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1998 Mazda MPV Review

Perfect for the growing family on a budget.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 1998 Mazda MPV is a four-door minivan available in two models with a choice of either two- or four-wheel drive. Its main attractions are its SUV-like design and roomy interior. It has the capability to comfortably transport up to eight passengers, which is an attractive feature for small to mid-size families. Drivers of the MPV get the satisfaction of a smooth driving experience, highlighted by easy acceleration and crisp handling. Passengers will enjoy a comfortable ride with plenty of room. All benefits aside, an extreme heavy weight and a high price tag may have consumers leaning towards purchasing other minivans on the market.

The Range

Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 3.0-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Mazda MPV LX, Mazda MPV ES

What's New

The 1998 Mazda MPV comes standard with a CD player this time around.

Exterior

The 1998 Mazda MPV has approximately a 184-inch length, 72-inch width, 69-inch height, and 110-inch wheelbase. It has a sporty and rugged appearance, giving it a look and feel beyond any in its class. The MPV features two swing-out rear side doors, body-colored front and rear bumpers, color-keyed grille molding, power door mirrors, front fog lights, a roof rack, and tinted glass with a dark tinted windshield shade band. A load leveling package is optional. It weighs 3730 pounds and sits on 15-inch alloy wheels.

Interior

The 1998 Mazda MPV's interior is roomy enough to accommodate eight passengers. In the front, there are two reclining cloth bucket seats with height-adjustable head restraints, divided by an armrest and cup holders. There are pockets in the doors and bins on the seats for easy storage. The dash contains logically-arranged gauges for clear readability, conveniently-located controls for easy use, and a console with an open storage box. Behind the front seats, there are two rows of cloth bench seating with height-adjustable head restraints. Each bench seat is able to comfortably fit three people, and can be folded flat to provide extra cargo space. The MPV features a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power locks, one-touch power windows, a lockable glove box, and an AM/FM stereo with a CD player included. Leather seating is optional.

Performance & Handling

The 1998 Mazda MPV comes packed with a three-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 155 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque. It is mated with a four-speed automatic transmission. This setup offers drivers plenty of power to cruise nicely on the highway, pass easily on two-lane roads, and motor up steep hills without problems. Also, it boasts a maximum towing capacity of 4500 pounds. The MPV is built with an independent strut front suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs teamed with a rigid multi-link rear suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs. The result is a ride quality and handling surpassing that of an SUV, whether on dirt roads or pavement. Four-wheel-drive models handle slippery surfaces effortlessly. Steering is responsive and predictable, allowing for precise control at all times.

Safety

The 1998 Mazda MPV is equipped with anti-lock brakes on all four wheels. There are driver and front passenger front-impact airbags installed. Child safety locks are used on both rear doors.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mazda MPV: 16/21 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Four-door design
  • Roomy interior
  • Good handling

You Won't Like

  • Lackluster V-6 power
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Overweight

Sum Up

Perfect for the growing family on a budget.

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