The sporty Mazda 6 mid-size sedan will be completely redone for 2014 with new engines, new styling, and more features. But will that be enough to boost its sales in the competitive family sedan segment?
One thing's for sure: if you want a new Mazda 6 with a V-6 engine, you'd better act fast. The 2014 edition won't have one--it's going to be all four-cylinders, all the time. In this case the top version's a 2.5-liter four-cylinder rated at 189 horsepower and 189 pound-feet of torque. If you're looking for even better fuel economy, wait a little longer--there's a 2.2-liter turbodiesel engine coming late in 2013 as an option.The new Mazda 6 will also be the first vehicle from the brand with its new stop/start system. It is the world's first capacitor-based brake-energy regeneration system.
While packaging hasn't changed dramatically, the Mazda 6 already was a spacious sedan. Rear-seat headroom may suffer a bit with the rakish roofline, but we'll reserve judgment until we spend some time with it. The body's the focus of a weight-loss regimen--it's 200 pounds lighter than before, thanks to the use of ultra-high-strength steel.
Still, Mazda expects to receive top crash-test ratings. In part, that's because the new 6 gets more safety features, including options like automatic high beams, adaptive headlights, and a standard hill-holder clutch on manual-transmission models.The new 2014 Mazda 6 will arrive in dealerships during the first quarter of 2013, with pricing announced closer to launch.
For more information be sure to read our full preview of the 2014 Mazda 6 here.