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2002 Mazda Millenia Sedan

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  • $28,075 original MSRP
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2002 Mazda Millenia

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Introduction

If Mazda sold a premium brand, like Honda's Acura or Toyota's Lexus, or Nissan's Infiniti, then the Millenia would be its flagship. The Mazda Millenia offers value among luxury sedans. With its Mazda nameplate, however, the Millenia often slips under the radar of buyers shopping for a luxury or near-luxury car.

The Millenia S packs supercharged 210-horsepower V6 engine and is one of the more interesting cars in the near-luxury class. It's crisp handling encourages you to take the long way home. It's gracious creature comforts make you want to head out on a road trip. This car is superbly engineered and is built at one of the world's highest quality assembly plants. It was, in fact, originally conceived as a premium-brand product and competes with the Infiniti I35, Acura TL, and Lexus ES 300.

Model Lineup

Two models are available: Millenia Premium ($28,025) and Millenia S ($31,025).

The Premium model comes with a naturally aspirated (not supercharged) 2.5-liter dohc V6 rated at 170 horsepower.

The S model is powered by Mazda's innovative Miller-cycle engine, a 2.3-liter dohc V6 that uses a compact scroll-type supercharger to produce 210 horsepower without compromising fuel economy or smoothness.

Both models come trimmed in leather and well-equipped, with eight-way power front seats, automatic climate control, cruise control, AM/FM/CD/cassette stereo, remote keyless entry with two fobs, alloy wheels, fog lamps. Dual front and side-impact airbags are standard. Both models come with a four-speed automatic transmission.

Millenia S adds traction control, 17-inch (rather than 16-inch) alloy wheels, and a Bose audio system with nine speakers and a six-disc in-dash CD player.

Base-model buyers can still get traction control as part of a $600 4-Seasons Package that includes heated front seats, a heavy-duty wiper motor, a large-capacity wiper-fluid tank and two-position wipers. A $300 package adds the heated seats and heavy-duty wiping/washing equipment to the S model.

Walkaround

Mazda redesigned the Millenia last year (2001), replacing every panel forward of the windshield, and the rear fascia and taillights. It looks sharper, cleaner, and better defined. Launched in 1994, the Millenia is beginning to age, but still looks good. It's an attractive car, but tends to get lost among more contemporary designs.

The Millenia S is distinguished by its 17-inch wheels and tires and its small front spoiler.

Stem to stern, the Millenia's fit and finish is absolutely world-class. The Millenia is built in a state-of-the-art assembly plant in Japan and Mazda's three-year warranty goes to 50,000 miles. The Millenia's chassis was reinforced last year. Chassis rigidity is important in making the car ride well, handle crisply and feel solid.

Interior Features

The interior of the Millenia is tasteful, distinguished, and deluxe. The leather upholstery is utterly first quality, buttery and rich. The center panels of the seat cushions and backs are elegantly gathered to give the interior living-room sumptuousness.

The whole interior is finished in gentle, understated earth tones. The upper section of the dashboard is finished in a soft, pleasing gray or a warm, inviting beige. The lower areas are keyed to the earth tones of the rest of the interior. It is a rich, clean look, accentuated by a tasteful splash of wood on the center console.

Front seating in the Millenia is excellent, with good bolstering and lateral support. Power adjustments include lumbar support for the driver. An electric steering-wheel adjuster allows infinite adjustment up and down. Auxiliary audio controls are mounted on the wheel. Automatic-down is only provided for the driver's window.

Controls are formed of handsomely tapered shapes so that your eye is automatically directed to each function. The gauges seem to disappear when the ignition is off; turn on the key, and first the red pointers, and then the white numbers, come alive in the darkness.

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning controls are straightforward and an ambient outside temperature readout is provided. Front and rear defroster buttons are placed immediately next to one another, and their similarity make you think twice. Of course in frosty conditions you may need both simultaneously anyway.

The rear seats offer only average space. Cargo netting is affixed to the rear of the front seats, a fashion that has come and gone. A trunk pass-through feature incorporated in the rear fold-down center armrest makes it easy to load a pair of skis or other long items.

Driving Impressions

The Millenia S is fun to drive. Its engine growls with authority when put into action. Its impressive torque delivers immediate go-power. Clever engineering has eliminated torque steer from the Millenia's front-wheel drive even at maximum thrust. And that's not the case with some of the Millenia's competitors. (Torque steer is a tugging of the steering wheel that occurs in powerful front-wheel-drive cars.) The crisp acceleration of the Millenia S is thoroughly appropriate to a well-balanced luxury sedan. At the same time, the engine is supremely smooth. Power is transmitted through an excellent four-speed automatic transmission.

With its supercharged Miller-cycle engine, the Mazda Millenia S sprints from 0 to 60 mph in about 7.5 seconds. Yet it achieves an EPA mileage rating of 20/28 mpg city/highway. It is more powerful yet more efficient than the base model's engine.

The unique supercharged engine that comes on the Millenia S earned industry awards when it was introduced. It uses a Lysholm compressor (a scroll-type supercharger) to boost intake pressure, along with late intake-valve closing to produce an impressive amount of power without sacrificing fuel efficiency. This system allows the 2.3-liter engine to perform like a much bigger (3.3-liter) engine, while still retaining the fuel economy of a smaller engine. The result is a vigorous 210 horsepower and the brawny, quick response of 210 pounds-feet of torque. Beyond the $3,000 it adds to the Millenia's initial purchase price, the Miller-cycle package has no downside. (Plus the Millenia S comes loaded with luxury features.)

By comparison, the base Millenia's 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter dohc V6 is a tepid performer. It takes more than 9 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph, not quick for a proper luxury sedan. This makes the base Millenia seem a bit pale in comparison to the more powerful and similarly priced Acura TL and Infiniti I35.

Ride quality is stellar, a splendid combination of genteel smoothness and real athleticism. Helped by its generously wide tires, the Millenia S tops most of its entry-luxury competitors with high cornering limits. Body roll is mild and well controlled. The rack-and-pinion steering transmits excellent road information, combined with rock-solid on-center feel. All in all, the suspension doesn't disturb you overmuch with news of the road's roughness, but tells you what you need to know. Sound deadening was improved last year and remains extremely effective.

Four wheel anti-lock disc brakes are standard. (ABS allows the driver to maintain steering control in a panic braking situation.) Braking is adequate, although some other cars in this class stop in shorter distances. Traction control is standard in the Millenia S. It can be switched off when, for instance, the car is being operated with snow chains.

Summary

The Mazda Millenia is an elegant example of affordable luxury. It offers a broad range of attractive attributes, and its assembly quality is uncommonly fine, on par with the very best. It has an almost timeless appearance, representative of the best in Japanese design, with just a dash of hunkered-down aggressiveness to set it apart.

Inside, the Millenia delivers comfort and ergonomic competence of a high order. The materials used, from the elegance of the leather upholstery to the tactile solidity of the switchgear, confirm that this car is worth its purchase price.

The Millenia S is the model of choice, with its powerful yet efficient supercharged engine. A paragon of resource-friendly fuel efficiency, it seems to do the impossible, using a small 2.3-liter engine's fuel appetite to deliver a much larger engine's responsiveness and excitement.


Model Line Overview

Model lineup: Millenia ($28,075); Millenia S ($31,075)
Engines: 170-hp 2.5-liter dohc 24-valve V6; 210-hp 2.3-liter dohc 24-valve supercharged V6
Transmissions: 4-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard): dual front and side-impact airbags, ABS
Safety equipment (optional): traction control
Basic warranty: 3 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in: Hiroshima, Japan

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP): Millenia S ($31,075)
Standard equipment: leather seating surfaces and inner door panels, leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob and handbrake handle, wood trim, automatic climate control, theft deterrent system, remote keyless entry, power tilt-adjustable steering wheel, dual 8-way power seats, power moonroof, cruise control, ABS; S adds Bose premium AM/FM/cassette/CD stereo, traction control, 17-inch alloy wheels with locks, front spoiler
Options as tested (MSRP): N/A
Destination charge: ($520)
Gas guzzler tax: N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): $ 31,595
Layout: front-wheel drive
Engine: 2.3-liter dohc 24-valve supercharged V6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 210 @ 5300
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm): 210 @ 3500
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy: 20/28 mpg
Wheelbase: 108.3 in.
Length/width/height: 191.6/69.7/54.9 in.
Track, f/r: 59.8/59.8 in.
Turning circle: 37.4 ft.
Seating capacity: 5
Head/hip/leg room, f: 37.9/55.1/43.3 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m: N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r: 36.5/54.2/34.1 in.
Trunk volume: 13.0 cu. ft.
Payload: N/A
Towing capacity: N/A
Suspension, f: Independent
Suspension, r: Independent
Ground clearance: N/A
Curb weight: 3488 lbs.
Tires: P215/50VR17
Brakes, f/r: vented disc/disc with ABS
Fuel capacity: 18.0 gal.

 

 

Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of September 30, 2001.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
Manufacturer Info Sources: 1-800-222-5500 - www.mazdausa.com

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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 n/a
Passenger Crash Grade n/a
Side Impact Crash Test - Front
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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

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Passenger Restraint

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

Road Visibility

Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Security

Alarm 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 3 Years/50,000 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.

Each Mazda Certified Pre-Owned vehicle comes with a 12-Month / 12,000 Mile Vehicle Limited Warranty with no deductible on covered components, which begins when the factory warranty ends. If it's out of warranty, the 12-month/12,000 miles warranty begins on the certified retail date.

Coverage begins on the limited powertrain warranty from the original retail sales date and covers 7-Years /100,000 miles, whichever comes first.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2008-2014 model years and less than 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 150-Point Detailed Inspection

Autocheck® Vehicle History Report with 3-year buyback protection from Experian, subject to all Experian & Experian Automotive buyback terms and conditions.

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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