The MPV is a minivan that was manufactured by Mazda from 1989 until 2016. The spacious and durable MPV was popular. Unlike many other models made by Mazda at the time, the MPV was specifically designed for the North America market. The MPV was quite successful in its segment, having sold over one million units. While the run came to an end just in 2016, these vehicles can be serviced by using a Mazda MPV repair manual.
The first generation MPV began sales in 1989 and was sold until 1999. From 1989 until 1996, a 2.6L inline four-cylinder engine was used to power the MPV. 1996 until 1998 saw the use of a 2.5L inline four-cylinder engine. An optional 3.0L V6 engine was also offered during this time. This generation MPV would be the only offered with the choice of a manual transmission in addition to the standard automatic. A selectable four-wheel drive system came as an extra option for customers wanting more grip than the standard rear-wheel drive layout provided. The first generation MPV was quite a commercial success being named on Car and Driverís Ten Best List, both 1990 and 1991.
The second generation MPV was introduced in 1999 and was sold until 2006. The new MPV was completely redesigned from the ground up, compared to its predecessor. The exterior was given an extensive update including dual sliding rear doors and a more modern body. Front wheel drive came standard on all MPVs with the option of an all-wheel system on some trim levels. The US market received two engine options for this generation either a 2.5L V6 or 3.0L V6. Non-US markets received more extensive engine choices including; a 2.0L inline four-cylinder, 2.5L V6, 2.3L inline four-cylinder, and 2.0L turbocharged diesel.
The third and final generation MPV was introduced in 2006 and was sold until 2016. This generation MPV would only be sold in Japan as Mazda chose to highlight its new CX line internationally. Just like its predecessor, the third generation MPV sold with either a front wheel drive or an all-wheel-drive system. Two engines were offered for this generation - a standard 2.3L inline four-cylinder or a turbocharged version of the same engine. Car enthusiasts were able to appreciate a van being turbocharged, as it was still pretty rare.
While the US saw the last of the MPV in 2006 and the rest of the world in 2016, owners and technicians can maintain these vans by referring to a Mazda MPV service manual. These manuals will ensure that the vehicle lasts a lifetime, thus reflecting on what Mazda prides itself on.