626 specifications (North America)


1980 626

First generation (1979-1982)

Base engine: I4, 2.0 liters, SOHC, 2bbl carb
Bore and stroke: 3.15 x 3.86 inches (80 x 98 mm)
Compression ratio: 8.6
Horsepower (SAE net): 75 @ 4500 rpm
Torque (lb-ft): 105 @ 2500 rpm

Optional engine: None

Length (inches): 173.8
Width (inches): 65.4
   ("Luxury" version: 66.5)

Wheelbase (inches): 98.8
Curb weight (lb, base): 2530
Tire size (base): 165SR13
Tire size (optional): 185/70R13
Transmission (manual): 5-speed (3.21, 1.82, 1.30, 1.00, 0.86)
Transmission (automatic): 3-speed (2.46, 1.46, 1.00)
Final-drive ratio: 3.64


1986 626

Second generation (1983-1987)

Base engine: I4, 2.0 liters, SOHC, 2bbl carb
   (1986-87: fuel injection)
Bore and stroke: 3.39 x 3.39 inches (86 x 86 mm)
Compression ratio: 8.6:1
Horsepower (SAE net): 83 @ 4500 rpm
Torque (lb-ft): 110 @ 2500 rpm

Optional engine (1986-87 only): I4, 2.0 liters, SOHC, turbocharged, fuel injection
Bore and stroke: 3.39 x 3.39 inches (86 x 86 mm)
Compression ratio: 7.8:1
Horsepower (SAE net): 120 @ 4500 rpm
Torque (lb-ft): 150 @ 2500 rpm

Length (inches): 173.8
Width (inches): 66.5
Wheelbase (inches): 98.8
Curb weight (lb, base): 2545
Tire size (base): 185/70R14
Tire size (optional): 195/60R15
Transmission (manual): 5-speed (3.31, 1.83, 1.23, 0.97, 0.79)
Transmission (automatic): 3-speed (F3A)
   (1987: 4-speed - G4A-EL)
Final-drive ratio: 3.85


1992 626

Third generation (1988-1992)

Base engine: I4, 2.2 liters, SOHC, 3 valves per cylinder, fuel injection
Bore and stroke: 3.39 x 3.70 inches (86 x 94 mm)
Compression ratio: 8.6:1
Horsepower (SAE net): 110 @ 4700 rpm
Torque (lb-ft): 130 @ 3000 rpm

Optional engine: I4, 2.2 liters, SOHC, 3 valves per cylinder, turbocharged and intercooled, fuel injection
Bore and stroke: 3.39 x 3.70 inches (86 x 94 mm)
Compression ratio: 7.8:1
Horsepower (SAE net): 145 @ 4300 rpm
Torque (lb-ft): 190 @ 3500 rpm

Length (inches): 179.3
Width (inches): 66.5
Wheelbase (inches): 101.4
Curb weight (lb, base): 2670
Tire size (base): 185/70R14
Tire size (optional): 195/60R15
Transmission (manual): 5-speed
Transmission (automatic): 4-speed (G4A-EL)
Final-drive ratio (manual): 4.11
Final-drive ratio (automatic): 3.70


1993 626 owned by Todd Hill (no relation)

Fourth generation (1993-1997)

Base engine: I4, 2.0 liters, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, fuel injection
Bore and stroke: 3.27 x 3.62 inches (83 x 92 mm)
Compression ratio: 9.0:1
Horsepower (SAE net): 118 @ 5500 rpm
   (1996-97: 114 @ 5500 rpm)
Torque (lb-ft): 127 @ 4500 rpm
   (1996-97: 124 @ 4500 rpm)

Optional engine: V6, 2.5 liters, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, fuel injection
Bore and stroke: 3.33 x 2.92 inches (84.5 x 74.2 mm)
Compression ratio: 9.2:1
Horsepower (SAE net): 164 @ 5600 rpm
Torque (lb-ft): 160 @ 4800 rpm

Length (inches): 184.4
Width (inches): 68.9
Wheelbase (inches): 102.8
Curb weight (lb, base): 2672
Tire size (base): 195/65R14
Tire size (optional): 205/55R15
Transmission (manual): 5-speed
   (with I4 - 3.31, 1.83, 1.23, 0.91, 0.72)
   (with V6 - 3.31, 1.83, 1.31, 1.03, 0.80)
Transmission (automatic): 4-speed (GF4A-EL) (1993; 1994-97 with V6 engine)
   (2.80, 1.54, 1.00, 0.70)
Transmission (automatic): 4-speed (LA4A-EL/CD4E) (1994-97 with I4 engine)
   (2.89, 1.57, 1.00, 0.70)
Final-drive ratio (manual): 4.11
Final-drive ratio (automatic): 3.84 (1993)
   4.16 (GF4A-EL, 1994-97)
   4.23 (LA4A-EL/CD4E, 1994-97)


2000 626

Fifth generation (1998-2002)

Base engine: I4, 2.0 liters, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, fuel injection
Bore and stroke: 3.27 x 3.62 inches (83 x 92 mm)
Compression ratio: 9.0:1
Horsepower (SAE net): 125 @ 5500 rpm
   (2000: 130 @ 5500 rpm)
Torque (lb-ft): 127 @ 3000 rpm
   (2000: 130 @ 3000 rpm)

Optional engine: V6, 2.5 liters, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, fuel injection
Bore and stroke: 3.33 x 2.92 inches (84.5 x 74.2 mm)
Compression ratio: 9.2:1
Horsepower (SAE net): 170 @ 6000 rpm
   (2001: 165 @ 6000 rpm)
Torque (lb-ft): 163 @ 5000 rpm
   (2001: 161 @ 5000 rpm)

Length (inches): 187.4
Width (inches): 69.3
Wheelbase (inches): 105.1
Curb weight (lb, base): 2864
Tire size (base): 205/60R15
Tire size (optional): 205/55R16
Transmission (manual): 5-speed
   (with I4 - 3.31, 1.83, 1.23, 0.91, 0.76)
   (with V6 - 3.31, 1.83, 1.31, 1.03, 0.84)
Transmission (automatic): 4-speed (GF4A-EL) (V6)
   (2.80, 1.54, 1.00, 0.70)
Transmission (automatic): 4-speed (LA4A-EL/CD4E) (I4)
   (2.89, 1.57, 1.00, 0.70)
Final-drive ratio (manual): 4.11
Final-drive ratio (automatic): 4.16 (GF4A-EL)
   4.23 (LA4A-EL/CD4E)


Generally speaking:

The first-generation 626 was a rear-drive car with struts up front and a coil-sprung live axle in back. All subsequent 626 models have had front drive, struts at all four corners, and Mazda's Twin Trapezoidal Link system to locate the rear wheels. The 2003 Mazda6, which replaced the 626 in the lineup, has double-wishbones up front instead of struts.

Originally, there were both 2-door coupe and 4-door sedan versions of the 626. In 1988, 4-door sedan and 5-door hatchback versions were offered. (If you wanted a 2-door, you bought an MX-6.) The 5-door was dropped in North America after 1992, though it continued in other markets.

Third- and fourth-generation cars (1988 through 1997) have hydraulic valve-lash adjusters, which require no maintenance in normal use but which can become noisy. Mazda returned to adjustable lifters in the fifth-generation cars (1998 and afterward); they recommend inspection every 48k miles.

Specifications listed here are applicable only to models exported to or built in North America; other 626 or Capella/Xedos models worldwide may have had different powertrains.

All the four-cylinder cars were designed for regular unleaded fuel (87 US pump octane); the V6 cars expected premium (91).

For a discussion of automatic transmission issues with the 626, see the 626 Transmission FAQ.


Note: 626 information has been compiled from various sources, including Mazda brochures, contemporary car magazines, Chilton's, and the occasional Web site. (Our thanks to Randy Stocker at Solomiata.com, who knows these engines backwards and forwards, and to Arne Bang, who passed on some useful information about European-spec models.)

Updated 17 August 2008


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