(2005 model shown)
Mazda's front-wheel-drive minivan continues for 2006 with its 200-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6 engine that's mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. While the MPV is one of the smaller minivans on the market, this means it's arguably the best-handling vehicle in its class, and is better equipped to navigate congested urban areas. Unlike most other minivans, the MPV offers roll-down (or powered) windows on its sliding rear doors. Anti-lock disc brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution come standard, and traction control is optional. Standard amenities are plentiful, and a long list of options features rear climate control, power sliding rear doors, a power moonroof, DVD entertainment system, and a 180-watt audio system. Restyled last year, the MPV continues for 2006 with only minor revisions, including newly added Brilliant Black, Bronze Metal, Strato Blue, and Galaxy Gray color schemes.
2004 Mazda MPV by Eric Peters (3/29/2004)
A nimble alternative to the megavan.