Mazda5 (2012)

BASE PRICE RANGE: $19,500-$24,000*
BODY TYPE: Compact Minivan

WHAT'S NEW: Mazda brings latest-gen small minivan to the U.S. for 2012. Seating six, the Mazda5 will remain a smaller alternative to the larger minivans, but with bolder styling. Hard-to-miss character lines improve aerodynamics. Second-row seats can now be converted into storage space. A 5A and the 2.5L from the Mazda3 could be main powertrain combo.

DRIVER'S CHOICE: Considering a Mazda5 means driving a smaller, more easily maneuverable people-mover.

SUM UP: Bold, small, and on the margins.
RATING: ***1/2

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Mazda5 (2012)
Base Engine 2.5L/167-hp DOHC I-4*
Optional Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD, 6M/5A
0-60 MPH 8.5 sec*
Seats/Foldway 6/2nd, 3rd row
EPA city/hwy fuel econ 22/28-29 mpg*
Basic warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety ABS: S; Stab: S; Trac: S; Airbags: 6
*Estimated