2009 Mazda Mazda5 Sport 4dr Minivan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
We were getting around in a compact car, but when we bought our own house and adopted a 90 pound dog, our compact wasn't working anymore. We are also outdoor people who love to go camping, so we needed a car with room for all our rig and our dog that could put up with some rough terrain. The Mazda5 was the perfect choice for us and we don't have any regrets. We paid $17,500 for it.
The sliding doors make loading from any angle a dream. The windows roll down on the sliding doors! MPG can't get any better for a car this size, can it? All back seats lay down flat and front row seats slide back and forth. Front seats crank up (I'm 5'2") and steering wheel is very adjustable.
Put the very back interior light on the ceiling. Paint job is kind of cheap. Front bumper is too low. Factory tires were nightmare in the snow. When second row of seats lay flat, there is a huge space between them that stuff (and dog) falls down into. Cargo net hooks point in wrong direction.