We 24 hour test drove ALL of the 2004
minivans available in our area. Toyota,
Honda and Mazda were top ranking for
us. The toyotas and hondas were very
hard to find, as they are popular this
year. The Nissan was a good van, but
the queer interior was too much to get
past. We eventually chose the Mazda MPV
based on reliability, price and our
test drive. We were overall more
satisfied with the Mazda. Visabilty is
much better that all the others and the
overall drive was pleasing. We relied
heavily on the Consumer Reports ratings
for reliability. If you are "on the
fence" we would definately recommend
the Mazda MPV. Good Luck!
Side sliding middle row seat (works
well when using child safety seats),
Middle door windows retract, Visability
while driving, flat folding rear seat.
More bag hooks in rear well, Tether and
Anchor for child safety seats in all 3
position on rear seat.
This is our 2nd MPV.Had 93 model for 10
years and been shopping, narrowing the
finalists to Odysessy, Sienna, and MPV.
Decided the best price/value would be
the MPV and feel we made the right
decision. The 04 model gets better gas
mileage than our previous MPV. Rear
windows is a plus and the tail gate
rear seat is a winner with the kids.
Went to a drive in movie and they loved
this feature. Have taken one vacation
trip and the handling was flawless.
Read some of other consumer reports on
the MPV prior to buying and found many
of the negatives to be unfounded.
Fold down rear seat; tail gate feature;
size is perfect, not too bulky like the
others; better than expected gas
mileage. Good pep from the engine.
Fold down second seat. Tinted windows
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