We have two young daughters with a child on the way and our MPV has been great. It drives like a sedan. The window sills are low, which allows great visibility from the driver's seat. It has more than enough power, but gets better than expected gas mileage. The third row seat folds down into the floor to provide exceptional storage capacity. It has served our family well.
Within 24 hours of MPV delivery by dealer, the "check engine" light went on. A defective/damaged fuel cap was the cause. Other than that, it is fun to drive this MPV. Engine is powerful but acceleration is not linear. Price is attractive, $17K out to door for LX-SV, probably because this is the last model year.
I use it for commuting. It has decent space for me to even lie flat to take a nap after lunch, after folding the third row flat. Base model equipment is decent.
Fuel cap material is too poor. No wonder the sales screwed it up. Fuel economy has a lot to be desired.
Purchased car this month and after 300 miles, the computer went out and left us stranded in the middle of 5 lanes of traffic...sideways! Dealer very helpful and gave us a loaner car and replaced computer in less than a week. Very happy customer with this dealership. When accelerating from a stop, sometimes...sometimes...it feels like power is not constant. Almost like driving a turbo with turbo lag.
Much more fun to drive than either the Toyota or Honda vans. More sporty feel perhaps because of smaller size. Has a little of that "zoom-zoom" feeling.
Since van is smaller, engine should be more fuel efficient. My first tank produced 18 mpg and the 2nd tank only 16 mpg. Both tanks city driving; 2nd tank while weather was 5 degrees hotter outside, that's the only difference. A/T could be more refined.
I just bought a new 2006 Mazda LX-SV and love it. The way it drives and handles, the look and layout of the seats. I love that the 2 middle seats can be close or apart from each other. It handles very nicely and comfortable to sit in.
Volume control on steering wheel and fold down holder in between driver and passenger.
Make the driver seat electric adjustment rather than manual.
i got the LX-SV for less than $18k out the door. It's not as comfy as the Sienna but for the price it will do. Took it on a few 2 hour rides and no complaints so far. The gas mileage is average for a van. Handling is decent with good road feel (unlike other vans). A basic Sienna without side airbags would have cost about $5k more. The transmission has felt fine so far.
Styling, price, audio & cruise control on steering wheel, longer warranty than competitors.
Better interior materials (seats lack support, standard Homelink and compass on rear view mirror.