My wife and I bought a Mazda 5 about 6 months ago, one month before the birth of our daughter. We did a lot of research before buying the Mazda 5. As a small minivan, the 5 is in a class by itself. Th...
My wife and I bought a Mazda 5 about 6 months ago, one month before the birth of our daughter. We did a lot of research before buying the Mazda 5. As a small minivan, the 5 is in a class by itself. The alternatives were either standard-sized minivans (Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna, etc) and crossovers (Mazda CX-7, Nissan Murano). We judged the standard-sized minivans to be more than we need - their advantage is more interior space, but this comes at significant costs: they are much more expensive, do not have the nimble handling of the 5, and get worse gas mileage than the 5. Compared to the 5, the crossovers were more expensive by a few thousand dollars, had much less interior cargo space, and also suffered from poor gas mileage.
The Mazda 5 has been perfect for us. It is unlikely that we'll be transporting more than 4 people very often - therefore, the rear seats are almost always down and provide great space for cargo. The sliding doors are very helpful when it comes to putting the baby seat in. It handles nicely, accelerates well. For the money, it is a lot of car. Perhaps we'll outgrow it one day if we have 3 kids, but that's a long way off.
If I have one complaint, it's that the front passenger's seat is short on legroom when the baby's carseat is mounted in the seat behind it. But other than that, my wife and I are both 6 feet tall and feel comfortable in the car.