2000 MPV New Car Test Drive
Each time an automaker comes out with a new or revised minivan they seem to make sure that they add a first. This all-new Mazda MPV has power wind-up windows in each of the two sliding side doors - a first on a minivan. Besides that, the new MPV is a fairly conventional minivan. It has front-drive, a V6 engine and can hold up to six people.
This new MPV shares only its name with the previous-generation Mazda MPV. While the previous MPV came standard with a choice of rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, the new MPV is strictly front-wheel drive. Also, the previous MPV used regular hinged side doors like those on a car, instead of the new sliding doors.
Mazda's all-new MPV is smaller than most minivans on the US market, giving it better handling as well as making it more maneuverable in tight confines. This makes it an ideal choice for someone who wants the conveniences of a minivan but does not need the passenger- or cargo-carrying capacity of larger minivans.
Three models are available: DX, LX and ES.
The price of the base MPV DX starts at $19,995 and includes air conditioning, automatic transmission, front airbags, variable power assist steering, a good radio/CD stereo system and other features one expects on a decently equipped vehicle.
In order to get power windows and power door locks as well as cruise control one has to order the Power package for $1,325 or move up to the LX model at $22,050.
The top-of-the-line ES model ($25,550) adds items such as leather seating surfaces, bigger 16-inch alloy wheels, an upgraded sound system, remote keyless entry system, front and rear air conditioning and side-impact airbags for the front seats. The GFX package costs $900 or $1200 depending on the trim level and/or other packages ordered.