Mazda5 Receives Minor Updates for 2013

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The only minivan on the market with an available manual gearbox receives some interior styling and safety upgrades for 2013.

Looking for a minivan that's more fun to drive than any of its direct rivals and is also available with a manual transmission? The Mazda5 may be the answer. Now the Japanese automaker has just announced that its aggressively-styled minivan has received of a few minor updates for 2013. Exterior styling hasn't been changed to match the latest Mazda design language, but there are now three new exterior colors: Zeal Red, Jet Black and Meteor Grey.

Also added are power folding side mirrors with integrated LED turn signals. There are also new "lane change" turn signals that are activated when the driver simply taps the turn signal lever and shut off automatically after blinking three times. The interior is updated with new seat trim, a piano black dashboard panel and an illuminated glovebox with USB connectivity. Other new safety features include a rear parking camera and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. In other words, nothing groundbreaking, but the changes ought to at least help Mazda fend off newer rivals. Official pricing wasn't announced but the updated Mazda5 should arrive in showrooms shortly.

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