My Beetle has been a good car for me. The transmission and engine are a good combo, 2 door life with a kid isn’t too bad and even my cross country skis fit surprisingly well. But I’ve always liked the Mazda5. I drove an automatic once and it was nice but I think a stick would make it giggle worthy in a good way. I park next to one of these a lot of days and I often think to myself, “what if?” I’d probably miss the boost but love the space; I’d been able to wring it out way more than the beetle; and although the VW came with a warranty which gives me some peace of mind the long term ownership for a mazda5 probably would have been much easier. So that’s how I’m spending my Wednesday at my desk is contemplating van life.