Mazda MPV ES – Short Take Road Test – Car Reviews – Car and Driver

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Mazda MPV


Greater than the of its parts.

We liked this MPV as soon as we saw it. It is, after all, the nicest-looking minivan out there. smaller than most of its helps, too, because provides a more wieldy experience.

However, the vehicle was on power, using a modest V-6 engine to haul itself

Now, for 2002, Mazda has a new 3.0-liter V-6 into the engine one that churns out 200 horsepower at rpm and–more important–offers 90 percent of its 200 peak torque output 1800 and 5500 rpm. all this tractive effort to a new Jatco automatic transmission, and Mazda’s MPV has a little more of the the company’s popular ad campaign has trumpeting.

Enough to improve the 0-to-60-mph from 11.3 seconds to the quarter-mile time from seconds to 17.2, and top speed 106 mph to 118. More noticeable to users, however, is the muscular response available any time the needs it.

Extra zoom has come the MPV’s way in the form of front struts with a offset axis to reduce larger rear anti-roll revised rear shocks, and rigid body-and-suspension bushings.

In addition, 17-inch wheels are on ES models, shod with all-season radials. (Base LX get 15-inch wheels and cloth but retain a high level of equipment, including air conditioning and

It all adds up to a remarkably nimble that boasts a 0.80-g performance on M+S tires–and lends credibility to the company’s ad blurb its MPV having the body of a minivan and the of a sports car. To back up its Mazda introduced the 2002 MPV at the Raceway at Laguna Seca, an autocross event amply the vehicle’s adroit handling.

All of which is excellent justification for a about to part company their Miata or VW GTI in the name of but a van’s accommodations remain the important part of the equation. And the MPV offers good versatility, if less space than of the other mommy vans. It power sliding side both of which can be operated

It has two so-called Side-by-Slide center-row either of which can moved from a position close by the to form a bench or to provide to third-row seating. They can be removed altogether. The third-row folds and tumbles into its own recess to provide a clear space that is big enough, says, to accommodate a 64-inch TV.

Mazda MPV

Other nanny vans the same tricks, but Mazda’s MPV has one big in store for center-row passengers: windows. Anyone who has spent in the center row will testify to its nature, and even though the windows don’t open they will provide relief.

Safety is always a when transporting little so Mazda has a broad array of including ABS, electronic force distribution, three-point on all outboard seats, pretensioners on seatbelts, ISOFIX child-seat impact-absorbing interior trim in strategic locations, and on ES models, traction control and side

Naturally, the MPV’s structure was to absorb and redistribute impacts in an manner, and the power sliding sense obstructions. For another of security, both models alarm/immobilizer anti-theft systems, and for the of the ecology, Mazda’s MPV burns its ULEV clean.

There’s not to complain about here. The column has three stalks from it, and we grabbed the wiper in search of a gear once or Perhaps the transmission is more confused than those in rival kiddy vans, and so Mazda does not offer a DVD-based center-row entertainment Other than that, the MPV a great combination of balance, and utility.

At $27,712, you could do worse.

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