Redesigned 2014 Mazda6 gets slight price increase
SkyActiv technology boosts fuel economy
The redesigned 2014 Mazda6 sedan carries a base price of $21,675 including shipping charges. That's a $155 increase over the 2013 model.
Mazda redesigned its midsize sedan and incorporated the brand's SkyActiv fuel efficiency technology.
The SkyActiv suite includes a 2.5-liter gasoline engine that can be paired with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The engine is rated at 184 hp at 5,700 rpm and 185 lb-ft of torque at 3,250 rpm.
With the manual transmission, the Mazda6 is rated at 25 mpg city/37 mpg highway/29 mpg combined MPG. The automatic does slightly better at 26 mpg city/38 mpg highway/30 mpg combined.
Those numbers put the 2014 Mazda6 amid the crop of redesigned midsize sedans launched for 2013, including the redesigned Nissan Altima that achieves 27 mpg city/38 mpg highway/31 mpg combined when equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission.
Mazda will make the SkyActiv 2.2-liter diesel engine available in the Mazda 6 in the second half of this year. Final specifications and pricing will be released then.
The gasoline-powered 2014 Mazda 6 is on sale now and available in three trims.
Standard equipment on the base i Sport includes the manual transmission, push-button start, air conditioning with pollen filter, power windows with a driver-side one-touch up/down feature, a tilt-and-telescopic adjustable steering column, steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise control functions, 17-inch alloy wheels and auxiliary and USB connection ports.
With the optional automatic transmission on the i Sport, added features include Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 5.8-inch color touchscreen display, a rearview camera, HD radio, Pandora Internet radio compatibility, SMS text message receipt and delivery, automatic emergency notification and voice commands.
The mid-level i Touring trim is $25,290 with shipping charges. Additional equipment includes 19-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control with rear-seat vents, leatherette-trimmed sport seats, a six-way power driver's seat and a switch for operating functions on the 5.8-inch display screen.
The Touring Technology package, a $2,000 option, adds a navigation system, Bose 11-speaker surround sound system, keyless entry, automatic on/off headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink, an auto-dimming driver's side outside mirror, heated outside mirrors and the new brake support system that reduces brake pedal travel if a potential collision is detected when traveling at speeds less than 19 mph.
The top-of-the-line Mazda6 trim is the i Grand Touring, which is $30,290. It builds on the i Touring with Touring Technology package and adds platinum silver 19-inch alloy wheels, a power moonroof, a rear lip spoiler, bi-xenon high-intensity discharge headlights with auto leveling, leather-trimmed sport seats with heated front seats, an eight-way power driver's seat with power lumbar support, a four-way power front passenger seat, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifter and Sirius satellite radio with four months free.
Two package options are available with the i Grand Touring. The Mazda Radar Cruise Control and Forward Obstruction Warning package ($900) adds those safety features. The Advanced package will be available in the second half of 2013 and adds those safety features and lane departure warning, high beam control and a braking energy regen system, named i-ELOOP, for a fuel-efficiency boost. Pricing has not been released.
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Now that VW is dead to me, I look forward to the possibility of there being available a reasonably priced mid-sized sedan with a diesel option. I only hope that if Mazda follows through that it will be made available on the lower trim levels and can be mated to a manual transmission.
What really worries me is Mazda's attitude to manual transmission. I've got 2013 VW Passat TDI with 6 speed manual - nicely equipped with leatherette seats, 8-way power driver seat, rear wents and Bluetooth connectivity. I don't know what packaging would Mazda offer for it's diesel, but for gasoline engine I am very concerned by omission of Bluetooth even as an option. You simply can't have a manual transmission Mazda 6 and Bluetooth connectivity! How ridiculous is it?
What whimpy specifications. It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever to buy a mazda6 with the SKY-G gasoline engine, when the SKY-D clean desel will become available later on in the year, and have 310 lb-ft of torque at 1,800 all the way to the 5,500 redline, and get 42 MPG combined.
"With the manual transmission, the Mazda6 is rated at 25 mpg city/37 mpg highway/29 mpg combined MPG."
Ridiculous. The SKY-D clean diesel will get 37 MPG city (although I bet EPA will skew the numbers again) and 50 MPG highway. Compared to the clean diesel, the SKY-G is a "gas guzzler". If I were mazda, I would be ashamed to even attempt to sell the new mazda6 in this specification.
The SKY-G is an answer to a question nobody asked.
The racing version of that same 2.2L clean diesel engine boasts 400+ HP and 560 lb/ft of torque, with mazda representatives stating that the engine, including the injectors, the block, and the head is stock; the only significant thing enlarged were the turbos, "because we obviously needed more air flow".
What exactly does that mean? What would a car have to have to be "luxurious", what is it that cars on the market today do not already have? I think people have gotten seriously spoiled in this country. mazda is a luxury performance vehicle which directly competes with Mercedes C-class and BMW 3-series in Europe. If you do not believe me, try driving a former East Germany car like a Trabant or a Russian Lada, or a Serbian Yugo, then you will know what I mean. In Europe, a 2014 mazda6 wagon costs the equivalent of $48,000 USD, so $26,000 is peanuts, way below the market value. I hope they do not make the car cheap and shoddy for the U.S. market like they did for the previous generation.
We will see what the market will do, eh? I think the flood gates will open. In the words of mazda representative, the only reason why mazda will be selling the diesel in the United States is because they are watching Volkswagen AG move diesels off of the lots the moment they arrive, and they want in on that action.
"And even the fuel numbers for the gasoline engine are excellent for a gasoline engine, I'm not sure what you are complaining about."
For somebody who drives a diesel, these numbers are ridiculously weak performance-wise and fuel inefficient. Gasoline engines are dead technology; time stood still for it while clean diesel had been optimized for the past 20 years (you just did not get any of that technology here, because before VW AG, nobody had the guts to try out the market again).
Of course, since I am largely allergic to midsize sedans, this is largely an academic thought exercise. If I were to set foot in a Mazda dealer it wouldn't be for a new Mazda 6 but to look at a used RX-8.
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