Welcome back to DT's Mid Week Match-Up, the contest where the contestants don't even get a podium to hide behind, or a copy of the home game. This week, we help Nathan find a daily driver for his wife and kids. From Nathan: I'm not set on getting an A3 or TDI in particular, but I do like Diesel for the fuel economy and a turbo for demonstrating dominance. I like the wagon option to get a little more room since the A3 is a smaller car and we need something that we can fit two kids in. I'm looking first for a car for the wife. A3 is as small as I would go, probably something bigger would be better, either a full size sedan or a crossover SUV (Subaru Legacy, Audi Q5, or Ford Escape size range) I want to get something less than 5 years old preferably with less than 50K miles. Budget is $15-$20K, maybe a little more for something with really low miles.
I'm going to suggest a Mazda5, that weird mini-minivan built in Japan that has really no real competition in the US market, but went out of production in 2015 because it wasn't selling well. You can get one like this 2014 Mazda5 Touring offered here on eBay for $12,500 with 36,000 miles on the odometer. The Mazda5 is powered by a 2.5 liter Mazda MZR engine that puts out 157 horsepower and can be mated to a 6-speed manual or 5-speed auto, but it is one of the few 6-passenger vehicles you can find on the road with a small footprint and a reasonable fuel bill. The previous mid week match-up here was for Nathan himself, but now we are looking for something for his wife.