Mazda 6 Review & Ratings
- 4 May 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Mazda 6 is classified as a mid-size car and is produced by Japanese carmaker Mazda. This vehicle is now in its third generation This vehicle has sold over one million units in countries all over the world, achieving the record for the fastest-selling Mazda vehicle in the company’s history. The Mazda 6 was also an example of the company’s new and innovative image, described as stylish, insightful, and spirited with a design that was inspired by the Mazda2 which was launched in December of 2002 as well as the RX-8 which was launched in August of 2003.
The first generation of this vehicle, which spanned from 2002-2008, was available as a 4-door sedan as well as a 5-door hatchback and a 5-door estate. This vehicle was marketed as a sport sedan in North America as well as a 5-door and sport wagon in Australia. The lineup for the Mazda 6 begins with the Limited model, which is only available as a saloon. Later came the Classic model, which is available as a saloon, hatchback, or estate. The Luxury Sports model of this vehicle is available only in the form of a hatchback.
In New Zealand, the lineup for the Mazda 6 consists of a 2.0 liter GLX model as only a saloon along with a 2.3 liter GSX as a saloon, hatchback, and estate. When this vehicle first came to North America, it was sold as the 2003 model in the U.S as well as a 2004 model in Canada. The Luxury Sports model of this vehicle was available in Europe as a 220 horsepower with direct injection turbodiesel estate until 2007. The Madza catalog for Europe lists this vehicle as just a Sports version with the 246 horsepower turbodiesel estate, and the Luxury Sport version was dropped altogether.
The 5-speed automatic version of the Mazda 6 was available in North America with an optional V6 which was eventually replaced by an Aisin 6-speed automatic for the 2005 model. There is also a 4-cylinder model which got a Jatco 5-speed automatic in 2006. Power in this vehicle is driven mostly to the front wheels in a majority of the markets it is sold in, though there are some full-time all-wheel drive models which are sold in Japan, Europe, and Australia. This vehicle was released as a 2.3 liter 4-cylinder version in Australia with no other options available in this market.
Prior to the Mazda 625 being released, it was renamed the Mazda6 Atenza and Ford has continued the tradition of the G-series platform for all of the CD3 model vehicles, including the Mercury Milan as well as the Ford Fusion. Ford had plans for a hybrid vehicle with a powertrain on the same platform. In September of 2005, all of the Mazda 6’s that were manufactured in Australia received a fairly significant facelift which included a 5-speed automatic transmission as well a 6-speed transmissions and alloy wheels.
The 2013 model of the Mazda 6 was initially introduced to the public in 2013 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The North American SKYACTIV-G 2.5 liter gasoline engine models were originally set to go on sale in January of 2013 as the 2014 model. The 2.4 liter version of this vehicle produces a total of 184 horsepower and has an EPA rating of 38 mpg on the highway with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Both the Sport and Touring models are offered with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Mazda 6 has received numerous revisions over the years but still retains its basic design and a healthy popularity among consumers worldwide.