$22,115 – $28,515 MSRP
$20,475 – $26,377 Invoice
18 / 25 MPG City/Hwy
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The MPV last received major mechanical and styling updates in 2004. It will be discontinued after 2006. For its last year, four new colors-Brilliant Black, Bronze Metal, Strato Blue, and Galaxy Gray-are added to the MPV's color palette.
Mazda first entered the minivan business in 1989 when the 1990 Multi-Purpose Vehicle, or MPV, debuted. The MPV differed from other minivans in that it offered a choice of rear- or four-wheel drive. As with most minivans, the MPV had a rear door on the right side only. Unlike most minivans, however, the MPV used a hinged door in place of the usual slider, giving it the appearance of a 3-door wagon. A 1997 re-design attempted to increase the MPV's appeal to SUV buyers by emphasizing its squared-off nose. The original MPV ceased production after the 1998 model year.
The current version of the MPV appeared in 2000. It was a much more conventional van with seven seats, two sliding rear doors, and a third-row seat that folded down into the floor, as first seen on Honda's 1999 Odyssey. Novelties included roll-down side windows and separate second-row "captain's chairs" that could slide together to form a two-place bench. While most automakers were building long-wheelbase vans similar to Dodge's Grand Caravan, Mazda opted to build a shorter, narrower van. The MPV's size gave it car-like manners but limited its appeal to buyers looking for more cargo- or passenger-carrying ability. The 2002 MPV, introduced late in the year, came with a 200-hp, 3.0L V-6 engine and a 5-speed automatic transmission, along with optional power-operated side doors and a suspension tuned for better response. The 2004 model received exterior and interior styling updates designed to bring the MPV more into line with the sporty look of Mazda's cars.
The MPV is offered in LX-SV, LX, and ES versions. Anti-lock brakes and front seat side air bags are standard across the board. ES models offer leather seating as standard equipment; however, a DVD entertainment system, a popular option for many minivan buyers, is available only as a dealer-installed accessory.
The Mazda MPV competes in the Midsize Van segment. Buyers in this segment are looking for maximum space efficiency and practicality.
According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM the Dodge Caravan/Grand Caravan led this segment in 2005 with 226,771 sales, followed by the Chrysler Town & Country with 180,759 sales. The Honda Odyssey ranked third with 174,275 sales. Other volume competitors in this segment include the Toyota Sienna, Ford Freestar, Chevrolet Uplander, Kia Sedona, and Nissan Quest. Mazda dealers sold 17,634 MPVs in 2005.
|LX-SV (A5)||5 speed automatic||$22,115||200-hp / 3.0L 6-cyl||18/25|
|LX (A5)||5 speed automatic||$22,950||200-hp / 3.0L 6-cyl||18/25|
|ES (A5)||5 speed automatic||$28,515||200-hp / 3.0L 6-cyl||18/25|