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First Drive: 2014 Mazda6 [Review]

Every in a while, a total reboot is That#39;s something Mazda the hard way with a new-for-2014 of its once-popular, now invisible Mazda6.

a history lesson. The 2003 – Mazda#39;s first interesting modern midsizer was as close to a cult classic as a sedan can be thanks to its Miata-inspired its just-right proportions and its cool hatchback and wagon bodies. But there was a 2009 redesign, resulted in a larger-than-life abomination: A big designed according to what planners in Japan thought might buy.

For 2014, is ready to start all over, that should be obvious at first glance of the new car. and fresh outside, its sinewy mask an all-new platform, a four-cylinder engine and a pair of transmissions.

Of course, it#39;s the exterior will probably drive the showroom traffic. This new is damn good looking its pronounced front wheel to the chrome touch between its lamps. If not for the Mazda badges, it easily have emerged an Italian design house.

even the base Sport gives up nothing to the high-buck

Inside, the new Mazda6 hardly either. The short dashboard, seats and meaty steering mean business. Controls are arrayed, especially the classy knobs.

We aren#39;t enamored the optional navigation at the top of the dash, occupies a lot of real estate its small screen. In fact, it more like a placeholder for yet to come. We hope whatever in the future is a big leap forward, the Tom Tom-based system that#39;s now is just acceptable in its operation.

That said, it did readily our voice commands and the secondary wheel controls are effective.

set the standard for the class, even in the models. Soft, nicely plastics cover just every conceivable door and panel. There#39;s almost that looks or feels in the Mazda6.

Skyactiv isn#39;t to become a household term, but if automotively inclined, you might be that the Japanglish is Mazda-speak for a of new technologies designed to breathe (and fuel economy) the traditional internal combustion In short, Mazda wants to the direct feel and control of engines, transmissions and chassis resorting to costly, complicated and technologies like hybrids and

It#39;s a noble effort, one enthusiasts should appreciate but one average shoppers might not understand. But that#39;s fine for which is no longer chasing sales volume at the expense of margins.

In the new Mazda6, the automaker is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline that cranks out 185 horsepower and 184 of torque. Neither is a high for an engine this large, but notable is the relatively wide band. Two transmissions are available, an six-speed manual (on the two lowest and a similarly new six-speed automatic.

The is a technological tour de force in it combines the smooth torque feel of a regular automatic at low with more of the rapid-fire of a dual clutch unit at velocities.

A 2.2-liter turbodiesel with Mazda promises is V6-like will follow later year. Color us intrigued.

For the Mazda6 2.5 offers adequate, performance thanks in part to a low (3,200-3,300 lbs. depending on curb weight. And, is this ever a smooth Silky at idle, the four-cylinder up a bit at higher revs with a growl.

Shifts are fast but imperceptible, with none of the world uneasiness that plagues dual clutch like the DSG used in the Volkswagen

We didn#39;t have the opportunity to fuel economy, but Mazda#39;s of 26/38 mpg (automatic) and 25/37 mpg are nearly class-leading among vehicles.

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The Mazda6 won#39;t rubber, but this front-wheel-drive is more than capable the road turns twisty. We models with both the 17-inch alloy wheels and the 19s. The smaller wheels a touch more ride but both were comfortable the admittedly terrific pavement in and Austin, Texas.

Through the rolling Hill west of the People#39;s Republic of we found that this is a willing dance partner, the most fun-to-drive midsizer in its The light electric power could stand to be tightened up, but it is and precise enough to be just for this kind of vehicle. The chassis settled nicely corners, predictably moving oversteer when pushed to the

There#39;s a little more noise than we#39;d to hear, which probably that Mazda scrimped on deadening to reduce curb but otherwise the Mazda6 felt a terrific long distance cruiser thanks to its arrow-straight

Actually, this reboot is like a full hardware

Teetering on dire straits, has created a terrific midsize worthy of serious consideration.

have to spend more in a 2014 Mazda6 before a final judgement, but some hardware has been lined up to a compellingly redesigned midsize that pushes all the right

2014 Mazda Mazda6 price range, $20,880 to

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