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2000 Mazda 626 Sedan

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2000 Mazda 626

Source: The Car Connection

Making a bigger splash in the midsize market.

by Sue Mead

LAGUNA, California - Many of today’s midsize sedans, whether German, Japanese or American, come with styling that doesn’t entice soccer moms and with performance that doesn’t entertain motorheads. And, with the redesigned 2000 626, Mazda hasn’t broken radically from this trend.

What the Asian automaker has done is create a series that promises with an outcome that could create a better brand. Although it is not poised to change the course of driving history and is unlikely to revolutionize automotive design, the new 626 series takes cues from standard sedan styling and adds a distinctive flavor, spiking midsize practicality with a bit of a performance buzz.

The overall look of the 626, Mazda’s only U.S.-built vehicle, is more elegant and refined than many others in its segment, such as the Ford Taurus, for example. That elegance, while a stylistic advantage, is also countered with a sporty element that breathes life into what could be simply another new offering. The redesigned front end, for instance, is both functional and appealing, with a sharp sloped hood tapering to a front bumper designed for lower air intake.

A low beltline imparts that semimuscular, sporty appearance that has become the norm in this segment, but stretches to a rear section that is somewhat surprising. Slightly raised in the now-typical wedge fashion, the rear of the 626 doesn’t rise too high, and thus keeps the car’s front and rear ends in balance with each other. Chrome accents, including a larger garnish around the license plate, dress up the outside of the new version, as do standard 15-inch steel wheels (15- and 16-inch alloy wheels are also available).

This remarkable (but not exceptional) shell houses an improved drivetrain with performance designed to impart the spirit of Mazda - demanding that drivers “be moved” behind the wheel. Four models cover all the bases: the LX in-line four and LX V 6 are the entry-level models in terms of options, but the V-6 version creates some flexibility for drivers seeking better performance without all the bells and whistles. The more upscale ES four-cylinder boasts leather and other trimmings, while the top-of-the-line ES V-6 includes the works, with the spicy sauce of V-6 power.

The 2.0-liter in-line four produces 130 bhp, while the 2.5-liter V-6 boosts power to 170 bhp. Despite increasingly stringent standards, the four-cylinder engine qualifies as an Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (ULEV). A five-speed manual transmission is standard on all except the four-cylinder ES model; a four-speed electronic automatic transmission is optional. EPA estimates put the LX and ES fours variants at 26 mpg in the city, 33 mpg highway, and the V-6 at 21/27 mpg.

In motion, these engines are supported by improved steering, braking and overall feel. Power-assist rack-and-pinion steering is more precise than past models and that of many offerings in this segment. Larger wheels and a more rigid body structure add stability to improved steering, as does more assertive braking performance created by a reduction in pedal effort, improved front brake pads, and a larger master cylinder. A front disc/rear drum combination is standard on four-cylinder models; four-wheel disc brakes are available on V-6 models.

A stiffer overall body structure, with 24-percent greater torsional rigidity, is one of the most impressive improvements to the 626 series’ ride. Mazda believes this rigidity gives the sedan more “European” road manners and that these manners are complemented by the graciousness of a more comfortable ride for both drivers and passengers. Noise, vibration, harshness (NVH) has been reduced through a more careful engine design that uses steel instead of cast iron and more insulation in the cabin.

Mazda’s patented Twin-Trapezoidal Link (TTL) rear suspension, along with an independent front suspension, gives a comfortable ride while maintaining a respectable degree of performance and handling under rough road conditions. Although the company states that safety is a priority, those looking for standard ABS or side airbags will be disappointed However, side airbags are optional for the first time on a Mazda 626, and front dual de-powered airbags are standard equipment on all models, and ABS is optional. Safety under fire is augmented by an available traction-control system on all V-6 models.

As usual, Mazda claims “room for five” in the 626, with interior dimensions (97.1 cubic feet of passenger space; 39.2 inches of headroom; and 43.6 inches of legroom) that match the Toyota Camry and are greater than the Nissan Altima. The 14.2 cubic feet of trunk space bests both of these competitors as well as the Honda Accord. Beware, however, interior appointments, such as the convenient fold-down cupholder/armrest/storage compartment that splits the back seat compromises a fifth passenger.

The interior is appointed fairly well, with chrome accents that echo exterior trim of the car and add an upscale touch to door handles, courtesy lamps, handbrake lever, and the automatic transmission shift lever. Color coordination smoothes out some former rough transitions from steering wheel to dash and center console to shift lever. Keyless entry and map lights add convenience.

The 60/40-split fold-down rear seat garners big convenience points for Mazda designers, as does a standard driver’s seat lifter to accommodate a wide range of driver heights and widths. Comfort is accentuated by a standard AM/FM/CD audio system with four speakers (standard on LX, LX V-6 and ES models) or a BOSE AM/FW/CD/cassette four-speaker system (standard on the ES V-6).

This Japanese manufacturer is quick to point out that the five-point front grill prominently displays the large Mazda symbol. (For those who have had trouble keeping up with Mazda’s ongoing redefinition, it’s the silver oval containing a graceful "M” that resembles faraway birds in a landscape painting.) All flippant remarks aside, it’s an important part of Mazda’s attempt to reposition its brand - and its cars - as a name to be reckoned with in the merciless family-size sedan market. The 626 is Mazda’s second chance to make a first impression. That impression is worth noting.

© The Car Connection


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Safety Ratings help

What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Driver Crash Grade

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Side Impact Crash Test - Front

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Opt

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Fog Lamps Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std


Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain 3 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/50,000 Miles

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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