- Completely redesigned for 2014
- Both engine options use Mazda’s fuel efficient SkyActiv technology
- Best combined fuel economy of any gas-only midsize sedan
The redesigned 2014 Mazda Mazda6 looks to prove that midsize doesn’t have to mean boring, with aggressive styling and a tuned driving experience that will get the family from point A to point B with plenty of smiles for the driver as well.
For the new model year, the Mazda6 got a complete makeover from wheels to roof. The midsize sedan gets a heavy dose of Mazda’s “Kodo” design language, which ditches the previous, happier appearance of the last generation of Mazda cars for an aggressive scowl. The Mazda6 features a long hood and a short rear deck lid, giving it an aerodynamic, lean shape when viewed from the side. Also new are the headlight clusters, which feature optional LED daytime running lights and unique LED rings around the headlamp itself for an attractive look. One final note – the Mazda6 has avoided what we call “model bloat” and instead of getting bigger, actually is slightly smaller than the outgoing model while maintaining the same amount of rear legroom.
The Mazda6 also gets a brand new powertrain for 2014 which utilizes Mazda’s SkyActiv technology for improved fuel economy. Gone is the V-6 engine option and the new base engine is a 184-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 185 pounds feet of torque. Mazda uses the SkyActiv name to refer to several mechanical innovations on the engine and transmission, including direct injection, very high compression ratios, and reduced engine weight. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, with a SkyActiv six-speed automatic optional. Mazda is also planning to introduce a four-cylinder turbo diesel engine later this year.
Along with SkyActiv technology, the Mazda6’s new high-tensile steel frame also shaved 200 pounds off compared to the old frame and this weight loss, along with a slippery 0.26 coefficient of drag means better fuel economy. The 2014 Mazda6 offers 25/37 mpg city/highway with the manual and an even better 26/38 mpg city/highway with the automatic, which tops the midsize segment (hybrid and diesel models excluded).
The thoroughly restyled Mazda6 interior offers plenty of comfort for rear seat passengers and some new technology options. True to form, the steering wheel is smaller than many competitors in a nod to the Mazda6’s sporting nature. Standard features include air conditioning, power windows and locks, remote keyless entry with push button start, and a USB/iPod port. Opt for an automatic transmission model and Bluetooth connectivity, HD radio, a backup camera, 5.8-inch touch screen display, and Pandora internet radio compatibility are added. There is also a new circular control for screen functions located behind the gearshift for easier use. Navigation, a Bose sound system, leather upholstery, and dual-zone automatic climate control are also available.
Standard safety features include six airbags, antilock brakes, and electronic stability control. There are a few brand new safety technology options available for 2014, including a Smart City Brake Support system which can detect forward collisions at low speeds, lane departure warning, and rear cross-traffic alert.