2006 Mazda MPV

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Key Specs

of the 2006 Mazda MPV. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

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

The Bad

  • Occasional engine noise
  • Less interior space than most rivals

Notable Features of the 2006 Mazda MPV

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

2006 Mazda MPV Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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 ...
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.



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.0)
Performance
(3.5)
Interior Design
(3.6)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(3.5)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Perfect car for our needs

by MF from Montgomery County PA on October 8, 2018

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 ... Read full review

(5.0)

Great family van

by vanman from Aurora on April 8, 2018

Mazda MPV van has been a great family van. I have driven mine for over 100,000 miles with no problems. Would recommend this van. Looks great too. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2006 Mazda MPV currently has 4 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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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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