheel base 1987 Dodge Caravan, and we really loved. I don’t understand why Chrysler no longer offers a mid-size van.

    Mazda has a winner here, and Chrysler better hurry and offer a similar model.