2014 Mazda Mazda6 review – MSN Autos

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Mazda Mazda6

Improved in every way, may be the best full-size vehicle for you — and

Relatively responsive electric steering

Attractive, curvaceous new design

Significant weight


No U.S.-market wagon

Excessive wind and road

Bland interior styling

updated with a fresh a new engine and a suite of modern the 2014 Mazda Mazda6 is to make a splash in one of the market’s competitive segments: full-size the traditional family car. important for Mazda, because the company is a perennial darling for in the past it’s had some staying in the mainstream spotlight.

We road-tested the upcoming Mazda6, so on for our impressions on whether it can help change its position in the market.


The next-generation Mazda6 be produced in both sedan and variants, although drivers in the States will never see the The exterior design of the new model is a revamp from its predecessor, a in stark contrast to Mazda’s that ever so subtly their existing designs looking at you, Honda).

Based on the brand’s Kodo language, the new Mazda6 is at once Mazda, thanks to signature such as the 5-point grille, and entirely new, with a poised silhouette reminiscent of a XF. It’s a highly stylized, new appearance that is downright for this segment.

The new Mazda6 land on U.S. soil a 4-cylinder SkyActiv engine, a diesel option potentially later. This same classification is also applied to the and body, both of which claim are designed for great This isn’t hard to because at 2,992 pounds, the new car is a 337 pounds lighter than the model.

While this is all into a package that’s smaller than its predecessor, it is resting on a slightly longer — an ideal layout for both dynamics and interior and storage

The European-spec vehicles we tested are with summer tires either 17- or 19-inch wheels, that will change to tires for the U.S. market.

Under the hood

While the 2014 Mazda6 range a 2.2-liter diesel and an entry-level gasoline engine, the latter never make it to the power-hungry of the United States, because its high 14.1:1 compression necessitates 91 octane. Instead, get the larger 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, which boasts injection and a still-crazy-high 13.1:1 ratio.

Pumping out 189 horsepower at rpm, it’s the most SkyActiv mill to date, largely to the extra half-liter of Matching this horsepower is a stout 189 lb-ft of torque, peaks at 3250 rpm. a fairly traditional design nonhybrid), clever engineering Mazda to achieve claimed consumption figures solidly in the range.

The 2.5-liter engine can be to a traditional 6-speed manual with a typical Mazda shifter, or to an all-new 6-speed This new unit features a lock-up clutch design improves responsiveness, as well as shifters and kick down functionality. Both transmission send power to the front only.

Also worth noting is the of Mazda’s new i-ELOOP system, borrows some of the functionality of hybrid vehicles by regenerating through the vehicle’s braking enabling battery-free operation of the electrical systems and improving efficiency. This capacitor-based will be available as an option in the model year.


Like most cars in its the Mazda6’s interior design exactly push the envelope. it still boasts a tremendously interior, and despite a potentially … design sense, rather attractive. Our test were fitted with one of two trim options — bold and dark metal — and were in leather and soft-touch materials.

design is always somewhat we came away impressed our time in the cabin of Mazda’s new with no grievances worth

Mazda Mazda6

As for features, the Mazda6 boasts a of expected specs suited to a modern sedan. This the obvious power equipment and a array of available audio including an 11-speaker Bose USB and Bluetooth functionalities and steering controls. Like many these days, the Mazda6 two displays: a smaller one mounted in the panel used for driver and a larger touch-screen system high up on the dash for comfort, and navigation systems.

Additionally, the new Mazda6 is packed to the with safety technology — parking assistance and rearview systems, as well as front and collision detection and avoidance, adaptive cruise control, departure warning and so on. It’s to say it’s as loaded as anyone ever expect.

On the road

are some important impressions to away from our time the wheel of the 2014 Mazda6. For it feels great to drive, that Mazda isn’t throwing around marketing when it talks about a for driving. While many manufacturers equate sport extra badging or a different design, Mazda really to build in sportiness from the up.

Dare we say it, it’s reminiscent of legendary dedication to performance DNA in past.

Despite the French roads woefully straight and boring our testing, it is obvious the Mazda6 has the good steering as its siblings, a likely due to brilliant fine-tuning of the — particularly the caster angle. the steering is a touch too light for our it’s the best electric we’ve felt in this with the possible exception of the Passat.

As for downsides, we did notice a lot of — both from the road and the wind. The latter could be from the side mirrors.

We weren’t too thrilled with the system’s smoothness as it deactivated and the engine, but that feature heading to America anyway.

for you?

If you’re in the market for a sedan and have been the likes of the Honda Accord and Camry, then you owe it to yourself to the Mazda6. This especially to buyers who enjoy driving.

You can to see the U.S.-spec Mazda6 hit dealer in early 2013, and please us in hoping that diesel-powered will arrive by midyear. has yet to be announced, but it’s reasonable to it to stay in line with the generation — not to mention its competition — a range starting in the low $20,000

While there’s certainly inherently wrong with the competitors, as enthusiasts, we truly Mazda has a hit on its hands here. The has all the right ingredients, and its fate now in the hands of the buying public.

(As of a sponsored press event, the provided MSN with travel and to facilitate this report.)

Tate cut his teeth in the business as a team crew member moving to the editorial side as Editor of Sport Compact Car , and his has appeared in Popular Mechanics , , Motor Trend and European Car . not writing, Tate is usually about a vintage Porsche

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