2015 Mazda MAZDA5 vs. Its Competition

2015 Mazda MAZDA5 4-door Wagon Auto Sport Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The 2015 Mazda 5 manages to evade direct competition, as it's really the only smaller-than-a-minivan van on the market.

Closest in size is Ford's new longer Transit Connect Wagon; the Transit uses forward-swinging rear doors instead of the Mazda's sliders, but in all other aspects it's very similar, as it's also car-based and drives nicely for it.

Ford also offers the C-Max, which shares some its architectural roots with the Mazda 5, but is offered only in hybrid and Energi plug-in hybrid forms.

It's also a bit stubbier than the Mazda 5, offering just two rows of seats.

The C-Max has an almost direct analog in Toyota's Prius V, a taller, wagon-like version of the Prius liftback; the Toyota aims for economy over enjoyment, though, so it's a trade-off compared to the Mazda.

And of course there are still full-size minivans, the leader among them still being the Dodge Grand Caravan in terms of value and packaging efficiency.

The Dodge also has its Chrysler own & Country sibling and there are good vans from Honda and Toyota these days as well.

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Quick Specs
6.6
The 2015 Mazda 5 has good road manners and clean styling, but its flexibility is undercut by poor safety ratings.
7.8
The 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan is the evolved version of the original minivan, supplying the useful features and clever touches at a very good value.
7.8
With their stylish interiors and perky driving feel, the 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi are somewhat sportier alternatives to the Toyota Prius lineup.
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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   
$21,240$21,795$24,170$26,750
Gas Mileage   
21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy40 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy44 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Gas/Electric I-4Gas/Electric I-4
EPA Class   
2WD Minivans2WD MinivansLarge CarsMid-Size Station Wagon
Style Name   
4-Door Wagon Automatic Sport4-Door Wagon American Value Pkg5-Door HB SE5-Door Wagon Two (GS)
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
6755
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
WagonPassenger VanHatchbackWagon
Transmission   
Automatic w/ODMulti-Speed Automatic w/ODCVT w/ODCVT w/OD
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