I have a family of 5 including a teen boy. This car was too small for us. The trunk size is very limited and we often needed to place the back seat down just to go shopping for a weeks worth of food. The leg room is also limited.
Great on gas...not too big and not too small!!
My wife bought a used Mazda5 a few months ago. We have 2 small children and found most minivans to be not mini enough for us. The Mazda5 is a wonderful alternative to these other rather "un" minivans. It has a very flexible seating configuration, anwhere from 2 up to 6 people. The middle and rear seats are not removable, but they flip down very easily, which is all we cared about. It is very easy to get our children in and out of their car seats, which we installed in the middle row. This is due to the sliding doors and the stadium seating (each row is a little higher than the one in front). Some reviewers say it is underpowered having only a 4 cylinder engine, but I think it is quite peppy and rather fun to drive (we have an automatic). It turns on a dime and has very little body lean when going through turns. The handling is simply not like a minivan; it handles more like a sports car. There are also lots of storage nooks and cup holders. Overall, it is a wonderfully desinged minivan that was clearly designed from the inside out. We also got an after market DVD system for longer rides and the kids love it. I haven't tracked the mileage closely but I am sure it gets much better gas mileage than the larger minivans. Overall, we are quite impressed and would highly recommend this minivan. The only things you give up versus a larger minivan is a 7th seat, some interior space (the space behind the last row of seats and the hatch is rather small, but even larger minivans don't hold that much there either), and some fancy features like a powered sliding door (but the sliding door closes so easily it doesn't really matter). We bought the Sport model, which is the bottom of the line, but even that model comes very well equipped - power everything, remote locks, 6 CD changer (although that may have been an option), alloy wheels, etc. The Touring model has automatic climate control along with a few other extras that we didn't really care about. The only negative I can think of is that the glove compartment has no light and the front passenger seat does not have an arm rest. Overall, I highly recommend this minivan. It really is the Swiss Army Knife of minivans. ZOOM! ZOOM!