With seating for six and a compact footprint, the Mazda 5 is a maneuverable and easy-to-drive alternative to SUVs and larger minivans. Handling lives up to the brand's zoom-zoom philosophy -- a wonderful surprise in a wagon-like vehicle. The manual sliding rear doors provide easy access in tight parking spots. Second-row passengers will find folding armrests and plenty of leg room, but the third row is cramped for anyone other than children. For 2010, the 5 gets standard stability and traction control.
17-inch alloy wheels
5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission
Plenty of cargo space with seats folded
Good crash safety ratings