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2012 Mazda5 Least Expensive Minivan at $19,990

December 2, 2010

2012 Mazda Mazda5 MinivanThe 2012 Mazda5 "mini-minivan" arrives with great fanfare - and a great price.

It's taller, roomier than its predecessor, and stands alone in a class of Americanized small MPVs, especially when priced at $19,990 - making it the least expensive mini-van on the market.

The base Sport model has 16-inch wheels, AC, power windows and mirrors, tilt/telescope steering wheel, remote keyless entry and Dynamic Stability Control.

The $21,990 Touring model adds 17-inch alloys, a five-speed automatic transmission, and Bluetooth.

The top-rung Grand Touring ($24,670) offers a moonroof, automatic xenon headlamps, heated mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, heated leather front seats and an upgraded audio system with Sirius satellite radio.

The Mazda5 is powered by a 2.5-liter inline-four that produces 157 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque.

Look for the 2012 Mazda5 to hit dealerships in January of 2011.

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California Residents - Important:

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Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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