Before you buy a used Mazda MPV, it is recommended you study the evolution and salient features of the various models available, and then make a choice. Mazda MPV was introduced into the automotive market as a rear wheel drive vehicle in 1989 with a 121hp 2.6Liter 4-cylinder engine. A 150 hp 3Liter V6 rear wheel drive model, with a four wheel drive option was also marketed. Both models had a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic transmission. The 4 cylinder model, though fuel efficient, was discontinued in 1995 to keep up with the needs of greater power and luxury in this segment. The V6 model also received a slight power upgrade from 150hp to 155hp that year. The front wheel drive versions are available only in cars manufactured from model year 2000 onwards. These models had sliding rear doors and the three trims offered included the DX, LX and ES. Buyers could also choose to have a sporty appearance in the LX and ES trims for the 2001 model year vehicles. The other add-ons included aero body and fog lights. The ES minivan alone had the luxury of leather upholstery, rear air conditioning and air bags in the front side while the LX trims were equipped with power windows, doors and door locks. Anti-lock braking was not available in the DX model. The revamped vehicles were released in 2002 with a 200hp V6 engine, revised suspension settings, power sliding doors and 17-inch alloy wheels. In 2003, a low cost model named LX-SV was introduced. In addition, consumers could opt for power operation in the ES and LX models. In the coming year, the Mazda MPV witnessed a few styling changes, namely a new steering wheel and spring assist that could help fold the third row seat. The 2005 LX model had optional rear air conditioning which was a shift from the standard. LX-SV base model was then introduced in 2006 as an addition to the LX and ES trims. To buy a used Mazda MPV, research used car listings on the Internet. You could also check out CarsDirect's comprehensive listings of used Mazda MPV’s for sale.