Best Minivan for the Price
By Jason on
2006 Mazda MPV LX 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)
We looked at every other van on the market and for the price it was a great buy. Plus Mazda is willing to cut a deal to get you in one of their cars. We paid well under the listed price for this van. The power is great for a 3.0L vehicle of this size. The transmission is a bit slow to respond; that would be my only complaint. But not many of the vans we tried responded like a race car. We spent a week in the Sierras driving on and even a little off-road (mostly fire roads) and had no issues. With a family of 6 we would have liked the van to be a little longer to store more equipment. But it worked. Great style and power for $10,000 less than the Honda.
Style and seating. Over all power. I am a big guy and I have no issues with sitting in the middle. The back is a whole other story. I have never been there.
Smoother transmission. Longer body. Plusher driver and passenger seats. Shorter shifter knob. It blocks your console view. I have found that a bit dangerous.