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Drives like an SUV, not a mini-van. by ET, Salt Lake City on 09/27/2007. Trim: 2006 Mazda MPV ES, Owned 1 year.
Pros: Less expensive, drives like a car. Feels a lot like an SUV. Smaller, but better mileage than Sienna or an SUV. Nice ground clearance for occasional camping. People are complaining that the seats are low, but I find them nice and high with easy all-around visibility compared to other vehicles I have owned.
Cons: Seats a little uncomfortable for my back. Shifter handle hides AC indicator light. Wish I'd gotten the model with heater ducts in the back seat area and roof rack to compensate for smaller cargo area. The only thing that's broken in the first 46K miles (which is a year for me) is the driver's side sun visor clip. Transmission tends to downshift two gears at a jump sometimes, revving up into the 5K range, no matter how carefully I accelerate uphill or try to pass someone. Otherwise power seems plenty.
Overall review: I'd recommend it to anyone looking for thrift over frills. Several thousand cheaper than Sienna or Odyssey if you don't need all of the frills they offer. Seems to be a quality vehicle.
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