• Dad Posted: 2/25/2011 3:49pm PST

    We looked at the a couple of years ago. In the end, we went with a compact SUV instead. We wanted the manual transmission, because we enjoy driving and the control it yields. Mazda had decided that anyone who wanted a stick didn't like conveniences, so you couldn't get it with fancy stuff, like power seats...
    My parents had the larger engine in their Caravan (3.0 V6), and it sure seemed to have a lot more power than the Mazda 5. In our test drive, it really struggled with uphill freeway sections.