The MPV was based on the big Mazda Luce
The term “all-wheel-drive” wasn’t in widespread usage when this van was new (Subaru fudged by using a character that could be read as either an A or a 4 on badging during that company’s transition from 4WD to AWD vehicles), so some AWD machines came with 4WD emblems in the early 1990s. The first-generation MPVs got an old-fashioned four
By Japanese standards of the time, this was a big, roomy van. It was designed with North America in mind, so home-market buyers got hit with the high registration fees Japan applies to larger vehicles.
Not even 100,000 miles on the odometer.
Something broke and couldn’t get fixed cheaply and/or easily enough.
This being bone-dry Nevada, where road salt is seldom used, there’s no significant rust on this van.
The audio system isn’t quite as snazzy as what went into the MPV’s 929 cousins, but it’s still very nice for a 1990 minivan.
Mazda continued selling the MPV in Asia through 2016, but the final U.S.-market ones hit showrooms during the 2006 model year. Recognizing that Americans wanted truck-shaped family haulers by that time, Mazda replaced the MPV here with the CX-9 for 2007.
The MPV got good press, 32 years ago.
When you laid out the furniture in your home, you used the same kind of kansei
Fit eight members of your Japanese wedding party in your MPV!