It has been 10 years since the launch of the Mazda 626 - a strong rival of the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord. In 2000, the 626 received significant engineering revisions with a fresh look in both its exterior and interior. In Nigeria, the 2002 Mazda 626 is considered as one of the most popular vehicles on every road across the country. By this reason, Naijauto.com decided to bring our readers the 2002 Mazda 626 review to help deepen your understanding of this excellent car.
The 2002 Mazda 626 model comes available with 2 versions including the leather-upholstered ES and the LX. The former is equipped with only V6 engine while the latter is powered by a 2.0 L inline-four 125 hp mill or a 2.5L V6 165 hp powertrain.
3. 2002 Mazda 626 review: Exterior
The reason for the popularity of mid-sized cars is because they are excellent in transporting passengers with efficiency, comfort and great performance. Most of them are decorated with conservative designs but the Mazda 626 comes as an exception. It looks sporty and functional, at least!
The Mazda 626 looks sporty and functional
The subtle wedge shape of the 626 evokes a resemblance to the higher-level Mazda Millenia. The front fascia features elegant decorations highlighted by the hallmark five-point grille of the brand. Mazda has also toned down the chrome, earning the car a more tasteful appearance.
The subtle wedge shape of the 626 evokes a resemblance to the higher-level Mazda Millenia
4. 2002 Mazda 626 interior
Mazda pampered the 2002 Mazda 626 interior with a very large space for both passenger and cargo room. But to give a verdict, it is still not spacious ass the Toyota Camry.
Overall, the interior design mainly focuses on ergonomics, comfort and quality. It offers not only space efficiency but also good materials and an aesthetic feel of color balance.
Speaking of the seats, the front seats are excellent with great lateral support and a variety of shoulder room, making long-distance trips more comfortable and relaxed for both the driver and passengers.
The 2002 Mazda 626 interior with a very large space for both passenger and cargo room
The trunk is roomy and well-designed. The rear seats are foldable, helping widen the cargo space for loading bigger and longer items. In addition, there is plenty of storage in the cabin, allowing the driver to store everything, from cassette tapes to handheld handsets. The rear seats fold down for additional cargo capacity, or to carry longer items. There's plenty of in-cabin storage as well, allowing motorists to stash everything from cellular phone to cassette tapes.
The layout of the instrument panel is arranged well, making reading the gauges easier. Switches and controls are placed at easy-to-reach positions and look more refined and luxurious.
The layout of the instrument panel is arranged well, making reading the gauges easier
2002 Mazda 626 Sedan
5. 2002 Mazda 626 engine and performance
Under the hood, the Mazda 626’s V6 engine is evaluated to be better than the 2.0L in the driving experience. The V6 is capable of doling out 165 hp and 218 Nm of torque, which is very impressive compared to the V6 engines of Nissan or Honda. The V6 engine is fun to drive and relatively pleasant to the ear while running.
Meanwhile, the 2.0L 4-cylinder engine can produce 125 hp and 172 Nm of torque. It showcases a good performance with 26 mpg on city roads and 32 mpg on the highway.
The V6 engine is fun to drive and relatively pleasant to the ear while running
The 5-speed manual transmission delivers clear movement and makes the 626 driving sense feels like a sports sedan. The optional 4-speed automatic gearbox changes smoothly with continual shifts between gears in rough terrain.
The Mazda 626 is fun to drive. It is like a human who knows exactly where you want to go and excellently communicate the driver and the road. And sharp corners on the road are now not a matter. Additionally, thanks to the highly rigid chassis, the 626 has a superb handling capability, smooth ride and impressive stability at speed.
The V6 version is offered 4-wheel disc brakes while the traction control and anti-lock brakes (ABS) are just provided for the automatic variants.
The 626 is like a human who knows exactly where you want to go and excellently communicate the driver and the road
6. 2002 Mazda 626 price
Please consult the table below for the latest 2002 Mazda 626 price in Nigeria. We also include the prices of the Mazda 626 of other model years for your further information:
All are considered, the 2002 Mazda 626 is handsome and spacious. It is fun to drive, responds quickly and handles excellently. It also comes equipped with a lengthy list of standard equipment, making the competition with other mid-sized sedans like the Camry, the Accord more intensive. It promises to be a worthy car for all sedan lovers. This 2002 Mazda 626 review is brought to you from Naijauto.com.
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