What is the closest new vehicle in terms of interior capacity (cubic feet and seven passengers) and exterior dimensions to the 2003 Mazda MPV?
Seats for seven in a package similar to the 2003 Mazda MPV means choosing another minivan. If you can do without the dual sliding side doors that are the hallmark of minivans, then many seven-seat SUVs are possibilities.
Mazda no longer makes a seven-seat minivan and instead offers the Mazda5, a mini-minivan with sliding doors and seats for six spread among three rows.
The 2013 Honda Odyssey won the Cars.com Lifestyle Award as the Best New Car for Big Families, so that is our top recommendation. The 2013 Toyota Sienna is Cars.com's Best Deal for Big Families.
SUVs are far more popular than minivans, so you will have many more choices in the sport-utility field. Among your options are the Acura MDX, Chevrolet Traverse, Dodge Journey, Ford Explorer and Flex, Honda Pilot and the Mazda CX-9.