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Pros: Vehicle footprint about the same as a standard sedan.
Cons: Mediocre gas mileage. 22 mpg highway at 70mph with a load.
Advice: Good alternative to Odyssey and Sienna.Nice car. Reasaonably quiet. Excellent visibility. Steering a little soft. After only 2 weeks had to have car serviced to address a warning light. Needed to reprogram the control software. Interior and dash controls nicely designed.
Cons: no power driver's seat in LX
Advice: Get the LX with features you only need...ES can get $$$$Wife and I researched minivans before buying and due to Chrysler's poor reputation, Honda's 'perceived' reliability(that you pay through the nose for), and with Toyota's quality in question(wife's co. is a supplier). We went with the MPV, a smaller and better priced alternative to those big honking vans. Fords Windstar was not considered either because it has had problems too. Even though I like Ford. Kia? No thanks. The MPV handles well and is loaded with cool features the others charge you for. Go for it if size is not the most important feature.
Pros: Exciting styling-speed yellow!
Cons: No adjustable headrest for rear passengers
Advice: buy the side curtain airbags-well worth the costAcceleration on v-6 is great, goes great with 5-speed auto. Bose sound system couldn't be better.
Pros: snappy handling and sweet interior
Cons: long shift lever and cheap sun visors
Advice: shop online websites like autoweb and autotrader and then bargain locallyTruly the better minivan in the 2003 year. Mazda has provided a great value with the 2K rebate or 0%. We got slightly below invoice pricing + rebate + 3.9% for 60mos.+ bargained and got the fog lights added for free! I would have needed to spend 5K more to get the Odyssey or Sienna with thew same features. We have had 3 Chrysler minivans and have enjoyed them. My wife still likes the exterior looks of them a little better than the MPV BUT we both feel they keep making them 'cheaper' and still increasing the price. The MPV on the other hand, loads on the extras. Ours is an LX, Sage Green Metallic, 4 seasons pkg, roof rack, fog lights, rear air.
Pros: Third row hide-away seat and second row windows that power down
Cons: Rear windows open manually
Advice: Don't be concerned about the smaller sizeI traded a 2000 Odyssey LX for the 2003 MPV LX. I'll call it my 'mini' Odyssey as the MPV has the roll under third row seat (a must) and similar standard features, only smaller size. Expect less rear space for storage and narrower body but more nimble and comparable engine. My Mazda dealer had many MPV's to choose from and with $2000 cash back and $100 over invoice and 4 year 50,000 warranty, we went for it.
Pros: adjustable seats and roll down side windows.
Cons: it costs extra for rear air.
Advice: it's cheaper but just as nice as other minivans. Test drive it.I liked it's power and it is easy to steer.
Pros: Automatic Dual Sliding Doors
Cons: Small trunk space.
Advice: Other minivans felt BIG/wide, MPV feels slim and sporty.It drives smoothly and handles curves pretty good. I wish the air conditioning could be stronger. After 1 year of ownership, there have been no mechanical problems. The only problem I have had was replacing a flat tire since most stores don't stock that size I had to special order it and drive around with the little spare tire a few days.