2014 Mazda MAZDA6 Sedan – Review
The Mazda6 has always impressed the car critics everywhere, still could not compete with the masses for a multitude of reasons. Now, to overcome this problem, Mazda makes its efforts doubled for the new 2014 Mazda6 resulting in a more stylish-looking 6 with a better fuel economy without any compromise on being practical, roomy and fun to drive. With among the more striking designs of the class, the new Mazda6 looks an easy rival to the impressive Ford Fusion. It has got a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine producing 184-horsepower with a spirited performance. With pleasantly subdued noises it has got an impressive estimate of 30 mpg combined fuel economy.
The 2014 Mazda6 is comes in three trims: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring.
Interior and exterior
In the interior, Mazda worked hard to improve the comfort level. The company has added a new driver-oriented cockpit offering fair good space. The cabin features a nicer design and higher quality materials. The cabin comes standard with some nice features: push-button start, tilt steering wheel, power windows and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls. If equipped with the automatic transmission, the base Sport trim tosses in audio connectivity and Bluetooth phone, a 5.8-inch color touchscreen display, HD Radio and a rearview camera. The Touring trim further adds dual-zone climate control, leatherette seating, rear seat vents, a Commander Switch for the 5.8-inch touchscreen and a six-way power driver’s seat. The top-line Grand Touring model seals all adding leather-trimmed sport seats with heated front seats, a four-way power front passenger seat, an eight-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
The design of the new Mazda6 is inspired by the 2011 Takeri concept. In the upfront the new “signature wing” grille from the company and a new hood perfectly continuing this wing and flowing into the character lines of the body is the most notable feature. The newly designed headlamps of the car are offered by halo ring light guides and LED lights. A very cool “Soul Red” exterior paint color is also introduced for the new Mazda6.
Power and performance
The 2014 Mazda 6 offers a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine producing 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet torque. It can be mated either to a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. An automatic transmission is standard on the Grand Touring. An automatic-equipped Mazda 6 moves 0- 60 mph in just 7.6 seconds, rating it among the quickest four-cylinders in this class. The fuel economy is estimated at 30 mpg combined and 26 mpg city/38 mpg highway for the automatic and 1 mpg less across the board for the manual-transmission. The fuel economy goes up to very impressive 28/40/32 with the optional i-Eloop feature of the Grand Touring.
Antilock disc brakes, full-length side curtain airbags, stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags and active front head restraints are standard. Rear cross-traffic monitoring and blind-spot are additional on the Touring and Grand Touring.
The MSRP ranges from $20,990-$29,495.
Nissan Altima, Kia Optima, 2014 Buick Regal and 2013 Hyundai Sonata are top rivals.
Responsive and smooth Powertrain; quick acceleration; sporty handling; impressive fuel economy; stylish looks; well-built interior with top-quality materials.
The interior touchscreen interface is harder to use and less advanced than competitors’ systems; Ride quality may be too firm for some.
The new Mazda6 is all stunning, far more efficient and more powerful as the base level. This may well attract the interest of buyers towards the MAzda6 as the last-Gen model did result an afterthought to most buyers, except for the Mazda nuts. Further, the upcoming 2.2-liter diesel engine is deemed a good addition to the lineup.