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Car of the Week - May 27, 2002

2002 Mazda MPV

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Perhaps this years Mazda MPV could be translated as More Powerful Vehicle as it now is powered by a 200-horsepower V6 engine with a five-speed automatic transmission. It also gains power sliding doors, available 17-inch alloy wheels, traction control, an improved braking system and revised suspension tuning. We have to agree with our own John Heilig when he praises the MPV for being a "true" minivan - not too big, not too small. Its size make it easy to park and an easy ride on curvy stretches of road.

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You certainly get a lot of minivan for $22,250 - antilock brakes, dual sliding doors, air conditioning, an AM/FM/CD player with steering wheel-mounted redundant controls, cruise control, power door locks and mirrors, and the Tumble-Under third row of seats that can hide-away in the trunk. We enjoyed the ease of use and the versatility of the MPV and all family members lauded the smooth ride and nice visibility. And a remotely activated power sliding door is just what the doctor ordered in the crowded parking lot with your hands full!

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- Editor

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