The Mazda Capella is a mid-size car that was manufactured by Mazda Motor Corporation from 1970 to 2002. Sold in the Japanese domestic market under the Capella name, the vehicle was also commonly known in other major markets as the Mazda 626.
The North American market 626, introduced in 1997 for the 1998 model year was different from those sold in other countries. The Michigan-built 626 resembled its predecessor, lacking the aggression which could be seen in the 626/Capella as built for the rest of the world. It was also considerably larger and heavier. LX and ES models were available, with both 2.0 and 2.5 V6 engines. Unusual amongst its competitors, the V6 was available with a manual transmission. The final Mazda 626 rolled off the Flat Rock, Michigan assembly plant on August 30, 2002 but in Colombia they were still being produced until 2006.
The 626 was Wheels magazine's Car of the Year for 1983 and again a second time in 1992. Car and Driver magazine named the 626 in their Ten Best list for 1988.