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#418 of 859 MAZDA5 Earns Ward's AutoWorld's Interior of the Year Award
Jun 12, 2008 (4:34 pm)
As poster earlier by bobw3:
IRVINE, Calif., June 4, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Coming on the heels of best-ever sales in April and May, the 2008 MAZDA5 has been named Ward's AutoWorld's "Interior of the Year" in the "Popular Priced Truck" category. Thirty-six outstanding vehicle interiors representing 13 manufacturers competed for top honors in the annual competition.
Over four weeks, members of the editorial staff of Ward's AutoWorld spent time with each finalist vehicle to evaluate its interior. Winners were decided by overall points earned. To be eligible for the competition, the vehicle or its interior had to be new for 2008. The MAZDA5 triumphed over competition from Nissan Murano, Saturn Vue, Ford Escape, Subaru Forester, Dodge Journey and Toyota Highlander, among others.
"We're honored to have won Ward's AutoWorld's 'Interior of the Year' award," said Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO of Mazda North American Operations. "The MAZDA5 is proving to be exactly what consumers want -- a versatile, fuel-efficient vehicle that combines the functionality of an SUV with the ride and handling of a car. This is a great vehicle that hits right at the heart of the market, and promises to grow in popularity as fuel prices soar."
The three-row, six-passenger MAZDA5 is a multi-activity sports vehicle infused with sports car inspiration. The interior brags spaciousness and comfort. The stepped floor allows for more legroom for all especially those sitting in rows two and three. The second row has separate individual seats that slide, recline and fold flat, providing maximum versatility for passengers and cargo. The third row seats are split 50/50 and can be tilted forward individually and folded flat to create a flat load area. With the rear-most seats folded flat, carrying capacity is an enormous 44.4 cubic feet.
Interior storage is spacious and thoughtful, with multiple open and covered compartments. Flip the center-row seat cushions forward to access the under-seat storage or fold the tray down from the front-passenger-seat-back. Hide the things that make life more convenient in the center armrest or in a covered flip-out storage bin under the center-right captain's chair cushion. There's also an illuminated glovebox and half-liter bottle holders in each front door pocket, and even covered storage under the floor behind the third-row seat.
MAZDA5 is powered by a 153-horsepower 2.3-liter four cylinder engine and can be fitted with either a five-speed manual or five-speed sport-shift Sport AT automatic transmission. Priced from $17,995, the MAZDA5 is available in three trim levels -- Sport, Touring and Grand Touring.
Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Mazda North American Operations oversees the sales, marketing, parts, accessories and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States, Canada and Mexico through nearly 900 dealers. Operations in Canada are managed by Mazda Canada Inc., located in Ontario, Canada, and in Mexico by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.
SOURCE Mazda North American Operations
Jun 12, 2008 (4:48 pm)
I've spilled water all over the upholstery of the car, and have USED WATER to get other stains out. My upholstery looks just fine.
I think folks who own either of these cars should stay on their respective car boards and talk up all the positives and negatives they want. Coming over to the opposite (non-owner) board just compells them to denigrate and forces defensive reations from others.
#420 of 859 Re: Oh, come on [garnermike]
Jun 13, 2008 (6:08 am)
This is both a Mazda5 and Rondo forum.
Jun 13, 2008 (6:15 am)
When I go to my saved URL to get to this site, it reads, at the top:
"You are in the Kia Rondo Forum. Your Host is caliberchic"
#422 of 859 Re: News to me [garnermike]
Jun 13, 2008 (6:19 am)
What is the title of this forum?
#423 of 859 Re: News to me [garnermike]
Jun 13, 2008 (6:32 am)
Welcome to the interweb . Mine reads:
"You are in the Mazda Mazda5 Forum. Your Host is Karens"
Possibly the Edmunds server predicts what car you have or what car you are going to buy and automatically adjusts the location and host comment
#424 of 859 Re: News to me [coolmazda5]
Jun 13, 2008 (7:54 am)
"Mazda 5 vs Kia Rondo"
This is what is in orange letters as the forum title above all of the posts.
#425 of 859 Re: Nissmazlover seems to want to take over this thread? [bgw]
Jun 13, 2008 (8:11 am)
No. Saying that the Rondo is better than the 5 in every respect is what equals DELUSION.
#426 of 859 Re: Nissmazlover seems to want to take over this thread? [bgw]
Jun 13, 2008 (8:27 am)
Not "taking over" anything. Just informatively and politely responding to every post directed to me. It's called being courteous
And, "tongue-in-cheek reply"? Please. Ever heard of the term "backpeddling"?
Fact remains, you haven't sufficiently refuted any of the points made on how the 5 is superior to the Rondo, nor have you presented a good case in favor of the Rondo proving it to be better than the 5 - and that's simply because it's not, and there's no way around it.
Since this IS the forum section entitled "Mazda5 vs. Kia Rondo", I'd call this a TKO! The M5 wins!
#427 of 859 Re: I'm sorry, but... [nissmazlover]
Jun 13, 2008 (9:47 am)
I have had 2, but now i have a CX-9. I loved my Mazda5; one of the most versatile cars I've ever had.
I also had a trailer hitch and regularly pulled a utility trailer with motorcycles or various weekend projects. I'd say it's easily rated for 2000lbs. (unofficially). In fact, Mazda Europe sells a hitch for it and rates it above 2000lbs. I think the reason the manual states otherwise is because Mazda NA didn't test for towing capacity. BTW, I still have that hitch if anyone is interested.