I had only been driving the 2014 Mazda CX-5 for a few minutes when I stopped at my local soccer field parking lot to get out and really take a look at this crossover and take a few photos. Instantly, an older minivan stops. “Are you selling that?”, came from the van. “I want that! Will you sell me that Mazda?” Though tempted to take this pleading, enamoured lady up on her offer, it wasn’t mine to sell. The CX-5 is a looker. And this latest Mazda iteration is also great on gas.I’ve always liked vehicles that gave double duty to carry passengers as well as camping gear, sports bags and peat moss on sale. Minivans have been in the family for 2 decades. But there comes a time when you have to grow up; well, at least the kids. When that happens, it’s really hard to give up the utility you’ve taken for granted for so long. Enter the Mazda CX-5. The problem, though, is after decades of vehicular anonymity, you are now on centre stage – all eyes are on you. Gotta behave!The CX-5 is a continuation of the bigger-is-not-always-better frame of mind that most of the world has known forever. You get a lot of utility without taking over the road. Though our minivans got full usage with highland dancing competitions, scout canoeing and rock climbing expeditions, the Mazda CX-5 still offers utility in a more compact package. I just won’t be taking six passengers with me like before, thank goodness; not that I didn’t enjoy it at the time!The new safety features are something that at first seem novel, but then essential. Blind spot notification is something I really appreciate, especially when you had no idea another car is driving beside you in the lane you want to enter. Much better than a rude awakening. The safety features come in handy with the CX-5 since you may underestimate you speed because the handling is sportier than you might expect in a smaller crossover.Painting the Mazda CX-5 was enjoyable because of the aggressive stance Mazda is exploring in their design. This makes me want to be more expressive in my painting. Not always a bad thing!