If you’re considering buying a mid-range used car, the current market certainly leaves you with a choice. Vauxhall, Ford and Renault all offer solid choices of their fleet favourites, offered at discounted prices. Mazda’s 626 offers a sporty alternative to the popular Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.
The point is, while you want something reasonable, you still want it to be special. A car that is neat without crazy extra stripes or plastic spoilers – something that will hold its value through the fast-paced industry that is the car production line.
Say hello to the 2002 Mazda 626† A car that easily meets many of these criteria.
The stiff chassis that comes with the 626, as well as the well-tuned suspension, give it a safe, confident feel that really encourages the driver to go full throttle when exiting a tight corner. This is where the powerful V6 engine can be really appreciated.
The 2002 Mazda 626: a reliable family sedan with a kick
The 2002 626 is available in three trim levels: LX, LX-V6, and ES-V6. Many describe this engine as an attractive sedan, with its aerodynamic slim shape, elongated hood and narrow headlights. Stand in front of the 626 and you’ll see Mazda’s signature five-point grille and tasteful, bright work, resulting in a more elegant, sleeker look. All variants of the 626 Mazda come with dual airbags, cruise control, remote keyless entry and tinted glass.
The trunk of the vehicle is well-shaped and relatively large, a rectangular shape free of obstacles. The trunk lid features a snug fitting panel located between the taillights so owners don’t have to lift higher than the bumper when retrieving their luggage or groceries.
The LX version comes standard with 15-inch wheels, while the ES-L6 appears on 16-inch wheels. The EV-V6 is also equipped with modern leather seats, an eight-way adjustable driver’s seat and cool heated side mirrors. The fantastic innovative mirrors allow the driver to defrost quickly on a cold morning, which is uncommon in today’s market, but much appreciated. There are five exterior colors to choose from when it comes to the 2002 Mazda 626: Black Onyx, Desert Metallic, Galaxy Blue, Moonlight Gray and Silver Frost Metallic. To add to the 626’s long list of cool features, this model comes with three years of free roadside assistance and warranty coverage for up to 50,000 miles!
Mazda claims its main goal is to build cars that are fun to drive. To ensure this legacy is true, sport suspension is on the 2002 626. The 2002 Mazda 626 comes fully equipped with MacPherson suspension in the front and Mazda’s Twin-Trapezoidal Link suspension in the rear. A fantastic feature of the 626 is that it grips confidently on those twisty roads, with the suspension managing to suck up almost every pothole on the site without shocking passengers. Adding to its solid suspension are the steering and braking, which are up to the task of providing an enjoyable experience in what’s more than an average family sedan.
Let’s talk about power. The 2002 Mazda 626 has a 2.0-liter V6 four-cylinder engine, producing 125 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque. Mazda offers a manual transmission for this engine, making the 2002 626 one of the few sedans available with a V6 and a shift lever. If you want extra options, such as a moonroof or a Bose speaker, you only have an automatic option.
Simplistic yet satisfying, the 2002 Mazda 626 comes with some great features
If you venture in, you’ll find a relatively clean interior package, which is offered in a beige or gray two-tone shade. It’s not exactly luxurious, but it’s simplistic and everything is easily accessible. The front bucket seats are excellent as they provide excellent support when driving over long distances, which is very helpful when driving through those dodgy mountain roads. Climate controls are well laid out and easy to operate, with two large buttons for temperature and fan speed, and two rows of push buttons to control settings such as air circulation, air conditioning and ventilation.
There is ample storage space in the cabin, making it easy for drivers to store everything from cell phones to cassette tapes. This vehicle has a stylish leather gear lever knob, which sits comfortably next to the handbrake. Three well-sized dials are located behind the steering wheel, giving the driver good visibility.
Swivel to face the back, and seats are quite accommodating. Passengers are treated to ample headroom and width for two, additional secret storage space in the fold-down armrest, a set of cup holders and well-placed magazine pockets. These additional features add to the Mazda’s ‘almost luxury’ feel, giving owners the feeling that they have always been kept in mind when this engine was in production.
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