Second Generation (2005–2010)
|row" style="text-align:left;">Also called||Mazda5
|Assembly||Hiroshima, Japan (Hiroshima Plant)
Taiwan (Ford Lio Ho)
|Body style||Compact MPV|
|Platform||Mazda CR platform|
|Engine||1.8 L MZR I4
2.0 L MZR I4
2.3 L MZR I4
2.0 L MZ-CD Diesel I4
|Wheelbase||2,750 mm (108 in)|
|Length||181.5 in (4,610 mm)
Japanese domestic market: 4,505 mm (177.4 in)
JDM S: 179.3 in (4,554 mm)
|Width||69.1 in (1,755 mm)|
|Height||64.2 in (1,631 mm)
Japanese domestic market/Europe: 1,665 mm (65.6 in)
Ford Focus (Euro Mk.2)
Ford Focus C-MAX
The new model has been for sale since summer 2005. It is now sold as the Mazda5 in all markets apart from Japan. While classified by Mazda as a mid-sized wagon, it competes with other vehicles classed as Compact MPVs in Europe, and is viewed as a mini-minivan in the United States. It is based on Ford's global C1 platform, meaning it shares many parts with the Mazda3. The Mazda5 replaced the Mazda MPV as Mazda's minivan offering in most export markets.
The Mazda5's closest relative is the European compact MPV, Ford Focus C-MAX, though the Mazda5 uses minivan-style sliding doors in the rear while the Ford has four conventional front-hinged doors. This version of the vehicle was also introduced for sale in the United States, making it the first compact minivan in that market since the 1994 Mitsubishi Expo (in the United States) and 1995 Nissan Axxess (in Canada). The Mazda5 is marginally larger than the 1984–1989 Toyota Van. Competition joined the North American MPV market in 2006 with Mercedes-Benz's B200 (in Canada and Mexico) and in 2007 Kia Motors followed suit with the 2007 Kia Rondo (in the United States and Canada).
In North America, due to safety regulations, the Mazda5 fits six passengers using three rows of seats, with two seats per row. Elsewhere, it is sold as a seven seater using Mazda's "Karakuri Seating System", which means the car has three rows of two seats, with the seventh seat a fold away jump seat in the centre of the middle row. The Mazda5 has three-point seat belts on all seven seats.
The middle row of seats recline and slide front-to-rear, and fold flat. The rear row also folds flat.
For the 2006 model year Mazda offered fewer Mazda5 options than in other markets. The North American version lacked the front-to-back roof rails that were included as standard in other markets. Other notable Mazda5 options not offered in North America included a back-up camera, power-assist side doors and even a choice of engine (2.3 L only). A second-row DVD entertainment system was eventually offered as a dealer installed add-on. Mazda produced a limited number of Mazda5 units featuring all-wheel-drive but this version was not made available outside of Japan for the 2006 model year.
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