Used 2002 Mazda Millenia

2002 Mazda Millenia
MSRP Range
$28,075 - $31,675

Pros & Cons

  • Attractive exterior styling and interior design, supercharged Millenia S engine, competitive price.
  • Cramped interior, weak base engine, lack of brand cache, floaty highway ride, aging platform.
Mazda Millenia years
Mazda Millenia for Sale

Edmunds' Expert Review

Not really a luxury car and not really a sport sedan, Millenia is past its expiration date.

Vehicle overview

The Mazda Millenia leads a dual-purpose life. It comes in two versions: the Millenia and the Millenia S. In terms of price, the base Millenia competes against cars like the Honda Accord EX V6 and the Nissan Maxima, while the Millenia S goes up against sporty entry-level luxury cars like the Audi A4, Acura TL and Lincoln LS.

The Millenia has been around in its current iteration since 1995. To keep the car fresh, Mazda recently updated the car's styling. Never a standout in terms of design, the Millenia's revised hood, fenders, bumper, grille and headlights certainly helped matters. Today's Millenia is an attractive car.

Inside, leather trim is standard equipment. There's also a premium audio system, a center console with dual-level storage, a leather armrest cover, a 12-volt power point and dual covered cupholders. Dressed in a snazzy two-tone interior color scheme, Millenia's cabin boasts a leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob and parking brake. Rounding things out are items such as power lumbar support, rear-seat cupholders and retained accessory power. As was the case last year, traction control and heated front seats are part of the Four-Seasons package. The Special Edition package includes a special front grille, black exterior paint and a black-and-ivory trimmed interior.

The main difference between the Millenia and Millenia S is their engines. The base Millenia is powered by a 2.5-liter V6 that makes 170 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 160 pound-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm. The supercharged 2.3-liter V6 in the Millenia S makes 210 horsepower at 5,300 rpm and 210 pound-feet of torque at 3,500 rpm. Both are equipped with four-speed automatic transmissions. The Millenia's 170 horsepower is a bit wanting, so it's best to step up to the Millenia S, if you're looking for power. Acceleration is strong, as long as summer heat isn't sapping the engine's strength. On the road, the Millenia's suspension does a good job of quelling body roll in turns, but exhibits an excessively floaty ride on the highway. Mazda considers the Nissan Maxima, the Infiniti I35, the Toyota Avalon and the Acura TL to be the Millenia's primary competitors. That's heady company, and given the Mazda's age, basic luxury amenities, interior packaging and dearth of performance capability, the 6 cannot arrive soon enough.

2002 Highlights

Now that the brilliant 6 sport sedan has been approved for production, the Millenia's days are numbered. Understandably, changes for 2002 barely register on the Richter scale. Are you ready for this? An auto-dimming mirror with compass is standard, and Snow White Pearl paint is changed to Snow Flake White Pearl paint. You can also get a Special Edition with a chrome-finished front grille, a black exterior and a black-and-ivory interior with titanium trim.


Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2002 Mazda Millenia.

5 star reviews: 79%
4 star reviews: 16%
3 star reviews: 5%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%
Average user rating: 4.7 stars based on 89 total reviews

Trending topics in reviews

  • appearance
  • value
  • maintenance & parts
  • reliability & manufacturing quality
  • interior
  • engine
  • fuel efficiency
  • comfort
  • driving experience
  • handling & steering
  • ride quality
  • road noise
  • lights
  • transmission
  • oil
  • brakes
  • doors
  • sound system
  • seats
  • acceleration
  • safety
  • wheels & tires
  • emission system
  • climate control
  • visibility
  • spaciousness
  • dashboard
  • infotainment system

Most helpful consumer reviews

3 out of 5 stars, 2002 Millenia

I got this car with 137k miles on it and kept it for almost 5 years. This is a luxury car and is expensive to repair. I recommend financing a certified car if you want this. Something had to be changed every few months and it usually cost north of $1000. I spent around $2000 (and even more) every year to keep this car on the road. Parts are overpriced ($330 per engine mount is insane and there are 4 of them!). The check engine light is a huge issue with this car. As it ages, many exhaust components need to be changed (vacuum lines, egr port, catalytic converters, o2 sensors...the list goes on). I can only recommend this car to a mechanic or someone with deep pockets. It loves maintenance.

3.125 out of 5 stars, Lemon?

I bought my Millenia new in 2002. Had problems with it from beginning. It is the white with gold bottom. Loved all the extras for the price. Very loud interior road noise. So bad you can't talk on cell. Engine light problems early on, caused by Mazda requiring premium fuel--which they later revised--but not until they had to work on the engine 5 times! Very tough dealing with Mazda. I read other reviews about how quiet theirs are. I wonder if we're talking about the same car. I even bought new tires that are supposed to be known for their quiet ride. When those didn't help, I realized it was the car. I'm glad all the others are satisfied. It was a lot of car for the price, but a lemon!

4.625 out of 5 stars, S Model Problems

I've had my S since 2002, always had basic maintenance done. It has 95000 anad is due for Timing belt change to the tune of $2500. Valve covers leaking into cylinders, misfiring and not burning all gas which might be hurting the cat converter. Might need ignition coils, clogged ECG valve. This car was fine until now and now its going to cost over $3500 or more to get these things fixed. Very expensive car to maintain with higher mileage. Think twice about buying a used S model unless you have deep pockets.

4.875 out of 5 stars, Mazda Millenia

Bought this car in 2008, very good mileage 72,900. Love this car handles great good gas mileage looks great. Wish they bring them back 2011.

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Features & Specs

Premium 4dr Sedan features & specs
Premium 4dr Sedan
2.5L 6cyl 4A
MPG 17 city / 24 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
170 hp @ 5800 rpm

S 4dr Sedan features & specs
S 4dr Sedan
2.3L 6cyl S/C 4A
MPG 17 city / 25 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
210 hp @ 5300 rpm

S Special Edition 4dr Sedan features & specs
S Special Edition 4dr Sedan
2.3L 6cyl S/C 4A
MPG 17 city / 25 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
210 hp @ 5300 rpm

Premium Special Edition 4dr Sedan features & specs
Premium Special Edition 4dr Sedan
2.5L 6cyl 4A
MPG 17 city / 24 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
170 hp @ 5800 rpm

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NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
DriverNot Rated
PassengerNot Rated
Side Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Side Barrier RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver4 / 5
Passenger3 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
RolloverNot Rated
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact TestNot Tested
Roof Strength TestNot Tested
Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintNot Tested
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test

Is the Mazda Millenia a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2002 Millenia both on the road and at the track. Edmunds’ consumer reviews show that the 2002 Millenia gets an average rating of 5 stars out of 5 (based on 89 reviews) You probably care about Mazda Millenia fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Millenia gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Millenia has 13.3 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Mazda Millenia. Learn more
Is the Mazda Millenia reliable?
To determine whether the Mazda Millenia is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Millenia. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Millenia's 5-star average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2002 Mazda Millenia a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2002 Mazda Millenia is a good car. Our consumer reviews show that the 2002 Millenia gets an average rating of 5 stars out of 5 (based on 89 reviews). Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2002 Millenia is a good car for you. Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2002 Mazda Millenia?

The least-expensive 2002 Mazda Millenia is the 2002 Mazda Millenia Premium 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 4A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $28,075.

Other versions include:

  • Premium 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 4A) which starts at $28,075
  • S 4dr Sedan (2.3L 6cyl S/C 4A) which starts at $31,075
  • S Special Edition 4dr Sedan (2.3L 6cyl S/C 4A) which starts at $31,675
  • Premium Special Edition 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 4A) which starts at $28,875
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What are the different models of Mazda Millenia?
If you're interested in the Mazda Millenia, the next question is, which Millenia model is right for you? Millenia variants include Premium 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 4A), S 4dr Sedan (2.3L 6cyl S/C 4A), S Special Edition 4dr Sedan (2.3L 6cyl S/C 4A), and Premium Special Edition 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 4A). For a full list of Millenia models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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Used 2002 Mazda Millenia Overview

The Used 2002 Mazda Millenia is offered in the following submodels: Millenia Sedan. Available styles include Premium 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 4A), S 4dr Sedan (2.3L 6cyl S/C 4A), S Special Edition 4dr Sedan (2.3L 6cyl S/C 4A), and Premium Special Edition 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 4A).

What do people think of the 2002 Mazda Millenia?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2002 Mazda Millenia and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2002 Millenia 4.7 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2002 Millenia.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

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Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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Should I lease or buy a 2002 Mazda Millenia?

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