2014 Mazda6 Rated at up to 38 MPG Highway, Diesel Incoming
January 4, 2013 9:37 AM
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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
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
. 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.
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RE: Is this really news in the US?
1/8/2013 7:38:46 AM
True 'nuff, but the 2006 Mazda 6 I owned was an old-school Ford thru and thru (aka pure crap).
Happy to see Ford finally turning themselves around over the last couple years. The Focus I'm driving now is a major step up in quality from what I am used to from any other american car company. It is certainly 100 times better than that 06 Mazda was.
RE: Is this really news in the US?
1/11/2013 10:54:34 AM
I own a 2012 6 and agree that the fuel economy numbers are inflated a bit. Admittedly, my commute is city and am averaging 20.5mpg, which is not particularly good for a 2.5L 4-banger. Pretty quick to 40mph but performance drops off dramatically after that. No complaints on handling- great in corners compared to Camry, Sonata, Altima, etc... Also stable at high speeds. Cannot wait to test drive the 2.2Sky-diesel. If it delivers, will have a new 6 in the garage!
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