Exterior & Styling

If it weren't for its sliding rear doors, the Mazda5 would undoubtedly be considered a hatchback rather than a minivan. Mazda says sliding rear doors offer easier access to the second- and third-row seats, and are easy to open in tight parking spaces (not to mention less likely to ding other cars when they're thrown open by exuberant kids on a trip to the mall).

Though it retains the basic shape of a large minivan, the Mazda5 looks sporty nonetheless. It features a raked windshield; an aggressive front end that's been restyled for 2008 with a new grille, headlights and bumper; a tapered roofline; and standard 17-inch alloy wheels. There are also new taillights for 2008, but the additions don't markedly change the van's appearance (see a side-by-side comparison with the 2007 model).

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    SeatWarmer
    * Some models. The front seats are electrically heated. The ignition switch must be in the ON position. Press the switch to turn the seat warmer on or off. When the switch is in the ON positio ...

    Door Locks
    WARNING. Always take all children and pets with you or leave a responsible person with them: Leaving a child or a pet unattended in a parked vehicle is dangerous. In hot weather, temperatures in ...

    Starting a Flooded Engine
    If the engine fails to start, it may be flooded (excessive fuel in the engine). Follow this procedure: 1. If the engine does not start within five seconds on the first try, turn the key to the LO ...