Delivering the utility of a minivan in a package with the agility, maneuverability and economy of a small car, the Mazda5 boasts responsive handling, a comfortable ride and a relatively quiet interior.
Though fuel economy is a decent 23 mpg overall, the 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine feels weak when hauling full loads or climbing hills.
On the other hand, visibility and access are excellent.
The Mazda also has flexible seating for four passengers and their luggage, or it can accommodate six people with little luggage.
Model year 2008 brought a five-speed automatic transmission, which improved fuel economy slightly.
Stability control was added as a standard feature for 2010.