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2005 Mazda MPV

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2005 Mazda MPV Review

Phenomenal safety ratings and an average fuel economy with limited features.

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Overview

The 2005 Mazda MPV is a great minivan for casual driving. It comes with hardly any new features this year, with tweaked optional packages being the only change. The exterior includes many features for looks and functionality. The interior has tons of room with storage containers almost everywhere consumers look and space for seven. One nice feature is the sliding power windows for the sliding doors. The power is decent for a minivan, and a trailer package is available for towing. Safety is phenomenal, and fuel economy is average, making this a reasonable choice.

The Range

Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 3.0 liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Mazda MPV LX-SV, Mazda MPV LX, Mazda MPV ES

What's New

The 2005 Mazda MPV gets a few alterations to some of the optional packages.

Exterior

The 2005 Mazda MPV comes in nine colors, body-colored bumpers, door handles, and a front grille with bright trim. The exterior features include black folding power side mirrors, flip-open rear quarter windows, fixed rear lift gate window, variable intermittent windshield wipers, rear fixed intermittent wiper with washer, and dual sliding rear side doors. The 15-inch steel wheels come with wheel covers and a compact spare. The LX model upgrades with lower side sill garnishes and green tinted glass for both the windows and lift gate. Also upgraded on the LX model are the 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels with all-season tires. A towing package and a power moonroof are optional for the Mazda MPV.

Interior

The 2005 Mazda MPV includes room for seven passengers, reclining front bucket seats with armrests, adjustable head rests, and driver lumbar support, second row reclining captain’s chairs, removable side-by-side second row seats, tumble under three passenger rear seat with tail gate seat folding function, cloth upholstery with velour inserts, second row seat back table, front seat side table, center console storage bin, eight cup holders and four bottle holders, tilt steering wheel with audio controls, power windows with a one touch auto down feature for the driver side, sliding door power windows, power door locks with two-stage unlocking, cruise control with steering wheel mounted controls, remote fuel door release, remote keyless entry with illuminated entry and panic button, air-conditioning with dust and pollen filter, rear window defogger, illuminated ashtray, front door map pockets, passenger under seat storage tray, overhead console with two storage compartments, illuminated visor vanity mirrors with side extensions, five passenger assist grips, two 12-volt power outlets, cargo tie downs, and shopping bag hooks. The six-speaker audio system is an AM/FM CD player with a Sirius satellite radio ready head unit and a fender mounted fixed antenna. The ES model upgrades with carpeted front, rear and cargo area floor mats, a leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel with audio controls, amplified subwoofer for the stereo system, and leather-wrapped parking brake handle.

Dealer-installed options include a cassette player, cargo net and organizer, door edge guard, DVD entertainment system, all-weather floor mats, auto-dimming rearview mirror, rear bumper step plate, roof rack, rear spoiler, trailer hitch receiver, and harness and wheel locks.

Performance & Handling

The 2005 Mazda MPV comes with a three-liter, V-6 engine rated at 200 horsepower, which provides 200 lb-ft of torque. The transmission is a five-speed automatic with overdrive. The vehicle is front-wheel drive, and the alternator is 110 amps. The MPV includes an independent strut front suspension with coil springs, torsion beam rear suspension with coil springs, front and rear stabilizer bars, speed-sensing power rack and pinion steering, and power ventilated four-wheel disc brakes. The stainless steel exhaust system has a large single outlet. The ES model upgrades with a traction control system.

Safety

The 2005 Mazda MPV earned five out of five stars in driver and passenger, front and side impact ratings. The rollover rating was not tested. The standard four-wheel anti-lock brake system is in place on the MPV. Included is driver and front passenger airbag supplemental restraint system, three-point seat belts with ALR for outboard seating positions, lap seat belts for third row center seating position, rear side door child safety locks and the LATCH system with child safety seat anchors in second row seats.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mazda MPV: 16/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Interior storage
  • Safety
  • Sliding door power windows

You Won't Like

  • Lack of features seen in competitors
  • Noisy

Sum Up

Phenomenal safety ratings and an average fuel economy with limited features.

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