Luxury is perception. Consider this week's test car, the 2001 Mazda Millenia S sedan. Mazda executives call it a "luxury" automobile. That's because they are seeking status for their flagship car. Auto industry analysts and Mazda's rivals call the Millenia "near-luxury." That's because they need to discriminate, or, as they put it, "differentiate." It's a matter of cla...
With production slated to end next year, the 2001 Mazda Millenia remains relatively unchanged this season. This four door Sedan is offered in P and S trim levels, with engines ranging from a 170 horsepower 2.5-liter V6 to a 210 horsepower 2.3-liter V6 mated to a 4-speed overdrive-enabled automatic transmission as standard. The Millenia seats up to five passengers and boasts a solid list of standard equipment, including auto climate control, cruise, keyless entry, power controls, heated seats, AM/FM/CD audio, front and side-body airbags, ABS brakes and traction control.
The 2001 Mazda Millenia is available as a 4-door, 5-seat sedan. Starting at $28,025, the 2001 Mazda Millenia P is powered by a 2.5L, 6-cylinder engine mated to an automatic transmission that returns an EPA estimated 20-mpg in the city and 28-mpg on the highway. The top of the line 2001 Mazda Millenia S, priced at $31,025, is powered by a 2.3L, 6-cylinder engine mated to an automatic transmission that returns an EPA estimated 20-mpg in the city and 28-mpg on the highway.
Yes folks, thats right! I've bought me another car! It's a 2001 Mazda Millenia Premium w/ 170K on the odometer. Yes that is a lot of miles, but it was well worth it to now be driving one of the most sought after Mazda's ever built! Bought her for $3000 from a small, and I do mean small, car dealer, in Plano, TX. The car is still in amazing shape for having as many miles as it does. Now a tiny bit of Mazda Millenia history, just to give you an idea of how rare this car is.
In 1994, Mazda launched the Millenia into production as part of a group of cars under the car group named Amati. When Amati went belly up due to financial troubles, the Millenia alone was the last car to survive under the Amati name. The car went through a couple of design changes over the years, ending with the version you see here (2001-2002) as the last of the Millenias. In Japan, the Millenia is known as the Eunos 800, and in Europe it's known as the Xedos 9.
The 2001-2002 Millenias were basically available in 2 packages. First off, you had the Premium. Which included things like power seats, leather, power tilt steering, sunroof, etc. and a 2.5L 24-valve DOHC V6 (KLDE) which produced 170hp and 160 lb/ ft of torque. However, if you were a bit more adventurous and wanted a little bit more for your money, then you stepped up to the Millenia S Premium. Aside from having essentially the same features as the base premium, the S had a sportier edge to it, with a big ace up it's sleeve. To most the S just simply looked like a standard Millenia, until the right foot hits the deck! The engine bay houses the highly technical 2.3L Miller Cycle Supercharged V6. This version belted out 210hp and 210 lb/ ft of torque, enough to propel the car to 60 mph in just under 7 seconds! All in all, the 2001-2002 Mazda Millenia is a luxury mid-size family sedan built to compete in the big names market such as Lexus, BMW, and Mercedes Benz, and it does so with ease!
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