The revamped 2014 Mazda6 sedan is a sporty, comfortable and fuel efficient model that is well positioned in a highly competitive field that includes the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, Chevrolet Cruze and Ford Fusion.
Handling on the open road is quick and responsive. Mazda’s Skyactive suite of technologies makes the Mazda6 lighter, more agile and very fuel efficient.
The Mazda6 with automatic transmission is rated at 26 mpg city / 38 mpg highway. Fuel efficiency for the model with manual transmission is rated at 25 mpg city / 37 mpg highway.
Braking is very responsive and the pedal feels firm beneath your foot. The Mazda6 is equipped with electric power steering and the interior trim features high quality plastics and optional leather seating is perforated to make the seats more subtle and comfortable.
Mazda’s “cab rearward” design features muscular front fenders, and windshield pillars that reduce blind spots for the driver.
Available premium features include radar cruise control, which assists drivers in allowing enough room between their vehicle and the one ahead of them on the road, automatic high beams, rear cross traffic alert, automatic braking a lower speeds, and lane departure warning technology.
Mazda also plans to offer an optional capacitor in the coming months. The capacitor will receive an electrical charge when the driver coasts to a stop. The capacitor powers various electronic accessories, thereby lessening the drag on the vehicle’s engine and improving fuel efficiency.
These improvements don’t come without additional cost. Base sticker price for the mid-level 2014 Mazda6 is $25,290. That’s a 4.7 percent increase over the mid-level 2013 model.
The 2014 model is also offers 2.1 percent less passenger room and a noticeable 10.8 percent less trunk space than the 2013 model.
The touch screen gps navigation system has been down-sized from 7 inches to 5.8 inches diagonally and some have criticized the placement of the push-button ignition which is obstructed from view by the steering column and wheel.
Mazda has also done away with the optional 3.7-liter V-6 engine. The 2014 Mazda6 is only available with a four-cylinder engine that delivers 184-hp at 5,700 rpm, and 185 pounds-feet of torque at 3,250 rpm. An optional four-cylinder diesel engine will be available as early as the second half of this year.
The 2014 Mazda6 went on sale in the U.S. last month.