We think the Mazda 5 is interestingly slick and good-looking for a minivan with the new Nagare design theme. Even with its relatively low power, it is fun to drive, gets decent but not class-leading fuel mileage, and it maneuvers well on its tight turning radius. In terms of size, it's actually five inches longer overall than the first minivans introduced by Chrysler in 1984, so American families will find room for their stuff. For $24,000 loaded, the Grand Touring version has just about everything the average American family would need to get around in.
Jim McCraw filed this report to NewCarTestDrive.com from Coronado, California.