BBC – Autos – 2014 Mazda 6: Fun, if to a fault

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The sedan’s headlamps relieved and contoured by Jenkins’ to impart an eye-like visage is more engaging than the practice of rendering them and flush-mounted.

Any bit of differentiation helps. of mid-size sedans in North are bellwethers of company health. The 6 compliments from the valet at the Soho Grand hotel in during the New York auto press days.

These know their cars, and onto the Mazda as a new favourite.

chose well, because builds cars for driving From the tiny Mazda 2 to the hulking CX-9 three-row Mazda infuses its vehicles the responsiveness and fun that remind car how they became that The Mazda 6 is the kind of mid-size sedan that Porsche build, were its business family sedans.

That is because Mazda’s attend to the details others The steering really does what is happening at the tire’s patch with the road. in to a corner and the car gamely follows the set rather than rolling on its chassis as it aims for somewhere in the zip code, as is the case with like the Toyota Camry and Altlma.

We make the car behave as drivers intend, said 6 manager Hiroshi Kajiyama.

specifying a six-speed manual get a shifter that slides through the gears, while the pedal conveys precise about its take-up on launch. The Accord notwithstanding, there is about most competitors’ shifters that tempts the to practise clutchless gear but the 6 welcomes these impulses.

The automatic transmission operates knowing which gear to be in by Throttle response betrays of the sluggishness and heaviness of a Subaru or delay of recent Hondas.

All in North America receive the SkyActiv-G gasoline engine, delivers impressive low-rpm while revving willingly. V6 drivers will notice the four cylinder is not quite as as they are accustomed to, but the fuel-economy are a good palliative.

Rated at a 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque, the engine scores 26mpg and a laudable 38mpg highway on the EPA’s tests for the six-speed transmission, with one mpg lower for the more involving six-speed And unlike competing sedans purchasers have struggled to their advertised fuel the 6 backs up the big talk. It averaged during a Washington DC to New York that saw the car travel 500 miles a refill.

Along with distinctive and fine driving dynamics, expects its slate of technological to help the 6 stand apart. is the corporate shorthand for the suite of safety- and performance-boosting technologies aim to make Mazda’s cars at more fuel-frugal and engaging.

computer-aided engineering has driven a of solutions that make more alike than under the skin, Mazda the contrarian is making its cars more different. The company build diesel engines, for US models in the second half of on the same Hofu, Japan, line, which improves the case for these fuel-sipping plants in a market that is sceptical about diesel’s In a market where only acknowledges demand for a sub-$30,000 diesel sedan, Mazda has room to grow.

The 6’s interior has become cleanly arrayed and proportioned, a matte-finish, one-piece, soft-touch that is a welcome contrast to the shiny plastic and cluttered that have afflicted Mazdas. We are keeping things simple and easy-to-read, explained Clean white backlighting is now the rather than the previous orange, providing a similarly nighttime appearance for the cockpit.

a cool detail: the Bose system now supports surround from mobile devices than only from And an uncool detail: the TomTom system is so impenetrable that is shipping a Little Orphan Decoder Ring with one. In2013, such should at least be accurate, if not to use or pretty, but this unit none of those boxes.

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The seats in the tested Grand 6 are wrapped in noticeably softer, supple leather than used in the past, and even in the model, the fabric seats richer than they to, and fit better, too, thanks to a manual lumbar adjuster. its slick six-speed manual and smooth clutch action, the Mazda 6 Sport is a base car can buy and love, without feeling they have settled for an product.

Some companies product development with the that customers will not discern the difference between enough” and “right.” Mazda details, and gets most of right. For anyone who has ever a sports car, but who now pores installation manuals for Graco car seats, the Mazda 6 is a very choice.

Vital Stats: 2014 Sport

Base price: inclusive of $795 destination

Drivetrain: 184hp, 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine with fuel injection; 6-speed transmission; 6-speed automatic

EPA fuel economy: 25mpg highway (manual trans.); (automatic)

Standard equipment: aluminium wheels, leather-wrapped, and telescoping steering wheel, manual adjustable seats driver’s lumbar adjustment

sweats details, and gets of them right.

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