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Mazda 5
How cool is the Mazda 5?
Frozen [ 1 ] ** [2.78%]
Cool [ 10 ] ** [27.78%]
Uncool [ 16 ] ** [44.44%]
Seriously Uncool [ 9 ] ** [25.00%]
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clarkma5
post Jun 21 2007, 03:57 PM
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Introduced in 2005 as a 2006 model, the Mazda 5 represented the evolution of the not-available-in-the-states Mazda Premacy, which bowed in 1999. Unique from other family haulers thanks to its compact dimensions, available manual transmission, frugal 4-cylinder engine, and sporty driving character, the 5 was a big gamble in the typically "less is not more" North American market, but it's met with quite a bit of praise on this continent. Complaints have centered on less-than-stellar power from its 2.3 liter engine, currently rated at 153 HP and 148 ft.-lbs. of torque. Still, the Mazda 5 is a breath of fresh air in the greater-than-five seats market, which has been for years the realm of big stodgy vans and, more recently, lumbering SUVs. So, is the Mazda 5 cool or not?



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clarkma5
post Jun 21 2007, 10:30 PM
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I went for cool. Yeah I know it's a practical people carrier with underwhelming grunt, but it's got a unique european/japanese charm to it that nothing else with this much practicality can claim. And call me crazy, but I think they look really really good.
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