2014 Mazda Mazda6: Summary
When given a choice between style, substance, and cost, you are typically told to pick two of the three and be happy. Mazda is offering you all three with the 2014 Mazda6. The entry-level Sport 6MT starts at $20,880, and comes standard with Bluetooth connectivity for both audio and hands-free phone use. Climb the trim ladder up to the Touring, and you’re going to spend around $25,000. Keep climbing for the king of the Mazda 6 hill and you arrive at the $29,495 Grand Touring, which is only available with the six-speed automatic. A few options packages are available if you really want to crest $30,000, but you’re still getting a whole lot of car at that price point.
There’s even more to come for the all-new Mazda 6 as well. We already told you about the diesel, but the automaker has another engineering trick up its sleeve. It’s called i-ELOOP, and it’s a mild hybrid powertrain that will make its U.S. debut later this year. The goal of the i-ELOOP system is to eliminate the 10 percent electrical loss caused the use of various systems throughout the car. By using this system, the efficiency of the car is increased, fuel economy increases, and it’s all done so in a rather brilliant manner. We’ll dive deeper into the i-ELOOP system when we get our hands on a properly equipped Mazda 6.
For now, we’re more than content to make do with the Skyactiv-G powered Mazda6. It’s the perfect means to whet our appetite for what else is in store for our new favorite midsize sedan. Once the diesel arrives, however, we’re going to need some serious alone time with our favorite roads, a map of diesel-capable stations, and a clear signal to pull in our favorite Pandora stations.
Mazda has made the mid-size fun again...