After test driving EVERY minivan, we
went with the MPV. Smaller-sure but
handling is amazing, parking easy,
braking unbelievably short, quality
high, price well-we bought the LX
fully loaded with every option and
package except tow package, got a 5000
dealer discount, 500 loyalty bonus,
500 graduate bonusand a great price to
start with. Out the door with TTL
$20,100. Add to that the unbelievable
tradein allowance for our Jetta $12,
500, and we owe less than 7 grand
after tax allowance. What a
dealership! Oh yeah, and they thru in
a 100000 mile/7 year extended warranty
and 3 oil changes for free! A
similarly equiped, honda was even
close $26000. if you prize style over
size, get this van.
17 inch wheels, roof rack, rear AC,
handling, braking, fun to drive, big
cup holders, tall profile, super
stereo system, the seats
That silly gear shift but radio
controls on wheel make it a non issue.
needs 60/40 split on back bench seat.
It may be a bit early to tell, but so
far I'm thrilled that we decided on
the MPV. I can't find but one flaw,
the gear shifter, when in D is in the
way of the volume control and the A/C
on/off switch. The van handles great
and doesn't feel like any minivan I've
ever driven. Interior is quiet but
sporty. Looking forward to a long-term
relationship with this MPV!
Sporty looks, lots of standard
equipment, 5-speed tranny, nice wheels
and big disc brakes.
Fix the position/configuration of the
shifter handle. Give the standard
stereo more ooomph!
I never thought I'd buy another vehicle
after my first Honda. A vehicle that I
still have after 12 years and 200,000
miles. However my Mazda MPV is
everything that I wanted in a vehicle
as a young father. I'm a believer
I started this sentence several times.
This van has a lot of great features.
It still makes me feel SEXY at 30
something. That's my favorite feature.
2004 Mazda MPV Minivan ES 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)
This mini van is very comfortable, and
roomy enough for 7 adults to sit
comfortably. The cargo hold is very
versatile, as it features a flip down
rear seat which allows the rear cargo
space to be completely flat for
transporting large objects. With the
rear seat flipped up, the rear cargo
hold becomes a nice sized pocket able
to hold gracery bags steady for the
trip home. Plenty of room for luggage,
too. We took a car trip with 2 adults,
and three teenage children, and we all
fit into the car comfortably, including
two pieces of luggage each!
The flip down/up rear seat. The nice
tight turn radius! The radio controls
on the steering wheel. The nice smooth
acceleration and power...Zoom!
Restyle/reconfigure the gear shift arm
for the automatic transmission so that
is doens not interfere with the radio
controls on the dash, when it is
engaged into gear.