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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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RE: Is this really news in the US?
By Dr of crap on 1/4/2013 12:07:21 PM , Rating: 2
I'll answer that one. We here in the states we are lucky to get over 30 mpg. The smaller cars, Focus, Mazda2, Mini, Fiesta, Cruise, can get up to 40 mpg. And yes that's it.

Don't know how that would increase IF we had diesels over here, but we do not.

We do have Mini's over here, but I don't think they are the same car as you have over there. It's about the size of a Focus, seats 5, and again might get 35 mpg, not sure of the exact EPA numbers. And our cars weigh more over here from govt mandated safety addons.

RE: Is this really news in the US?
By Spuke on 1/4/2013 1:07:04 PM , Rating: 2
Our Mini's and theirs are the same. We don't get the diesel engine and maybe one other engine but they're the same.

RE: Is this really news in the US?
By Spuke on 1/4/2013 1:14:43 PM , Rating: 2
Oops forgot to answer your question. I don't own a Mini let alone a diesel Mini so my numbers are NOT comparable at all. I have a Pontiac Solstice, sports car with a 2.0L 4 cyl turbo engine. EPA rated at 19/28/22 (City/Highway/Combined). I get 27-28 mpg with a best of 33 (achieved 3 times). Worst was 24. I live in a rural area where there are long stretches of 2 lane road with a few stops and I don't drive like a grandma either.

By Argon18 on 1/4/2013 3:17:48 PM , Rating: 1
What do you mean we don't have diesels? VW and Mercedes have been selling them for decades in the US. True though, that most other manufacturers have ignored the US when it comes to diesels. My '02 Golf TDI delivered a genuine 52 mpg on the highway, and that was after a bigger turbo, chip, and exhaust upgrades.

By FreeTard on 1/6/2013 2:22:49 AM , Rating: 2
Bought a used 2012 Mazda3 skyactiv. 14.5 gallon tank and I average 480mi per tank. That's combined city/highway.

Set the cruise at 75mph on I-70 from Denver to Salida and it goes up to 550mi per tank.

No regrets since I commute 60mi per day and was driving a Jeep that did well to get 10mpg.

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