By on September 4, 2014


Fans of the Mazda5 may not be able to buy one in the United States anymore, but Canadian buyers will continue to be able to purchase Mazda’s microvan for the foreseeable future.

A Mazda source told us that the Mazda5 will soldier on in Canada, which also gets the Canada-exclusive Kia Rondo and Chevrolet Orlando. Apparently, volumes (though declining) are sufficient to keep importing the small minivan – for now. The biggest challenge is the sub-$20,000 Dodge Caravan, though Mazda is apparently able to maintain market leadership in the sub-segment of buyers who desire a smaller van that is not a Caravan. In space-constrained ubran centers, this can be an advantage, though many Canadians prefer the Caravan for one simple reason: it is the cheapest way to haul two kids and their hockey bags.

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    It is my impression that Canadians are, by and large, more practical than Americans. Don’t forget that Canada also gets the Nissan Micra, while the US is excluded.

    You’ll also find that Canadians buy full-size pickups in large quantities. However, unlike Americans, most of the Canadians who buy full-size truck do so to do actual *work*, not to be posers.

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      “Canadians are, by and large, more practical than Americans.”

      Nice try at euphemizing systemic lucklessness.

      Of course, we Americans have turned our unique luck into gigatons of fat and tats.

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      Excuse you! I saw an American actually towing a TRAILER with their Sierra Denali the other day. I was aghast.

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      Americas hat should not talk like that ;-)

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      “It is my impression that Canadians are, by and large, more practical than Americans. Don’t forget that Canada also gets the Nissan Micra, while the US is excluded.”

      Higher fuel costs and taxes conspire to push many Canadian customers into lesser vehicles than their American counterparts. Especially in areas like Quebec where costs are high and general preferences tend to sway European. Midsize and large cars as well as large SUVs are significantly less popular than in the US.

      Yes, pickups are wildly popular. A large portion of them go straight to the tar sands, however cowboy limo trims are still very prevalent. The flag of Alberta should have a chromed out pickup with a lift-kit on it.

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        Oh yeah. Lots of BroDozers prowling Alberta streets.

        This past long weekend we went camping in central Alberta. The thing that struck me was that the OLDEST truck in the campground was no more than 5 years old. Going down to the boat launch turned up the 10 year old….crew cab diesels. At least all of those trucks witnessed are ones used for towing though.

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    Our family owns both a Chrysler minivan (well, yeah, it’s a Routan, but there’s no fooling me) and a Mazda 5. The 5 purchase came from my wife’s desire to have a car with sliding doors that wasn’t a van. In the Canadian market, that’s a class of one. The Rondo looked too weird, and I would never consider a GM product, so the 5 was it. After 2 years and 50,000 km, we are very happy with it. Nothing has broken, it’s comfortable, it gets OK fuel economy (wish Mazda would Skyactiv-ize the 5) for its size, and does a decent job pretending it’s a van without all the bulk. And yes, the sliding doors are great when you have young kids swinging doors open in parking lots.

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    Hey Canadians!

    Want a van that’s too expensive and too small, and gets mediocre fuel economy while providing power equivalent to a Civic!?


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    As a 5 owner, this is not surprising. Many folks on the interwebs forums for the 5 are Canadian. I always saw quite a few more per mile in my trips to the Greater Toronto area.

    We bought our 5 because we didn’t need a big van because we didn’t have kids yet but were anticipating at least one. We ended up with twins and outgrew the 5 quickly. Due to its “stuff or people” nature, it wasn’t ideal anymore as our primary family truckster. We still have it, it’s my DD now, but our leased Oddy does everything a bit better on slightly worse economy. It’s also not nearly as fun to drive though, but I do appreciate the extra power of the V6 in the Honda.

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    There’s a more obvious explanation here. Gas is >$5 a gallon in Canada and the smallest, most fuel-efficient vehicles in each class do very well as a result. I don’t think there are any other I-4 vans than get close to 30 mpg, although I’ll admit I haven’t checked on that.

    My young-family-dense street has several 5s, and Kia Rondos too. This is a close to downtown area where garages are tiny/nonexistent and street parking isn’t always easy to find. Caravan/Town+Country/Sienna isn’t that common here.

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    Arthur Dailey

    Remember that Chrysler/Fiat have announced their intention to discontinue the Dodge Caravan and produce only the Chrysler Town & Country. That will probably result in a large increase in the entry level price. So Mazda, Kia and GM may keep their products around (5, Rondo and Orlando) to see how the market shakes out.

    Also Chrysler discontinued the short wheelbase Caravan a few years ago, replacing it with the Journey. The long wheelbase (and the increased size with each restyling) make it a fairly large vehicle. The 5 and Rondo are about the same size as the original Caravan/Voyager.

    And you can fit your hockey sticks and hockey bags in a 5. You just have to place them length wise and sit the passengers 2-1-1 style. So the Caravan is much better for the trips to and from the rink and/or ski hill.

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    It might be a waste of money, but if not a full redesign, at least give it Kodo styling (it can’t be that hard, since they gave the CX-9 a mild facelift) –the current 5’s Pokemon look hurts my eyes. And, while they’re at it, how about plugging-in a SkyActiv 2.5 engine to improve both performance and mpg?

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      2.5L out of the 6 coupled with a 5-speed would have my interest.

      • 0 avatar

        I live in Michigan and love my new 2014 Grand Touring Mazda5!! Just got it last week. My first one was a 2010 and loved it. Too bad Mazda didn’t push this micro-mini van as people loved it when I parked it and 6 adults piled out…… a clown mobile!! Always asking “what is it?” With 5 grandchildren and my large painting canvas…everything fits!! The sliding doors are a real plus! Love this zoom zoom car!

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