The sedan segment has always been one of the most competitive, with a few vehicles dominating and the others holding their own. Each car has its own positive points, but the 2013 Mazda MAZDA6 stands out with its charisma.
Rather than giving just a satisfactory experience, the MAZDA6 engages the driver right from the first generation model, which was quite nimble thanks to its compact footprint and sporty suspension. The second generation was bigger, but it still managed to retain the nimbleness and handling that defined the first version. Does the new 2013 Mazda MAZDA6 live up to its predecessors or does it fall short? Here is the answer to the question everyone is asking.
New For 2013
The 2013 Mazda MAZDA6 does not receive many changes, but there are a few:
- New 18-inch wheels are now available for the i Grand Touring and i Touring Plus
- The s Touring Plus trim level is no longer available.
The 2013 Mazda MAZDA6 continues with the same finely and aggressively sculpted sheet metal as last year, so it is still one of the best-looking sedans in the market right now. The car is available in five trim levels: i Sport, i Touring Plus, i Grand Touring, i Touring, and s Grand Touring.
The i Sport comes with 16-inch steel wheels as standard, along with automatic headlights. The i Touring model comes with 17-inch alloys and fog lights. With the i Touring Plus version, 18-inch wheels and a sunroof are added.
An additional Technology package is available with the Grand Touring model that adds automatic Xenon headlights, heated outside mirrors, automatic wipers, and auto-dimming driver-side mirrors. Stand-alone options are also available for each model, and the exterior features include a chrome fuel-filler door and rear spoiler.
Interior & Cargo
Step inside the 2013 Mazda MAZDA6 and you are immediately greeted with a very modern interior featuring an abundance of sweeping lines and curves. The electroluminescent gauges up front are also nice touch.
The center stack up front has been gracefully designed like an arch, but the mounted controls are a little more complicated and confusing than those in competing sedans.
In terms of space, there are no complaints inside the 2013 Mazda MAZDA6. Legroom and headroom is generous in both the front and rear seats. The rear of the car is especially spacious, and even tall passengers will find themselves with enough legroom to sit comfortably. The front seats are nice and comfortable, but they are so wide that thin passengers might not get enough lateral support.
The quality of the interior is a little flawed in the base model of the 2013 Mazda MAZDA6 because of a few low-grade plastic parts here and there. Opt for the higher-end models, and this issue completely disappears. The plastic is replaced by black-and-silver accents, although some may not like these touches.
A big issue inside the 2013 Mazda MAZDA6 is its music system performance. When compared to the sound system used in other competing sedans, even the top-end Bose system can sound disappointing.
Nevertheless, the 2013 Mazda MAZDA6 makes up for this fact by offering customers one of the biggest trunks in its segment. It has a volume of around 16.6 cubic feet, and this can be further increased with the 60/40-split folding rear seats, if needed.
The 2013 Mazda MAZDA6 comes with some standard safety features in all models, including stability and traction control, anti-lock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags, and full-length side curtain airbags. Braking power is just about average for the segment.
The MAZDA6 received four out of five stars for overall crash protection in NHTSA crash tests. It received three stars for the front passenger and four stars for driver safety in frontal-impact crash tests.
The IIHS also awarded the 2013 Mazda MAZDA6 its highest score of ‘Good’ for side-impact and frontal-offset impacts. The car’s roof strength earned an ‘Acceptable’ rating, the second-best rating offered by the IIHS.
The i versions of the 2013 Mazda MAZDA6 get a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers 170 horsepower (hp) and 167 lb-ft of torque. The i Sport comes with a six-speed manual transmission, while a five-speed automatic with manual shift is available as an option. This optional transmission is standard for the other models.
The s Grand Touring model of the 2013 Mazda MAZDA6 is powered by a 3.7-liter, V-6 engine that delivers 272 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. This model only comes with a six-speed automatic, and goes from zero to 60 mph in around 6.5 seconds, making it one of the quicker sedans in the market today.
The 2013 Mazda MAZDA6 continues the proud tradition started by its first generation by offering one of the most nimble handling characteristics in its class. All versions are fun to drive, and they feel athletic. Although road noise is quite loud, it does not take away from the car’s overall joyful driving experience.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Mazda MAZDA6
- Honda Accord
- Nissan Altima
- Hyundai Sonata
- Ford Fusion