Pros: "Reliable, small enough to be easy to drive, large enough to haul many things."
Cons: "Gear changes a little abrupt when downshifts to climb hills (interstate driving)."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This car has never had to be in the shop for repair.
It is hard on tires - probably should have been equipped with larger wheels - 14" is too small.
Easy to drive, good visibility, flexible cargo options which are easy to use.
Has in the last year had one inside door handle loosen from the door (still operational) and the rear passenger door won't lock/unlock with the remote. Those are the only things ever to go wrong on the vehicle in 11 years, so I'm very happy."
"I've owned several mini-vans and grown up being driven in numerous vans as my father was a contractor and I even owned my own independent dealership for several years and sold tons of mini-vans and I chose this one to own. Yes, it's not as spacious as other brands but it looks and feels solid and the integrity is very good and it's perfect for the small family. Since you can only buy the MPV used, it will be more likely to be maintained better and driven with more intelligence than the more popular brands and less likely to smell like a dirty diaper mixed with stale Mickie D's with the stains to match because the MPV doesn't appeal to the sort that flock to the bigger the better. Obviously have a certified mechanic go through it with a fine toothed comb before you purchase anything but if he or she gives the green light, buy with confidence because Mazda makes a good product and the MPV is the real deal."