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2006 Mazda5 GT

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You CAN be cool in a Minivan!


2006 Mazda5 GT (Photo: Justin Pritchard, Auto123)
Comedian Bill Engval once said "There is no way to be cool in a minivan." I agree somewhat, but then not everyone buys a vehicle to be cool. One Dodge Caravan named "Tugboat" taught me how to drive, and served as a reliable sidekick for all my teenage driving escapades, and for that it holds a place in my heart. I can't deny their usefulness and practicality. If you have a family, and your kids still live at home, a Minivan is likely the best way to efficiently get from one place to the next.
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Its more of a microvan, and a very sporty and impressive microvan at that that I think will do well. The interior upholstery could stand improvement and how about an s version with the Duratec 30 3.0-liter DOHC 220hp V-6 of the 6?
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The only people who will buy this thinking it makes them cool are the tools who bought Suburbans thinking that a big truck would make them cool and are sick of gas prices. Sorry, its still a two-box design with sliding doors, which screams of mommy-mobile.
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Would you say the same thing about the Opel Zafira OPC? At least they didn't take it to the Renault Espace F1 level. That thing just didn't make sense.
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Would you say the same thing about the Opel Zafira OPC?

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Yep. A nice looking minivan is still a minivan.

The Espace looks like some sort of uber-uncool UFO.

For the record, I would buy an Avantime if I could get one here, and its kind of minivanish.
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I saw one of these this weekend and wondered what it is. Hmm... looks bigger in person... Are these supposed to be out in lots already?
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I'd buy it. I find the Mazda5's blend of practicality, sportiness and fuel economy to be very appealing.
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It still has 160 HP...

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So?

it's not a sport's car!!
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So?

it's not a sport's car!!

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I'd take the base model in blue with the 5 spd trans......... great cargo, utility, fuel economy and still sporty enough to enjoy driving since it has 5 spd......
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So?

it's not a sport's car!!

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Yeah but with the added weight and minivan aerodynamics, having enough power to not hold up traffic, or to pass an 18 wheeler on a 2-lane road would be nice.
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any of the ricer minivans can achieve 20mpg with regularity....this thing is rated only at like 21/25 and has wussy horsepower. i like it in concept, but i think the engine is the weak spot here and i'm betting this thing is a non performer in side impact crashes.
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This van reminds me of those Nissans from years ago...can't remember the name. I think it's 'sporty' look will grab a lot of buyers needing this sort of thing. But it's real hard to disguise a minivan.
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It should be safe enough... it's based on the Mazda3, which in turn is based on the Volvo S40. I believe the Mazda3 was the only small car to get an "acceptable" structural rating in the IIHS side crash test. It wasn't tested with the curtains, however.
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So?

it's not a sport's car!!

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Tell Mazda that since its supposed to have the 'soul' of a Miata instead of merely the same power output.
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It should be safe enough... it's based on the Mazda3, which in turn is based on the Volvo S40. I believe the Mazda3 was the only small car to get an "acceptable" structural rating in the IIHS side crash test. It wasn't tested with the curtains, however.

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'safe enough' is not good enough with family vehicles. if you doubt me on that, go talk to a femal with cash in had waiting to buy a kiddie mover for their newborn.
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Tell Mazda that since its supposed to have the 'soul' of a Miata instead of merely the same power output.

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i am flabbergasted as to why mazda continually denies putting hp in their cars ........aren't they supposed to go ZOOM?
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The Japanese Odyssey is quite cool IMO.
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