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MPVs go by several different names, including “people carriers,” or minivans in the U.S. In reality, they are somewhere between a car and a van. The full name is “Multi-Purpose Vehicle,” which is an accurate description of what these cars were designed to do; almost anything!
The exact history of the vehicle is a bit fuzzy, but Mazda burst onto the scene with its MPV in 1988 as a rear-wheel-drive option. Today, many different manufacturers make MPVs and they’re popular because of their practicality. But, if you’re looking for a used vehicle, is an MPV right for you?
What Is An MPV Car?
MPVs initially grew in popularity thanks to the rise of the SUV. But, instead of focusing on speed and performance, the MPV focuses on practicality and functionality. No matter the manufacturer, most MPVs look relatively similar.
Without the sloping front windshield, the design of an MPV might look like a perfect ‘loaf’ shape, but that allows for a larger boot and extra seating. It’s called a “people carrier” for a reason, as the average MPV has seven seats with plenty of legroom and headroom.
Because most MPVs are also hatchbacks, drivers have the option of flattening the back seats to have more storage space, as well. So, they aren’t just people movers, they’re luggage movers!
If you want to learn more about some of the best models and varieties of MPVs, check out our guide here.
What Are The Advantages and Disadvantages?
Even though MPVs are great for some people, they might not be the best fit for others. This is the type of vehicle that has pros and cons that will depend on your needs and wants.
- Extra passenger room
- Extra storage space
- Typically less expensive than an SUV
- Great for families
- Not as desirable as an SUV
- Sometimes lacks a ‘sleek’ or polished design
Another thing to consider is that MPVs often feature sliding doors, where SUVs do not. This is similar to the style of a van, but it can be considered a positive or a drawback depending on your needs. If you have children or limited driveway width, sliding doors can often be very useful.
Simply put, if you’re looking for a car with a purpose, this is a great option, especially if you have a family that you’re constantly driving around.
Is an MPV Car Right for You?
What matters most to you when it comes to your vehicle choice? Do you prefer function over fashion? Practicality over a sleek body and special exterior features?
If you’re in the market for a family vehicle, feel free to check out our showrooms or browse our selection of MPVs online. Our experienced staff can help you to decide which type of vehicle is right for you. Our used MPV options are great for families who might be on a budget or individuals who need a lot of storage space but don’t want the bigger price tag of an SUV.