Tried the Mazda5. LOVED it. Comfortable seating, spacious interior, ample cargo space, great price, peppy and fun to drive. Haven't encountered snow yet; thinking the manual overdrive will come in handy then. I highly recommend the Mazda5 to small families or anyone who wants an affordable, cargo-worthy vehicle. 22 mpg in suburban driving conditions.
Peppy engine; comfortable seating; space!
For peace of mind I'd like to see stability control added. Some kind of retractable cargo cover like I've seen in Subaru Outbacks would add a nice touch.