The writing has been on the wall for quite some time now, but that doesn’t make this departure any less sore. In a recent press release, Mazda officially confirmed that its Mazda5 minivan would not live on to see a 2016 model year.
The compact minivan first debuted in the U.S. market as a 2006 model, and over its lifetime it achieved high marks for utility and nimble handling. Its departure may not even register on the minds of today’s crossover-hungry car buyers, however it does signal the end of the U.S. car market’s sliding-door compact minivans, and leaves Mazda without a minivan option in its lineup.
Don’t expect that minor detail to affect Mazda’s bottom line though. The Japanese automaker will soon retail the all-new Mazda CX-3 compact crossover and continues to market its highly popular Mazda3 sedan and hatchback, as well as the CX-5 crossover. Through July 2015, the pair have sold to the tune of 64,382 and 62,873 units, respectively. By comparison, the Mazda5 has only reached 6,835 units sold in the U.S. thus far in 2015. The height of the six-seater’s popularity came in 2008 when Mazda shifted 22,021 units of its minivan.
Mazda famously offered the 5 with a manual gearbox option, a rather unheard of addition in the modern minivan segment. It first came a five-speed manual, later replaced with a six-speed unit. Sadly for performance fans, both manual transmissions have disappeared for 2015 in advance of the 5’s model end date.
If you’re looking to buy a Mazda5, dealerships may offer special incentives on the outgoing models in the coming months. Goodbye friend. So long, and farewell.