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2000 Mazda MPV Van

4dr DX

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MPV - Most Personal Van?

by John Rettie

Base Price $19,995
As Tested $25,100

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.

Model Lineup

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.

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The Mazda MPV might not win any awards for being the sleekest looking minivan but it does have a neat appearance with a purposeful nose that almost makes the vehicle look more like a large station wagon rather than a minivan. The grille blends in well with the aerodynamic headlight covers that lead into the body creases. Following the lead of other minivans, the sliding door-rail track is hidden along the lower edge of the rear side windows. Overall the MPV looks somewhat slab-sided and chunky compared to other slicker minivans. For some buyers, the vehicle's looks can be improved with the GFX option that adds spoilers and side sill extensions to the lower body panels. The lower edge of the front spoiler on the GFX option flows all the way to the back spoiler via a side skirt that runs the length of the vehicle on each side.

Interior Features

The interior of a minivan is obviously its most important feature and the MPV does well in this department. Starting at the back, the rear bench seat can be folded down into a well in the floor freeing up 17 cubic feet of storage space. This is a very useful feature (also found on the Honda Odyssey) as it is so much easier than trying to remove the rear seats. In addition the bench seat can be tipped back so that it can serve as picnic seat for a couple of people who might want to have a tailgate party. With the rear seat in its regular position, the empty well serves as a useful storage area that retains cargo better than a purely flat floor.

The individual center seats can be folded down and can slide a few inches on a runner for increasing rear leg space. What's more, they can also be moved sideways (another industry first) to create a bench seat and improve access to the rear seats. They can also easily be removed as they weigh only 37 lbs. each. The variations on seating allow for two, three, four or five rear seats depending on a family's needs in cargo or passenger carrying. The comfort of each seat tends to diminish as one moves from the front row through to the rear bench seat, which is a bit hard and upright for comfort on a long journey. Tall passengers will find leg and head room adequate throughout. Optional rear air conditioning can be controlled individually by each passenger allowing as much comfort for him or her as for front seat occupants.

Access to the vehicle is not quite as convenient as in bigger minivans as the doors are smaller and the step-in height is slightly higher. The sliding side doors are manual only, with no power option available.

The dashboard has a pleasantly smooth finish to it that is more reminiscent of a car, flowing as it does across the width of the vehicle in a single arc of non-reflective material. The test model came with the optional wood grain finish which helps set off the instrument panel giving it an almost luxury look. The instrument pod is nicely situated with a large speedometer located right in front of the steering wheel and a smaller tachometer to the right.

The radio and climate controls are placed high up in the center, leaving plenty of space for a couple of storage bins underneath. However some of the radio buttons are obscured by the large gearshift lever while driving. Talking of storage, there are several storage bins and plenty of cupholders to cater for the inevitable amount of time that is spent in a minivan. An auxiliary 12-volt outlet in the rear side panel is provided for electric accessories.

Driving Impressions

Despite its smaller size, the MPV's acceleration performance is not as good as it might be as it is powered by a relatively small 2.5-liter engine. Undoubtedly in the rest of the world, where it is sold with a manual transmission, it performs adequately but when coupled with the standard four-speed automatic transmission in the U.S. model it has to work that much harder. The engine lacks low-end torque, which means it needs revving more to get the power required for passing or entering a freeway onramp. Having said that, the engine's power output is perfectly sufficient for keeping up with traffic in most situations, especially when not fully laden. At cruising speeds the vehicle is quiet with little wind noise.

It's handling is somewhat better than most minivans especially when fitted with the 16-inch wheels and tires. This shows most on the highway where the vehicle takes curves without a murmur, although there is inevitably some body roll. The ride is firm without being harsh. The rack-and-pinion steering gives a precise feel to the steering and its power varies acquiring to engine speed, although it is not as precise at speed on the freeways as it might be. The MPV might not perform or handle like a sporty station wagon, but it is much better than an SUV.

Final Word

Even after their children have left home, more and more people are finding it hard to give up the carrying capacity and convenience of a minivan. The Mazda MPV is perhaps the ideal type of minivan for so-called empty nesters. It offers a more refined ride and its smaller overall size makes it easier to handle. The opening windows in the side doors are what an adult rear-seat passenger expects in a vehicle and the rear tumbledown seat is really convenient - both in increasing cargo space and as a rear facing bench seat for a tailgate party.

The MPV is a logical step up from a station wagon for someone who wants more interior space and greater ride height without the harsh ride and poor handling of a SUV.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Road Visibility

Fog Lamps Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain 3 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/50,000 Miles

Mazda Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Each Mazda Certified Pre-Owned vehicle comes with a 12-Month / 12,000 Mile Vehicle Limited Warranty with no deductible on covered components, which begins when the factory warranty ends. If it's out of warranty, the 12-month/12,000 miles warranty begins on the certified retail date.

Coverage begins on the limited powertrain warranty from the original retail sales date and covers 7-Years /100,000 miles, whichever comes first.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2008-2014 model years and less than 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 150-Point Detailed Inspection

Autocheck® Vehicle History Report with 3-year buyback protection from Experian, subject to all Experian & Experian Automotive buyback terms and conditions.

Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance 24hr Roadside Assistance for the life of the Powertrain Limited Warranty offers confidence on the road around the clock.
Special Financing Yes, see your Mazda dealer for details.
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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