Highlights: The Mazda6 is the only vehicle in the segment to offer a BMW iDrive-like system to control the audio system and navigation system via the use of a center rotating dial. And, while a 6-cylinder engine is no longer available, a fuel-sipping diesel engine will be available early next year. When the diesel arrives, the Mazda6 will become the only vehicle in the segment, offering a diesel.
Test vehicle’s MSRP: $32,845 (Base Model starts at $26,755)
Seating Capacity: 5
Standard Safety Features: airbags (side, front, curtain, and rear); hill-launch assist, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System; and whiplash reducing front seats
Standard Equipment: Standard Audio: a 6-speaker audio system with an AM/FM stereo, a CD player and a limited subscription Satellite radio
Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty: 3 years or 36,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty: 5 years or 60,000 miles
Bluetooth Compatibility: Yes
Standard Engine/Horsepower: 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder/182-hp
Recommended Fuel: Regular
Standard Fuel Mileage: 28-city/38-hwy
Standard Features: 17-inch wheels; heated outside mirrors; cloth seats with manual adjustments; a dual-zone automatic a/c system; power windows; power door locks; a manual tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel; steering wheel audio controls; an upscale ice blue interior ambient lighting system; and an OnStar limited subscription-based turn-by-turn navigation system
What’s New: Mazda’s flagship vehicle has been restyled for the 2014 model year, offering an Infiniti-like design. To complement the curvaceous design, all the Mazda6s are equipped with a fuel-efficient, 4-cylinder Skyactiv system and can be equipped with a host of high-tech safety features.
Pros: At first glance, the Mazda6 takes styling cues from Infiniti’s flagship, the M. The Mazda6 also has a performance-oriented feel too. It’s not too harsh or too floaty. While it is not like the discontinued RX-8, the independent MacPherson Strut front suspension and multi-link rear suspension system provides the new Mazda6 with the perfect balance, capturing the zoom, zoom feel we’ve seen in the ads.