The Mazda 5 compact minivan was sold in the U.S. from 2005-'15. Although it's significantly smaller than other minivans on the market, the Mazda 5 provides six-passenger capacity along with the distinctive look and sporty handling for which Mazda is known.
The 5's front seats are comfortable, though taller drivers may wish for more rearward seat travel. The second-row captain's chairs slide and recline. The smallish third row is best suited for kids. Although they aren't power-operated, the van's sliding rear doors provide easy access to children, particularly in tight parking lots. There's plenty of cargo volume as well.
In daily use, the 5 is easy, even fun to drive and both more agile and easier to park than a typical minivan. Downsides include modest performance and so-so fuel economy from the four-cylinder engine, a noisy ride and a lack of feature content compared to larger minivans. Still, for buyers who need affordable, convenient family transportation, the Mazda 5 is an intriguing option.