Great vehicles for people with disabilities
|2012 Mazda 5|
In early 2011 Mazda introduced the all new 2012 Mazda 5 though the side profile hasn’t changed that much the new Mazda 5 will still impress those looking for a unique and sporty drive. For the 2012 model year the Mazda 5 has seen some major changes when it comes to front and rear styling. For 2012 the new front end of Mazda 5 now resembles the Mazda 3 and this isn’t a bad thing as I believe it pulls off this look very well. In the rear gone are the pillar styled tail lights which were replaced with rear tail lights similar to those found on most passenger cars. The interior of the 2012 Mazda 5 is what I would label as sporty and very functional. From what I have seen everything is well with-in reach and like most cars that make my list as being great for those with disabilities the Mazda 5 features Steering wheel-mounted audio controls. This feature is a must when it comes to those with disabilities since it allows us to keep our hands on the wheel and eliminates the issue of having to reach over to change or adjust the radio. The audio system in the 2012 Mazda 5 features MP3 capability and comes standard with an auxiliary audio input jack which provides a convenient connection for portable media devices.
|Mazda 5 - interior|
When it comes to the Mazda 5 and its ability to transport a mobility scooter it ranks pretty high since the third row of seating folds flat giving you plenty of room to put a small sized collapsible mobility scooter. I really believe that the Mazda 5 is a great vehicle for those with disabilities who can still walk who are looking for a vehicle that is easy to get in and out of. Now when it comes to vehicles for those who require vans which will eventually need to be converted to fit a large sized scooter then I suggest taking a look at the 2011 Toyota Sienna or even the Dodge Caravan. Currently the 2012 Mazda 5 is a very unique vehicle to the North America market since most car companies no longer sell these types of small sized mini vans. But this is about to change since in the near future Ford is going to be releasing a vehicle currently sold in Europe under the name of the C-Max but I don't think Mazda has anything to worry about. I really consider the 2012 Mazda 5 to be a sports car with mini van like qualities when it comes to cargo space and versatility. I also believe that the 2012 Mazda 5 is a really great vehicle and that right now no other vehicle available in the North America market can beat it. Everyone I speak to about the Mazda 5 agrees that this is one of the coolest mini-vans ever designed and that it is very fun to drive.
|2012 Mazda 5|
The greatest thing about the Mazda 5 is its ride height which results in a vehicle that very easy to get in and out of for those with disabilities who struggle getting up from a low seated position. I think many would agree that the 2012 Mazda 5 excels in all areas in being a great vehicle for those of us living with certain types of disabilities. Mazda did a really good job when it came to redesigning the Mazda 5 and what they have done is put together a really great vehicle that offers sports car handling and great looks.
Accessibility rating 5/5
-Ride height/seat position
-Quality of product
-Standard safety features
-Side sliding doors
A big thank you to Whitby Mazda for allowing me to test drive the 2012 Mazda 5 for the purposes of my review.
Whitby Mazda is located at:
5 Sunray St Whitby, Ontario L1N 8Y3
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