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1994 Mazda 626 Sedan

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1994 Mazda 626

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Overview

Let's assume you're a new-car prospect who's ready to step up from a conventional, under-powered and sparsely equipped midsize sedan to a car with more style and performance. Let's further assume that you're reluctant to stray too far from the price range of your current sedan.

Are you being unrealistic? Not necessarily, if you put the 1994 Mazda 626 LX-V6 four-door sedan at the top of your list. Our test vehicle carried an MSRP of $20,745, placing it at the low end of the midsize sedan price range. And for that amount of money, we got a full complement of standard and optional equipment - air conditioning, an AM/FM stereo with cassette player, many power assists, dual air bags and antilock brakes (ABS). Powering this package was a state-of-the-art 2.5l-iter, 24-valve V6.

Before you start scrambling for that down payment, though, you should be aware of some concerns we had about this car's size and overall roominess, in addition to some other minor complaints.

Walkaround

The Mazda 626 LX-V6 is a contemporary-looking, dramatically curved midsize sedan that resembles - but doesn't copy-vehicles such as the Lexus or Chrysler LHS. That said, our impression was that it looked a little too small for a vehicle with a price tag in excess of $20,000.

A rich Hunter Green Metallic covered our test vehicle. If flawless fit-and-finish is a Japanese manufacturing custom, this slippery, aerodynamic sedan was right in line. The front bumper, full-length side moldings and recessed door handles color-matched the body perfectly.

If there was a dominant geometric shape within the 626 LX-V6s styling, it was the ellipse. In front, elliptically shaped headlight/side marker lenses flanked a rather diminutive but complementary grille. The lenses combined with sectioned scoops in the bumper to give this car a slightly racy countenance a nice change from the standard midsize front-end treatment.

The same distinctive half-ellipse, half-teardrop effect was echoed in the full-width taillight assembly in back and in the combination of the gently bubbled roofline and side-window glass. Comparable shapes were even evident in the unusual-looking 15-inch aluminum wheels. Both front and rear fenders sloped dramatically down and away from the raked windshield and rear window, respectively. While the cosmetic affect was unusual and eye-pleasing, it did create one functional flaw: We simply couldn't see the rear fender crowns or trunk lid when we were in reverse. This condition led to a little "parking by sound" before our test driver got the location of the rear fenders in his mind's eye.

Interior Features

From the instrument panel to the door handle recesses, the same smooth styling was echoed throughout the interior of the 626 LX-V6. A graceful dash curvature capped a recessed, well-illuminated instrument cluster that contained easy-to-read speedometer and tachometer dials, analog temperature and fuel gauges, main and trip odometers and a shift position indicator.

The four-spoke steering wheel was comfortable to grasp and contained well-positioned cruise control, head light dimmer and horn buttons. The dashboard housing above the center console had a button-operated air conditioner with a unique automatic swing control that directed the center vents to sweep back and forth over the interior. The same upper console also contained nicely situated dual cupholders, a storage recess for sunglasses and a push-release ashtray.

Controls for the 626 LX-V6's power windows an door locks were conveniently positioned on the driver's armrest and were unusual "lift up" switches in lieu of more common push buttons. They seemed to offer a little more ease and preciseness in opening. However, the power door locking operation required our driver to hold up the door handle and then activate the lock control-a decidedly cumbersome process.

For comfort, support and style, seating in the 626 LX-V6 was uniformly excellent. Solid cloth trim combined with a tweed middle to impart a distinct appearance. The front bucket seats were deeply padded and reclined easily. A design flaw existed between the front buckets, though, where the armrest was positioned too low for comfort. It was considerably lower than the armrests in the doors, forcing drivers who prefer to support both elbows into a starboard list.

Rear seating could accommodate three adult passengers only when absolutely necessary; quite frankly, rear-seat shoulder- and legroom fell short of our standards for a true midsize sedan. However, the rear seatback did fold down to make room for oversized cargo.

Driving Impressions

Ehe 2.5-liter, 24-valve V6 engine in our 626 LX-V6 produced 118 hp at 5,500 rpm. It wasn't the biggest nor the highest-powered midsize V6 sedan we've tested, but its breath-taking response did come as a pleasant surprise. We took the vehicle from 0 to 60 mph and from 60 to 80 mph in brief, pulse-quickening times and didn't even come close to redlining the tachometer.

The four-speed automatic transmission shifted a little harshly at lower speeds but teamed well with the V6 at higher speeds. When we were going faster, the car shifted gears so quickly that we didn't even bother to put the transmission's manual shifting option into action.

The V6 also featured a hold mode, which helped keep the transmission from shifting into overdrive-giving our driver more control on steep grades and slippery surfaces.

Extreme close-ratio, variable-assist power steering demanded only a quarter-turn of the steering wheel for most of the cornering and maneuvering moves we made. The car's front disc and rear drum ABS performed just as expected, and the four-wheel independent suspension contributed a firm but smooth ride.

The 626 LX-V6 was up to the task in fuel economy as well. The EPA sticker on our test vehicle listed a better-than-respectable rating of 20 city and 26 highway.

Summary

In terms of overall performance and price, we have no doubt that the '94 Mazda LX-V6 is an attractive vehicle for serious midsize sedan buyers to consider. Its contemporary styling reflects enough unique touches to enable it to stand out when compared to a uniformly nice-looking class of sedans for 1994.

Know going in, however, that the comparative lack of rear-seat room could be a problem, and that the car's overall size isn't nearly as impressive as that of the competition.

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Mazda Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Having peace of mind on the road means being confident in what you're driving. Mazda vehicles continually rank among the most reliable cars on the road. Flywheel to freeze plug, thermostat to turbocharger, cylinder block to constant velocity points, our 7-Year/100,000-Mile Limited Powertrain Warranty has you covered.*

Every Mazda Certified Pre-Owned vehicle comes with a confidence-inspiring 12-Month/12,000-Mile Limited Vehicle Warranty with no deductible on covered repairs, which begins once the factory warranty ends. If it's out of warranty, the 12-Month/12,000-Mile Limited Vehicle Warranty begins on the CPO purchase date.**
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2011-2016 model years and less than 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 160-Point Detailed Inspection

Autocheck® Vehicle History Report with 3-year buyback protection from Experian***

Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance 24hr Roadside Assistance for the life of the Powertrain Limited Warranty offers confidence on the road around the clock.
Special Financing Yes, see your Mazda dealer for details.
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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