Fall 2009 Auto Guide
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The price you pay for a new vehicle depends on your individual negotiation with the dealer, but you can start here with the manufacturer's suggested retail price before discounts, incentives and rebates.

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Mazda Mazda5Starting MSRP: From $17,995

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The Mazda5 is a small minivan that looks more like a crossover vehicle sitting low to the ground. The six-seater was redesigned in 2008 and features a low floor and giant rear sliding doors that make entry and exit easy. A 153-horsepower, 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine is paired with either a manual or automatic transmission with five speeds. Its low ride height and MacPherson strut front-multilink rear suspension mean it handles well and noticeably without the top-heavy feeling of some minivans. Standard features include automatic air conditioning, cruise control, a slide/recline/fold flat second row, CD player, anti-lock brakes, side-impact and side curtain airbags.
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Ford Transit ConnectStarting MSRP: about $21,000

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While it's been available in Europe since 2003, the Ford Transit Connect is new to the U.S. as a 2010 model. This small van comes in both passenger and cargo versions, so it can be used by families, as well as small businesses who need the cargo space for storage but don't need a full-size cargo van. The Transit Connect is powered by a 136-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. While it's shorter than other full-size minivans such as the Honda Odyssey, it is almost one foot taller, which gives it some unique storage capability, such as a large storage shelf above the windshield as well as substantial headroom for up to five occupants. Go »
Kia SedonaStarting MSRP: about $21,000

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One of the few remaining minivans offered in both short- and long-wheelbase versions, the Kia Sedona seats seven in either model, though owners would most likely want to spring for the larger version if they were transporting seven on a regular basis. In the short-wheelbase version, second-row passengers have noticeably less headroom and third-row passengers have noticeably less legroom than in the long wheelbase version. The base model is powered by a 250-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6 mated to a five-speed auto-manual transmission -- an unusual feature in the minivan segment. Standard features on all models include three-zone air conditioning, cruise control, power windows, mirrors and locks, keyless entry and a one-touch flip-and-fold second row. Long wheelbase models also have a 60-40-split third row that folds flat into the floor. Go »
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