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2006 Mazda MPV Review

An adequate minivan for running errands with the family.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

Mazda entered the minivan market in1989 with the MPV, which stands for Multi-Purpose Vehicle. It set itself apart from the mushrooming minivan market with such features as a right-side swing-out door and optional four-wheel drive. Over the next 10 years, Mazda implemented changes to the MPV, creating a left-side hinged rear door, a standard anti-lock brake system, a standard V-6 engine, and a removable third-row seat.

The modern Mazda MPV arrived in 2000, and gained some attention for its fold-flat third-row seat and sliding rear doors with roll-down windows. Mazda upgraded the powertrain to a 200-hp, three-liter V-6 and added some features in 2002, while the 2004 brought more standard features, including the all-important separate rear air-conditioner. In 2006, the only change that Mazda makes to the MPV involves a few new color choices for the exterior.

The Range

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

What's New

The 2006 Mazda MPV does not receive any updates beyond the addition of new exterior colors.

Exterior

Standard exterior features for the LX-SV trim include 15-inch steel wheels and dual manual sliding doors with roll-down windows. The LX trim adds 16-inch alloy wheels and the ES trim adds 17-inch wheels, dual power-sliding doors, and privacy glass.

The 2006 Mazda MPV does not look like the typical minivan. Its look bears more resemblance to a tall, sportier wagon. This minivan may appeal to you if you need a minivan but want to drive something that looks different than a minivan.

Interior

The 2006 Mazda MPV seats seven passengers with second and third row seats that can be reconfigured to accommodate changes in seating and storage arrangements. The second row has two captain’s chairs with armrests that flip up, and both chairs are removable. The right side chair mounts on rails that allow you to slide it all the way over to the left side chair to create a bench seat. The third row 60/40-split seat folds flat into the floor. With both second and third row seats folded down, you get 127 cubic feet of cargo space. The interior feels roomy, but some competitors offer more room for the price. The interior of this minivan looks clean and unremarkable. The gauges prove easy to read and the center instrument panel remains plain but well-marked.

Standard interior features for the base model include a CD player, velour upholstery, bucket front seats, and a driver’s seat with manual height and lumbar adjustments. The LX trim includes a steering wheel with built-in stereo controls and a power driver’s seat. The ES trim features leather upholstery, a nine-speaker stereo system with an in-dash CD changer, and separate controls for the air-conditioning. Mazda offers an optional DVD-based rear entertainment system and a sunroof for the LX and ES trims.

Performance & Handling

The 2006 Mazda MPV models come equipped with a three-liter, V-6 engine that puts out 200 horsepower and comes with a five-speed automatic transmission standard. It reaches a towing capacity of 3000 pounds with the optional Four-Seasons Driving Package.

This car has adequate acceleration, but the engine gets noisy during heavy acceleration. Although it has a maximum towing capacity of 3000 pounds, this car is not truly suited for towing such a load. Even with the three-liter, V-6 engine; the MPV still offers less power than its competitors. It suffers from considerable body roll, which keeps this car from being as sporty as advertised.

Safety

All Mazda MPV models come equipped with four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes. Traction controls and front seat side airbags come standard on the ES trim, optional on the LS trim, and remain unavailable for the LS-SV trim. This car does not have full-length side curtain airbags or stability control available. In government crash testing, the MPV earns a perfect five out of five stars for front and side-impact collision protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awards this car an ?acceptable? rating, the second best rating, for frontal-offset side-impact protection.

EPA Fuel Economy

MPV LX-SV: 16/23 mpg city/highway
MPV LX: 16/23 mpg city/highway
MPV ES: 16/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Spacious interior and trunk space
  • Roll-down windows in the sliding doors
  • Easy to maneuver in traffic and parking

You Won't Like

  • Less power and room than competitors
  • Lacks the latest safety features
  • Noisy engine during heavy acceleration
  • Clumsy transmission

Sum Up

An adequate minivan for running errands with the family.

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