The Mazda6 is a mid-sized sedan by Mazda. The Mazda6 replaced the Mazda 626 in Mazda’s lineup in 2002.
The Mazda6 was released to replace the Mazda 626 in 2002. The second generation of the car came out in 2008. The third generation of the Mazda6 came out in 2012.
The Mazda6 diesel engine was scrapped in 2014.
The base model of the Mazda6, the i-sport, has a 2.5 liter, 184 horsepower engine. The Mazda6 has front wheel drive and an engine located in the front.
The basic trim line, the i-sport, has two more expensive versions: the Touring and the Grand Touring.
The basic trim line has powered side mirrors, push button start, split folding rear seats, cruise control, air conditioning, automatic headlight shut off, cloth seats, and a sound system that can receive Sirius XM satellite radio or play music from a plugged in mp3 player.
For the 2015 model, two of the three trim lines offered a manual transmission. The Grand Touring is only available with an automatic transmission as of 2015
The more expensive Touring trim line has a package with a Bose sound system, satellite radio and moon roof package not available on the base model. The Touring trim line adds dual zone climate control, key-less entry, rear seat AC vents, cross traffic alerts and blind spot monitoring. The Grand Touring has an eleven speaker system, auto dimming of the driver’s side mirror, heated front seats, LED headlights, a navigation system, and speech recognition system.
The Mazda6 gets an estimated 25 miles per gallon for in city driving with a manual transmission and 37 miles per gallon on the highway. An automatic transmission adds around one mile per gallon to each of those estimates. The Mazda6 has the optional i-Eloop regenerative braking system to capture energy from the braking that it then uses to power ancillary equipment in the vehicle like the radio. If you have i-Eloop installed, the fuel efficiency rises to 28 miles per gallon in the city and 40 miles per gallon on the highway.
The Mazda6 goes zero to sixty miles per hour in seven seconds for the 2015 model year. The Mazda6 has a top speed of 130 miles per hour.
The 2015 Mazda6 was rated a top safety pick by the IIHS for models with the smart city brake support feature was added.
The basic model of the 2015 Mazda6 started at $22,000. Upgrading to an automatic transmission raised the price of the base model to $24,000. The Touring trim line started at $25,000 in 2015. Adding an automatic to that trim line added another 2K to the price tag. The Grand Touring trim line started at $30,500 new in 2015.
The main rivals to the Mazda6 are the Nissan Altima, Volkswagen Passat, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Chrysler 200, Hyundai Sonata, and Kia Optima.
The related Mazda 3 is available in both sedan and hatchback versions and costs less than the Mazda6.
This car is called the Atenza in Asia.
In Canada, the Mazda 6’s trim lines are called the GX, GS and GT.
There is a race car version of the Mazda 6. That was the Mazda 6 GX Diesel race car. They had a Skyactiv-D engine.