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#6 of 44 Re: 2009 Mada5 [ericds]
Mar 12, 2008 (6:46 pm)
Thanks for the Zafira tip . Yeah only the Rondo and the Mazda5 are around here so far. This article comments caught my eye:
Itís the same approach used for the only other such vehicles on the American scene, the Mazda 5 and Kia Rondo, each a five-seater.
However, we suspect final pricing will be somewhat lower and maybe sweetened with incentives, this to match the competition and because mini-minivans have yet to catch on with U.S. consumers. Indeed, both the Rondo and Mazda 5 are hardly flying off the lots, with respective sales around 24,000 and 14,000 for the first 11 months of 2007.
Rondo can get up to 7 seats and the Mazda5 is 6, weird
Also, this year is selling very well after the facelift. I'm not sure that they will make 2 facelifts in a short period of time though.
Yes, Premacy in Japan and the Mazda5 in Europe and Asia offer power doors since 2005, but I think the article is right on one thing: price needs to be lower in NA. Keeping that on mind things like power doors may not make for models here to remain competitive on price. I mentioned somewhere here that last year I stopped by at a Mazda dealer in Germany. A Mazda5 "Top" (kind of a Touring here) was 27100 Euros! For that money power doors should be a must
Allright, best of luck! I own a 2006 and a 2008 Mazda5s, so I doubt 2009 will be a time to trade-in any
#7 of 44 Mazda5 power doors
May 09, 2008 (11:43 pm)
Currently owning a 2008 Touring, successor to two Previas and a Windstar (total aberration mandated by wife) I think that a power door system would be utterly superfluous - these doors operate so smoothly that my 8-year old mastered it in minutes. I feel like a shill for Mazda, but I'm finding that this is an all-round extraordinary vehicle. After a couple of months during which the reality check should have arrived, the bass response on the stereo is my only issue with it.
#8 of 44 Re: Mazda5 power doors [jonat1x]
May 10, 2008 (5:34 am)
I'm looking for the power doors for a special reason. I use a manual wheelchair. I'm hoping to fold the chair and pull into the car. The power doors would allow me to close them remotely.
I may remove the drivers side rear seat or install some system that lets me fod it backwards, since the seat back only folds down rather than than the whole assembly folding forward.
#9 of 44 Re: Mazda5 power doors [ericds]
May 10, 2008 (8:17 am)
I can't picture the maneuver but it might still be worth your while to visit your dealer. These doors have a great mechanism and basically close themselves - in fact, the manual describes a hands-off technique, letting them close themselves. It is a small cabin, though - not a lot of room for a wheelchair, even folded.
#10 of 44 Re: Mazda5 power doors [jonat1x]
May 11, 2008 (6:02 am)
I have a 2007 Mazda5 and I also use a manual wheelchair. The reason I bought the car was because I could fold the wheelchair, tip it back, and slide it between the drivers seat and the second row seat. I have enough stability standing to be able to do this. The folded wheelchair does fit between the seats. To take it out, I roll it out, leting the rear wheels down to the ground. I never have to lift the wheelchair. I have no trouble with the sliding doors as they are light and open and close without a problem.
May 12, 2008 (6:20 am)
Okay, can we get the focus back on the entire 2009 Mazda5 and not just the possible power sliding doors? Any one get any leaked info yet? I contacted Mazda and they said they have no information they can release to the public. Grrrrr!
My fear is I buy the 2008 5 and then three months later they announce the bigger/better specs for the 2009 model and a Mazda5 Speed edition.
#12 of 44 Re: 2009 Mazda5 [ptien_va]
May 12, 2008 (11:29 am)
Mazda5 Speed edition
LOL, would be great, but no. Mazda NA is running the Mazda5 message as economical, great family hauler and without sacrificing handling and fun-to-drive. A turbo engine like the ones for the MazdaSpeed3 or MazdaSpeed6 will bring the MPG really down plus may not be a good seller for such a small market niche.
It might be more attractive to sell in Japan or Europe though but the new Mazda6 will keep them busy at least through 2009.
#13 of 44 2009 Mazda5 engine and ESC?
May 16, 2008 (12:57 pm)
Has anyone seen anything indicating an engine upgrade (the new 2.5L) and/or ESC for the 2009 Mazda5?
#14 of 44 Re: 2009 Mazda5 [ptien_va]
May 16, 2008 (5:54 pm)
My local dealer said September release for the 09.
#15 of 44 Re: 2009 Mazda5 engine and ESC? [motormope]
May 17, 2008 (6:37 am)
Other forum posted the Canada specs for 2009. No ESC nor 2.5L, changes in packages and colors only.