The Mazda6—introduced in 2002—replaced the 626 and showcased a new design language Mazda would soon implement across its model lineup. It never, however, presented a major challenge to heavyweight challengers like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.
That might change with a redesigned 2014 Mazda6. The affordable sedan gives the American market a taste of Mazda's Skyactiv technology, which places an emphasis on performance and fuel economy. Significantly, the Mazda6 has the nimble road manners for which the Japanese automaker is known, but also returns up to 38 mpg on the highway.
Major changes included: Mazda's third generation of the popular yet unique Mazda6 promises to shake things up in the midsize sedan category, and justifiably so...its is chock full of features at price that's ultra-competitive, making it the best value in its class. Changes for this generation include all-new styling, a larger more well-equipped interior and newly-developed SKYACTIV engines, including 2.0L and 2.5L 4-cylinder engines, and even a 2.2L turbo-diesel engine that not only produces gobs of torque, but exceptional fuel economy. But most importantly, the newest Mazda6 drives, and looks, like a sports coupe and offers the midsize sedan shopper something more engaging and fun to drive.
Major changes included: The second generation Mazda6 continues where the first generation left off by combining edgier styling and a sportier driving dynamic. Big changes for this generation include a vastly improved electrically-assisted steering system which improves both feel and feedback. Several engine options are available, including a powerful 3.7L V6 that helps the family sedan achieve 6.1-second 0-60 times, which at the time was best-in-class.
Major changes included: The first generation Mazda6 is offered as a sedan or 5-door style in "I" or "S" trim levels. Power accessories, keyless entry, cruise control and cloth upholstery are standard, while higher models include leather seating and premium audio.