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Buying Tips:


The 2010 Mazda Mazda5 makes more sense if you keep it simple, where it’s priced low; with a lot of options, it costs almost as much as full-size minivans. Also, as much as you might want a manual-transmission Mazda5, they’re hard to find and the options are more limited.

Other Choices:

If you like the 2010 Mazda Mazda5, also consider:

For families looking for fuel-efficient, maneuverable, and roomy transportation—with a fun-to-drive feel—the 2010 Mazda5 is your best and only choice.
  • Kia Rondo
  • Scion xB
  • Toyota RAV4
  • Hyundai Elantra Touring
  • Kia Sedona SWB

Reason Why:

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.

The Bottom Line:

For families looking for fuel-efficient, maneuverable, and roomy transportation—with a fun-to-drive feel—the 2010 Mazda5 is your best and only choice.

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