2014 Mazda MAZDA5 vs. Its Competition

2014 Mazda Mazda5
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

There simply aren't many natural competitors to the 2014 Mazda 5.

It's best described as a 7/8ths-scale minivan, and we'd probably say that base versions of the Dodge Grand Caravan and Toyota Sienna are its most direct rivals.

But both of those rivals don't feel nearly as nimble; on the other hand they can be upgraded with richer interiors and more features.

The Ford Transit Connect is getting completely redesigned, and this time around Ford will be selling a full-on Transit Connect Wagon passenger version--essentially a minivan, and a more direct rival to the Mazda 5.

The Ford wasn't yet available to drive or on sale at the time of this review.

In the other direction are the Toyota Prius V and Ford C-Max.

They're both a little smaller than the Mazda 5 and skip the third-row seating altogether, and they're better described as tall-roof hatchbacks.

Both models include advanced hybrid powertrains, and while the Prius V gets better real-world mileage than the C-Max, the Ford is our pick between the two for handling and drivability.

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6.6
The 2014 Mazda 5 offers the flexibility, space, and versatility of a minivan, but with the personality of a sporty small car, it's a lot more enjoyable for the commute.
8.2
With the best flexibility and infotainment in the minivan world, the 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan also satisfies families with great safety scores and good gas mileage.
7.8
Compared to the Toyota Prius, the 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi provide more driving enjoyment as well as a more comfortable, stylish interior -- even if they don't quite measure up in real-world fuel efficiency.
6.8
The 2014 Toyota Prius V combines a spacious interior with excellent real-world gas mileage but it can feel underpowered when heavily loaded.
MSRP From    
$20,140$20,895$24,525N/A$26,750
Gas Mileage    
21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy44 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded I-4N/AGas/Electric I-4
EPA Class    
2WD Minivans2WD MinivansSpecial Purpose Vehicle 2WDN/AMid-Size Station Wagon
Style Name    
4-Door Wagon Manual Sport4-Door Wagon SE 30th Anniversary4-Door Wagon SWB 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    
WagonPassenger VanWagonN/AWagon
Transmission    
Manual w/ODMulti-Speed Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODN/ACVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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