2006 Mazda MPV

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$22,115

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2006 Mazda MPV

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Maneuverability
  • Steering response
  • Ride comfort
  • Seat comfort and support
  • Compact dimensions

The bad:

  • Occasional engine noise
  • Less interior space than most rivals

3 trims

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Our 2006 Mazda MPV trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • 200-hp, 3.0-liter V-6
  • Five-speed automatic
  • Available side-impact airbags
  • Manageable size
  • Roll-down second-row windows

2006 Mazda MPV review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
One of the smallest minivans on the market, the front-wheel-drive Mazda MPV features roll-down windows in its sliding doors. Minor revisions, including a newly standard retractable key, took place for 2005. Rear air conditioning became optional in the LX and standard in the ES.

Except for body color choices, nothing has changed for the 2006 model year. Interior and exterior styling was revised for the 2004 model year. The headlights, grille, hood, bumpers and side skirts were new. All four captain’s chairs got new ergonomically shaped headrests, the driver’s seat gained lumbar support, sun-visor extensions were installed, “smart” front airbags were added, and the ES got a six-CD changer.

The MPV’s five-speed-automatic transmission incorporates Slope Control, which stays in fourth gear to avoid unnecessary shifts while climbing. Mazda claims the MPV weighs less than its competitors and that its “trimmer exterior” yields more responsive handling and easier parking. Analysts have noted that the MPV’s smaller-than-normal dimensions may account for its modest popularity.

Exterior
Mazda’s minivan is significantly shorter than most minivan competitors. Riding a 111.8-inch wheelbase, it stretches to 189.5 inches long overall, which is roughly the same length as a regular-size Dodge Caravan. A power moonroof is optional.

Seventeen-inch alloy wheels go on the ES model, while the LX gets standard 16-inch wheels. The performance-oriented suspension is supposed to reduce body lean without negatively affecting ride comfort.

Interior
The MPV provides seating for up to seven occupants, with captain’s chairs in the front and middle rows. The second row’s “Side-by-Slide” bucket seats not only slide fore and aft but also together, to create the equivalent of a bench. The “Tumble Under” third-row seat folds completely into the floor. Maximum cargo volume is 17.2 cubic feet behind the third-row seat or 54.6 cubic feet with the third-row seat folded down.

Dual sliding side doors are standard, and power operation is optional. The windows in both sliding doors can be lowered — a feature not available in many minivans.

Standard equipment includes front air conditioning, remote keyless entry, cruise control and a CD player. The ES adds rear air conditioning, leather-trimmed seats and an eight-way power driver’s seat. Backseat DVD video entertainment is optional.

Under the Hood
The MPV’s 200-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6 teams with a five-speed-automatic transmission.

Safety
Antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution are standard. Side-impact airbags and traction control are standard in the ES. The front seat belts include pretensioners.

Driving Impressions
Compactness isn’t necessarily a drawback on the road; agile handling is the MPV’s foremost virtue. In fact, this minivan whips through curves almost like a capable sedan, and it remains impressively flat. Top-notch steering response is precise and confident. Ride comfort is especially good and exceptionally well controlled. Mazda’s minivan does slow down appreciably on steep upgrades, but engine noise is modest. The automatic transmission tries hard and reacts promptly. More oomph is evident on gradual inclines, but the MPV doesn’t feel power-packed.

Though the MPV is quiet overall, you can hear road noise and some engine growl when it’s pushed hard. Wind noise can also get bothersome. The seats feature comfortable cushioning and good support.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior design 3.5
  • Performance 3.8
  • Value for the money 4.4
  • Exterior styling 4.2
  • Reliability 3.7

Most recent consumer reviews

4.9

400k factory motor and transmission still strong

I love it never had a problem just not many aftermarket parts available. But I've made my own. My van has almost 400k miles and has never let me down has always been a great vehicle and the kids love it.

4.3

Mysterious Misfires

122,299 mi. Mazda, Rally & Pep Boys said everything is fine, plugs, coils and wires. It passed the smog control in less than a minute. I have a FIXD on the car. It said #2 Cylinder is misfiring. Engine Code P0302. But none of the major garages agree. Today FIXD flashed a red alert that it needs to be calibrated. Then it went away.

4.4

Perfect car for our needs

We bought this car last week after an exhausting car hunt to replace my wife's former Toyota Sienna. Our 2006 MPV isTh a low mileage model only 77K in great condition inside and out for a vehicle that is now 12 years old. The MPV caught our attention not only for the price and mileage, but also that being smaller than the Sienna it was a better fit for our family's needs. No car is absolutely perfect and the gear selector on the driving column will take a little getting used to. But everything else on the car functions as it should, down to every light.

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Warranty

New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
48 months/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/50,000 miles

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