Minivans made a big impact on the market in the mid-80s and Mazda responded with the MPV. Unusual for the market, Mazda MPV parts were rear-wheel drive with available four wheel drive. It also had four convention doors instead of a sliding door. The engine was an overhead cam V6 with a three valve per cylinder set up. In many ways the MPV was more of an early SUV than a minivan, so much so that the Mazda Navajo was only offered as a two door to avoid direct competition with it. The Mazda MPV was sold as more of a luxury vehicle is the home Japanese market. The second generation model became much more like a conventional minivan but the current successor is the Mazda CX9 crossover model.