2002 Mazda Millenia

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Key Specs

of the 2002 Mazda Millenia. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    24 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    170-hp, 2.5-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    4-speed automatic w/OD
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2002 Mazda Millenia Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Could the days of Mazda’s front-drive near-luxury sedan be numbered? Because sales dipped to 16,558 units during 2000, some analysts believe the Millenia may fade out of the Mazda picture. Ironically, not many more Miatas are sold each year, yet that model is in no danger of extinction.

The Millenia earned new front and rear styling for 2001. A 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter V-6 engine goes into the base model, while the S sedan carries a supercharged, 210-hp, 2.3-liter V-6. Little has changed for the 2002 model year.

Exterior
The Millenia measures 191.6 inches long overall, which is about 4 inches longer than the Mazda 626 sedan. Its 108.3-inch wheelbase is 3 inches longer than that of the 626, and the sedan is 69.7 inches wide and 54.9 inches high. Alloy wheels hold 16-inch tires on the base sedan, and the Millenia S rides on 17-inch rubber.

Interior
Like most midsize models, the Millenia promises five-passenger capacity. Because the rear seat isn’t really wide enough to hold three adults, four occupants will be more comfortable.

Leather upholstery is one item on a long list of standard amenities. The electronic gauge cluster can be as entertaining as it is useful. When the driver turns on the ignition, luminescent red needles light up first, followed by white gauge graphics.

Under the Hood
The base Millenia uses the same 170-hp, 2.5-liter V-6 engine as the 626 sedan. Because the Millenia is heavier, you can’t expect sizzling performance. The S model i...
Vehicle Overview
Could the days of Mazda’s front-drive near-luxury sedan be numbered? Because sales dipped to 16,558 units during 2000, some analysts believe the Millenia may fade out of the Mazda picture. Ironically, not many more Miatas are sold each year, yet that model is in no danger of extinction.

The Millenia earned new front and rear styling for 2001. A 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter V-6 engine goes into the base model, while the S sedan carries a supercharged, 210-hp, 2.3-liter V-6. Little has changed for the 2002 model year.

Exterior
The Millenia measures 191.6 inches long overall, which is about 4 inches longer than the Mazda 626 sedan. Its 108.3-inch wheelbase is 3 inches longer than that of the 626, and the sedan is 69.7 inches wide and 54.9 inches high. Alloy wheels hold 16-inch tires on the base sedan, and the Millenia S rides on 17-inch rubber.

Interior
Like most midsize models, the Millenia promises five-passenger capacity. Because the rear seat isn’t really wide enough to hold three adults, four occupants will be more comfortable.

Leather upholstery is one item on a long list of standard amenities. The electronic gauge cluster can be as entertaining as it is useful. When the driver turns on the ignition, luminescent red needles light up first, followed by white gauge graphics.

Under the Hood
The base Millenia uses the same 170-hp, 2.5-liter V-6 engine as the 626 sedan. Because the Millenia is heavier, you can’t expect sizzling performance. The S model is fitted with a supercharged, 2.3-liter V-6 known as a Miller-cycle engine. Despite its smaller displacement, this engine whips up 210 hp and delivers markedly more impressive acceleration. Both engines mate with a four-speed-automatic transmission.

Safety
Antilock brakes and side-impact airbags for the front seats are standard. Traction control is an option on the base model and a standard feature on the S model.

Driving Impressions
In addition to its smooth appearance, the Millenia delivers a comfortable and satisfying experience on the road. It steers with a light touch and produces a gentle ride, though it is accompanied by a bit of surplus motion on some surfaces. The well-behaved suspension recovers rapidly from each imperfection it encounters.

Acceleration in the S model is energetic with the Miller-cycle engine. Except for an invigorating sound from the blower, the engine is quiet. Mazda’s automatic transmission shifts capably, without significant delays. Occupants also enjoy plenty of space within the attractive, distinctive interior — not to mention the well-cushioned, properly supportive seats.

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

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.1)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(3.0)

I wish I had a more reliable car

by Haileymw from Virginia Beach on August 8, 2018

My car was bought from an auction so it has a snowball effect of issues with it that seem to never end so I wish I was able to have a more reliable car, but I think this car was once reliable in its ... Read full review

(5.0)

Not bad at all!

by Heyday57 from Strongsville oh on July 4, 2018

This car has four wheels and gets ya where ya need to be! With the bonus of being quite a snazzy looking vehicle. I wanted to buy this bad boy but the wife wanted something newer. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

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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 Millenia 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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