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1996 Mazda MPV

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Make
Mazda
Model
MPV
Year
1996
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1996 DX Rear-wheel Drive Passenger Van
most popular
Price:   -  From $21,795
1996 LX Rear-wheel Drive Passenger Van Price:   -  From $22,595
1996 ES Rear-wheel Drive Passenger Van Price:   -  From $24,995
1996 LX All-wheel Drive Passenger Van Price:   -  From $25,595
1996 ES All-wheel Drive Passenger Van Price:   -  From $27,895

Overview

Oh, what a difference a door makes. Mazda has added a fourth door to the MPV this year. The new rear door on the driver's side means back seat passengers can get in and out from either side. It means the driver no longer has to run all the way around to unbuckle the baby from the back seat. It means the MPV is even more carlike than before. The Mazda MPV is certainly not the newest design on the minivan market. Until this year, little had changed on the MPV since its 1988 introduction. And while the 1996 model offers some refinements and styling changes, it does not represent a major redesign. Fortunately, the MPV's styling has aged well. The design does not look dated and the performance, handling and features help the MPV hold its own against the competition. This minivan is actually fun to drive. One of the things that sets the MPV apart from most of the minivan market is its rear-wheel-drive layout. The Toyota Previa, Ford Aerostar and Chevrolet Astro/GMC Safari twins are the only other minivans that employ rear-wheel drive, and the Ford and GM products are essentially trucks. This setup makes the MPV a good choice for those who tow trailers. Drivers who want improved traction and handling in slippery conditions should opt for the four-wheel-drive model. Mazda offers three trim levels--the DX, the well-equipped LX and the leather-lined ES. The 4-wheel-drive model is only available in LX and ES trim. We evaluated the MPV LX 4WD, which comes with a cloth interior and was equipped with optional captain's chairs for back seat passengers. A new All-Sport package introduced at mid-year is designed to bridge the gap between minivans and sport-utilities through the use of off-road styling cues.

Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.0L V-6 / 155 HP / 169 ft.lbs.
Transmission
4-spd auto w/OD
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
16 / 22 / 19 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.0L V-6 / 155 HP / 169 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
16 / 22 / 19 Mpg
Brakes
Front Disc/rear Drum
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
19.6 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$75
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
183.5 "
Exterior Width
71.9 "
Exterior Height
68.1 "
Front Headroom
Rear Headroom
Front Legroom
Rear Legroom
Front Shoulder Room
Rear Shoulder Room
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
Wheel Base
110 "
Turning Radius
Exterior Features
Door Count
3 Doors
Wheels
Paint
Exterior Mirrors
Bumpers
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
2-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
2-way
Front Armrests
2-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Removable Full Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm Stereo
Speakers
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Climate Control
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Driver
Remote Keyless Entry
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver Front-impact
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
Corrosion Perforation
Accessories Months

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