2014 Mazda 6 drive review – Autoweek

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2014 Mazda 6 drive

The base engine for the 2014 6 is a 2.5-liter four cylinder 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque.

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What is it?

the successful launch of the CX-5 last year, Mazda to continue its sales momentum an all-new Mazda 6 midsize The 6 is the second vehicle to go on sale the entire portfolio of Mazda’s Skyactiv technology, including a new of engines, transmissions and lighter and suspension components. Like car company, Mazda hopes to a bigger chunk of the biggest segment in the United States.

At the 6 will be offered only a direct-injection 2.5-liter Skyactiv producing 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque. The is connected to either a Skyactiv manual or six-speed automatic Mazda worked extensively on the to boost efficiency by redesigning the and injectors to lower combustion and speed up the combustion time to knock.

A 4-2-1 exhaust manifold was developed for improved flow. The results in an engine that a 13:1 compression ratio and on regular, 87 octane fuel.

For fans, Mazda has also that the 6 will be offered a 2.2-liter turbocharged diesel but sales do not begin until the half of this year. details about that will be released as we get closer to the date.

On the transmission front, the features shorter and crisper thanks to a shorter shifter and fluid. There also is a hold assist feature for launches on inclines.

More was done on the automatic that both a torque converter and wet At speeds less than 5 the torque converter is used for take-offs and at higher speeds, the clutches provide more shifts. Mazda says the is good for a 7 percent gain in economy and claims that more efficient than a and continuously variable transmissions.

The body structure has 20 percent high-tensile steel, compared to the model, for less weight compromising strength. In all, 58 of the body is now composed of high steel.

All those steps yield a midsize sedan receives an EPA fuel economy of 25 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway for manual-equipped With the automatic it gets an EPA of 26 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. That up favorably with the heavy in the segment, including the Honda that gets 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the and the Nissan Altima with its 27 mpg and 38 mpg highway figures.

Mazda is expanding options for the latest 6 features such as adaptive control, lane departure automatic high beams, obstruction warning, rear alert and smart city support.

Finally, the new 6 continues with Kodo design language was first seen in production on the crossover.

What is it like to

We first sampled a base model equipped with the manual and were delighted the gearbox operation. The shifts crisp and bordered on Miata-like short throws, while the weighted clutch was easy to The hill-hold assist was also on a few occasions.

The 2.5-liter Skyactiv performs admirably, with power delivery and is impressively Throttle response is lively to rev-matching for downshifts entertaining for a sedan.

Where the 6 really is when you toss it around a It stays well planted in with the 17-inch Yokohama A83 tires providing good and little body roll. is quick to respond to inputs a fair amount of weight into the electric power system.

Brake performance is also a suit with almost bite from the top of the pedal

We also saddled up in a range-topping Touring model with the transmission. We were quite Shifts from the gearbox slick. In regular drive it would run up through the gears in the name of fuel economy.

and merging were done enough with a kick-down would drop a couple of and get you into the meat of the powerband in order.

The manual shift with steering wheel-mounted was responsive for downshifts, but was a bit lazy to to upshift commands.

Grand models get 19-inch wheels with Dunlop SP Sport rubber that are incredibly on the road. Hardly any tire penetrates into the well-isolated

A knock on the 6 is ride comfort can be described as harsher than the sellers in the segment. Smaller are easily damped out by the suspension but you do jolts from bigger imperfections. In no way can you call the ride

It’s just firmer.

The is pleasing with a simple that’s easy to work There are high-quality materials — from the soft-touch that make up the majority of the to the tasteful chrome trim. offer a fair amount of support and kept us comfortable our roughly three hours of time.

Do I want it?

If cars as the Honda Accord. Toyota Nissan Altima and Chevrolet bore you to tears with looks and lackluster drive then, yes, you want the Mazda 6.

It’s been the athletic driving vehicle in the and the new model continues that

In addition to having the sportiest the Skyactiv equipment now gives the 6 a fuel economy argument, is something that Mazda had lacked in comparison with its

The Kodo design is attractive and the 6 a clean visual punch the flowing character line runs from the front panel to the front doors. the rear end does look a bit to our eye.

Most exciting is the diesel engine that certainly give the Volkswagen TDI a run for its money. The Mazda certainly the VW in a beauty contest and in the handling department. It’s safe to say we are waiting to get a crack at driving the 6.

2014 Mazda 6

On Sale: Now

Price: $21,675

Drivetrain: 184-hp, 185-lb-ft I4; FWD, manual

Curb Weight: lb

0-60 mph: 8.2 sec (est)

Economy (EPA City/Hwy/Combined): mpg

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