1996 Mazda 626 review and pictures

Posted on Saturday, 8 July 2006 , 07:07:35 byEmil

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Mazda 626

A V6-powered Mazda 626 delivers nothing but thrill and pleasure thanks to its driving as the 626 is the most gratifying to drive. Its performance makes it a joy to drive, long hauls or short, back roads or mere commuting. Real zeal to forward progress is ensured by the Mazda's 160 HP 2.5-liter V6 engine, an engine also used for the Ford Probe GT sport coupe. A V6-powered 626 weighs in at 2899 lbs., compared to 3241 lbs. for the Camry and 3219 for the Accord. As the 626's showroom performance proved to be quite lukewarm, an LX model was selected to find a cause of the problem. The model is powered by a V6 engine paired to a standard five-speed transmission. It features a tidy overall design, which is nicely proportioned and smooth. A general perception regarding the Mazda 626 says that it is a little pricey, a true fact when it was launched, but Mazda held back the annual price hikes. Thus, at $15,495, a basic 626 DX sedan costs a tad more than a Honda Accord DX ($15,100) but considerably less than a Camry DX ($16,758). For a car with a sporting spirit, the combination of of the V6 and 5-speed transmission is natural and it is not to be found on Camry and Accord V6 models. Although the LX V6 features disc brakes on all four wheels, and braking performance on dry pavement, ABS would turn out to be an extremely important feature which should be available as standard, not for extra $800. A single switch combines adjustment controls for the power-operated side mirrors, a switch which is set low in the dashboard to the left of the steering wheel. The wheel eclipses the function of the switch and it`s not easy to use when the car is moving.