2013 Mazda MAZDA5 vs. Its Competition

2013 Mazda Mazda5
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

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.

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7.2
If you don't mind being seen in a minivan--but don't want to feel like you're driving one--the 2013 Mazda 5 fits the bill, though it's short on some features.
8.2
Function reigns supreme in the Dodge Grand Caravan: it has the best seating system and infotainment features of any minivan, and gas mileage and safety scores are excellent.
6.8
Plumbers and pet-sitters will be well-suited to the Ford Transit Connect, but a traditional minivan's a better choice for family hauling.
7.8
The 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid is the first head-to-head challenger for the Toyota Prius since that car grabbed the green mantle a decade ago--and in many ways, the Ford's a better daily driver.
7.4
The 2013 Toyota Prius V is by far the roomiest Prius in the lineup, and its 42-mpg combined mileage is hard to beat. It's far from the fastest or most powerful family wagon, and it faces a new competitor, the Ford C-Max Hybrid--but it's still a capacious, comfortable, and highly fuel-efficient family wagon.
MSRP From    
$19,940$19,995$24,050N/A$26,650
Gas Mileage    
21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy44 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I4Gas/Ethanol V6Gas I4N/AGas/Electric I4
EPA Class    
2WD Minivan2WD Minivan2WD Special Purpose VehicleN/AMidsize Station Wagon
Style Name    
4-Door Wagon Manual Sport4-Door Wagon SE4-Door Wagon XLTN/A5-Door Wagon Two (GS)
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveN/AFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
675N/A5
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
MinivanPassenger VanPassenger VanN/AWagon
Transmission    
ManualAutomaticAutomatic w/ODN/AContinuously Variable Ratio