Instant Impression – Mazda5

March 17th, 2011 at 9:04am

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By today’s standards the Mazda5 is a mini minivan. Compared to the segment’s heavy hitters – the Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey and Dodge Grand Caravan – it’s absolutely tiny. Those compact dimensions are a liability when it’s time to haul sheets of plywood or a gaggle of kids to soccer practice, but they pay off handsomely in other areas, namely the fun-to-drive, fuel-economy and parkability departments. Here are a few of McElroy’s thoughts on the updated 2012 version of this compact people mover.

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