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2000 Mazda MPV

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$753 — $6,521 USED
Passenger Van
7 Seats
20 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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2000 Mazda MPV Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Mazda took a sabbatical from the minivan wars during the 1999 model year but is back for 2000 with a new MPV. Though the name is the same as the company’s previous minivan, everything else is different. The original MPV, sold from 1988 through 1998, had four conventional, swing-out side doors and came with rear-wheel or four-wheel drive. The new MPV has sliding rear doors on both sides and front-wheel drive.

Exterior
The new MPV has conventional minivan styling and the now-fashionable dual sliding doors. Both sliding doors open and close manually, but they come with a unique feature in the minivan field: windows that roll down. The windows in the sliding doors operate manually in the base DX model and are power-operated in the LX and ES. They open to within a few inches of all the way.

With an overall length of 187 inches, the MPV is about the same size as the regular-length Dodge Caravan and nearly 8 inches shorter than the Mercury Villager.

Interior
With seats for seven on all models, the MPV fulfills the basic minivan requirement for passenger accommodations. Mazda throws in a couple of new wrinkles.

The base DX model has a two-place middle bench seat, but the LX and ES have two middle buckets. The one on the passenger side comes with a “Side-by-Slide” feature that allows it to move inboard a few inches to make it easier to get to the rear seat. The three-place rear bench folds flat into the cargo floor — a feature copied from the Honda Odyssey — and it ca...

Vehicle Overview
Mazda took a sabbatical from the minivan wars during the 1999 model year but is back for 2000 with a new MPV. Though the name is the same as the company’s previous minivan, everything else is different. The original MPV, sold from 1988 through 1998, had four conventional, swing-out side doors and came with rear-wheel or four-wheel drive. The new MPV has sliding rear doors on both sides and front-wheel drive.

Exterior
The new MPV has conventional minivan styling and the now-fashionable dual sliding doors. Both sliding doors open and close manually, but they come with a unique feature in the minivan field: windows that roll down. The windows in the sliding doors operate manually in the base DX model and are power-operated in the LX and ES. They open to within a few inches of all the way.

With an overall length of 187 inches, the MPV is about the same size as the regular-length Dodge Caravan and nearly 8 inches shorter than the Mercury Villager.

Interior
With seats for seven on all models, the MPV fulfills the basic minivan requirement for passenger accommodations. Mazda throws in a couple of new wrinkles.

The base DX model has a two-place middle bench seat, but the LX and ES have two middle buckets. The one on the passenger side comes with a “Side-by-Slide” feature that allows it to move inboard a few inches to make it easier to get to the rear seat. The three-place rear bench folds flat into the cargo floor — a feature copied from the Honda Odyssey — and it can be turned around to face rearward for tailgate parties.

Having a tailgate party? The rear seat of the MPV can be turned rearward for dining comfort.

Mazda says there is 17 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat and 127 cubic feet with the middle seat removed and the rear seat folded.

Under the Hood
Ford owns a controlling interest in Mazda, so it is no surprise that a 2.5-liter Ford V-6 is under the hood of the MPV. The same 170-horsepower engine powers the Ford Contour sedan, but it struggles in the heavier MPV with just the driver aboard. Mazda says a larger, more powerful engine is coming in the next year or so. A four-speed automatic transmission is standard.

Safety
Antilock brakes are standard on the LX and ES models, and side-impact airbags for the front seats are standard on the ES and optional on the LX. Neither feature is available on the DX.

Performance
Mazda was overdue for a new minivan, and the 2000 MPV offers decent passenger and cargo space, flexible seating and a well-designed interior. The weak performance of the V-6 engine is its biggest shortcoming.

 

Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2000 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.2
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Exterior Styling
(4.2)
Performance
(4.0)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

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(5.0)

Most reliable family vehicle we have ever owned.

by JG from Champaign, IL on November 16, 2018

If you are looking for a solid, older minivan, I wouldn't hesitate to check out the Mazda MPV if you can find one. We have owned ours since 150k miles and now it has 310k miles and still runs strong. ... Read full review

(4.0)

Went to 170K!

by backyardmechanic from Watertown, NY on June 4, 2018

Not the best gas mileage should have done better for a small minivan also had a funny moan but other than that was a tank bought if for $600 and drove to FL and back from NY! Read full review

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The MPV received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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