While many vehicles offer high-performance and luxurious interiors, the price often soars too high to easily fit in the budgets of many drivers. However, the budgets of many of these drivers remain high enough not to limit them to low-performance, entry-level vehicles with minimal amounts of interior options. The 1996 Mazda 626 keeps those drivers in mind. The 626 balances performance, comfort, and price to make it a good option for drivers who want a nice vehicle, but at a relatively low price.
The 1996 Mazda 626 comes with solid power, good handling, and a smooth ride. On open highways and at high speeds, the Mazda 626 might not handle as well as some more expensive vehicles out there. However, in normal commuter driving, the Mazda 626 holds up very well, especially for its modest price. Even though it offers little excitement, the well-built design and nice assortment of features make it a good value that should fit the needs of many drivers.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 2.5-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Mazda 626 LX, Mazda 626 LX V6, Mazda 626 DX, Mazda 626 ES V-6
The 1996 Mazda 626 receives some minor exterior restyling. Side-impact protection shows improvement over previous models. The 626 LX and 626 LX V-6 now have the option of four-wheel anti-lock brakes outside of buying a full options package.
The Mazda 626 looks like a fairly average sedan. It has no unusual design features and little variance between the different models. The 1996 Mazda 626 might come off as bland to some drivers, but no one should find it particularly unattractive. Alloy wheels and a power moonroof can be selected as optional features on all models.
The interior of the 1996 Mazda 626, excluding the 626 DX, remains fairly typical for most sedans. Air-conditioning, an AM/FM radio, a cassette player, cruise control, and power steering provide standard features on almost all models. The ES V-6 also has leather seating and a power driver’s seat as standard features. The Mazda 626 DX seems more equivalent to an entry-level vehicle, with air-conditioning, an AM/FM radio, and a cassette player as optional features.
Performance & Handling
The Mazda 626 performs very well considering its low price tag. The four-cylinder models reach an average top speed and rate of acceleration. It proves more than enough to handle the needs of most suburban and urban commuters. The six-cylinder models improve on this slightly, but remain less powerful than other six-cylinder vehicles. The handling reaches above average, allowing it to take curves and turns with ease. The 1996 Mazda 626 offers solid handling and outperforms most of its competitors in the same price range.
The only standard safety feature on every 1996 Mazda 626 model is dual front airbags. Anti-lock brakes remain available an optional feature on all models, except the 626 DX.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mazda 626, 2.0-liter four-cylinder: 20/28 mpg city/highway
Mazda 626, 2.5-liter six-cylinder: 18/24 mpg city/highway
- Manual and automatic transmission option available on all models
- Low price tag
You Won't Like
- Slightly underpowered six-cylinder option
- Can usually find something better for a little higher price
A good all-around value.
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