Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book
KBB.com 2001 Mazda MPV Overview
Mazda's MPV is almost a great minivan. Almost in the sense that it does not score a perfect 10 on the Minivan Scale of Greatness test. But it comes close. The weak link on the MPV is the engine. It just needs more power. Mazda has signaled that they intend to remedy the problem in the not-too-distant future, but for now, the engine/drivetrain remains the only average part of an otherwise excellent vehicle.
It's really too bad because everything else about the MPV is just right. The MPV is a true minivannot too big and not too small, it handles very well and is easy to maneuver and park. If it's just you, your mate, two kids and your stuff, the MPV will work out perfectly. Like the larger Odyssey, the MPV features a clever folding hide-a-way third seat, capable of expanding the people-hauling quota to seven. The center-row captain's chairs can slide together creating a large opening for rear-seat passengers to enter and exit. The MPV also offers an optional entertainment system and one feature no other minivan can lay claim to: A fully operational roll-down window on both sliding side doors. This feature alone is worth the price of the MPV for anyone whose kids get car sick or whose pooches need a portal from which to stick their noses.
The styling of the MPV is progressive and should stand the test of time well. The dash is handsomely laid out, with nice big knobs and buttons that make it easy to identify their functions. Seats are comfortable but may be a bit firm for some tastes. All in all, the MPV is a very good substitute for the traditional family sedan.