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PostHeaderIcon Mazda Enters the Modern Ages by Offering Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Unlike most automakers, Mazda is one of the few companies that have yet to offer Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. That’s about to change, though, because the Japanese car brand is finally relenting. Beginning with the 2018 Mazda 6 that will hit dealerships this summer, Mazda will finally offer either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. In the case of the 6, all trims except for the base Sport model will carry the apps as standard equipment.

PostHeaderIcon 2018 Mazda6 Prices announced

We’re big fans of the Mazda6 here at TopSpeed, even awarding the new wagon Tourer model a spot on our Best In Show list for the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. Now, Mazda just released full pricing info on the latest 6 sedan headed to these shores, and we’ve got all the vital info right here.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story


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“Buyers looking to get a little top-shelf treatment with their 6 are in luck, as the latest model year brings loads of new premium touches.”

Buyers looking to get a little top-shelf treatment with their 6 are in luck, as the latest model year brings loads of new premium touches, including high-end materials like Japanese Sen wood and Nappa leather. The driving experience is also much quieter when cruising on the the freeway, while the interior layout was updated with a fresh horizontal design that we think looks fantastic.

The exterior looks quite good as well, imbued with the latest Kodo design language.

Speed fans will be happy to know that the 6 is offered with a new turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine option that should do well to complement Mazda’s unflappable suspension tuning. In addition, you can even buy yours with a manual transmission, if desired. Thank you Mazda!

The lower trims produce as much as 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque, plus come with cylinder deactivation technology for added efficiency. Meanwhile, the new turbo engine makes 250 horsepower and a head-turning 310 pound-feet of torque at just 2,000 rpm.


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“Speed fans will be happy to know that the 6 is offered with a new turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine option.”

Go for the Sport trim level, and you’ll get an electronic parking brake, cloth upholstery, dual-zone climate control, remote keyless entry, a push-button start, cruise control, six-speaker audio, Bluetooth support, and an 8-inch infotainment display. Outside, the Sport gets 17-inch alloy wheels and standard LEDs for the headlights and taillights, while driver assists include rear cross-traffic alert, smart city brake support, and blind spot monitoring. Add in the automatic transmission, and the Sport comes with additional assistance features, such as lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, high-beam assist, and more.

Above the Sport is the Touring, which tosses the cloth in favor of leatherette for the seats, as well as a standard six-speed automatic transmission, advanced keyless entry, and a six-way power driver’s seat. There are also HVAC vents for rear-seated passengers, heated front seats, and a power moonroof. Finally, the corners of the Touring get stuffed with 19-inch alloy wheels.

Opt into the Grand Touring model, and you’ll enjoy 11-speaker audio, SiriusXM radio, navigation, heated side mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and paddle shifters on the steering column, not to mention that torquey turbo engine under the hood.

The penultimate trim level is the Grand Touring Reserve, which adds full leather seating, a heads-up display, active traffic sign recognition, an eight-way power driver’s seat, six-way power front passenger’s seat, adaptive front lighting, a rear spoiler, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel, not to mention, for the first time, ventilated front seats.


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“The top of the line is occupied by the Signature model, which offers new colors for the leather seating, as well as Japanese Sen Wood trim.”

The top of the line is occupied by the Signature model, which offers new colors for the leather seating, Japanese Sen Wood trim, a 360-degree around view monitor, parking sensors front and back, a 7.0-inch digital gauge cluster display, and a gunmetal front grille insert.

Check out the full pricing info below. How would you spec yours?

Mazda6 Sport 6MT $21,950
Mazda6 Sport 6AT $23,000
• Sport i-ACTIVSENSE Package (6AT only) $625
Mazda6 Touring $25,700
Mazda6 Grand Touring $29,200
Mazda6 Grand Touring Reserve $31,700
Mazda6 Signature $34,750

Premium Paint Colors:

Soul Red Crystal $595
Machine Gray Metallic $300
Snowflake White Pearl Mica $200

References

Mazda 6


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Read our full review on the 2018 Mazda6.


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PostHeaderIcon The Mazda6 Wagon Puts the New Mercedes C-Class Estate to Shame

We knew the Mazda6 Wagon was coming, and recently we found out that it would for sure show up at the Geneva Motor Show, but we didn’t expect our first thought to be that it puts Mercedes to shame. After all, the Mazda6 isn’t exactly in the same class with pricing starting around $10,000 less than it’s Mercedes counterpart. Yet, here it is, all new and fresh, looking like a million bucks. Mazda has yet to release many details, so European specs are still a mystery, but just by the look of the exterior, it’s pretty safe to say that it’ll be a real winner inside and under the hood.

Mazda6 Wagon Details


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“The rear end got the new taillight units, and the way the blend in below the beltline is just amazing.”

Despite the fact that Mazda hasn’t said much about the 6 Wagon, we already have a pretty good idea of what you want to know. All we have to do is look at the Mazda6 Sedan, and the picture becomes clear. The outside, clearly, takes on the same design language with the updated Kodo look, standard LED headlights, larger front grill, and it even debuted in the new Soul Red Crystal Paint—an option that should be available once the order books open. Like the sedan, 17-inch wheels should come as standard, but 19-inch rollers will be on the option list. And, like its sedan counterpart, there should be plenty of metal trim to really provide that upscale look.

What really stands out on the wagon is the rear end. It’s got the new taillight units, and the way the blend in below the beltline is just amazing. Where Mazda could have ruined the design with the rear hatch, it went the extra mile to make it look as stylish as possible. The rear glass is recessed just a bit, the roof isn’t too slanted, and you’ve got the traditional metal trim on the hatch as well. And, just look at the rear fascia. Sure, it’s got the round exhaust outlets in the corners, but damn is it sexy.


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“The car will get the same upscale feel with redesigned seats, and there will even be Japanese Sen wood trim”

What’s inside will also mirror the sedan, except that – like the exterior – things will be a little different beyond the rear doors. All in all, the car will get the same upscale feel with redesigned seats, and there will even be Japanese Sen wood trim. The German-like floating instrument cluster should amass eight inches while seat ventilation and digital gauges will make their way to the option list.

Expect the same horizontal presence from the sedan to carry over into the wagon, and rear seat passengers should get a little extra space thanks to the nature of the wagon body style. There will be ample cargo room, undoubtedly an improvement over the previous model (1664 liters with the rear seats folded; 522 liters with the seatbacks up.)

Mazda6 Wagon Performance


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“The Mazda6 Wagon is destined for Europe, so it’ll be offered with a range of diesel engines alongside the gasoline engine”

The one thing we’re not sure about is the wagon’s performance. Here in the States, the Sedan gets a 2.5-liter four-banger that was pulled straight from the Mazda CX-9. It rocks a single turbo and pumps out 250 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. The 2.0-liter from the last year’s model did carry over but was upgraded to include cylinder deactivation. The 2.0-liter is available with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic, but opt for the larger mill, and you’re stuck with the auto.

Of course, the Mazda6 Wagon is destined for Europe, so it’ll be offered with a range of diesel engines alongside the gasoline engine. As in previous years, the SE-L and SE and Sport Nav will probably be the only ones with the option for a gasoline engine. Lower trim levels will be stuck with diesel engines that range around 150ps. The upper trim levels could see power as high as 180ps in diesel form or a little less in gasoline form. Again, this is all speculation at this point, so you’re probably better off to wait for official details before getting too excited. The new Mazda6 Wagon will probably go on sale by the end of 2018 if not sooner.

Final Thoughts


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I know I’ve billed the new Mazda6 Wagon as a C-Class killer, but should Mazda provide the right powertrain options, at the right price, it easily could be. It’s pretty damn luxurious on the inside, and it’s got the sporty looks outside. And the price… the price is significantly lower than that of the C-Class Estate, or it has been historically, anyway. As such, Mazda could have a real winner on its hands if it delivers the right power and handling for the money. On looks alone, it wins hands down, unless, of course, you’re one of those guys who cares more about what badge your car wears.

References

Mazda 6


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Read our full review on the 2018 Mazda6 Wagon.


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PostHeaderIcon Mazda6 Tourer

Mazda introduced the 6 nameplate in 2002 as a replacement for the highly successful Mazda 626. Offered as a near-premium mid-size four-door model, the 6 is now considered Mazda’s flagship model. Three generations have arrived since the 6 first hit the scene, the latest of which showed in 2012. Back in November, Mazda brought out a refreshed iteration at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show (LAAS), dropping cover on a tweaked exterior style, a newly updated interior, fresh technology and equipment, and even a new turbocharged engine package. Suffice to say, we thought the whole thing looked great, so much so that we gave it a spot on our Best In Show list for the 2017 LAAS. Given the extensive updates seen for the 2018 model year, you could consider this latest iteration as the 3.5-gen vehicle. Now, the 6’s more practical Tourer wagon body style looks set to receive the same good stuff when it arrives in Switzerland with a debut at the 88th Annual Geneva International Motor Show.

All told, the 2018 Mazda6 Tourer should look and feel more premium than before, just like the latest sedan version that appeared in Southern California. Full details are still forthcoming, but for now, read on for the lowdown on what we know, plus a splash of speculation along the way.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Mazda6 Tourer.

Mazda6 Tourer Exterior

  • Latest Kodo design language
  • Mazda Kai and Mazda Coupe concepts used for inspiration
  • LED lighting
  • Larger grille with metal mesh insert
  • Massively flared front fenders
  • Should offer standard 17-inch wheels, optional 19’s
  • More aerodynamic than before

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“The Tourer once again employs Mazda's Kodo design language to great effect, refining the old model's styling bits without overdoing it.”

When it comes to the aesthetics, the Mazda6 is one good-looking car. Based on concepts like the Mazda Coupe and Mazda Kai, both of which will head to Geneva alongside the 2018 Mazda6 Tourer, this wagon once again employs Mazda’s Kodo design language to great effect. The 2018 model year refines the old model’s styling bits, and although the overall look doesn’t change a whole lot, we aren’t complaining – we think it looks great, and we think there’s a definite upscale vibe to it. Thankfully, it’s also not nearly as stuffy as the numerous European sedans found elsewhere on the Geneva show floor. Rather, its got its own curvaceous Japanese styling to it, and that’s a big plus in our book.

Let’s check out the details, starting in front where we once again find impressively flared wheel arches that add a ton of visual beefiness to the front end. The new model also comes with a larger front grille, which is set in an elliptical shape and fitted with a metal mesh insert. Despite its size, we think the grille looks quite good, and its definitely an improvement on the old model’s horizontal slats. The headlights also look longer and leaner than before, pulled back into fenders in a taut, slim shape. LEDs are used for the lighting element, while chrome detailing adds icing on the cake.


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“The headlights also look longer and leaner than before, pulled back into fenders in a taut, slim shape”

The long, flared fenders in front lead into a profile that’s punctuated by a variety of angles and character lines, both above and below. The window line dives down towards the front end, adding a bit of visual rake and enhancing the visual weight of the plus-sized rear end. In terms of wheel sizing, we
expect Mazda to offer 19-inch wheels like on the U.S.-spec sedan, while standard sizing will be set at 17 inches. A few new paint options would also be nice.

In back, expect slimmer taillights and further shiny trim detailing. Dual exhaust tips would also be a nice complement to the elegant, yet sporty aesthetic.

Further more, Mazda says the new look is now more aero-efficient than before, although the automaker declines to go into detail. Look for official specs next month.

Mazda6 Tourer Interior

  • New interior layout focuses on horizontal lines
  • Lots of premium touches throughout
  • Fresh safety and driver assist tech
  • Nearly 60 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear bench folded
  • Fingers crossed for optional Japanese Sen wood trim

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“The look is characterized by broad horizontal surfaces and long unbroken shapes. New switch gear was added to the center console, and there's an 8.0-inch touchscreen sitting high on the dash.”

Step inside the 2018 Mazda6 Tourer, and you’ll find a cabin look and layout that’s identical to the sedan (plus a good deal more cargo room in the rear, of course). Mazda says that the sedan gets an “all-new” interior where “only the steering wheel and small trim pieces [are] carried over from its predecessor,” and that looks to be the case in the Tourer model as well.

The look is characterized by broad horizontal surfaces and long unbroken shapes. New switch gear was added to the center console, with a slick, simplified button layout for the climate control system, above which you’ll find an 8.0-inch touchscreen sitting high on the dash. An optional 7.0-inch TFT screen can be had for the gauge cluster. The soft touch materials look great, and continue from the dash into the door panels. We’re expecting Nappa leather for the upholstery and optional Japanese Sen wood for the dash. There’s also new seats in front, which Mazda says are more supportive and more comfortable this time around.


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“New switch gear was added to the center console, with a slick, simplified button layout for the climate control system, above which you'll find an 8.0-inch touchscreen sitting high on the dash”

As a complement to the upscale layout and top-shelf materials, Mazda says the new 6 gets reduced levels of NVH (or noise, vibration, and harshness) inside the cabin, which is obviously critical to attaining that upscale vibe Mazda is shooting for. Further complements include a broader range of i-Activsense safety features, such as 360-degree monitor with a top-down view, and intelligent speed assist.

Finally, the 2018 Mazda6 Tourer looks to keep its decent rear cargo room, which is currently rated at 522 liters (18.4 cubic feet) with the rear bench up, and expands out to 1,664 liters (58.8 cubic feet) with the bench folded down.

Mazda6 Tourer Drivetrain

Engine lineup likely to include 2.2-liter diesel and 2.0-liter gas

Six-speed automatic and six-speed manual on the table

FWD as standard, AWD optional


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“Mazda has yet to divulge a whole lot in terms of the powertrain spec for the 2018 Mazda6 Tourer, but we expect the brand to offer a slight refresh on the 2.2-liter diesel and a 2.0-liter gas options”

Mazda has yet to divulge a whole lot in terms of the powertrain spec for the 2018 Mazda6 Tourer, but we expect the brand to offer a slight refresh on the 2.2-liter diesel and a 2.0-liter gas options. Current output levels vary between the trim levels, with the diesel making either 150 horsepower or 175 horsepower. Meanwhile, the gas engine makes 165 horsepower. A few extra ponies and mpg at the pump should do well to keep it sprightly for 2018.

It’s possible Mazda will also include the new 2.5-liter turbo ’four that we just got in the 6 sedan here in the States, which offers up 250 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. However, if we’re honest, it’s not likely. Sorry, speed lovers. But here’s to hoping.

Unfortunately, the 6 definitely won’t get Mazda’s next-generation Skyactiv-X compression ignition petrol engine technology either, but the Zoom-Zoom brand will bring it to display in Geneva all the same. Mazda calls it Spark Controlled Compression Ignition, or SCCI, and it’s a world-first for a passenger car. Basically, the compression ignition design works similarly to a diesel, but it burns gasoline. It also manages to combine the benefits of both gas and diesel powerplants, with features like solid high-end power, a sharp throttle response, cleaner emissions, and high fuel efficiency. It’s innovative and pretty cool too, especially when you consider most of the industry is heading towards smaller engine sizing and forced induction to find the extra efficiency. Look for the Skyactiv-X compression ignition tech on the forthcoming 2019 Mazda3.

Moving on, we expect the 2018 Mazda6 Tourer to once again offer customers either a six-speed manual transmission, or a six-speed automatic, depending on the trim level and engine picked. Once again, we have to applaud Mazda for sticking to its guns, as rather than adopting a rubber-banding continuously variable transmission like most other makes, it’s going with a more traditional gearbox. Front-wheel drive will come as standard, while AWD will be an available option.

Mazda6 Tourer Chassis And Handling

  • More refined and more responsive too
  • Tweaked suspension geometry
  • Definitely one of the most fun-to-drive in segment

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Heading into the 2018 model year, the Mazda6 Tourer looks to receive “enhanced driving dynamics,” with fresh suspension tuning that simultaneously finds greater handling benefits when attacking a corner, and more comfort when cruising.

To that end, we expect the Tourer to once again get the same updates as the U.S.-spec sedan. For example, the reduced noise, vibration, and harshness will no doubt come courtesy of the 6’s stiffer chassis and body, while the handling and ride refinements will be partly thanks to a new steering rack mounting and tweaked suspension geometry. Finally, G-Vectoring Control will once again be used for greater grip levels coming off a corner.

Mazda6 Tourer Pricing


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While exact pricing for the 2018 Mazda6 Tourer has yet to be released, we fully expect the bottom line to stay close to current figures. For reference, the 2017 Mazda6 Tourer starts at £23,795 in the U.K.

Look for more updated details right here in this review when the 2018 Mazda6 Tourer makes its appearance at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show in March, where it’ll strut its stuff alongside the Euro-spec Mazda6 Saloon, the Mazda Coupe concept, and the Mazda Kai concept.

Mazda6 Tourer Competition

Volkswagen Passat Estate


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If you like the idea of a sleek, spacious, and well-appointed wagon model, but care less about the performance side of things, then the Volkswagen Passat Estate might be just the right fit. Outside, you get the eternally refined styling VW is known for across its lineup, while the interior comes equipped with a flat-bottom steering wheel, a digital screen in the gauge pod (full digital gauges are optional), and a 6.5-inch screen in the dash. Materials include some top-tier picks in the higher trims, while rear cargo room is rated at a Mazda-beating 650 liters (23 cubic feet) with the rear bench up. Engine options include a range of diesel and gas options. Although we expect the Mazda to be far more interesting to drive, the VW makes a sensible case for itself all the same.

Read our full review on the 2017 Volkswagen Passat.

Ford Mondeo Estate


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Another solid choice in this segment comes from the Blue Oval with the Ford Mondeo Estate. Although it appears to be a bit more brutish, the styling works well all the same, and it’s very much in line with the rest of Ford’s lineup and styling cues. Inside, there’s a decent amount of cargo room, rated at 500 liters (17.7 cubic feet) with the seats up, while optional AWD helps it grip in less than ideal conditions. Engine options include a 1.5-liter diesel, a 2.0-liter diesel, and a 2.0-liter gas engine as well. It’s a nice middle-of-the-road choice, if that’s what you’re after.

Read our full review on the 2017 Ford Mondeo.

Conclusion


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Given the fact you’re reading these words on TopSpeed, it should come as no surprise that we like this quick-and-fun little wagon. While some competitors offer a less expensive proposition, and still others offer a more luxurious interior, the Mazda6 also manages to mix in a good deal of driver engagement and fun, and to us, that matters a lot.

We’re still waiting for all the details to drop, so make sure to check back here next month when they do. Until then, all we gotta say is – we sure do wish Mazda sold the Tourer here in the U.S.!

  • Leave it
    • * More comfortable and more luxurious alternatives out there
    • * New engine tech still a year or more away
    • * No wagons for the U.S.!

References

Mazda 6


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Read our full review on the 2018 Mazda6.


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Read our full review on the 2017 Mazda Kai.


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PostHeaderIcon New Mazda6 Tourer Heading To The Geneva Auto Show!

Mazda just introduced the refreshed Mazda6 sedan at the Los Angeles Auto Show last November, and with its unveiling, the brand also dropped a long list of updates and upgrades. Long story short, we like what we see. In fact, we like it so much, we decided to give it a spot on our Best In Show list. Now, Mazda is giving us a look at the refreshed wagon Tourer model, which is headed to this year’s Geneva Motor Show sporting several of the sedan’s various updates.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story


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“The changes are so significant, you could call the latest model year the 3.5 generation.”

Mazda first introduced the 6 back in 2002 as a replacement for the 626, and since then, we’ve seen three generations make their appearance. The latest was introduced in 2012, which makes this new refresh more or less a mid-cycle update. However, the changes are so significant, you could call the latest model year the 3.5 generation.

Let’s start outside, where the 6 gains several changes to the exterior styling. The looks is sleek and mean, falling in line with Mazda’s Kodo design language, something that we’re pretty big fans of. In front is a large elliptical front grille, which comes with a metal mesh grille insert that looks great on the front end. There’s also plenty of chrome details and LED headlights to boot.

While you probably won’t confuse the 6 with a European luxury car any time soon, the updates still manage to enhance the car’s sense of “premiumness,” a characteristic emphasized even further by what’s waiting inside the cabin.

Step into the interior of the new 6, and you’ll find a brand-new design sporting a horizontal layout. Long lines are laid left to right in unbroken shapes, cleaning up the look while simultaneously enhancing the car’s spacious feel. There’s new switchgear in the center console that looks like it was plucked from Audi, plus new seats that are more comfortable and supportive than before.


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“Long lines are laid left to right in unbroken shapes, cleaning up the look while simultaneously enhancing the car's spacious feel.”

There’s also new infotainment technology as wielded by an 8.0-inch touchscreen mounted high on the dash. Buyers are offered an optional 7.0-inch TFT screen in the gauge cluster, while the i-Activsense safety feature suite adds convenience and driver assistance tech to the package, including stuff like a 360-degree top-down camera.

We’re also looking forward to seeing what Mazda’s got in terms of the 6’s updated powertrains. Details on the Tourer’s engine lineup are still unannounced, but it’s expected the wagon will offer a freshened 2.2-liter diesel and a 2.0-liter gas engine. It’s also possible Mazda will toss in the new turbocharged 2.5-liter that we’re so lucky to get here in the U.S., a mill that produces 250 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque.

Cog swaps come courtesy of a six-speed manual transmission, or a six-speed automatic for those who prefer just two pedals to work. Standard spec routes all output to the front wheels exclusively, while extra grip can be had with the optional AWD system. There’s also new suspension bits and suspension tuning for higher levels of comfort and handling prowess.

In addition to the new 6 Tourer, Mazda will also be bringing its latest concept cars to the show, which includes the stunning Vision Coupe and exciting Kai, both of which
provided inspiration for the exterior styling on the new 6.

All we can say is – bring the wagon over here, Mazda!

Look for further updates when the Geneva Motor Show kicks off next month.

References

Mazda 6


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PostHeaderIcon 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show – Best In Show

The 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show is here, and with it comes a fresh batch of four-wheeled goodies to pick through. With more than 50 debuts and over 1,000 vehicles in attendance, the LAAS is the West Coast destination if you’re looking for the latest and greatest from the world’s top automakers. The paint has barely dried by the time these machines roll into the Southland, and attendees get an enticing opportunity to check out what’s headed to dealers before deliveries commence. This year, we saw loads of good stuff, like updated icons, new speed machines, and even an interesting concept or two, all of which is worthy of your collective auto-flavored attention. As such, we put together the following list of exceptional debuts from this year’s event for your reading enjoyment. These are TopSpeed’s picks for Best In Show from the 2017 LA Auto Show.

Of course, it’s entirely possible you’ve got other ideas about what belongs on this list. If that happens to be the case, feel free to post your picks in the comments below, and don’t forget to tell us why you think they deserve the title of Best In Show!

Continue reading to learn more about our picks for Best In Show from the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Jeep Wrangler


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The new Wrangler has arrived, and it’s bringing with it oodles of tempting options. Body styles include both two-door and four-door iterations, while behind the vertical grille slats, you’ll find one of three engine options. Cog swap duties are handled by one of two transmission options, one of which is a brand-new eight-speed automatic.

The updates continue inside, where we find a modernized interior layout, complete with a new infotainment system. Jeep even showed off a complete line of available upgrades and parts from Mopar. That’s all well and good, but the most important part of this machine is what it can do straight from the factory, and thankfully, the Jeep still looks like one helluva off-roader out of the box. Providing the grip is a 4WD system with features like a 2.72:1 crawl ratio and a 4LO 4:1 ratio with locking differentials for the Rubicon. Then there’s the Rubicon’s ability to wade through water 30 inches deep, its 10.9 inches of ground clearance, and its standard 33-inch tires. All told, this thing has all the capability as the old model, wrapped in a new school package.

Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

Saleen S1


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It’s no secret we’re fans of the Saleen S7. Rear-mid engine, RWD, and 750 horsepower stuffed into an aero-friendly body that looks like it might cut ‘ya if you stare at it too long… what’s not to like? Now, Saleen is once again offering up something new, and while it might not have the same over-the-top aggression as its older sibling, it’s still got that high-performance allure we’ve come to expect from the brand. Carbon fiber, aluminum, and a compact body keep it light, while a mid-mounted turbo 2.5-liter four-cylinder sends as much as 450 horsepower to the rear wheels. A run to 60 mph takes just 3.5 seconds, while the quarter mile is dispatched in 11.3 seconds. Top speed clocks in at 180 mph.

Read our full review on the 2018 Saleen S1.

Mazda6


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While it might have four doors and FWD, this Japanese sedan still has plenty of zoom-zoom under the hood. Now, all that go arrives with turbocharged levels of motivation, as Mazda fits the latest 6 with an upgraded and boosted 2.5-liter four-cylinder for the 2018 model year. Outside, we find a few nips and tucks to the already great looking styling, while the interior sees a substantial refit with higher-quality trim and a simplified layout. We’re fans – now it just needs a dash of AWD, eh Mazda?

Read our full review on the 2018 Mazda6.

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible


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Following an unveiling of the hardtop coupe variant in Dubai, the ZR1 arrived in LA for its stateside debut, rocking an open-air top and a searing shade of orange paint. Like the coupe, the ZR1 convertible comes proper with a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8, which gets drenched with dino juice thanks to a unique dual fuel injection system (both direct and port injection for this monster). Output is rated at 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque, all of which is sent to the ultra-wide rear wheels by way of either a seven-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic. Then, of course, there’s all that carbon fiber, which gets applied to the front splitter, side skirts, and rear wing, plus the enormous engine cover sticking out of the hood. Wanna get noticed?

Read our full review on the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible.

Toyota FT-AC Concept

There’s usually no shortage of outdoorsy-themed SUV concepts, no matter what show you’re talking about, but this concept caught our attention all the same. For starters, if actually looks pretty good, with big, chunky features that work well with the motif, plus a layered front fascia that doesn’t make you want to run and hide. A variety of mounts and carrier racks provide spots to store your gear, while external cameras help to record every move you make in the great outdoors. Finally, a hybrid powertrain keeps it green while crawling through the dirt.

Read our full review 2017 Toyota FT-AC Concept.

PostHeaderIcon 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show – Best In Show

The 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show is here, and with it comes a fresh batch of four-wheeled goodies to pick through. With more than 50 debuts and over 1,000 vehicles in attendance, the LAAS is the West Coast destination if you’re looking for the latest and greatest from the world’s top automakers. The paint has barely dried by the time these machines roll into the Southland, and attendees get an enticing opportunity to check out what’s headed to dealers before deliveries commence. This year, we saw loads of good stuff, like updated icons, new speed machines, and even an interesting concept or two, all of which is worthy of your collective auto-flavored attention. As such, we put together the following list of exceptional debuts from this year’s event for your reading enjoyment. These are TopSpeed’s picks for Best In Show from the 2017 LA Auto Show.

Of course, it’s entirely possible you’ve got other ideas about what belongs on this list. If that happens to be the case, feel free to post your picks in the comments below, and don’t forget to tell us why you think they deserve the title of Best In Show!

Continue reading to learn more about our picks for Best In Show from the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Jeep Wrangler


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The new Wrangler has arrived, and it’s bringing with it oodles of tempting options. Body styles include both two-door and four-door iterations, while behind the vertical grille slats, you’ll find one of three engine options. Cog swap duties are handled by one of two transmission options, one of which is a brand-new eight-speed automatic.

The updates continue inside, where we find a modernized interior layout, complete with a new infotainment system. Jeep even showed off a complete line of available upgrades and parts from Mopar. That’s all well and good, but the most important part of this machine is what it can do straight from the factory, and thankfully, the Jeep still looks like one helluva off-roader out of the box. Providing the grip is a 4WD system with features like a 2.72:1 crawl ratio and a 4LO 4:1 ratio with locking differentials for the Rubicon. Then there’s the Rubicon’s ability to wade through water 30 inches deep, its 10.9 inches of ground clearance, and its standard 33-inch tires. All told, this thing has all the capability as the old model, wrapped in a new school package.

Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

Saleen S1


The Saleen S1 Can be Yours for $1,000 Deposit; $100,000 Total; Deliveries Start in Mid-2018 - image 749041

It’s no secret we’re fans of the Saleen S7. Rear-mid engine, RWD, and 750 horsepower stuffed into an aero-friendly body that looks like it might cut ‘ya if you stare at it too long… what’s not to like? Now, Saleen is once again offering up something new, and while it might not have the same over-the-top aggression as its older sibling, it’s still got that high-performance allure we’ve come to expect from the brand. Carbon fiber, aluminum, and a compact body keep it light, while a mid-mounted turbo 2.5-liter four-cylinder sends as much as 450 horsepower to the rear wheels. A run to 60 mph takes just 3.5 seconds, while the quarter mile is dispatched in 11.3 seconds. Top speed clocks in at 180 mph.

Read our full review on the 2018 Saleen S1.

Mazda6


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While it might have four doors and FWD, this Japanese sedan still has plenty of zoom-zoom under the hood. Now, all that go arrives with turbocharged levels of motivation, as Mazda fits the latest 6 with an upgraded and boosted 2.5-liter four-cylinder for the 2018 model year. Outside, we find a few nips and tucks to the already great looking styling, while the interior sees a substantial refit with higher-quality trim and a simplified layout. We’re fans – now it just needs a dash of AWD, eh Mazda?

Read our full review on the 2018 Mazda6.

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible


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Following an unveiling of the hardtop coupe variant in Dubai, the ZR1 arrived in LA for its stateside debut, rocking an open-air top and a searing shade of orange paint. Like the coupe, the ZR1 convertible comes proper with a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8, which gets drenched with dino juice thanks to a unique dual fuel injection system (both direct and port injection for this monster). Output is rated at 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque, all of which is sent to the ultra-wide rear wheels by way of either a seven-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic. Then, of course, there’s all that carbon fiber, which gets applied to the front splitter, side skirts, and rear wing, plus the enormous engine cover sticking out of the hood. Wanna get noticed?

Read our full review on the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible.

Toyota FT-AC Concept

There’s usually no shortage of outdoorsy-themed SUV concepts, no matter what show you’re talking about, but this concept caught our attention all the same. For starters, if actually looks pretty good, with big, chunky features that work well with the motif, plus a layered front fascia that doesn’t make you want to run and hide. A variety of mounts and carrier racks provide spots to store your gear, while external cameras help to record every move you make in the great outdoors. Finally, a hybrid powertrain keeps it green while crawling through the dirt.

Read our full review 2017 Toyota FT-AC Concept.

PostHeaderIcon Mazda Could Bring AWD to the Mazda3 and Mazda6 in the U.S.

There’s a lot to like about the new Mazda6. It has a fresh look and a new 2.5-liter turbocharged engine that has an output in the range of 250 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. All that power is sent to the two front wheels courtesy of a standard SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission. The setup is impressive, but if Mazda really wants to elevate the status of the 6, the next logical step would be to throw all-wheel drive into the mix.


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“Mazda discussed the possibility of the Mazda6 getting all-wheel-drive capability in response to the huge demand in the U.S. for all-wheel-drive variants”

Mazda North America Operations President and CEO Masahiro Moro discussed the possibility of the Mazda6 getting all-wheel-drive capability in response to the huge demand in the U.S. for all-wheel-drive variants. Moro indicated that the sedan’s current architecture isn’t compatible with an all-wheel-drive system. “We have a layout issue with the sedans, that’s why a four-wheel drive isn’t deployed on the Mazda3 and 6 so far,” he said.

Such is the case, though, when demand is high for a specific product, as it is with four-wheel drive models in the U.S. An automaker like Mazda has to find a way to see if it can accommodate that demand. It’s especially important for a car like the Mazda6, which the Japanese automaker has high hopes for in the American market. To his credit, Moro has already been proactive in figuring out ways to work around the current issues.
“Four-wheel drive becomes a premium queue for US consumers and obviously I have asked our R&D department to think about how we can accommodate four-wheel drive capability in the future,” he said.

Mazda is playing it as it should in this situation. It knows where the market is right now for the Mazda6 in the U.S. It also knows that the company’s current platform limitations rule out all-wheel drive variants for the current 2.5-liter Mazda6. But it’s this same limitation that’s pushing Mazda to look into all the possibilities that will help bring all-wheel-drive models of the Mazda6 to the U.S.

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PostHeaderIcon A Quick Look at how the Mazda6 Has Changed for 2018

Sometimes, in the smallest of updates can make a big difference for a car. The new Mazda6 is proof of that. It still looks like the same attractive sedan, but take a closer look at it, and you’ll notice a few subtle tweaks that give the sedan a more refined appearance. Part of the changes is tied to Mazda’s “Mature Elegance” styling, a design language that the automaker first unveiled in its Vision Coupe concept. The new Mazda6 receives some hints of the new aesthetic architecture. That’s on top of the car also receiving a more powerful turbocharged engine. It’s a new day for the new-and-improved Mazda6.

New Year; New Looks

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Let’s start with the exterior of the new Mazda6. Most of the changes are in the front of the sedan. It’s in this section that we see Mazda adopt a bigger front grille that’s similar to the one found on Mercedes-AMG models. The added prominence of the grille extends all the way to the outer edges of the headlamps, far longer than it used to be on the previous version of the model. Just below that is a new layout to the front bumper. The lamps on the old model are now gone, replaced by aggressive chrome strips and a more stylized bumper. The result is a more refined look to a sedan that was already attractive in our eyes. Two new color options are also part of the updates. They’re called Soul Red Chrystal and Machine Gray Metallic. They join an impressive palette of paint options that are being carried over from the previous model.

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There are more significant changes in the interior of the Mazda6 compared to the exterior. Mazda even said that only two pieces from the outgoing model were carried over to the updated version. The steering wheel is one of them, while a few small trim pieces count as the other. Beyond these, the 6’s interior gets a healthy dose of improvements. The dashboard now looks more stretched out. The lower half of it, in particular, stretches from one side to the other with no disturbances to it. That new design also plays into a much clearer center console is a lot cleaner. The center tunnel also looks more refined, thanks to the thick leather trim surrounding it. Speaking of which, the new Mazda6 also gets a bigger inventory of premium materials, including Nappa leather, Sen wood, and UltraSuede NU. It’s hard to make out in the photos, but these items are found on the doors, seats, and dashboard of the Signature trim models.

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As notable as the exterior and interior changes are, the biggest update to the new Mazda6 is found under its hood, specifically the 2.5-liter turbocharged SkyActiv engine that’s making its first appearance on the sedan’s engine lineup. This particular powertrain is notable because it’s the same engine that Mazda has in the CX-9 crossover. It produces 250 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque and features the SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission as the standard gearbox. A six-speed manual transmission is available as an option, but its availability is limited to lower-trim versions of the Mazda6 that don’t use the 2.5-liter turbo mil.

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The Mazda6 is the Japanese brand’s mid-size flagship sedan, offering customers premium appointment inside the cabin and a somewhat sporty driving experience behind the wheel. Originally offered in 2002 as a replacement for the 616 and 626, the Mazda6 is now well into its third generation, which dropped in August of 2012 at the Moscow International Motor Show. Now it’s time for a substantial mid-cycle refresh, and Mazda just provided a preview of things to come for the forthcoming 2018 model year. Working off the concept of “Mature Elegance,” the new Mazda6 adds premium interior and exterior features, plus new safety technology, all of which helps to elevate the four-door to a more upscale position. However, the biggest news here is the inclusion of a new-for-the-model turbocharged powerplant, which will definitely add a considerable amount of zoom-zoom to the package.

That’s great news for the Mazda faithful – this is, after all, the brand’s flagship sedan, and more power is a most welcome boost to the car’s fun factor. A full reveal is scheduled for this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, but in the meantime, read on for what we know so far.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Mazda6.

Exterior

  • Reshaped front fascia
  • New 3D grille and insert
  • Extra chrome detailing
  • Looks similar to the new Mazda CX-5 crossover

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“The grille insert for the central intake is new, with a 3D mesh design that breaks from the old model’s horizontal slat design”

For the moment, all we’ve got is a single teaser image of the new Mazda6’s front end, but right away, there are a few minor styling changes we can pick out. For starters, the grille insert for the central intake is new, with a 3D mesh design that breaks from the old model’s horizontal slat design. The headlights also look like they got a subtle reshape with slimmer housings, and now come underlined by chrome lines that start at the bottom lip of the grille.

The lower intake and fascia are also different, with a sharper shape for the former and fresh creases in the corner edges of the latter. The chrome detailing of the old model’s fog lights is now moved to the lower part of the bumper lip, which will most likely add some extra visual width to the vehicle.

Overall, the changes echo those seen in the new Mazda CX-5 crossover, and we think they pretty good on the sedan as well:


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“The new Mazda CX-5 gets similar styling updates as the Mazda6.”

Indeed, Mazda has really been racking up the points when it comes to styling as of late, especially with concepts like the RX Vision, and more recently, the Kai.

And although we have yet to see the rear end, we’d expect the usual nip and tuck back there as well. Something like reshaped taillight housings and a shapely lower bumper should fit the bill nicely.

“Mazda has really been racking up the points when it comes to styling as of late, especially with its concepts.”

Finally, it’s worth mentioning that that Mazda offers the 6 in a wagon bodystyle overseas. We don’t think we’re alone in saying we’d love it if Mazda decided to bring the wagon version stateside, but so far, the probability of that happening is pretty low.

Interior

  • More high-end materials than before
  • Small changes to overall layout
  • Premium Japanese Sen Wood as optional trim
  • Latest safety technology included
  • Adaptive cruise control and around-view monitor

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“The updates do a good job in enhancing the car’s premium feel. One good example is the unique Japanese Sen Wood trim option.”

Like the exterior, the Mazda6’s interior gets a few tweaks here and there, but most of the layout is a carryover. Broad, horizontal surfaces dominate, with straight and smooth lines throughout.

Compared to the previous model, the new Mazda6 looks to get a new digital infotainment screen, which appears to stand taller and more upright than the previous screen. The midline and air vents were also changed, with a square shape for the vents and a solid unbroken form for the midline trimmed in shiny metal. Below the vents is another layer that looks to be covered in some kind of soft touch material, presumably Alcantara. The next level after that contains the HVAC controls, below which you’ll find the central tunnel, shifter, and a rotary knob.

We think it still looks good, and we’re glad Mazda didn’t change too much. However, the updates that are included do a good job in enhancing the car’s premium feel. For example, there’s now unique Japanese Sen Wood as a trim option, which Mazda says is used in traditional Japanese instruments and furniture. Looking at the provided press shot, we think that midline on either side of the air vents looks like it gets the new wood treatment.

Further exclusive premium trim will likely include high-end leather, aluminum, and similar stuff.

However, these days, you can only go so far with just premium materials. To really get those luxury points, you’ll also need to toss in some of the latest technology to boot.


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Note: 2017 Mazda6 pictured here.

“To really get those luxury points, the 2018 Mazda6 comes with the brand’s suite of i-Activsense safety technology.”

As such, the 2018 Mazda6 comes with the brand’s suite of i-Activsense safety technology. Chief among these is Mazda’s Radar Cruise Control, which tosses in stop-and-go traffic management that will bring the vehicle to halt if the car ahead is stopped, then set off again all on its own.

That’s a good start, but we’re hoping for a full range of features for the new Mazda6 – automatic high beams, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and all the other stuff that comes as standard on high-end sedans should be considered fair game.

Finally, Mazda says a 360-degree view monitor was added as well, which is especially helpful when maneuvering through tight spaces.

Drivetrain

  • Base model gets naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder
  • Cylinder deactivation tech for the NA powerplant
  • 2.5-liter turbo now added to the lineup
  • Six-speed manual and automatic for gearbox options

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Note: 2017 Mazda6 engine pictured here.

Nestled into the nose of the 2018 Mazda6 is the same naturally aspirated Skyactiv-G 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder as before. Peak output for the four is rated at 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque in the previous model year, and the 2018 iteration is expected to match those figures going forward. The same goes for the gearbox lineup, which includes either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic, both of which route output to the front axle exclusively. Put your foot down, and expect to see 60 mph in roughly 7.6 seconds with both transmission options.

Mileage figures for the previous model year’s NA four-cylinder is rated at 25 mpg city and 37 mpg highway for the manual, and 26 mpg city and 38 mpg highway for the automatic. However, Mazda says the 2018 model now comes with new cylinder deactivation technology that will undoubtedly pad those figures substantially. We think more than 40 mpg on the highway for the auto gearbox is definitely within reach.

“The 2018 model now comes with new cylinder deactivation technology that will undoubtedly pad mpg figures. However, if you prefer driving fun over efficiency, the new turbocharged four-cylinder should fit the bill.”

That’s great for the eco-conscious, but what if you’re looking for a little extra zoom-zoom instead of efficiency, then Mazda has you covered there as well. Joining the all-atmosphere four-cylinder is a Skyactiv-G 2.5T engine option, which means yes, the Mazda6 finally gets a turbocharger. Plucked out of the nose of the most recent Mazda CX-9 crossover, this boosted four-banger features direct injection, and according to the manufacturer, torque levels that are “on par” with a 4.0-liter V-8. While the brand declined to give us exact specs, we do know that the turbo four in the CX-9 makes a substantial 250 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, which is a huge improvement over the old NA four. If the 2.5T finds its way into the Mazda6 without substantial tuning changes, we wouldn’t be surprised if that 0-to-60 mph time drops into the 5-second range.

“If the 2.5T finds its way into the Mazda6 without substantial tuning changes, we wouldn’t be surprised if that 0-to-60 mph time drops into the 5-second range.”

The big question on the minds of enthusiasts is whether or not Mazda will offer a MazdaSpeed6 iteration, with a six-speed manual transmission, bigger brakes, more aggressive exterior styling, sharper suspension tuning, and possibly even AWD. We’d love something like that…

Prices


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As of this writing, Mazda has yet to reveal full pricing information for the 2018 Mazda6. However, we wouldn’t expect any big changes for the base model’s price tag, which currently starts at $21,945. Higher trim levels obviously throw in additional equipment and require extra outlay, with the current mid-grade Touring starting at $24,195 and the top-trim Grand Touring going for $30,695. We’re excited to see where the 2.5-liter turbo will slot into the mix.

Competition

Toyota Camry


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When it comes to Japanese commuter sedans, it doesn’t get much more ubiquitous than the Toyota Camry. Building on well-established reputation for offering great value and reliability, the Camry just saw a generational update for the 2018 model year, with big-time updates across the board. The exterior styling is far more interesting this time around, while the interior was equally redone with an attractive new design and tons of premium features. Engine options include a four-cylinder, six-cylinder, and even a hybrid.

Read our full review on the 2018 Toyota Camry.

Honda Accord


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The Honda Accord also just got a generational changeover, and now enters its tenth production cycle for the 2018 model year. To keep it fresh, the H Badge added new Jewel headlights and glossy black trim pieces to the front end, plus lots of heavy creases leading to the rear. The interior layout feels fresh too, and gets tons of technology to keep passengers entertained. Making the go is a selection of four-cylinder powerplants, as well as a new 10-speed automatic transmission.

Read our full review on the 2018 Honda Accord.

Conclusion


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“The real draw for 2018 has to be the new turbo engine.”

We’ll update this article when we get the full rundown of the 6’s specs, but so far, we like what we see. The exterior styling was already quite the head-turner, and this latest refresh looks to be the same. The interior also seems to be even more impressive, while the chassis and handling should remain surprisingly nimble for a mid-size four-door. But the real draw for 2018 has to be the new turbo engine. We can’t wait to get our hands on the figures, and we’re expecting some impressive stuff from the front-wheel-driver. Nice work there, Mazda.

The only thing that has us worried is the car’s price. The top trim is already kinda pricey, and tossing in the 2.5T might bump the 6 a little too high in the food chain. Granted, the features and premium interior do well to justify the outlay, but can the Mazda badge back that asking price for consumers? We’ll have to wait and see. Look for full details later in the month.

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    • Some competitors offer more features
    • Will pricing be too high with the new turbo engine?

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PostHeaderIcon Mazda6

Introduced in early 2002, the Mazda6 traces its roots back to 1987, when the 626 was enlarged from a compact to a midsize sedan. Although sporty and somewhat luxurious, the first-generation Mazda6 wasn’t the gorgeous sedan we’re all familiar with today. It took Mazda about 10 years to refine the sedan, which entered a new era in 2012, when the third-generation model rolled out. Designed around the company’s KODO-Soul of Motion styling language, the Mazda6 arrived on U.S. soil with a 2.5-liter, Skyactiv-G unit under its hood, one of three engines offered with the sedan. Unveiled at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, the U.S.-spec Mazda6 received its first facelift exactly two years later, during the same event.

Although it continues with the same 2.5-liter, the revised Mazda6 boasts a bolder front fascia with new headlamps and an updated interior with a new dashboard and better fit and finish. Read on to find out more about the changes that will keep this sedan fresh for a couple more years.

Updated 08/23/2016: Mazda announced prices for the 2017 Mazda6 which will pe put on sale nationwide this September. Check the “Prices” section for the full details.

Click past the jump to read more about Mazda6.


PostHeaderIcon Is The Mazda 6 Getting A Turbocharged Engine?

Mazda’s new 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is already making an impression on the newly launched Mazda CX-9 SUV and apparently, the CX-9 isn’t the only model that can take advantage of the new turbo four engine. Turns out, the engine is also compatible with both the Mazda 3 and Mazda 6, leading to the possibility that both models could one day get the engine for themselves.

Speaking with CarAdvice, Dave Coleman — Mazda North America vehicle development engineer — highlighted the engine’s size and versatility and how it’s configuration would be able to seamlessly fit into the engine makeup of both the 3 and the 6. It’s worth noting that both models use a naturally aspirated version of another 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that maxes out at 185 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. The numbers don’t exactly drive up excitement, but with a tuned version of the turbocharged four-cylinder in the mix, both the Mazda 3 and the Mazda 6 could receive as much as 228 horsepower on tap.

The Mazda 6, in particular, would benefit greatly from a turbo four engine. As it stands, the naturally aspirated four-cylinder is the only engine option available, which puts it in a significant disadvantage when you consider that two of its biggest rivals, the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry, both have range-topping versions that carry V-6 engines. Granted, the 228-horsepower output still falls short of the Camry’s 268-horsepower V-6, but it would still make up a significant gap in power that the current 6 suffers from relative to its rivals.

For its part, Mazda has made no indication of any plans to use the 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder on either the Mazda 6 or the Mazda 3. Until that announcement comes, if it does at all, let’s hope that it’s something that the Japanese automaker considers.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Mazda6

Introduced in early 2002, the Mazda6 traces its roots back to 1987, when the 626 was enlarged from a compact to a midsize sedan. Although sporty and somewhat luxurious, the first-generation Mazda6 wasn’t the gorgeous sedan we’re all familiar with today. It took Mazda about 10 years to refine the sedan, which entered a new era in 2012, when the third-generation model rolled out. Designed around the company’s KODO-Soul of Motion styling language, the Mazda6 arrived on U.S. soil with a 2.5-liter, Skyactiv-G unit under its hood, one of three engines offered with the sedan. Unveiled at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, the U.S.-spec Mazda6 received its first facelift exactly two years later, during the same event.

Although it continues with the same 2.5-liter, the revised Mazda6 boasts a bolder front fascia with new headlamps and an updated interior with a new dashboard and better fit and finish. Read on to find out more about the changes that will keep this sedan fresh for a couple more years.

Updated 02/11/2015: Mazda announced prices for the 2016 Mazda6 sedan, which will be put on sale later in the spring. The model will be offered in three trim levels: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring, with prices ranging from $21,495 for the base Sport version and up to $30,195 for the Gran Touring.

Click past the jump to read more about Mazda6.

Mazda6 originally appeared on topspeed.com on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 07:00 EST.

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$14,301.00 (42 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Sep-23-2018 16:30:12 PDT
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$5,000.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Friday Sep-28-2018 18:23:54 PDT
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$20,000.00
End Date: Tuesday Oct-9-2018 8:59:12 PDT
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$25,100.00 (2 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Sep-25-2018 13:24:46 PDT
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Chevrolet Camaro 2SS Hyper Blue 2SS Automatic One Owner Trade In
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End Date: Tuesday Sep-25-2018 14:13:04 PDT
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1955 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1955 Chevrolet 3200
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End Date: Monday Sep-24-2018 14:09:34 PDT
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1969 Chevrolet Camaro 1969 Chevy Camaro RS Yenko 427 12 Bolt Posi PS PDB Disc Brakes Tribute
$10,300.00 (3 Bids)
End Date: Friday Sep-28-2018 13:37:20 PDT
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1967 Ford Mustang Convertible 1967 Mustang Convertible 289 V-8 - Power Steering - Power Convertible Top 1968
$8,900.00 (27 Bids)
End Date: Monday Sep-24-2018 16:43:36 PDT
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1965 Chevrolet Other Pickups C10 1965 C10 Chevrolet Pick Up
$3,650.00 (35 Bids)
End Date: Monday Sep-24-2018 18:00:14 PDT
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1955 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1955 Chevrolet 3100 1st Series, Concours, 5 Window, Super Rare Automatic Trans
$15,100.00 (2 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Sep-29-2018 9:42:02 PDT
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1969 Ford Mustang Deluxe 1969 Mustang Mach 1 428 SCJ R Code Shaker... RARE Real Black on Black
$45,000.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Sep-23-2018 19:16:48 PDT
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$3,950.00
End Date: Saturday Sep-29-2018 13:55:06 PDT
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1969 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
$39,000.00
End Date: Monday Oct-1-2018 17:34:51 PDT
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1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS convertible AME OWNER FOR 40 YEARS IN FLORIDA SOLID FLOORS PROJECT CAR WELD WHEELS
$13,900.00
End Date: Thursday Oct-11-2018 7:34:14 PDT
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1967 Ford Mustang Convertible 1967 Ford Mustang Convertible rare factory color loaded with options
$3,150.00 (3 Bids)
End Date: Monday Oct-1-2018 19:30:00 PDT
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Ford Mustang GT Premium Texas Direct Auto 2016 GT Premium Used 5L V8 32V Automatic RWD Convertible
$15,000.00 (87 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Sep-25-2018 10:24:31 PDT
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Chevrolet Corvette 2LT Texas Direct Auto 2015 2LT Used 6.2L V8 16V Automatic RWD Coupe Bose Premium
$2,025.00 (2 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Sep-29-2018 10:08:09 PDT
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1953 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1953 CHEVROLET PICKUP SHORT BOX HALF TON 5 WINDOW
$5,700.00 (18 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Sep-25-2018 18:42:45 PDT
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Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2005 CORVETTE COUPE,BLK/BLK,6 SPEED,ALL PWR,43K LIKE NEW IN AND OUT.
$19,950.00 (14 Bids)
End Date: Friday Sep-28-2018 18:47:27 PDT
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1969 Ford Mustang 1969 Fastback Boss 302 clone. + high $$$ 331 STROKER engine!! + AOD transmission
$16,995.00
End Date: Monday Sep-24-2018 5:00:00 PDT
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2004 Ford Mustang GT 2004 Ford Mustang GT 4.6L V8 5-speed (Screaming Yellow) Headers / Exhaust
$3,900.00
End Date: Tuesday Sep-25-2018 19:00:00 PDT
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