The Mazda MAZDA6 is a four-door, five passenger full-size sedan. Mazda’s aging 626 mid-size sedan was replaced in 2002 with the first generation of the MAZDA6. The MAZDA6’s design right away reflected the car company’s serious attitude towards breaking free from the cookie-cutter sedan mold that had created a certain amount of homogeneity amongst Japanese automakers. The MAZDA6 was styled to have a sporty exterior appearance, as well as several different engine options in order to give the buyer as much power as they desired. The vehicle went on to be one of the company’s quickest sellers of all time.
The 2009 MAZDA6 represents the second generation of this popular sedan. Benefiting from a re-design that has made the vehicle both larger and more capable, the new MAZDA6 is well prepared to continue the tradition of unique styling and extensive configuration options that have served it so well. There are two engines available in the MAZDA6, depending upon which trim range is ordered. In i trim, the sedan is outfitted with a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder that produces 170 horsepower and 167 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed manual transmission drives the front wheels, with the option of a 5-speed automatic. In s trim, a much more powerful 272 horsepower V6 is installed under the hood. This unit generates 269 lb-ft of torque and is only available with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The 4-cylinder engine gets 30 miles per gallon in highway use, but the larger V6 is still competitive with 25 miles per gallon.
Not only is the new MAZDA6 platform faster and more fun to drive, but it also benefits from more interior room. In addition, Mazda has gone all out to make sure that even their normally austere i trims have a good amount of standard equipment. The base i SV comes with air conditioning, power door locks and windows, while the i Sport adds remote keyless entry. The i Touring and i Grand Touring are the best equipped of the entry-level trims, with features such as a push-button ignition, trip computer and slightly nicer interior appointments – especially when it comes to seating.
Moving up to the s trims adds dual exhaust in the s Sport, fog lights in the s Touring, and HID headlights in the s Grand Touring. The s Grand Touring also comes standard with Mazda’s blind spot monitoring system, which uses visual indicators in the mirrors to alert the driver of vehicles positioned alongside the MAZDA6. The interior appointments across the s trims are also better than in the i, with heated front leather seats, leather interior accents and a much nicer, Bluetooth-compatible stereo and optional navigation system.
The 2008 MAZDA6 is a significant improvement over the previous model, appealing not only to buyers who are searching for something with more visual pizzazz than a Toyota Camry or a Honda Accord, but also providing a level of performance never before seen in a full-size Mazda sedan. The MAZDA6 looks destined to fulfill the same lofty sales totals as the generation that came before it, and makes an excellent choice in the larger sedan market segment.
The 2009 MAZDA6 has been completely redesigned since the 2008 model year. The new design changed the size, look and power of the MAZDA6. The new MAZDA6 is larger with a longer, 109.5 inch, wheelbase and a larger platform. This gives it an extra length of 6.1 inches and an extra width of 2.3 inches. It is also heavier with about 150 pounds more than the 2008 model.
The vehicle now has two engine choices- a 2.5 liter, inline-four engine with 170 horsepower or a 3.7 liter, V6 engine with 272 horsepower. The four-cylinder engine vehicles have a choice if either a five-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual transmission. The V6 vehicles have a six-speed automatic transmission with no other options.
The new MAZDA6 has seven trim levels. These levels include the four-cylinder engine trims: the i SV, i Sport, i Touring and the i Grand Touring. The V6 engine trims include: the s Sport, s Touring and the s Grand Touring. The base model MAZDA6 is equipped with alloy wheels, zone automatic climate control with dual zones, Bluetooth connectivity, xenon headlights and a blind-spot monitoring system. The Grand Touring trim features heated front seats and auto-dimming mirrors. Optional features include a six-CD changer in the dash, a sunroof, a navigation system that works with voice commands and satellite radio. Another option is a push-button starter that requires a key that works while still in the driver’s pocket or purse.
The new design includes mood lighting inside the vehicle. This includes red and blue light from the gauges. The new driver’s seat is powered and has eight-way adjustments. The seats have soft leather upholstery and the steering wheel tilts and telescopes. The sound system is now a Bose Centerpoint system with surround sound. The 333-watt system has 20 speakers.