We bought an MPV in 2001. In 2002, we
were in an accident and the van was
totaled. Nobody was hurt. Because of
its safety record and our pleasurable
driving experience with the MPV, we
replace the totaled MPV w/ a 2002 MPV.
We have almost 30,000 miles on the van
and have had no difficulties with it at
all. Gas mileage has ranged from 18
around town to as high as 29 on the
highway. The MPV is a bit smaller than
most vans, but I would recommend it if
you have a smaller family. It probably
wouldn't be as useful to us if we had
for teenagers for example.
Mazda's 2002MPV has been a real joy to
own. I have never driven a more
comfortable (seating) car. It handles
as well as or better than any car I
have owned. Because of my husband's
handicap, I purchased this vehicle (the
way the rear seat drops down into the
rear well) to store his wheelchair. I
certainly will purchase a Mazda the
next time around.
The bucket seats. Most comfortable.
Electrical rear seat to fold into well.
Also, a longer driver's seat belt.
Some of us are short and move our seats
way forward therefore, need extra
This is the right size for us. We
appreciate the roominess and
versatility of this size vehicle. We
enjoyed '95 and '98 Honda Odyssey but
Odysseys got too large. Glad Mazda was
there with this size van.
Fold down third seat. Good gas mileage.
Shorter shift stick. Remote side mirror
control would be better on door.
I have been disappointed by the
performance of the 02 MPV so far. To
start with, I have been in for
warranted repairs three times with only
20k miles: Idler problem, Check engine
light, and rattling sliding doors.
They still haven't fixed the sliding
doors. The style and handling are
great, but I hate to think what will
happen when the warranty is over.
We didn't want a huge van, so we tried
the MPV. It has many of the same
features as the Odyssey, but smaller
and less cost. We have take a couple
of trips and driven it around town, and
it has performed very well so far. It
also handles nice for a mini-van, and
the interior feels bigger than it looks.
ES package with leather, firm
suspension and larger wheels. Hideaway
The gear shift lever could be placed a
little differently, as it is easy to
bump it when messing with stereo or a/c
controls. Some controls on the
steering wheel help though.
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