2010 Mazda MAZDA5 vs. Its Competition

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

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.

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Quick Specs
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.
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.
The 2008 Hyundai Elantra doesn’t have a lot of personality, but it’s the undeniable practical choice.
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     
Coming Soon MPG City / Coming Soon MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
N/AGas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas V6Gas I4
EPA Class     
N/ASmall Station WagonMid-SizeMid-Size Station Wagon2WD Minivan2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
4-Door Wagon Manual Sport5-Door Wagon Manual (GS)4-Door Sedan Manual GLS4-Door Wagon I4 LX Base4-Door SWBFWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)
N/AFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
N/A4 Door Wagon4 Door Sedan4 Door4 Door4 Door
N/AManual w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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