In the world of four-door sedans, there are normal ones – like that Altima they made from 2008ish until 2012; the one with those turn wraparound turn signals the size of a fire hydrant – and there are beautiful ones. I am thinking now of the 1995-2001 BMW 7-Series. You know: before the days of Chris Bangle.
But there’s another beautiful sedan that I think way too many of us forget about: the Mazda Millenia S. I’m not referring to the first-generation model, which a lot of people wrongly believe is beautiful, but rather the second-gen Millenia, which is actually beautiful. It included gorgeous lines, gorgeous wheels, and general gorgeousness. Part of this gorgeousness was likely derived from its two-tone paint job. I’m a sucker for two-tone paint jobs.
Of course, the Millenia is an example of Mazda’s typical product strategy, which is: Get everything right, but don’t tell anyone. The “get everything right” bit here refers not only to the styling, but the interior and – most importantly – the engine: a supercharged V6 that made a muscular 210 horsepower (muscular for the time, mind you) despite inexplicably being just 2.3 liters in overall size.
Sadly, the Millenia was a little big, or maybe a little expensive, or some other excuse Mazda North America gave Mazda Japan for why yet another model failed to take off. Whatever the reason, it’s a shame, as the Millenia was the most handsome car on the road in the late ‘90s and early 2000s. Except, of course, for that 1995-2001 7-Series.