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2014 Mazda6 pairs good looks with impressive fuel economy

Mazda may be known for "Zoom-Zoom", but the company's midsize sedan offering has never been a big sales success in the U.S. market. However, Mazda is looking to make its Mazda6 a credible player in a market dominated by the Camry/Accord/Altima/Fusion/Sonata.
 
The first key to catching the attention from buyers is with its more dramatic styling. While the midsize sedan category is known for its boring designs, entries like the 2011 Hyundai Sonata and 2011 Kia Optima showed that you don't have to be stuck driving a boring box. More recently, Ford wowed customers with its Aston Martin-esque 2013 Fusion. The Mazda6 too brings its own design flair to the segment with eye-catching curves and creases. The huge grille may not be for everyone, but it seems to "work" on the Mazda6.
 
Mazda is also looking to attract buyers with its thrifty 2.5-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder engine. Rated at 184hp and 185 lb-ft of torque, the engine definitely won't make the Mazda6 a road rocket by any means, but it should have no trouble getting out of its own way. More importantly, however, the engine is rated a 25 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway (29 mpg combined) with a 6-speed manual transmission (yay for manuals). However, if you step up to the 6-speed automatic, the numbers jump to an even more impressive 26 mpg city and 38 mpg highway (30 mpg combined).

 
And Mazda will also take a page from Volkswagen's playbook during the second half of 2013: it will offer a diesel engine in the Mazda6. The 2.2-liter Skyactiv-D will find its way to the Mazda6, offering up an alternative to the hybrid powertrains that are typically made available in this vehicle class. There is no word yet on what the EPA numbers will be for the diesel, but rest assured that they will likely surpass the already impressive numbers available for the gasoline version of the Mazda6.

Source: Mazda



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Improved Looks
By jt63 on 1/4/2013 10:15:05 AM , Rating: 3
The grille on this is an improvement over the anime cartoon smile from previous models.




RE: Improved Looks
By Jeffk464 on 1/4/2013 10:16:50 AM , Rating: 2
Its a great looking car.


RE: Improved Looks
By Da W on 1/4/2013 10:20:44 AM , Rating: 2
Looks like a 1970's american muscle car!


RE: Improved Looks
By Spuke on 1/4/2013 10:56:24 AM , Rating: 2
Great looking car indeed.


RE: Improved Looks
By Lord 666 on 1/4/2013 5:57:08 PM , Rating: 2
Very nice indeed. That second picture reminds me of a 93-95 RX-7.


RE: Improved Looks
By Slaimus on 1/4/2013 11:01:44 AM , Rating: 2
Looks like a 5 point version of the MB SL grill.


RE: Improved Looks
By Dr of crap on 1/4/2013 12:10:24 PM , Rating: 2
Yea, I just hate that damn smile on the Mazda. I hope all of their models will stop using that grill style, and MAYBE they'll sell more over here!

And this 6 looks great with great mpgs!


RE: Improved Looks
By cyberguyz on 1/4/2013 4:08:00 PM , Rating: 2
Used to own a 2005 Mazda 6 (V6 GT). It looked good, but I absolutely hated the car.


RE: Improved Looks
By superstition on 1/5/2013 12:45:52 AM , Rating: 2
True, but the angry gopher look (basically copying the Cruze) with the oversized wheels leaves a lot to be desired, unless you like driving something that looks silly.


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