Mazda's small minivan, the Mazda5, got an update for the 2012 model year. But this car represents a dead end for Mazda, as a new design chief took over and nixed many of the elements from this car for future Mazda models.
The Mazda5 realizes the design theme of Nagare, which Mazda showed frequently in concept form throughout the last decade. But Nagare has been scrapped for a new theme called Kodo. Expect future Mazda models to take a different design direction.
Mazda bumped the engine displacement from 2.3 to 2.5 liters in the new Mazda5. But a new generation of direct-injection engines is on the horizon for Mazda, making this power plant old technology from launch.
The Mazda5 is unique in being a small minivan. It is similar in size to a first-generation Dodge Grand Caravan, a model that has grown significantly in length. The Mazda5's size makes it a good city car with plenty of room inside.