We looked at every other van on the market and for the price it was a great buy. Plus Mazda is willing to cut a deal to get you in one of their cars. We paid well under the listed price for this van. The power is great for a 3.0L vehicle of this size. The transmission is a bit slow to respond; that would be my only complaint. But not many of the vans we tried responded like a race car. We spent a week in the Sierras driving on and even a little off-road (mostly fire roads) and had no issues. With a family of 6 we would have liked the van to be a little longer to store more equipment. But it worked. Great style and power for $10,000 less than the Honda.
Style and seating. Over all power. I am a big guy and I have no issues with sitting in the middle. The back is a whole other story. I have never been there.
Smoother transmission. Longer body. Plusher driver and passenger seats. Shorter shifter knob. It blocks your console view. I have found that a bit dangerous.