Mazda has put the "mini" back into minivans with its 7/8-scale MPV. Smaller than the Windstar, it's a good size for families with young children and an easy transition for a lifelong sedan driver. We ordered ours in ES trim, snaring a leather-upholstered ride with numerous luxuries, such as 180-watt sound system, front and rear A/C, and power everything. Trick features include dual sliding doors with industry-first retractable glass and foldaway third-row bench that also flips back for tailgate party use. We added a six-disc changer ($600), moonroof ($700), and winter-ready four-seasons package ($400). Of the hundreds of vehicles we've tested in the last couple of years, the six-cylinder MPV's sleep-inducing 12.2-second 0-60-mph time is slower than all but the Hummer's. With the fairly quiet interior, the frequent engine revving and transmission gear hunting are quite obvious. Fuel mileage is none too good, either. Despite being a seven-seater, the MPV feels crowded with a few adults on board. In daily driving, the sharp-looking, versatile MPV has proven a comfortable highway cruiser and errand runner.