Mazda Cars: Mazda 6 Review

The  Mazda 6 is the second Mazda model - after the CX-5 - to adopt the company’s full range of Skyactiv technology and the "KODO – Soul of Motion" design language. The sedan is the mass production model born of the Mazda Takeri concept unveiled back in 2011. On the exterior the new Mazda6 combines the animalistic tenacity, dignity and a sporty flare, while the interior has received better quality materials and a nicer design.

As for the engine lineup, Mazda announced details just for one gasoline, but for sure more engines will be used. This Skyactiv-G 2.5 produces nearly 200 horsepower.

Exterior

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The Mazda6 takes is design inspiration from the 2011 Takeri concept. Up front the most notable feature is the company’s new "signature wing" grille and a new hood which perfectly continues this wing and flows into the body character lines. The car’s newly designed headlamps are offered with LED lights and halo ring light guides - a first for a Mazda mass production vehicle.

The Mazda6 has also been launched with a very cool exterior paint color: "Soul Red" - a new color born of a unique technological process developed by Mazda, that balances depth and shading which accentuate the car’s dynamic form, and vividness which expresses sportiness.

"The Mazda6 has a robust framework and a low, wide stance that expresses strength and stability, creating the impression of amazing vitality without detracting from the universal aesthetic appeal and beautiful form it displays as a CD car," says the chief designer Akira Tamatani. "We have created a design in which the wild and dynamic expressions of motion artistically realize a powerful presence. Simply looking at the car heightens one’s expectations about the driving experience even before actually riding in it."

Sport Standard Exterior Equipment:

17-inch alloy wheels

Touring Standard Exterior Equipment:

All Sport features, plus:

19-inch alloy wheels

Grand Touring Standard Exterior Equipment:

Platinum silver 19-inch alloy wheels

Power moonroof

Rear lip spoiler

Bi-xenon high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights with auto leveling

Interior

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For the interior Mazda has been working on improving the comfort level. For this the company added a new driver-oriented cockpit that offers generous space, while the cabin features higher quality materials and a nicer design.

Inside the cabin, the Mazda6 comes standard with cool features, like: push-button start, power windows, tilt steering wheel and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls. When you equip the base Sport trim with the automatic transmission, Mazda also tosses in Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 5.8-inch color touchscreen display, a rearview camera, HD Radio, Pandora, SMS text message receipt and delivery, E911 automatic emergency notification and audio menu voice command

The Touring trim adds in dual-zone climate control, rear seat vents, leatherette seating, a six-way power driver’s seat and a Commander Switch for the 5.8-inch touchscreen. The top-line Grand Touring model caps it all off by adding in leather-trimmed sport seats with heated front seats, an eight-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support, a four-way power front passenger seat, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and SiriusXM Satellite Radio.

Prices

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The base prices for the i Sport, i Touring and i Grand Touring are $20,990, $24,995 and $29,495, respectively. This amounts to a price hike of only $155 over the 2013 model year on the base model.

On the Touring trim, you can add in the Touring Technology Package for an extra $2,000 and receive a laundry list of features, including: leather seating; Bose 11-speaker stereo system; Advanced Keyless Entry; Smart Smart City Brake Support; automatic headlights; rain-sensing wirpers; Homelink; auto-dimming mirrors; and heated mirrors.

The big package for the Grand Touring trim is the $2,080 GT Technology Package, which includes, on top of the earlier-mentioned i-ELOOP: Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), High Beam Control (HBC), Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC) and Forward Obstruction Warning (FOW), a Sport mode button and active grille shutters. The stand-alone MRCC/FOW Package, which includes Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC) and Forward Obstruction Warning (FOW). This package will be phased out later in 2013, but the future of i-ELOOP is uncertain following the phase out. We are certain the individual features from the package, including i-ELOOP, will become standalone options.

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