2008 Mazda MAZDA5 vs. Its Competition

2008 Mazda MAZDA5 Sport
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

With a base price of just under $18,000 for the base Sport, the Mazda5 is quite a deal for a sporty, economical people-mover, provided you watch the options; fully loaded, the Mazda5's top Grand Touring model can top $28,000.

Kia has a lineup of vehicles that are especially friendly for urban dwellers who want a lot of people-hauling ability and yet need to fit into a compact-only parking space.

The Sedona is one of the few remaining minivans sold in a maneuverable short-wheelbase version.

But there's also the Rondo, a vehicle that looks a little odd but does everything right in terms of people-hauling and interior comfort.

The Rondo has hinged rear doors, however, and only offers an automatic transmission.

The Kia doesn't have the Mazda5's tight handling, though with either of the Rondo's four- or six-cylinder engines, it feels peppier and more refined than the Mazda5.

Among other offerings, the RAV4 is one of the few compact SUVs to offer a usable third-row seat.

The Scion xB might suit those who don't really need a third row of seating, as its stylish, boxy body affords a roomy interior, with perky performance and fuel economy that's as good as the Mazda5's.

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Quick Specs
Provided you don't expect too much of a zoom-zoom feel, the 2008 Mazda Mazda5 is one of the few good choices for buyers looking for minivan spaciousness in a vehicle that's especially fuel-efficient and maneuverable.
The 2009 Scion xB has polarizing looks, a no-haggle dealer experience, and a long safety features list. It provides good value for those on a budget.
Take a look at the family-friendly Rondo inside out. Though it's not that attractive from the outside, once you see how Kia uses the space inside, you'll see it in a different light.
The 2008 Kia Sedona is one of the least expensive minivans on the market, but inexpensive is different than cheap.
The 2008 Toyota RAV4 brings a little more space than most compact SUVs without a mid-size price.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
N/AGas I4Gas I4Gas V6Gas I4
EPA Class    
N/ASmall Station WagonMid-Size Station Wagon2WD Minivan2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
4-Door Wagon Manual Sport5-Door Wagon Manual (GS)4-Door Wagon I4 LX Base4-Door SWBFWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)
N/AFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
N/A4 Door Wagon4 Door4 Door4 Door
N/AManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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