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Fuel efficient family hauler

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We have children including a newborn. Will mostly be using the vehicle for errands around town but also would like to do day trips. Like the space of a mini van but prefer better handling. Also like to have options on the interior.

Priorities: Safety & braking / Fuel economy / Reliability & durability

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Sedan / Coupe / Hatch

Car Needs: Family transporter / Errands about town

Primary Driver(s): New driver

Need minimum of 6 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 70000
Maximum age: 10 years

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Response from colin42

9:34 am August 24, 2016

Mazda5 is well known for having great handling in a smaller minivan package, however the fuel econocmy isn't great - it never got the sky-activ engine treatment. Look for the 2012 or newer as this fixed several issues from the 1st generation. The interia looks a little dated vs other options.

Alternative consider the Ford Flex - it's a bigger more powerful vehicle than the Mazda but is much more comfortable.

If the 3rd row is only needed occationally you could look at the the Nissan Rouge.


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