Mazda’s desire to bring stylish, insightful and spirited vehicles to every segment in which the company competes is demonstrated in Detroit by the Mazda5, a six-passenger “multi-activity vehicle” that Mazda says drives like a sports car but packs people and equipment like a large SUV. Powered by the all-aluminum 2.3-liter/157-horsepower MZR series engine from the Mazda3 mated to a five-speed manual or four-speed Sport AT automatic with manual shift mode, the Mazda5 features one-touch large sliding doors that aid access to flexible, tiered “theatre-style” seating for up to six. Four-wheel disc brakes with Electronic Downforce Distribution combine with Mazda’s Dynamic Stability Control combine to assure optimal control and stability when braking. Two models are available, Sport or Touring, both with CD stereo, power windows and locks, cruise control, and 17-inch allow wheels as standard equipment, Touring model adds in-dash six-disc changer, climate control, front fogs, rear spoiler, and side skirts. Pricing and onsale date are still to be determined.