The 2010 Mazda Mazda5 is quite a deal for a sporty, economical people-mover, provided you watch the options.
The base 5 starts at around $18,000, yet fully loaded top-line Grand Touring models can come surprisingly close to the $30,000 mark—and that's a whole different landscape of vehicles.
The Kia Rondo can be odd-looking to some, but it’s the closest match to the Mazda5, with an equally space-efficient interior and fuel-efficient base four-cylinder engine.
The Rondo, however, has hinged rear doors, which makes it slightly less convenient in some cases.
The Sedona minivan should also be considered; it’s one of the few remaining minivans sold in a maneuverable short-wheelbase version.
The RAV4 is another fuel-efficient rival, and it’s one of the rare compact SUVs that offer a third-row seat good for kid duty.
The perky Scion xB might suit those who don't really need a third row of seating, as its stylish, boxy body affords a roomy interior, while the Hyundai Elantra Touring is a new wagon that’s more an economical, sporty small car than a minivan.
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