With the other short-wheelbase minivans all gone, there really isn’t much competition for the 2012 Mazda5.
Of the compact crossovers, the one with the most minivan-like, cargo-versatile design is the Honda CR-V.
The CR-V is due for a complete redesign, as a late-introduction 2012 model.
Based on previous model year, the CR-V, while very safe and fuel-efficient (and comfortable), is by no means enjoyable to drive.
The Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen feels almost mid-size; plus, it handles well, and with the available TDI diesel engine it’s very fuel-efficient.
The new Toyota Prius v has hinged rear doors and only two rows of seating, but it feels very people-mover-focused like the Mazda5, also with a versatile seat-folding arrangement.
But the Prius v uses the same powertrain as the standard Prius, so it’s a bit more sluggish—and much more so than the Mazda5.
The Ford C-Max, slated to arrive sometime next year, will provide a spacious, tall-hatchback design as well, with a high-mpg hybrid powertrain; final U.S.
specs for this vehicle haven’t yet been announced, so check back for more details.
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