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2012 Mazda5 Named “Best Family Car”

June 8th, 2012

The 2012 Mazda5 was named to the “Best Family Cars of 2012” list by the editors of and Parents magazine.

This is the fifth consecutive year that automotive experts from, a leading online resource for car buyers, and Parents, America’s #1 family magazine, have collaborated on the 15-vehicle list. Vehicles were chosen based on performance, interior and exterior styling, and family features, with the most scrutinized attributes being safety and reliability.

“Safety and reliability are top concerns for all car buyers, as passengers are by far the most precious ‘cargo’ that any vehicle will ever carry,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). “Now in its second generation, the 2012 Mazda5 fits the bill not only with its long list of standard safety features but an improved body and chassis structure to further protect occupants. Its Zoom-Zoom prowess is simply icing on the cake.”

Adds Scott Oldham of, “The sporty Mazda5 is just right for small families that want the convenience of a minivan, but don’t feel they need all the size or space of the Mazda’s full-size competition. It’s a unique package that offers sharp handling in the Mazda tradition, plus it’s more affordable and easier to park than the other larger minivans out there.”

Selected as a top-three crossover on the Best Family Cars list, the three-row, six-passenger 2012 Mazda5 starts at $19,625. Standard safety features include six airbags (advanced dual front, front-seat mounted and full-length side curtain), anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist, Dynamic Stability Control (DCS) with a Traction Control System (TCS), a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), a “crushable” brake and accelerator pedal assembly, three-point safety belts, front seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters, Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) as well as a Smart Accelerator Pedal System, which prioritizes the brake over the throttle should both be pressed at the same time.

Mazda vehicles have been named to the Best Family Cars list previously with the Mazda3 and Mazda5, both in 2011. The Best Family Cars of 2012 will be featured on both outlets’ web sites and in the July issue of Parents, which hits newsstands on June 12.


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