Mazda labels this model "a vehicle that's right where everything else isn't." Not quite a wagon, not an SUV and not a compact car, either--call the Mazda5, starting at $17,995, the zoom-zoom version of the modern crossover vehicle. Its energetic 157-horsepower engine and five-speed manual will appeal to those who still like driving for driving's sake. Sleek looks combine with a spacious interior that includes fold-flat second- and third-row seats and ample storage. You'll be grateful for the sliding rear side doors when you're lifting your baby into her safety seat.