- Complete redesign last year
- Updated interior and features for 2015
- Up to 38 mpg/highway
The 2015 Mazda Mazda6 returns fresh off of a complete redesign last year with a few new tricks up its sleeve to remain competitive in a crowded midsize sedan segment.
After getting completely restyled last year to reflect Mazda’s new “Kodo” design language, the front fascia gets minor touch up. Subjectively, we think the Mazda6 is the best looking midsize sedan on the market with a lean, aggressive design that stands out in what is a pretty conservative group. The headlight clusters feature optional LED daytime running lights and unique LED rings around the headlamp itself for an attractive look. The Mazda6 also avoided “model bloat” in its redesign; instead of getting bigger, the new model is actually slightly smaller while maintaining the same amount of rear legroom.
Under the hood, the 2015 Mazda6 features a 184-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 185 pounds feet of torque. This gets Mazda’s SkyActiv designation, which means it has several mechanical features that reduce the weight of the engine and both output and efficiency, such as direct injection and very high compression ratios in each cylinder. A six-speed manual is standard for those who like to row their own gears, while a six-speed SkyActiv automatic is optional. For now, this is the only powertrain option on the Mazda6, a 2.2-liter turbodiesel is rumored to be coming stateside later this year.
Along with SkyActiv technology, the Mazda6’s new high-tensile steel frame also shaved 200 pounds and it is more aerodynamic (0.26 coefficient of drag) which makes this the most fuel efficient Mazda6 ever produced. The 2015 Mazda6 offers 25/37 mpg city/highway with the manual and an even better 26/38 mpg city/highway with the automatic. Grand Touring models are available with a GT technology package that adds a mild-hybrid i-ELOOP system that bumps fuel economy up to 40 mpg on the highway, which is best in segment.
Inside, the 2015 Mazda6 also gets a few updates to modernize and spruce up the interior. New gauges and instrumentation arrive, as do material upgrades, and a new central stack design that borrows elements from the new Mazda3, including its optional infotainment system. There are plenty of standard features to be found, including 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. Navigation, a Bose sound system, leather upholstery, and dual-zone automatic climate control are also available.
The Mazda6 pulls off an impressive safety accomplishment, earning a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS even with their more stringent new standards, and a full five-star overall crash test rating from the NHTSA. 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.