I was in a car accident and showed up to the car rental shop, they gave me the Mazda 5. Didn't know what to think I have owned an SUV before and drove a Mini van before too. I was sceptical but knew it would only be a week. I LOVE IT! I wish I didn't have to give it back. Pros: - It drives great has good power, handles well even in windy conditions. - I enjoy the size of the windshield, It is very big and I feel like I can see everything. - The seats are very comfortable; except for the headrest location. - LOTS of space, just when you think you have found all the storage you pull on something and there is more. Seats 6 people but best of all for me it can fit 4 dog crates. I should have taken pictures. - GREAT look, it doesn't look like a van but it doesn't look like an SUV either and it isn't that horrible box look that my parents like. It is also one of the Top 5 Pet Friendly vehicles and gets 28 miles per gallon while toting an average size family and a larger-than-average animal is an ability worth mentioning after the fuel prices of last summer. The "sliding doors" and "cool" don't need to be mutually exclusive terms. Seats fold easily and quickly to make a flat load floor. Speaking of loading, the rear lip height is traversable by small and big dogs alike. You can pack a whole "heard" of dogs in the back without crates too. It is a rental and I did have to give it back. But I will be buying one real soon and have been telling everyone about it.