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2014 6 Road Test and Review:

Stardom has, thus eluded the Mazda 6, but it’s not for the lack of trying. Often by driving enthusiasts, and historically in sedan, 5-door hatchback, and wagon body styles, the 6 has traditionally blended entertaining dynamics with an extra of practicality, a deserved reputation for and appealing good looks. And for whatever reason, it has languished, only by a relative handful of car buyers looking for something fun to and something different from everyone else parks in of their homes.

The redesigned Mazda 6 has the power to change despite its entry into the crowded segment in the marketplace it competes against some of the capable vehicles boasting the designs. In terms of styling, economy, and safety, it ranks the midsize sedan class Now add a comfortable interior, an affordable tag, and a list of technology that some luxury can’t boast.

That the new Mazda 6 simultaneously upholds the “Zoom-Zoom” approach to driving is simply icing on a very cake.

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2014 6 Road Test and Review: and Prices

Mazda sells the Mazda 6 only in a 4-door body style, though in parts of the world it can also be as a 5-door wagon. Three are for sale in the United States: Touring, and Grand Touring.

equipment for the Mazda 6 Sport with the $795 destination includes everything you need and you don’t, though to get Bluetooth, a camera, text messaging Pandora radio streaming, HD and Mazda’s E911 Emergency service, you must upgrade the standard manual gearbox to the automatic transmission, bringing the to $23,290.

Most buyers are to choose the Mazda 6 Touring The Touring adds a long of upgrades including terrific-looking aluminum wheels, leatherette a power driver’s seat, automatic climate control, seat heater and air conditioning and a “Commander Switch” for the 5.8-inch infotainment display. The Touring is also equipped with a Blind Spot Monitoring and a Rear Cross Traffic system.

The Mazda 6 Touring can be optioned a Touring Technology Package that adds a navigation with real-time traffic a Bose premium audio with a free 4-month subscription to satellite radio, a Advanced Keyless Entry providing passive access to the and push-button starting, and a Smart Brake Support system. the Touring Package includes headlights, rain-sensing wipers, rearview and driver’s side heated exterior mirrors, and a garage door opener.

For a Mazda 6, try the Grand Touring ($30,290). Yes, it costs more than the Touring, but on recent statistics, this level is roughly aligned to the amount of money paid for a new car in In addition to the contents of the Touring Package, the Mazda 6 Grand is equipped with leather heated front seats, a sunroof, an Adaptive Front System with bi-Xenon discharge headlights, LED running fog lights, an alarm system, a spoiler, and an upgraded wheel

Mazda offers the Grand with a Mazda Radar Control system and a Forward Warning system. Sometime the end of the year, the Grand Touring also be available with a Departure Warning system, a Beam Control system, and an brake energy regeneration that converts the kinetic created from braking the car electricity that can be used to onboard accessories.

All three of the 2014 Mazda 6 can be painted Red or Crystal White at extra and Mazda dealers can install a of accessories. My test vehicle was the Touring model, dipped in Red paint and equipped with leather. The addition of an optional Radar Cruise Control and a Forward Obstruction Warning brought the sticker price to a reasonable $31,490 for a family car looks, feels, and is equipped a luxury sedan .

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Mazda 6 Road Test and Design

What’s New:

redesigned inside and out

Second designed to “Kodo” styling

Do you like the way the 2014 Mazda 6 Most people I encountered did. That bodes for Mazda after half a dithering around with the automaker called its “Nagare” theme, which resulted in faces on nearly every and, on the Mazda 5 minivan, and permanent sheetmetal ripples.

Mazda is incorporating its “Kodo” theme on all of its new models, and is even certain “Kodo” elements existing vehicles such as the and MX-5 Miata. “Kodo” to “Soul of Motion” and this more aggressive, and to my eye, far appealing styling approach has one of the best looking sedans on the regardless of price. My wife prefers the new Ford Fusion. but just because she finds Martins irresistible.

Inside, the new Mazda 6 adheres to a Germanic layout executed in quality with pleasing textures and The windshield pillars are wrapped in that matches the headliner, the door panel surfaces on all doors are padded, and the storage and cupholders are lined with to quell vibration and improve

My test car had the Black interior, but I the Almond interior, which a 2-tone appearance that richer and more upscale. the Almond color is offered every exterior paint hue for Liquid Silver.

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Mazda 6 Road Test and Comfort and Cargo


Interior is completely redesigned

is the word that best the 2014 Mazda 6 when it to interior and trunk space. is a comfortable and accommodating car, but to say it roomy would be inaccurate.

German luxury cars, the seat is firm but proves over longer hauls. to the previous-generation Mazda 6, which was a car, the seats feels a bit undersized under my oversized and because the Grand Touring is equipped with 19-inch offering impressive grip, it out that the driver’s seat adequate side bolstering, me to use my legs to brace myself in corners. The 8-way power seat does not provide a adjuster for the bottom cushion, and while I wished for a thigh extension I was able to position properly behind the tilt and steering wheel.

The front passenger’s seat is too, and though it lacks a adjuster, it sits high in relationship to the dashboard and side to keep its occupant from like he or she is sitting on the floor. the driver and passenger enjoy a padded center console that slides forward for comfort.

The Mazda 6 supplies of room for two adults. Legroom and room are more than if not quite excellent, and the front are softly padded, making friendly for lankier folks. Mazda provides carpeted beneath the front seats are designed to protect the tops of from scratches.

However, the Mazda 6 is a relatively low car, the seating position is low and somewhat making entry and exit for people with flabby

The Mazda 6 is equipped with a cu.-ft. trunk, which is not as big as popular midsize sedans. the space is usefully configured, and I this car for a big-box store involving bulk purchase of towels and diapers.

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Mazda 6 Road Test and Features and Controls


5.8-inch color infotainment

Bluetooth, Pandora, SMS text

Commander Switch controller on console

For a vehicle equipped numerous features and redundant on the steering wheel and center the Mazda 6 Grand Touring a relatively simple and straightforward employing large knobs, big and clear markings.

Though with a touchscreen, the infotainment has a knob for power and volume as as a knob for tuning and audio Combined with conventional climate controls on the lower of the dashboard, this means the reason I might require the or the Commander Switch is to access the system, Bluetooth, radio pre-sets, or alternate media

It is easy to pair a phone to the 6, to run Pandora Internet radio, and to the navigation system. The touchscreen is and offers large enough buttons to keep my blood low. But the screen is simply too I do, however, enjoy the immediacy of the 6’s controls and displays.

The instrumentation couldn’t be clearer, and provides tasteful detailing to them appear more

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2014 Mazda 6 Test and Review: Safety and

What’s New:


Rear Cross Traffic

E911 Emergency Notification

Smart City Braking

Mazda Radar Cruise

Forward Obstruction Warning

Front Lighting System

Departure Warning System

High Beam Control

Mazda 6

For Mazda has significantly improved the 6’s safety ratings and technology. A reversing camera, SMS messaging, and an E911 emergency system that can help rescue to the scene of a collision the car’s airbags deploy are equipment on every 2014 6 that has an automatic transmission.

the Touring trim level, and the car has a Blind Spot Monitoring and a Rear Cross Traffic system. A Smart City Support system is optional for the model, scanning ahead for or stopped vehicles in the Mazda 6path. If the system detects an and the car is traveling at a speed under 19 it automatically readies the braking for maximum braking power the driver touches the brake

If the driver does not respond, the can autonomously apply the brakes to the force of the impact, thereby injury.

The Grand Touring comes standard with City Brake Support, an Front Lighting System, and wipers. A Mazda Radar Control system with Obstruction Warning can maintain following distances from ahead and also identify in the road, sounding an alert to the driver to take evasive

Additionally, Mazda is planning to a Lane Departure Warning and an automatic High Beam system for the Grand Touring before the end of the year.

2014 6 Crash-Test Ratings:

According to the Institute for Highway Safety the redesigned Mazda 6 is a “Top Pick Plus.” That it passed the tough new small frontal-impact test, which is to measure vehicle protection in the event of a collision with a a pole, or oncoming traffic the impact is taken on the tested front left corner. results from the National Traffic Safety Administration were not available as this was published.

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2014 Mazda 6 Test and Review: Engines and Economy

What’s New:

engineering approach

Rated for 30 mpg in driving

Optional clean engine coming soon

now, as this review is the 2014 Mazda 6 is offered with a direct-injected, 2.5-liter engine making 184 horsepower at rpm and 185 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,250 That’s plenty of oomph for a lightweight sedan that about 3,200 lbs.

the SkyActiv-G engine, this plant is paired with a manual gearbox in the Sport Most Sport models, as as all Touring and Grand Touring have a 6-speed automatic with a manual shift and paddle shifters on the steering In some regions of the country, engine meets Partial Emission Vehicle (PZEV)

With the manual transmission, the 6 is EPA-rated to get 25 mpg in the city, 37 mpg on the highway, and 29 mpg in driving. The 6-speed automatic each of those numbers by one and we averaged 28.5 mpg during a of driving.

By the end of the year, the Mazda 6 be available with a new SkyActiv-D clean diesel 4-cylinder Final horsepower, torque, and economy specifications will be closer to this engine’s date, but it is expected to offer torque and better fuel than the SkyActiv-G engine.

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2014 Mazda 6 Road and Review: Driving Impressions

driven under what be described as “normal” conditions, the new 6 feels poised, nimble, and a ballerina on the Daily Commute The car’s engaging dynamics the driver to make a play on a favorite back road, and the Mazda 6 is a capable canyon among midsize family it did not instill quite the level of I expected from the House of

The electric steering is good, but not Steering response is reasonably and accurate, but as is common with steering systems, artificial and resistance are substituted for genuine As a result, from my perspective, the makes it “feel” like is more weight sitting the front tires than is the reality.

More weight the front tires translates to understeer and, thus, as a I don’t possess the confidence to as much speed into a as the car can likely manage.

Come to of it, maybe this is actually a feature.

Additionally, when with enthusiasm, the suspension proves a bit soft over types of road undulations, more body bound and than is expected. Over road shock transfers the cabin via the steering column and Both traits make the 6 feel less solid and than expected.

These noted, keep in mind they cropped up only I exercised the car in the local mountains. Mazda 6 owners will explore this family handling limits, and will not any dynamic flaws aside the amount of road and wind evident on the freeway.

Thanks to the light curb weight and transmission gearing, the Mazda 6 more energetic than its and torque ratings might The 6-speed automatic transmission quickly, rapidly acclimating to new situations, such as hill and driver demands, as when down a favorite back I’m no fan of Mazda’s counterintuitive shift pattern (push the up to downshift), but the steering wheel shifters work well.

quality will appeal to a range of owners, and enthusiasts be happy with the amount of feel and communication filtering up the tires and suspension. In particular, the Dunlop SP Sport 5000 do a terrific job of communicating road both aurally and tactilely. And they do squeal a bit at times, deliver excellent grip in

Also, the Mazda 6’s work beautifully, always, fail.

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