Compact MPV: Mazda5
In the Compact MPV category, the Mazda5 ranked highest, with the Kia Soul following in second and the Ford C-Max grabbing a third place finish. The multi-purpose vehicles category is a strange one, but the Mazda5 impresses with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 157 hp and a six-speed manual transmission. Though its styling is outdated, the model is expected to receive an update to benefit from the brand’s design language that is prevalent on the new Mazda3 and Mazda6. As for fuel economy, expect the Mazda5 to get 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway with a manual transmission, while the automatic does slightly better at 22 mpg in the city.