2009 Mazda MAZDA5 Grand Touring 4dr Minivan (2.3L 4cyl 5A)
My wife and I have a newborn. We needed a second car besides our Corolla and agreed that the main requirement of a new car was the fun factor. This car is a lot of fun from playing musical chairs between cargo, people, and space, it's cool. The ride is pretty cool too! I agree with most that a few more horses under the hood would be nice, but I'm OK because I like my gas mileage low. Handles well & looks great! No one ever knows what a Mazda5 is when you tell them but once they see it and ride in it, they become fans! We are young parents and knew this was a great car for our family but it's also a hit with friends parents night off. Who said you have to drive a Scion or Mini to be cool these days.
Ride dynamics, sliding doors, and sliding second row seats.
I'm jealous that the European version has a middle seat in the second row. A few more horses, and stability and traction control would be nice. Oh yeah, gas tank is a bit small too.