Now in its second generation, the $21,795 Mazda5 is powered by a 2.5L inline-four with 157-hp and 163 lb-ft of torque. Sharing its platform with the nimble Mazda3, the Mazda5 is easily the most fun-to-drive vehicle in its class.
With sliding rear doors and three rows of two, the Mazda5 is more of a compact minivan than a compact SUV. It's also more convenient than its competitors, as the sliding doors and walk-through middle seats make every seat easily accessible.
Starting at $18,995, the Journey comes with either a 2.4L inline-four with 173-hp and 166 lb-ft of torque, or a 3.6L V6 with 283-hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, and is available with front-or all-wheel drive.
Refreshed for 2011 with a revised interior and long front bumper, the Journey has moved from the "conservative crossover SUV" side of the spectrum toward the "tall sport wagon" end.
The $19,995 Rondo is a close match for the Orlando, with a 2.4L inline-four producing 175-hp and 169 lb-ft of torque, and the option of seven seats.
Where the Rondo doesn't keep up is in design - Kia's design sense has leaped ahead in recent years, but the tall and bulbous compact crossover hasn't caught up with the rest of the family.