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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 ipay on 1/4/2013 1:03:13 PM , Rating: 2
High sixties is pretty nice.

Not only do our car generally weigh more, as noted my the post above, but since we use our cars differently than in many other parts of the world, they care often tuned a bit differently. Which effect economy, of course.

Also, regarding our diesel car's specifically, our diesel fuel is different than European diesel. Ours has a lower cetane number, but slowing that is changing with ultra low-sulfur diesel becoming more common.

What do you pay for your diesel?


RE: Is this really news in the US?
By superstition on 1/5/2013 12:43:24 AM , Rating: 2
Ultra low sulfur diesel in the US has a cetane minimum of 40. It also has a wear scar that's too high according to the EMA, at 520 microns.


By Bad-Karma on 1/5/2013 2:18:06 AM , Rating: 2
I have a pair of 7.3 T444Es in my 1 & 1.5 ton trucks. Within weeks of switching to low sulfur mandated fuel they started leaking from just about everywhere. It is a common issue with older diesel engines. Not only does the sulfur help as a friction modifier but a lot of the gaskets and seals were not formulated for the low surfer diesel. It causes them to leak and wear out much faster. And since diesels have such loose tolerances you get a lot of blow back from the cylinders down into the crankcase and then into the oil, so the seals in that system is affected as well.

As the gaskets fail, I've been replacing with gaskets designed for the new fuel, but what a headache. Even my fuel, lines,bowl and fuel heaters started leaking until they were refitted with a rebuilt kit that used hydraulic level components and seals.

The other conundrum is that until the engines have to be completely tore down and rebuilt, I also have to use additives to put the surfer back in.

If you ever peruse the any of the diesel truck forums you'll see the issue all over the place.


By Dingmatt on 1/6/2013 9:50:56 PM , Rating: 2
If I've got my maths right Diesel in the UK is around $8.35 per us gallon (more commonly known over here as £1.34 per litre), that's the cheap supermarket stuff; the good brands around 10% more.


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