Mazda5 in the Market

The Mazda5 is alone in the small-minivan segment, and its closest competitors are likely four-door hatchbacks — including the Mazda3 — rather than traditional minivans like the Dodge Grand Caravan, Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna. That said, the Mazda5 manages to offer surprising utility in a package that's not as mundane as many small cars, and that will appeal to some shoppers.

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    Interior
    Because there's no backseat, the two occupants get more legroom than you might expect; a tilt steering wheel helps, but longer-legged drivers sometimes can't find a place where their knees and the ...

    Driving Sideways and Other Assets
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    Starting the Engine
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