An optional 6-speed manual transmission and standard six seat capacity makes Mazda's entry to the minivan market a unique proposition. While most Minivans have become mobile daycares attempting to entertain and transport as many young-ones as possible, the Mazda5 takes a refreshingly restrained approach that's as entertaining for mom and dad to drive, as it is for Billy and Sue to ride in. The kids will be forced to look out the window and experience the world since a DVD entertainment package is not available. Other technologies like Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and rear back-up sensors are available to keep everyone safe inside and out. The 2.5-liter 4-cylinder is down two cylinders on most of the competition as well, but a well-sorted chassis and smaller dimensions all around lend to a truly car-like driving experience. Families familiar with Mazda's lineup will feel right at home with the traditional center-stack design implementation and the durable materials should hold up well in the event of younger passengers running amuck. While bigger families may very genuinely need more space, seats and stuff to keep their crew moving, the Mazda5 offers plenty of utility and fun for smaller units to runabout town. See more... See Less

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