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2000 Mazda MPV Review
Needs a lot of work.
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The 2000 Mazda MPV results from a regrouping by Mazda. The MPV saw a one-year hiatus due to lackluster sales and the need for a redesign. The new Mazda MPV adds a few new features, but it still lags behind the competition.
First, we would expect a more refined drivetrain. Unfortunately, Mazda borrows a sedan engine from Ford. Although the MPV includes plenty of nice interior features, it needs a lot of work to compete with the Odyssey.
Engines: 2.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Mazda MPV DX, Mazda MPV LX, Mazda MPV ES
The 2000 Mazda MPV receives a complete redesign from front to back. Some of the unique features that make the Mazda MPV special, such as the rear-hinged back door and all-wheel drive, leave the lineup. Roll-down sliding door windows and tailgate seating in the back row now come as options.
The Mazda MPV has your standard minivan styling. All models of the 2000 Mazda MPV have dual sliding doors. Although they need manual control, they do have one special feature: the windows roll down. This feature remains rare, since most minivan windows pop out and don’t allow passengers in the back of the vehicle a lot of air. These windows need manual operation in the DX and get power operation in the LX and ES. The Mazda MPV looks about the same size as other minivans, measuring in at 187 inches. Options in the DX include power heated mirrors, power windows, power locks, and a roof rack.
The Mazda MPV offers ample seating for seven passengers on all models. Mazda offers plenty of different ways to arrange the seating. Standard seating includes a bench seat in the middle, but you can also switch out the bench for two bucket seats. The passenger-side bucket seat has a sliding feature that allows you to slide the seat forward a few inches to make getting into the back seat easier. The back bench also folds into the floor, creating a larger cargo area. Also, the rear bench can be turned around so that it faces the back.
Behind the rear seat sits 17 cubic feet of storage space, which increases to 127 cubic feet with the middle bench removed and the back seat folded away. This storage area, although it may sound large, remains smaller than some of the competition. If you need extra space, consider buying another vehicle.
Standard features on the base DX include bucket seats, a sliding driver’s-side door, a tachometer, driver and passenger front airbags, seven-passenger seating, cloth seating, power steering, a tilt steering wheel, air-conditioning, and an AM/FM/CD player. Optional features include front and rear air-conditioning and cruise control.
The LX receives all the standard features of the DX but adds bucket seats, overhead console, and privacy glass. Optional features include keyless and lighted entry, a rear heater, and a special audio system.
The 2000 Mazda MPV ES includes the keyless and lighted entry system as well as a slew of other luxury features.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Mazda MPV comes equipped with one engine, a 2.5-liter V-6 that produces 170 horsepower with 165 lb-ft of torque. Drivers find this same Ford Duratec engine in the Ford Contour sedan. Yes, you read that right: Mazda put the same engine in a minivan that Ford uses in a sedan. Don’t expect high performance marks for acceleration when driving the MPV.
Underneath the vehicle sit McPherson struts for the front suspension and a torsion beam axle rear suspension. A front and rear stabilizer bar, as well as pinion steering, improves handling. All of these features lead to a comfortable and comforting drive. Electronic brake force distribution, combined with great anti-lock brakes, keeps the Mazda MPV braking consistently and safely.
The 2000 Mazda MPV comes equipped with driver and passenger front airbags. The NHTSA gives the Mazda MPV four out of four stars for driver and passenger safety. However, the Mazda MPV receives five out of five stars for front and rear side impacts. The IIHS awards the Mazda MPV an overall score of “acceptable? for crash tests.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mazda MPV LX: 16/21 city mpg city/highway
Mazda MPV ES: 16/21 city mpg city/highway
- Great technology
- Wonderful drive feel
- Optional sound system
You Won't Like
- Weak drivetrain
- Lacking cargo area
Needs a lot of work.
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