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The Mazda 6 is a mid-size sedan that offers a stylish design and above-average road manners, as has become Mazda's calling card. With its 2014 redesign, the Mazda 6 also became one of the more efficient family sedans on the market, too. The Mazda 6 is a rival for vehicles like the Nissan Altima, the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry, as well as the Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Subaru Legacy... Read More Below »
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The Mazda 6 is a mid-size sedan that offers a stylish design and above-average road manners, as has become Mazda's calling card. With its 2014 redesign, the Mazda 6 also became one of the more efficient family sedans on the market, too.

The Mazda 6 is a rival for vehicles like the Nissan Altima, the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry, as well as the Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Subaru Legacy, and Volkswagen Passat.

MORE: Read our 2015 Mazda 6 review

We're now into the third generation of the Mazda 6. Although due to Mazda's change in nomenclature it's partly a continuation of the 626. The first-generation car hit the market in 2002 as a 2003 model and ran for five years. It was available as a standard sedan, five-door hatchback and five-door station wagon. A choice of 2.3-liter four-cylinder and 3.0-liter V-6 engines were available, and could be paired with a five-speed automatic transmission or six-speed manual. A Mazdaspeed version of the sedan was also available in 2006 and 2007, but was discontinued for 2008.

The second-generation Mazda 6 hit the streets in 2008 as a 2009 model. On its debut, it saw upgraded engines and a new design specific to the North American market. The four-cylinder grew to 2.5 liters and the V-6 grew to 3.7 liters, increasing output for both. The four-door sedan remained, but the five-door and wagon body styles were dropped for the U.S.

Though it came in just the single sedan body style, this 2009-2012 Mazda 6 offered a full seven trim levels over its life span, across a range of economical family sedan models to luxurious grand tourers. The entry-level Mazda 6 i SV offered a strong base feature set including a six-speed manual transmission, the 170-horsepower four-cylinder engine and standard stability control and anti-lock brakes, but did without alloy wheels, keyless entry, or an advanced stereo system. The Mazda 6 i Sport added the option of an five-speed automatic transmission, keyless entry, cruise control, and steering wheel audio controls among other features. The Mazda 6 i Touring had 17-inch alloy wheels, an eight-way power driver's seat, halogen fog lights, and an upgraded six-disc stereo system. Upgrading to the Mazda 6 i Touring Plus deleted the option of a manual transmission while it added a power moonroof, electroluminescent gauges, plus blind-spot monitoring and anti-theft systems.

The Mazda 6 i Grand Touring was the highest-end model. It was fitted with the four-cylinder engine, sharing most of its features of the V-6-powered Mazda 6 s Grand Touring except for the six-cylinder car's 18-inch alloy wheels and six-speed automatic transmission. The Mazda6 s Touring Plus offered the same features as the Mazda6 i Touring Plus, with the substitution of the V-6 engine and six-speed automatic.

From 2009 through 2013, the Mazda 6 changed very little, even though the competitive landscape changed dramatically with the introduction of a new Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima, as well in the last year, as new versions of the Nissan Altima, Honda Accord, and Ford Fusion.

The new Mazda 6

The third-generation Mazda 6 arrived in early 2013 as a 2014 model, with production of the U.S. version shifted back to Japan instead of Michigan. The car is lighter and leaner, with great fuel economy courtesy of two gas engines from Mazda's SkyActiv family. A diesel has been promised since launch, but delays have kept it from us, and it still isn't available as of the end of the 2014 model year.

In design, the latest Mazda 6 follows the radical Takeri Concept introduced at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. It's sleek, elegant, and noticeable, andin an early drive, we found the new Mazda 6 to be more refined than ever--with a driving feel that's athletic if not overly sharp and sporty. In the sharp-looking new 2014 model, a 184-hp, 2.5-liter gasoline SkyActiv four-cylinder engine is standard, along with the choice of either a new six-speed manual gearbox (a rarity among mid-size sedans) or a six-speed automatic transmission. Mazda's i-ELOOP system, is also offered in the top-of-the-line Grand Touring model, using capacitors to rapidly store energy during braking or deceleration and make a further improvement in fuel efficiency.

Standard features have been boosted throughout the lineup, although we've found that the latest infotainment interface in the 6 is a little disappointing compared to others in the class. But there is plenty of standout active-safety technology in the Mazda 6, including Adaptive Front lighting, Rear Vehicle Monitoring, a Smart City Brake Support system, and a Lane Departure Warning System. 

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From the 2008 model year to present, the Mazda6 has been sized right alongside some of the best-selling mid-size sedans, like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. But keep in mind that the first-generation (2003-2008) Mazda6 was about a half-size smaller. That meant a smaller back seat; but some prefer the greater maneuverability and more compact-car feel of that generation—which depending on the model year was also offered in five-door liftback and sport wagon versions. 
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Mazda6 Recalled For Spiders. Again

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2009-2013 Mazda Mazda6 Recalled For Door Latch Issue

Mazda is recalling certain 2009 through 2013 model year Mazda 6 cars to fix a problem with door latch mounting screws that could come loose. A notice on the National Highway... read more September 29, 2013 by 


 
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2014 Mazda6: Tech Package Earns 40 MPG Highway

Mazda has released gas mileage numbers for its top-of-the-line, mid-size 2014 Mazda6—with the GT Technology Package that arrives in dealerships beginning this... read more July 3, 2013 by  1


 
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2014 Mazda 6 Video Road Test

Mazda pitches its 6 sedan as the fun-to-drive alternative to more boring family sedans. But is that really the case? Does it have the basics down pat, compared to a Ford... read more June 28, 2013 by  0


 

Specs: Select a Trim

Style MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
4-Door Sedan Automatic i (3)
Grand Touring Specs $29,895 $28,235 26 38
Sport Specs $22,895 $21,745 26 38
Touring Specs $24,895 $23,518 26 38
4-Door Sedan Manual i (2)
Sport Specs $21,190 $20,235 25 37
Touring Specs $23,845 $22,528 25 37
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