Changes for the 2015 Mazda Mazda6:
One year after a complete redesign, the 2015 Mazda Mazda6 is improved with one-touch operation for all four of its power windows, illuminated power window switches in each seating location, and a new Deep Crystal Blue paint color. The Touring trim level now includes Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry as standard equipment, and a new option package is offered for this model that contains a power sunroof and a premium audio system.
The 2015 Mazda6 is a midsize family sedan offered in Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring trim levels. Upgrade to the Touring model for 19-inch aluminum wheels, leatherette seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a touchscreen infotainment system, useful safety technology, and much more. Grand Touring models have leather seats, navigation, premium sound, and numerous additional features.
Engines and Transmissions:
At the start of the 2015 model year, the only engine available for the Mazda6 is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine showcasing Mazda’s fuel-saving SkyActiv technology. A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard for the Sport and Touring models, with a 6-speed automatic transmission available as an option. The Grand Touring model includes the automatic as standard equipment.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
With the standard manual gearbox, the EPA rates the 2015 Mazda6 to return 29 mpg in combined driving. Choose a version with the automatic transmission, and that number climbs to 30 mpg.
A Technology Package is optional for the Mazda6 Grand Touring model, and it installs an i-ELOOP regenerative braking system and active grille shutters. Versions with this package improve fuel economy to 32 mpg in combined driving.
In NHTSA crash-test assessments, the 2015 Mazda6 earns a 5-star overall rating. As this summary is written, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) hasn’t published an official rating for the 2015 Mazda6, but the structurally identical 2014 model received a “Top Safety Pick” rating combined with an “Advanced” front crash prevention rating when equipped with the optional Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) system.
Mazda offers its SCBS system as an option on the Mazda6 Touring and as standard equipment on the Mazda6 Grand Touring. The system automatically brakes the car when it is traveling at speeds between 2 mph and 18 mph in order to prevent collisions or to reduce speed prior to impact.
In addition to SCBS, the Mazda6 is available with an E911 Emergency Notification System that automatically summons rescue personnel following a collision in which the car’s airbags have deployed. A blind spot information system and a rear cross-traffic alert system are also available, along with a lane departure warning system, an adaptive cruise control system with forward collision warning, automatic high-beam headlights, and an adaptive front lighting system that helps the driver to see around dark corners.
As is expected, navigation and an upgraded Bose Centerpoint sound system are offered for the Mazda6, and nearly all models include a touchscreen infotainment system with a reversing camera, Bluetooth calling and music streaming, text messaging capability, and a reversing camera.
Written by Christian Wardlaw
June 2, 2014
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