November 4, 2011
Yonkers, New York – The freshened Mazda5 and redesigned Nissan Quest both received “Excellent” road test scores in the latest Consumer Reports road tests. The Mazda5 scored 88, while the Quest scored 81 points.
The Mazda5 was praised for its fuel economy, agility and price, while the Quest now ranks second in Consumer Reports’ minivan ratings, only slightly below the Honda Odyssey, although it is also the most expensive minivan that the magazine has tested.
“If you have one eye on your growing family and the other on gas prices, you might want to consider the Mazda5,” said David Champion, senior director of the Auto Test Center. “It’s more fun to drive than a traditional minivan, but provides much of the utility of minivans, including the sliding side doors. The trade-off is that it fits four adults and two kids, versus the seven or eight adults that fit into a minivan, and cargo space is less.”
Of the two, only the Mazda5 has Recommended status with the magazine, as reliability is still unknown for the Quest. The magazine recommends vehicles that have performed well in its tests, have at least average predicted reliability based on consumer surveys, and have performed at least adequately if crash-tested or included in a government rollover test.