The Mazda5 microvan or multipurpose vehicle, whatever you want to call it, has been canned from Mazda’s U.S. product line-up because of slow sales. The 5’s popularity had been steadily declining since its 2011 calendar year refresh, while sales of the CX-5 compact crossover have picked up.
However, Mazda Canada has confirmed that there will be a 2016 Mazda5 in Canada, and there are no immediate plans to stop selling it despite decreasing demand. Through the first six months of 2015 in Canada, only 1,692 units of the Mazda5 were sold compared to 2,203 during the same period in 2014, a drop of about 23%.
The Mazda5 is a front-wheel-drive, compact-sized vehicle that seats up to six people and features sliding side doors, which is a handy feature in tight parking spaces. It’s powered by a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine that develops 157 horsepower and 163 lb-ft of torque, and it’s available with either a six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic. The 2015 model currently starts at an MSRP of $21,995 before freight and delivery charges.