2013 Mazda MAZDA5 vs. Its Competition

2013 Mazda Mazda5
Martin Padgett Martin 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.

2013 Mazda Mazda52013 Mazda MAZDA5
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2013 Dodge Grand Caravan2013 Dodge Grand Caravan
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2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Los Angeles, August 20122013 Ford C-Max
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2012 Toyota Prius V 5dr Wagon Five (Natl) Angular Rear Exterior View2013 Toyota Prius V
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Quick Specs
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.
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.
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.
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   
Gas Mileage   
21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy42 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy44 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas/Ethanol V6Gas/Electric I4Gas/Electric I4
EPA Class   
2WD Minivan2WD MinivanLarge CarMidsize Station Wagon
Style Name   
4-Door Wagon Manual Sport4-Door Wagon American Value Pkg5-Door HB SEL5-Door Wagon Two (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront-wheel driveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
MinivanPassenger VanHatchbackWagon
ManualAutomaticContinuously Variable RatioContinuously Variable Ratio
Detailed Spec Comparison
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