Mazda MPV on sale in Japan
Sure, we’ve got the Mazda5 here in the States and that’s nice and all, but everyone’s talking about the Minivan being back in vogue and here Mazda’s left with nothing but a crossover to offer in the U.S.
Enter the MPV, which just went on sale in Mazda’s homeland of Japan. It’s a minivan done Mazda’s way with plenty of zoom, zoom from the same direct-inject 2.3L turbo set to be sold in the CX-7. The little four-banger will pump out 244 hp in the CX-7 and Mazda says in the MPV it will be classified SU-LEV. Mazda hopes to sell about 3,000 MPVs a month with a pretax asking price starting at 2,266,667 yen, or below $20,000 US.
What we like about the MPV is that the range-topping AWD model tips the scales at less than 4,000 lbs. Compare that to a top-of-the-line Honda Odyssey EX-L with a V6 producing the same 244 hp yet weighing 4,537 lbs.
To bad Mazda has no plans to bring the MPV stateside, as we think many moms would enjoy driving around a turbocharged minivan.
[Thanks Glenn for the tip]
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