The Mazda 5 combines the best features of a wagon, a minivan, an SUV, and a car. It boasts six-passenger...
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Most of us have had the experience of driving a minivan and consequently feeling like the steam liner among speedboats. The standard minivans are great for hauling, but terrible on other performance areas such as gas mileage, handling, and the all-important ability to squeeze into tight parking spaces. The Mazda 5 offers relief from these inconveniences while sacrificing very little for its agile, compact design.
I have found the Mazda 5 to be great for a family with one or two kids. A group of four can easily fit this six-passenger van, but at three children it can start to get a little tight. Fortunately, it compensates for this by having fold-flat seats that give a good boost to the amount of storage space behind the middle row captain's seats. (However, I do find that the gas mileage goes down a bit when this space is loaded up, as a 4-cylinder engine is the only one available in the 5). The sliding doors make it incredibly space-efficient and ideal for loading and unloading kids, and the 23 combined mpg makes sure we get to their games without making our wallets weep.
The compact design gives a great handling experience and a smooth ride, but it's comfortable for long trips, which is paramount when transporting young ones. We also love the console computer and the large number of standard features, like individual and automatic climate control. My only complaint here is that stability control is not offered as an option on this model, but excellent safety ratings even it out to make this a top pick for a small family. It has certainly appealed to its target audience.
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