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Mazda the first to arrive at the modern soiree in the 1980s — honor belongs to Chrysler. Mazda did shine (albeit as the guest that brought the unusual gift to the party.

in 1989, the Mazda MPV did more simply ape the competition. It was the first minivan that was rough-weather-friendly, to available all-wheel drive Mazda’s marketing at the time this up by calling the MPV the only go minivan on the market. It was also compact and distinguished itself the burgeoning minivan field its right-side traditionally hinged door (as opposed to a sliding

In addition, rear-wheel drive was Powered by a four-cylinder or optional V6 the MPV met with a warm response in its years from both and journalists. Its moment of glory was however; by the mid-’90s, other had sailed past the MPV in terms of versatility and engine power.

A much-improved second generation of the MPV came in 2000. This van its predecessor’s bantam dimensions, but in every other respect, it was a new Gone was the country-cousin awkwardness of the MPV, replaced with a that was more coiffed and The new minivan had a front-wheel-drive layout and convenience features — it offered unique touches roll-down windows in its sliding

These qualities won this a few new fans, but at the end of the day, the MPV still up short in two areas that of prime importance to most buyers: power and interior

Waning sales made the end of the line for the Mazda MPV, but its compact philosophy lives on (with execution) in a recent addition to the fleet, the Mazda 5.

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By the time the turn of the rolled around, the MPV needed Other vans like the Odyssey had raised the bar in areas feature content and performance, and seven-passenger hauler was left in the distance. The second-generation MPV was Mazda’s to close the gap, and it went a way toward making the minivan competitive.

With this all-new, attractive front wheel-drive Mazda discontinued the van’s availability, and traded its hinged doors for sliding-door convenience. Its remained constant, though, and the MPV to be the runt of the minivan litter; as a cargo capacity wasn’t as as that of others in its class. the redesigned minivan made up for it a wealth of unique features.

captain’s chairs were easily sliding fore and they could also be together for instant bench The third-row bench seat be readily folded into the It could also be turned to the tail end of the vehicle when the was up, in case its owner was ever to a soccer-mom tailgate party.

worth noting, too, the MPV’s compact size had a lining — it was one of the most choices on the market.

Those who wanted the most Mazda MPV could opt for the base DX which offered 15-inch dual manual-sliding doors and a CD The next step up was the LX, which full power accessories and control, as well as center and consoles. Keyless entry was to enjoy with the ES trim, with leather upholstery, wheels and heated mirrors. included rear air-conditioning, a moonroof and a CD changer.

Power doors were not available,

Mazda took steps to the first-generation MPV’s lack of by installing a standard 2.5-liter V6 for 170 horsepower and 165 pound-feet of torque; V6 was wedded to a four-speed transmission. engine was an improvement, but Mazda gone far enough — the MPV felt underpowered relative to its

Mazda did its part to keep the van lavishing it with updates the years. The MPV got a power upgrade in via a 3.0-liter 200-hp V6 and a five-speed transmission. That year, MPV could also enjoy the convenience of the van’s new power doors; other 2002 included available 17-inch traction control, a refined system and revised suspension

In addition, the DX trim was dropped year, leaving just the LX and ES.

In a new base-model trim joined the — the LX-SV — and a DVD entertainment system appeared on the list. (A VHS-based system was in 2001 alone.) The LX-SV disappeared (temporarily) in 2004. that year, the Mazda MPV got revised front-end styling, a air-conditioner and four-wheel disc

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In reviews, our editors agreed the Mazda MPV was a stylish-looking vehicle and a choice for small families who a vehicle that was bigger most station wagons, yet more maneuverable than competing minivans. Plus, the MPV had a to it that other family were hard-pressed to match: Get youthful van side by side its sedate competitors, and the contrast is you’d see if a twentysomething crashed a at a retirement home. And in more moments, the MPV’s multiconfigurable lent it a great deal of

However, the van was stymied by its lack of relative to the competition; our editors that minivans by Honda and easily managed freeway that the MPV struggled to accomplish. wasn’t helped by the MPV’s transmission, which had a tendency to too quickly in certain situations. And the MPV scored top marks in government tests, safety was an issue, the van didn’t offer common features like stability or side curtain airbags.

Mazda MPVs

The first-generation MPV from 1989-’98 and distinguished from its rivals with like available all-wheel and slight dimensions. The model’s hinged passenger-side rear opened wide and helped the vehicle a clean look, but it the functionality of other minivans’ rear doors. Originally, offered a 2.6-liter, 121-hp engine with either a manual transmission or a four-speed

Optional was a 150-hp 3.0-liter V6. The van had for up to seven passengers.

Mazda a few upgrades over the years. In eight-passenger seating became and the manual transmission was dropped. In a driver-side airbag was added; for the V6 engine became standard.

was enhanced for 1996 when added a driver-side rear the MPV was, in fact, one of the first to have four doors.

always distinctive, this of the Mazda MPV was outclassed by the early Many shoppers at the time the vans from Chrysler or more appealing due to their useful interior designs and power and convenience features.

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