The Mazda5 does not drive like a mini van, or even a compact sedan. It feels sporty, zips around curves, and accelerates nicely from a full stop.
Can get a full load of options for around the same cost as the base of models with comparable size and quality.
Better than our previous mini-van, mostly because of size. We drive it harder, so some of that advantage is lost :)
The GT "sport" trim is rather nice. Still looks like a mini-van, but a mini-van with style.
Heated seats, leather, AC, moon-roof are all nice. My son likes the leg room in the middle row.