The Mazda5 is an unusual creature for the U.S. market: a compact minivan. Although such space wagons, as they're known in Europe, fill a popular overseas segment, Americans usually want standard-size vans or SUVs. Even so, the Mazda5 began carving a niche for itself as soon as it hit our shores in 2006.
While it's significantly smaller—and cheaper—than every other van on the market, it does offer six-passenger seating, dual sliding doors and decent cargo space. Unlike bigger vans, the Mazda5 gets by with a four-cylinder engine and offers a manual transmission. The current model, with its highly sculpted styling and 2.5-liter engine, debuted in 2012.