2001 Mazda MPV

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of the 2001 Mazda MPV. Base trim shown.

2001 Mazda MPV Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Redesigned for 2000, Mazda’s front-drive minivan gains a few equipment items for 2001. Mazda offered a previous MPV with rear-wheel drive in the 1990s, but the current front-drive edition is considerably different. Three versions are offered: the base DX, midrange LX and top-of-the-line ES. Sales more than doubled during 2001, but the MPV still ranks among the moderately popular minivans.

The LX model gains remote keyless entry for 2001, as well as a three-in-one audio system that includes cassette and CD players. All models add child-safety seat tether anchors.



Exterior
Mazda’s minivan is smaller than those of most rivals — comparable to a regular-length Chevrolet Venture — partly because it’s sold globally. The wheelbase is 111.8 inches, and the MPV measures 187 inches long overall. A sporty GFX appearance package that includes aero body components, spoilers and fog lights is available for the LX and ES.



Interior
Seating for seven is standard. Second-row bucket seats may be slid together to form a two-passenger bench or removed from the vehicle altogether. A “tumble-under” three-person bench in the third row folds right into the floor when it’s not needed, or it can be flipped rearward to serve as a tailgate seat for picnics and outdoor events.

Leather upholstery is standard in the ES and unavailable in the other models. Extra features in the LX include power windows and locks, heated power mirrors, privacy glass and antilo...
Vehicle Overview
Redesigned for 2000, Mazda’s front-drive minivan gains a few equipment items for 2001. Mazda offered a previous MPV with rear-wheel drive in the 1990s, but the current front-drive edition is considerably different. Three versions are offered: the base DX, midrange LX and top-of-the-line ES. Sales more than doubled during 2001, but the MPV still ranks among the moderately popular minivans.

The LX model gains remote keyless entry for 2001, as well as a three-in-one audio system that includes cassette and CD players. All models add child-safety seat tether anchors.



Exterior
Mazda’s minivan is smaller than those of most rivals — comparable to a regular-length Chevrolet Venture — partly because it’s sold globally. The wheelbase is 111.8 inches, and the MPV measures 187 inches long overall. A sporty GFX appearance package that includes aero body components, spoilers and fog lights is available for the LX and ES.



Interior
Seating for seven is standard. Second-row bucket seats may be slid together to form a two-passenger bench or removed from the vehicle altogether. A “tumble-under” three-person bench in the third row folds right into the floor when it’s not needed, or it can be flipped rearward to serve as a tailgate seat for picnics and outdoor events.

Leather upholstery is standard in the ES and unavailable in the other models. Extra features in the LX include power windows and locks, heated power mirrors, privacy glass and antilock brakes. The ES version has leather seating surfaces, premium nine-speaker audio, an ignition-immobilizing system, 16-inch alloy wheels and seat-mounted side-impact airbags.



Under the Hood
All MPV models come with a 2.5-liter dual overhead cam V-6 engine with 170 horsepower and a four-speed-automatic transmission. The engine stems from a design by Ford, which is Mazda’s parent company.


 
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Latest Reviews

(4.0)

Good Value - 2001 MPV LX

by Svenbob from Lawrenceville, GA on September 17, 2016

Bought used in 2004 with 35K miles - now has 150K. Only left stranded once, due to failed alternator. Several years ago a coil block failed and we feared the engine was dying, but I was able to ... Read full review

(4.0)

Truly a great family car!

by Blais33 from Windham, Maine on February 19, 2015

My parents bought this car new, and had it my whole life. They bought the 2001 LX version in dark green. It carried us on many family vacations, sat us all comfortably and safely. It never broke down, ... 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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