2001 Mazda 626

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Key Specs

of the 2001 Mazda 626. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    23-29 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    125-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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2001 Mazda 626 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Mazda’s midsize sedan returns with minimal change for 2001, and it appears that the present version will continue in present form through 2002. A redesigned 626 is scheduled to arrive for 2003.

Ford owns a controlling interest in Mazda and builds the 626 at a plant the two share near Detroit. The 626 was designed in Japan, however, and uses Mazda engines. The 626’s front-drive platform serves as the basis for the new Mazda Tribute and Ford Escape sport utility vehicles.



Exterior
The 626 was last redesigned for 1998, when it grew to true midsize proportions. The wheelbase is 105 inches and the overall length is 187 — a couple inches less than the Toyota Camry or Honda Accord.



Interior
Seats for five are provided on all models, with front buckets and a three-place rear bench seat with a split, folding rear seatback. The upholstery is cloth in the base LX model, and leather comes standard on the ES. Among the standard features on all models are air conditioning, a CD player, remote keyless entry and a security system with an immobilizing feature that activates if the incorrect key is used in the ignition.



Under the Hood
The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s standard on both models generates 130 horsepower, and the optional 2.5-liter V-6 makes 170 hp. Both engines are available with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.

Acceleration is decidedly livelier with the manual transmission in both the four-cylinder and V-6, while the ...
Vehicle Overview
Mazda’s midsize sedan returns with minimal change for 2001, and it appears that the present version will continue in present form through 2002. A redesigned 626 is scheduled to arrive for 2003.

Ford owns a controlling interest in Mazda and builds the 626 at a plant the two share near Detroit. The 626 was designed in Japan, however, and uses Mazda engines. The 626’s front-drive platform serves as the basis for the new Mazda Tribute and Ford Escape sport utility vehicles.



Exterior
The 626 was last redesigned for 1998, when it grew to true midsize proportions. The wheelbase is 105 inches and the overall length is 187 — a couple inches less than the Toyota Camry or Honda Accord.



Interior
Seats for five are provided on all models, with front buckets and a three-place rear bench seat with a split, folding rear seatback. The upholstery is cloth in the base LX model, and leather comes standard on the ES. Among the standard features on all models are air conditioning, a CD player, remote keyless entry and a security system with an immobilizing feature that activates if the incorrect key is used in the ignition.



Under the Hood
The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s standard on both models generates 130 horsepower, and the optional 2.5-liter V-6 makes 170 hp. Both engines are available with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.

Acceleration is decidedly livelier with the manual transmission in both the four-cylinder and V-6, while the automatic tends to shift harshly compared to some rivals’ automatics.



Safety
Side-impact airbags for the front seats are packaged with antilock brakes as an option on all models.

 
Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(3.9)
Performance
(4.0)
Interior Design
(3.7)
Comfort
(4.0)
Reliability
(3.6)
Value For The Money
(3.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Very reliable economical car with good resale.

by marybee from Rye on June 24, 2018

Great nippy economical 4 cylinder FWD.Great in the snow.Would buy another one in a heartbeat.Very low maintaince.Just oil changes and brakes.Great deal.Strong transmission.The paint really shines. Read full review

(4.0)

Great Car

by Capehazelin from Rotonda West Florida on October 4, 2017

When I bought this car in 2001, it had 6000 miles on it, and now in 2017, is our 2nd car with 140,000 miles on it. Over the years, we did have to have some major repairs done to it, but all in all ,,, ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2001 Mazda 626 currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The 626 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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