The Mazda MAZDA6 was first launched for the 2003 model year as a four-door sedan, so little has changed with the unveiling of the 2004 model. The range of body styles increases with the 2004 model year, as a five-door hatchback and a wagon join the lineup. The sedan and hatchback come in two different trim lines, while only one trim for the wagon is available. Based on the trim, there are two different engines, but a manual transmission comes standard on all models. The 2004 Mazda MAZDA6 is classed as a midsize car, but it comes in at the smaller end of the scale, meaning that it competes with both midsize and compact cars.
Body Styles: four-door sedan, five-door hatchback, five-door wagon
Engines: 2.3-liter four-cylinder, 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic, five-speed automatic
Models: Mazda MAZDA6 i, Mazda MAZDA6 s, Mazda MAZDA6 SportWagon s
The major change for the 2004 Mazda MAZDA6 is the addition of a five-door hatchback and a five-door wagon. The hatchback comes in the same two trim levels as the four-door sedan, which are the i base level and the uplevel s version. The SportWagon comes in the up-level s trim only. The only other changes made for the 2004 Mazda MAZDA6 are the addition of a Sport package and adjustments to other equipment packages.
When the Mazda MAZDA6 was created, designers moved away from the rounded edges and smooth lines seen in many of its competitors. Instead, the goal was to create a sportier midsize car. The general shape of the 2004 Mazda MAZDA6 gives an overall feeling of athleticism. Combine that with the narrow headlights and a grille split by a horizontal chrome bar sporting the Mazda logo, and the 2004 Mazda MAZDA6 automatically stands out from the crowd.
The interior of the 2004 Mazda MAZDA6 has a clean, modern, and young feel with a functional instrument and console panel that has controls laid out in a clear and easy-to-use way. All three body styles seat up to five passengers, although three adults may find it slightly cramped in the rear seats. Seating is comfortable, with a good driver’s position. As well as plenty of storage spaces found within the car, the amount of cargo space can be increased by folding down the rear seats. The rear row of seats has a 60/40 split and can be folded flat to significantly increase the amount of cargo that can be carried. In the hatchback and wagon body styles, the rear seats can be dropped using easy to reach handles in the rear of the vehicle.
Performance & Handling
There are two different engine options for the 2004 Mazda MAZDA6. The base i models are equipped with a 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine that provides 160 horsepower and 155 lb-ft of torque. The s models have a three-liter, V-6 engine that has a power output rating of 220 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is the standard transmission for all models of the 2004 Mazda MAZDA6. A four-speed automatic transmission is an option for models with the four-cylinder engine, and a five-speed automatic is the option for the V-6 engine.
Both the four-cylinder and V-6 engines are relatively quick off the line when coupled with the manual transmission. The V-6 engine provides more than enough power for zippy driving with either transmission, while the four-cylinder is slower with the automatic. Steering is precise, and handling is very good, giving all models an agile feel. Overall, the ride is smooth and comfortable with little road or engine noise.
Four-wheel disc brakes are standard on all models, but anti-lock braking and traction control is only standard on those models equipped with the V-6 engine. Driver and passenger front airbags are standard, but front side airbags and side curtain airbags are an option for all models of the 2004 Mazda MAZDA6.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mazda MAZDA6 four-cylinder: 21/29 mpg city/highway
Mazda MAZDA6 V-6: 17/24 mpg city/highway
- Acceleration and performance with V-6 engine
- Agile steering and handling
- Comfortable and quiet ride
You Won't Like
- Rear seat can be cramped for three adults
- Anti-lock brakes not standard on four-cylinder models
A family car with a dash of zing.
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