Third Row Seats: The 6 Smallest, Easiest-Parking Vehicles With Them Page 2

April 26, 2011

2012 Mazda MAZDA5

2012 Mazda MAZDA5

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Mazda5
Length: 180.5 in
Width: 68.9 in
Rear headroom: 37.1 in
Rear legroom: 30.5 in
Capacity: 6

It's easy let your eyes play tricks on you with the economical Mazda5; from a few paces back, it looks like a minivan—which it is, but at about 7/8-scale compared to most 'full-size' minivans, the Mazda5 takes up the same overall parking footprint as a compact like the Mazda3, Volkswagen Jetta, or Chevrolet Cruze. Yet it offers a cavernous, versatile minivan interior and seating for six adults, if those back in the third row don't mind being a little tight. The wide-opening sliding side door actually makes getting back there easy though. You won't find fancy features like power-folding third-row seats in the Mazda5, which has been redesigned for 2012, and upholsteries and trims are basic but tough. However what really redeems the whole package is that the 2012 Mazda5 is actually very enjoyable to drive, with a perkier, more responsive, and curve-friendly driving feel than any of the other crossovers on this list.

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