Because of its size and handling, the Mazda 5 has few natural competitors.
We'd shop it against the least-expensive minivan on the market, the Dodge Grand Caravan, trading nimble handling for more seats and more interior volume, not to mention a richer feature selection.
There's the Ford Transit Connect, for those who want all the utility and don't care so much about looking like the delivery guy or taxi driver--it's a pretty bare-bones piece down to its vintage-1990 interior.
The Toyota Prius V and Ford C-Max are people carriers in a less strict sense, fuel misers in a big way; of the two, the C-Max does the better job of imitating the Mazda's friendly road manners.
|2013 Mazda MAZDA5Browse Used Listings||2013 Dodge Grand CaravanBrowse Used Listings||2013 Ford Transit Connect WagonBrowse Used Listings||2013 Ford C-MaxBrowse Used Listings||2013 Toyota Prius VBrowse Used Listings|
|21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||44 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas/Ethanol V6||Gas I4||N/A||Gas/Electric I4|
|2WD Minivan||2WD Minivan||2WD Special Purpose Vehicle||N/A||Midsize Station Wagon|
|4-Door Wagon Manual Sport||4-Door Wagon SE||4-Door Wagon XLT||N/A||5-Door Wagon Two (SE)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||N/A||Front Wheel Drive|
|Minivan||Passenger Van||Passenger Van||N/A||Wagon|
|Manual||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||N/A||Continuously Variable Ratio|