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2002 Mazda 626

$280 — $5,776 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
24-29 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
A redesign of Mazda’s midsize, front-drive, four-door sedan could arrive for the 2003 model year — possibly as a larger model and accompanied by a wagon. The 626 has few changes for 2002; it carries on with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine or a 2.5-liter V-6 and comes with either a manual or automatic transmission. Sales of the 626 dropped by 18 percent during 2000.

Ford owns a controlling interest in Mazda, and the 626 is built at a plant near Detroit that the two companies share. Designed in Japan, the sedan uses Mazda engines, and its front-drive platform also serves as the basis for the compact Mazda Tribute and Ford Escape sport utility vehicles. The 626 was last redesigned for the 1998 model year, when it reached true midsize proportions at that time.

Exterior
With a wheelbase that stretches to just over 105 inches, the 626 sedan measures 187.4 inches long overall — just slightly shorter than the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. The 626 is 69.3 inches wide and 55.1 inches tall.

Interior
Seating five occupants, the 626 has front buckets and a three-place rear bench with a split, folding rear seatback. Cloth upholstery goes into the base LX sedan, but leather is standard in the upscale ES. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, remote keyless entry and a CD player. The security system has an immobilizing feature that activates if the wrong key is used in the ignition.

Under the Hood
Mazda’s standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine prod...
Vehicle Overview
A redesign of Mazda’s midsize, front-drive, four-door sedan could arrive for the 2003 model year — possibly as a larger model and accompanied by a wagon. The 626 has few changes for 2002; it carries on with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine or a 2.5-liter V-6 and comes with either a manual or automatic transmission. Sales of the 626 dropped by 18 percent during 2000.

Ford owns a controlling interest in Mazda, and the 626 is built at a plant near Detroit that the two companies share. Designed in Japan, the sedan uses Mazda engines, and its front-drive platform also serves as the basis for the compact Mazda Tribute and Ford Escape sport utility vehicles. The 626 was last redesigned for the 1998 model year, when it reached true midsize proportions at that time.

Exterior
With a wheelbase that stretches to just over 105 inches, the 626 sedan measures 187.4 inches long overall — just slightly shorter than the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. The 626 is 69.3 inches wide and 55.1 inches tall.

Interior
Seating five occupants, the 626 has front buckets and a three-place rear bench with a split, folding rear seatback. Cloth upholstery goes into the base LX sedan, but leather is standard in the upscale ES. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, remote keyless entry and a CD player. The security system has an immobilizing feature that activates if the wrong key is used in the ignition.

Under the Hood
Mazda’s standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine produces 125 horsepower, and the optional 2.5-liter V-6 develops 165 hp. Both engines drive either a four-speed-automatic or five-speed-manual transmission. Antilock brakes and side-impact airbags for the front seats are available in an option group for all models.

Driving Impressions
The 626 has a mildly sporty nature. It has a comfortable ride but securely hugs the pavement. The tires will squeal if the car is pushed too hard in curves, but otherwise, it behaves nicely on the road. The 626 is easy to drive and has an excellent steering feel.

Whether the 626 is powered by the four-cylinder or V-6 engine, acceleration is livelier with the manual shift, which is no surprise. When this car is equipped with the automatic transmission and four-cylinder power plant, forward motion tends to ease a bit as the gears change. The automatic may occasionally shift with a bit of a lurch, but it functions properly most of the time. Seats are comfortable and supportive, and instruments are excellent. The 626 is an inviting automobile in most respects.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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(3.4)
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(4.3)
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(4.2)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

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(5.0)

Best car ever

by Activenets from Phoenix, az on March 27, 2018

Lasted many years and kept its value. Excellent 6 cyl engine. Good gas mileage. Comfortable and kept in perfectly clean condition. I would own another if it was still made. Read full review

(4.0)

VERY GOOD CAR!

by Brenda from Louisville, KY on May 10, 2014

I love my car, service was great, salesman Tony was awesome,good luck with the new beautiful baby! Overall the Mazda 626 is a great car period! Read full review

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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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