"When my son's Subaru Outback began a systematic death - one failing part after another - he needed a car that fit his load-and-go lifestyle. This Mazda5 base was perfect. Well equipped for an entry level car, it has the great handling typical of all Mazdas. He was shocked by the high low end torque of the 2.5 I4 and 5-speed automatic and accidentally barked the tires during the test drives. Those who bemoan its lack of power are obviously trying to make it into a minivan. It's not. It's a utility hauler for someone who isn't seeking to go offroad but wants to be able to do a lot on average paved roads. He's hauling his kayak, musical instruments, and the high school band kids (he volunteers with) everywhere in this car. The Mazda5 is perfect for his needs."