An all-new Skyactiv chassis helps provide hybridlike fuel economy.
The Mazda 6 is still on sale for 2013, but buyer beware: an all-new 2014 model that is more attractive and more fuel-efficient will debut in early 2013. That means supplies of the 2013 car will be fairly limited, especially given that Mazda has stopped producing the 6 at a joint-venture factory in Michigan. Despite all that, the 2013 Mazda 6 remains a very good mid-size sedan. With an imposing presence and upscale looks, the 6’s exterior is as handsome as it is conservative — especially when viewed next to some of this segment’s more flashy entries. Inside, the 6 is highly functional. Options include a blind-spot monitoring system, touch-screen navigation, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, and a backup camera. The spacious rear seats split and fold, giving access to a very large trunk. Under the hood is an optional V-6 engine that’s the biggest in its class. Originally seen in the CX-9 crossover, the 3.7-liter V-6 brutalizes the front wheels with 272 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque, and yet torque steer is commendably well controlled. In reality, the base 6i’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder is powerful enough for most drivers, even if its five-speed automatic transmission isn’t quite as refined as the V-6’s six-speed. The four-cylinder is also available with a six-speed manual, an homage to Mazda’s Zoom-Zoom mantra.
new for 2013
The only change is that eighteen-inch wheels become standard on i Touring Plus and i Grand Touring models. The all-new 2014 Mazda 6 is scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. sometime in 2013.
Front, side, and side curtain air bags are standard, as are ABS, traction and stability control, and a tire-pressure monitoring system. Blind-spot monitoring is optional.
Roomy and elegant
Good handling and steering
Improved 2014 version coming soon
Fuel economy trails competitors
Base Price Range: $22,000–$31,000 (est.)
TRIM LEVELS: i Sport, i Touring, i Touring Plus, i Grand Touring, s Grand Touring
BODY STYLE: Sedan, 5-passenger
ENGINES: 2.5L I-4, 170 hp, 167 lb-ft
3.7L V-6, 272 hp, 269 lb-ft
TRANSMISSIONS: 6-speed manual, 5- or 6-speed automatic
PASSENGER VOLUME: 101.9 cu ft
CARGO SPACE: 16.6 cu ft