This is literally a mini-mini-van. It's legally a station wagon but is set up like a mini-van. It is surprisingly versatile with the back seats folding all flat to make a large cargo space or up to hold 6 people very comfortably. We are surprised how much stuff fits in it and how much space we have. Lots of little features that I like such as a fold-out center console for the center seats. It is the very definition of "right sized" for our family.
The Mazda5 is a fantastic mini-minivan. After using a minivan (3 different vehicles and makes) for over 20 years, we were assigned a Mazda5 on a vacation trip. The car was so impressive that when we got home, we traded in our standard-sized minivan for a Mazda5.
It has plenty of power and space, gets much better mileage, and is more easy to park. It combines the advantages of a minivan with a sedan. I think we will rarely use the back row of seats. We occasionally need to fold down the middle row to accommodate more cargo. That is very easy to do too.
We got the top of the line model, just because that was what was at our location, but I am enjoying the leather seats and sunroof. When I replace my Toyota Camry, it will be with another Mazda5.
This 4 door minivan is a car and minivan combined. With sliding doors with roll down windows, it is the best of both worlds. USB port, MP3 jack and regular car volt charger you have 3 options to charge your electronic devices. Lots of cubby spots, leg room and head room. Good gas mileage. Third seat row that folds down. It is versatile. Has a third row seat to fold down for storage if taking a trip with 3-4 people. If just going around town you can seat 6-7 people.