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Used 2006 Mazda MPV
MSRP Range: $22,115 - $28,515

Pros
  • Manageable size, lots of interior storage, decidedly unminivan looks, roll-down windows in the sliding doors.
Cons
  • Missing the power and room of its closest competitors, lacking the latest safety hardware, noisy engine, clunky transmission, too much body roll to feel as sporty as Mazda claims.
 
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Edmunds' Expert Review

A stylish and capable minivan if that's all you need, but compared to newer class leaders, the 2006 Mazda MPV lacks the size, features and refinement to compete for the top spot.

Vehicle overview

Mazda's first attempt at a minivan appeared as a 1989 model. It distinguished itself from the burgeoning minivan field with features like a right-side swing-out door (as opposed to sliding) and optional four-wheel drive. Over the next 10 years, Mazda fitted its MPV with a left-side rear door (still hinged), standard ABS, a standard V6 engine and a removable third-row seat. In 1997, the company created an All-Sport model that included special body cladding, distinctive graphics and alloy wheels. Without an SUV of its own, this was Mazda's closest offering to the hot-selling Ford Explorer. By 1998, however, the MPV's "uniqueness" had worn thin, as the sales numbers confirmed. It was time to retire the original Mazda MPV and start over from scratch.

The current Mazda MPV arrived in 2000, and was notable for its fold-flat third-row seat and the roll-down windows within the now sliding doors. However, a weak 2.5-liter V6 and an equipment list that was lacking some basic safety features limited its popularity. In response, Mazda upgraded the powertrain to a 200-hp, 3.0-liter V6 and added some features in 2002, while the 2004 brought more standard features, including the all-important separate rear air conditioner. These incremental improvements made the MPV a much more viable choice, but roomier, competitively priced offerings from Honda, Kia, Nissan and Toyota offer better overall packages. Although the 2006 Mazda MPV may still hold appeal for small families who prize style and maneuverability above maximum space and cutting-edge features, the new Mazda 5 compact minivan also offers these virtues, albeit in a more refined package that costs less. Prospective buyers should try both before making a decision.

Mazda MPV models

The Mazda MPV is a four-door, seven-passenger minivan with three available trims: LX-SV, LX and ES. The base LX-SV comes with 15-inch steel wheels, dual manual-sliding doors with roll-down windows and a CD player. The LX adds 16-inch alloy wheels, steering wheel-mounted stereo controls. A power driver seat, side airbags for front occupants and traction control are options. Step up to the ES trim and you get 17-inch wheels, dual power-sliding doors, privacy glass, leather upholstery, an upgraded nine-speaker sound system with an in-dash CD changer and a separate rear air conditioner. Many of these features are optional on the LX. A DVD-based rear entertainment system and a sunroof are also available as options on both the LX and ES.

2006 Highlights

Aside from a few new exterior colors, Mazda's MPV minivan is unchanged for 2006.

Performance & mpg

The MPV comes with a 200-horsepower, 3.0-liter V6 paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. Towing capacity is 3,000 pounds with the optional four-seasons driving package. EPA estimates are 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.

Safety

Four-wheel antilock disc brakes are standard on all models, while traction control and side airbags for front occupants are standard on the ES, optional on the LX and not available on the LX-SV. Full-length side curtain airbags and stability control are not available on any MPV. In government crash tests, the Mazda MPV earned a perfect five-star rating in all front- and side-impact categories. In frontal-offset crash testing conducted by the IIHS, the MPV received an "Acceptable" rating (the second highest out of four).

Driving

Nicely weighted steering and a compact size makes the 2006 Mazda MPV easy to maneuver on tight city streets, but vans like the Odyssey, Caravan and the new Mazda 5 offer sportier handling. The 3.0-liter V6 provides adequate acceleration in most situations but is quite noisy under heavy acceleration. Those who plan to carry heavy passenger loads or tow a trailer should consider competing vans, all of which can be had with larger engines. Additionally, the MPV's five-speed automatic transmission is often indecisive, hampering acceleration efforts with early upshifts and late downshifts.

Interior

The interior is equipped with three rows of seating for seven passengers. The second and third rows can be reconfigured for multiple seating arrangements. The second row features two comfortable captain's chairs that have their own flip-up armrests. The right-side second-row captain's chair can be released by a handle, allowing it to slide along tracks to meet up flush with the other seat, creating a bench. Both second-row seats are removable. For maximum convenience, the third-row seat easily folds flat into the floor.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2006 Mazda MPV.

5 star reviews: 60%
4 star reviews: 23%
3 star reviews: 6%
2 star reviews: 3%
1 star reviews: 8%
Average user rating: 4.3 stars based on 30 total reviews

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5 out of 5 stars, Fantastic value!
Mariella Hill,
LX 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

I have driven my Mazda MPV since I bought it new. It is now 2019 and it has 220,000 (yes, you read that right!) I have replaced tires, wiper blades, changed the oil and that is ALL. ‘She just took me to the beach this weekend, in 95 degree weather without a problem.

5 out of 5 stars, The Mazda Gray Lady
The Mazda Gray Lady,
LX 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

I purchased my MPV from the original owner with 118,000 miles. I am up to 148,000 miles without any major problems. Replaced the coil packs and spark plugs. No other major engine issues. Wish Mazda would have introduce a newer model of this Van. I use it for hauling and traveling. Great amount of room with third row seat down. Only con is the rear passenger seats are heavy to move back and forth.

4.875 out of 5 stars, You Can Get Em Cheap
tabbss,

My wife needed a minivan and didn't want the minivan looks. We rented a MPV and liked it. We test drove the Quest and Sedona. Both of those had interior parts fall off during our test drives. Saw a new MPV in an ad at a local dealer for $15,488. Heavy rebates and dealer took off another $1K for Mazda financing. Can't beat the price and runs great. The dealers want to get rid of these so you can get them for a steal if you can find them.

4.625 out of 5 stars, More than satisfied
more than satisfied,

Bought this car private party, 2 years old with 9500 miles. Two and a half years later we have 43K miles with absolutely no repairs. Replaced the factory tires with 90K Goodyears and they are fantastic. This car has met or exceeded my expectations in every way.

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Features & Specs

LX 4dr Minivan features & specs
LX 4dr Minivan
3.0L 6cyl 5A
MPG 16 city / 23 hwy
Seats 7
5-speed automatic
Gas
200 hp @ 6200 rpm

ES 4dr Minivan features & specs
ES 4dr Minivan
3.0L 6cyl 5A
MPG 16 city / 23 hwy
Seats 7
5-speed automatic
Gas
200 hp @ 6200 rpm

LX-SV 4dr Minivan features & specs
LX-SV 4dr Minivan
3.0L 6cyl 5A
MPG 16 city / 23 hwy
Seats 7
5-speed automatic
Gas
200 hp @ 6200 rpm

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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Side Barrier RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
RolloverRating
RolloverNot Rated
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Poor
Roof Strength TestNot Tested
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Poor
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Acceptable

FAQ
Is the Mazda MPV a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2006 MPV both on the road and at the track. Edmunds’ consumer reviews show that the 2006 MPV gets an average rating of 4 stars out of 5 (based on 30 reviews) You probably care about Mazda MPV fuel economy, so it's important to know that the MPV gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the MPV has 17.2 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Mazda MPV. Learn more
Is the Mazda MPV reliable?
To determine whether the Mazda MPV is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the MPV. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the MPV's 4-star average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2006 Mazda MPV a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2006 Mazda MPV is a good car. Our consumer reviews show that the 2006 MPV gets an average rating of 4 stars out of 5 (based on 30 reviews). Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2006 MPV is a good car for you. Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2006 Mazda MPV?

The least-expensive 2006 Mazda MPV is the 2006 Mazda MPV LX-SV 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $22,115.

Other versions include:

  • LX 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A) which starts at $22,950
  • ES 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A) which starts at $28,515
  • LX-SV 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A) which starts at $22,115
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What are the different models of Mazda MPV?
If you're interested in the Mazda MPV, the next question is, which MPV model is right for you? MPV variants include LX 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A), ES 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A), and LX-SV 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A). For a full list of MPV models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2006 Mazda MPV

Used 2006 Mazda MPV Overview

The Used 2006 Mazda MPV is offered in the following submodels: MPV Minivan. Available styles include LX 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A), ES 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A), and LX-SV 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A).

What do people think of the 2006 Mazda MPV?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2006 Mazda MPV and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2006 MPV 4.3 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2006 MPV.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2006 Mazda MPV and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2006 MPV featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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Should I lease or buy a 2006 Mazda MPV?

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