2012 Mazda6 GT-V6 Road Test Review

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2012 Mazda6 GT-V6 Test Review

A good-looking sedan with a uniquely character

Introduced in 2002 as the for the Mazda 626 (a.k.a. the Mazda ), the Mazda6 quickly established as a bit of an enthusiast driver’s family a reputation that was bolstered in with the introduction of the high-performance, drive Mazdaspeed6.

A second Mazda6 was introduced in Europe for but North Americans got a different car in a widened and lengthened version of the car elsewhere in the world. It meant the of some of the original car’s edge, but it also meant it now measured up in terms of size its chief rivals such as the Camry and Honda Accord itself is sold in different-sized for world markets and North markets).

The 2010 and 2011 years saw various minor and improvements to the Mazda6, but with the redesign expected for 2013, the model carries over from 2011 save for paint colour choices. the compromises made in order to to a broader range of North consumers, the Mazda6 still a bit of an enthusiast driver’s family

It has a sportier look and feel the Accord, Camry or even the Fusion, with which the shares its platform. I was given a red GT-V6 to try out for a week, and it left me Why don’t we see more of these on the road?

Certainly the Mazda6 has the of a winner: perfectly proportioned, it has a coupe-like profile, curvaceously fenders and a front end that to capture Mazda’s smiling without becoming a caricature. A of short years ago it would been easy to describe the as the best-looking midsize family on the market, and while the new Korean (the Hyundai Sonata and the Kia have now made the choice far obvious, the Mazda still a serious contender for the style

Mechanically, the Mazda6 is available either a 2.5-litre inline engine that develops 170 and 167 lb-ft of torque, or a 3.7-litre V6 develops a healthy 272 horsepower and 269 of torque. The 4-cylinder is available either a 6-speed manual or a automatic transmission, while the comes with a 6-speed

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The V6 in my test car plenty powerful, with of torque available across the rev although it would have nice if Mazda offered shifters for manual control of the (there is a manual mode but shifting is accomplished exclusively the shift lever). Acceleration the V6 is brisk, taking just 6.5 to go from 0-100 km/h, 4-cylinder cars turn in a pedestrian but still perfectly time of just over 9 Fuel economy (city/highway) for the V6 is a thirsty 11.9 / 7.9 L/100km, the 4-cylinder turning in reasonably ratings of 9.8 / 6.6 L/100km.

Handling has always been a bit of a strong point, and the 2012 doesn’t disappoint. In a straight on the highway, it impresses with an quiet ride and a solid from granite feel. In the is offers quick, precise with responsive handling and grip during reasonably driving.

It’s not flawless I found the electric power to be rather on the light side, and the limits of adhesion are reached the serves up heaping dollops of – but the Mazda6 is still a couple of notches above of its direct competitors.

Inside, the offers what is perhaps described as sophisticated simplicity. not all flash and bang, but the basic and gadgets you’d expect to are all accounted for, and everything is styled and built of good materials. The dash and door uppers (both front and are soft-touch, with appropriate plastics used elsewhere.

accents surround the instruments and up the centre stack, and there’s convincing-looking black zebra trim splashed about the I particularly liked the instrument which is mostly red with indigo-blue rings highlighting the scales.

My test car’s pushbutton was perhaps a little less it looked and worked fine, but its at the bottom of the centre stack a little like an afterthought, an highlighted by the rather crude-looking where the normal column-mounted switch would be. I was also than thrilled with the interface.

It offers audio as well as cell phone but like some other systems I’ve tested, the streaming didn’t get along with my phone (it would disconnect my phone functions and streaming audio instead, being asked), so I had to remember to go the phone connect procedure at the of each drive. Other might not suffer this but it’s worth checking out if the of your particular phone is to you.

Pricing on the Mazda6 starts at for the 4-cylinder GS model, which all the expected safety equipment airbags, ABS brakes, traction and a fairly comprehensive list of and convenience equipment including niceties as heated mirrors, computer, steering-wheel mounted controls, rain-sensing wipers, temperature sensor and six-speaker audio with auxiliary A $1,940 comfort package a power moonroof, dual-zone control, leather-wrapped steering and shift knob, power seat and 6-changer CD player.

The GT is priced at $29,395 and includes from the GS and the comfort package, adds such items as wheels (18-inch alloys of 17-inch), leather upholstery, fog LED taillights, HID headlights and an auto rearview mirror. A $2,595 package adds pushbutton 10-speaker BOSE audio Sirius satellite radio, a passenger seat, blind-spot system, rearview camera and An automatic transmission is available as a option with all 4-cylinder for $1,200.

The 6-cylinder GS starts at and is equipped similarly to the 4-cylinder GT while my GT-V6 test at the top of the range, came in at $37,440 destination fees of $1,695) and was similarly to a 4-cylinder GT with the package. For the GT trim only (4- or a navigation system is available as a $2,600 option.

With this range of the Mazda6 is right in the mix with its from Honda, Toyota and and others such as Chevrolet’s Kia’s Optima continues to with a strong value and Ford’s Fusion, which a platform with the Mazda6, has some very competitive prices. What the Mazda6 is distinctive good looks and a sporty character, and this it a car that shouldn’t be overlooked if in the market for a new midsize family

Story credits: Simon Canadian Auto Press

credits: Simon Hill, Auto Press

Copyright: Auto Press Inc.

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