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Mazda MAZDA6

The Mazda6 is a midsize four-door sedan that was launched by the Japanese car manufacturer in 2002. Since its introduction, the car has sold over a million units faster than any other vehicle sold under the Mazda brand. It was launched as a successor to the Mazda 626, alternatively known as the Cronos or Capella.

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Mazda6 Origins

By the end of 2003, the midsize family sedan became all too common, and though carmakers were introducing new vehicles into the market, each looked like replicas of other cars. To breathe some life back into the rather stagnant midsize sedan division, Mazda launched the Mazda6, a revamped version of its own fading line of the 626 and Millennia models. The look was more like a sport sedan, but the vehicle was very accommodating to daily driving needs. The Mazda6 was available either in the ""i"" model with a four-cylinder 2.3-liter engine, or the ""s"" model that had a 3.0-liter V-6 engine. The car had the trademark Mazda grille, outstanding performance and handling, and a sporty look that worked in its favor.

The wagon-style and hatchback models of the Mazda6 were introduced in 2004 after the launch of the original Mazda6 sedan. All models got an additional optional equipment package, but otherwise remained the same even after a successful first year. The wagon-style and the hatchback were launched in late-2004, and carried over to the 2005 model year with no changes. The 2005-base four-door sedans, wagons, and hatchbacks were also available with Touring, Grand Touring, and Sport trims.

The car continued to be released at frequent intervals and has sported an upgraded look for each of its trims.

About the Mazda6

The Mazda6 is a good-looking hauler and one of the better choices in the midsize family car segment. Its nimble handling adds to the enjoyment of a drive, especially with its more than comfortable cabin. The car was the first Mazda to incorporate the company's new design philosophy of designing stylish, insightful, and spirited cars.

The vehicle offers the best driving experience in its class. The relatively high seat placement ensures that the driver gets an expansive view of the road. The handling of the Mazda6 is also better than that of the other cars in its class. Additionally, the buttoned-down chassis ensures a ride quality that is reminiscent of a more European feel rather than a Japanese one.

Mazda6 Features

The 2012 Mazda6 is sold with six trims: i Sport, i Touring, i Touring Plus, i Grand Touring, s Touring Plus, and s Grand Touring. Variants that have the ""i"" prefix are available with a four-cylinder engine, and those that have the ""s"" prefix come with a V-6 engine.

The i Sport comes with standard 16-inch steel wheels and a manually height-adjustable driver's seat, keyless entry, full-power accessories, cruise control, air-conditioning, audio controls on the steering wheel, a six-speaker MP3/CD audio system, and an auxiliary audio impact jack.

The i Touring model of the car includes several other features. These are 17-inch alloy wheels, a trip computer, fog lights, Bluetooth phone with audio connectivity, and an upgraded interior trim.

The i Touring Plus has a blind-spot monitoring system, a sunroof, and exterior mirrors with built-in turn signals. The i Grand Touring has heated front seats, leather upholstery, a rear-view camera, dual-zone climate control, and a 10-speaker audio system.

All 2012 Mazda6 ""i"" versions have a four-cylinder 2.5-liter engine that generates 170 hp and 167 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission system is included in the i Sport. A five-speed automatic system with a manual shift control is optional in the i Sport and is the only choice available with regard to the i Touring, i Touring Plus, and the i Grand Touring. There are other engine specifications for the ""s"" models.

Fuel economy rates of the Mazda6, as per the Environmental Protection Agency, are 21/30 mpg city/highway, which is the standard.

Mazda6 Evolution

The 2006 Mazda6 model has a four-cylinder 2.3-liter engine that generates 160 hp. The car also consists of a standard five-speed manual transmission system, while the five-speed automatic variant is optional. The Mazda6 ""s"" series models have been upgraded to the 215 hp, 3.0-liter V-6 engine. Unlike several other V-6-powered sedans, the 2006 Mazda6 could be equipped with a five-speed manual transmission system. The six-speed automatic is optional.

The 2010 Mazda6 i versions are powered by a four-cylinder 2.5-liter engine that generates 170 hp and 167 lb-ft of torque. The six-speed manual transmission system is standard in the i SV, i Sport, and the i Touring models. The five-speed automatic system with manual-shift control is the only choice available in the i Grand Touring and i Touring Plus variants.

The Mazda6 s models are powered by a 3.7-liter V-6 engine that generate 272 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. These models are only available with the six-speed automatic transmission systems.

Select a Mazda MAZDA6 Year

2013 Mazda MAZDA6

Midsize, Sedan

The sedan segment has always been one of the most competitive, with a few vehicles dominating and the others holding their own.

2012 Mazda MAZDA6

Midsize, Sedan

The Mazda6 was unchanged for the 2012 model year, having been refreshed in 2011. During that refresh the car received new headlights, fog lights, and wheel designs.

2011 Mazda MAZDA6

Midsize, Sedan

Mazda often stands out for making average cars with a lot of pep.

2010 Mazda MAZDA6

Midsize, Sedan

For 2010 the Mazda6 includes minor changes to its available packages, plus adds the Touring Plus trim level to the ā€œiā€ and ā€œsā€ models. That trim gets all the standard Touring features, plus a power moonroof and ground illumination. There is also a new Technology package for the Grand Touring trim.

2009 Mazda MAZDA6

Midsize, Sedan

The 2009 Mazda MAZDA6, with a larger four-cylinder engine, was redesigned to give more power and speed to the vehicle.

2008 Mazda MAZDA6

Hatchback, Midsize, Sedan, Wagon

2007 Mazda MAZDA6

Hatchback, Midsize, Sedan, Wagon

The 2007 Mazda MAZDA6 classifies as a midsize family car that comes in three body styles: sedan, hatchback, and wagon.

2006 Mazda MAZDA6

Hatchback, Midsize, Sedan, Wagon

2005 Mazda MAZDA6

Hatchback, Midsize, Sedan, Wagon

The 2005 MAZDA6 comes with very few new features.

2004 Mazda MAZDA6

Hatchback, Midsize, Sedan, Wagon

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.

2003 Mazda MAZDA6

Midsize, Sedan

The 2003 Mazda MAZDA6 replaces the Mazda 626 sedan.

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