If you look at the performance of both cars it may be hard to answer the question of whether Mitsubishi vehicles or Toyota is better. They both have good reputations for producing fine cars. The Mazda may be cheaper to purchase than the Toyota as they tend to retain more value. Whenever you look for a new or used car though, you should try and find models from each manufacturer that is close to the same. This way the specifications will be more alike. Then the decision might come down to preference in looks or comfort.
The Mazda 5 has the appearance of a wagon with sleek lines although it is considered a minivan. The front slopes so that it is easy to see out the window. The back of the vehicle is square so that there is cargo room. The dashboard features easy to read dials with well lighted displays. The cloth seats are manually operated. There are headrests and armrests by the middle console. Side mirrors and window operation take place on the driver’s side door. The Mazda 5 has a 2.3 liter engine and uses unleaded fuel only. Depending on the year and amount of miles on the Mazda 5 it can be cheap to buy.
A Toyota Ipsum is a bit more luxurious than the Mazda. The window in the front is very wide with a sloping front. The back is also squared off for effective cargo space. There are models of the Toyota Ipsum that come with a navigation system in the center of the dashboard. The dials are smaller in the Ipsum, but still easy to see and use. The steering wheel is on the right side of the vehicle and it is wrapped in leather. There are three rows of seats in the Toyota Ipsum with cloth seats. The front seats have armrests and the second row has a fold down armrest for the passengers. The Ipsum is a 2.4 liter engine with automatic transmission. Certain packages can add four wheel drive to the Ipsum.
While these cars are very similar in exterior appearance there are several differences inside. The Toyota is more luxurious while the Mazda is more basic. The cheaper Mazda is a good car with fewer amenities than the Toyota Corolla. If you are buying a used vehicle compare mileage, any repairs that may have been done and what it costs to insure before making any decisions.