The midsize sedan market is treating car shoppers with a lot of refreshed versions. Mazda stays competitive and offers the all-new 2014 Mazda6. It comes with an impressive array of innovations from the engine to the transmissions and to the chassis. With new and improved technologies, aggressive exterior styling, and sporty handling, you can’t go wrong with the 2014 Mazda6 which starts just below $25,000.
UNDER THE HOOD
A 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque motivates the 2014 Mazda6. It comes with either a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission with the latter having steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. But the Mazda6 Grand Touring model comes only with an automatic gearbox.
Based on the EPA’s ratings, the 2014 Mazda6 returns 25 mpg around town, 37 mpg on highways, and 30 combined mpg with the manual transmission. The automatic transmission reduces each of these numbers by one point. The optional i-Eloop feature on the Grand Touring model enhances the Mazda6’s fuel economy to 28/40/32.
ON THE ROAD
The base 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine is smooth and silent. It also makes the new Mazda6 accelerate quickly. The 6-speed automatic transmission is responsive in almost all situations. As for the 6-speed manual alternative, auto critics seem to be satisfied with it because it did not receive many complaints.
What makes the 6 stand out in the class for this year is its lively handling, thanks to the revised sport-tuned chassis. The Mazda6 is a good blend of practicality and sprightly driving. Steering is precise and communicative, and the sedan feels confident and compliant around turns. However, it has a stiffer ride than most of its rivals especially with 19-inch wheels on.
INSIDE THE 2014 MAZDA6
Legroom will never be a problem in the 6. It provides the kind of roominess first-class sedans give. Headroom is also generous, but the sloping roofline reduces it at the back. The trunk is also spacious at 14.8 cubic feet.
The interior quality of the Mazda6 is one of the best in the segment. Materials are of good quality and the design is not dated. The controls are also simple and easy to use, especially with the availability of the knob shifter on the center console. But some reviewers found the multimedia interface a step behind the technology that competitors offer.
The 2014 Mazda6 has three models namely, Sport, Touring and Grand Touring.
Some of the standard features that go with the Mazda6 Sport are daytime running lights, power side mirrors with turn signals, 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, remote keyless entry, push-button start, 60/40 split fold-down rear seat, 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system, USB/auxiliary audio jack, and multifunction steering wheel with tilt/telescopic column.
In addition to or in place of some of the aforementioned standard features, the Mazda6 Touring includes rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring system, leatherette seats, rear heat and A/C vents, center console sliding armrest, commander switch, rearview camera, Bluetooth, 6-way power driver seat, 19-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, and voice-activated audio system with Pandora compatibility, HD radio and 5.8-inch color touchscreen display.
At the top of the lineup is the Mazda6 Grand Touring which features satellite radio, 11-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system, 4-way power front-passenger seat, 8-way power driver seat, leather seats, heated front seats, navigation system, advanced keyless entry system, automatic bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, heated side mirrors, fog lights, rain-sensing wipers, rear spoiler, 19-inch alloy wheels, and power sunroof.
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