Mazda MX-6

The Mazda MX-6 debuted in 1988 as a close relative to another Mazda car, the Ford Probe. Mazda engineered and built both models in the Michigan plant owned by Mazda and Ford.

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Mazda MX-6 Origins

The Mazda MX-6 sport coupe debuted in 1979 with the name 626. The original model comes as a front-drive coupe or sedan, with identical mechanical features such as McPherson front suspension struts and a 2.0-liter SOHC four-cylinder engine. Mazda offers a five-speed manual or a three-speed automatic transmission.

Both the MX-6 and the Probe used the Mazda GD platform from 1988 to1992 and the GE platform from 1993 to 1997, the last year of production for the MX-6.

Mazda MX-6 Features

Mazda discontinued the LS coupe MX-6 for the 1995 model year, leaving only the base model that could be upgraded to the LS or V-6 package.

The MX-3 LS made a confusing and surprising return the very next year with no significant changes. Production of the Mazda MX-6 came to a permanent end after the 1997 model year. Later models such as the MAZDA6 and MAZDASPEED6 find inspiration in the MX-6, but none of them come as two-door coupes.

Mazda MX-6 Evolution

1988 marked the release of the third generation MX-6. The engine upgrades to a 2.2-liter variation of the original four-cylinder SOHC engine. The electronic fuel injection system produces 110 horsepower in the four- or five-speed version. As always, Mazda also offers a turbocharged GT version, which reaches 145 horsepower.

The GT version also has an optional, electrical four-wheel steering system that steers the rear wheels in the opposite direction of the front wheels, aiding parking and U-turns by lowering the turning circle. The rear wheels move in the same direction as the front wheels, meaning control during high-speed maneuvers, such as lane changes or cornering, improve. Either way, the turning angle of the rear wheels is slight at just five degrees, a measurement Mazda determines to be optimally effective and natural to human sensitivity.

According to Mazda, the system provides superior cornering stability, improved steering responsiveness, and precision high-speed straight-line stability. The system electronically controls a rear rack that sits behind the rear wheels.

Mazda includes anti-lock brakes on the 1990 MX-6 base model, with the knowledge of the benefits of ABS. The side moldings, grille, and bumper designs also get revamped for this model year.

The 1992 North American release of the MX-6 is also known as the A-spec variant. The manufacturer built it alongside the Ford Probe and Mazda 626 from 1992 as a 1993 model. The A-spec offers three trim levels.

The LS M marks the special edition. Based on the LS, it includes different, all-red taillights; chrome scuff plates; an in-dash, three-disc CD changer; gold alloy wheels; all gold badges; and M-edition embroidered on the front seats and floor mats. M-editions only come in three paint colors: a trim-exclusive burgundy, black, and white. All have cream leather interior and special gold pin striping. The A-Spec models do not offer four-wheel drive.

The RS base model uses the FS-DE 2.0 DOHC I-4 engine that produces 118 horsepower.

The LS luxury model employs the KL-DE 2.5-liter DOHC V-6 engine that produces 164 horsepower. It also comes equipped with alloy wheels, a low rear spoiler, an optional CD player, foglights, and leather or cloth interior.

The fourth generation MX-6 uses a new chassis and engine. Mazda upgrades the 1994 MX-6 engine with a 16-valve, 2.0-liter DOHC that produces 118 horsepower. An optional 2.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V-6 engine is also available. The transmission options remain the same, a four-speed automatic and five-speed manual. The available models include the base model and an upscale luxury sedan.

Select a Mazda MX-6 Year

1997 Mazda MX-6

Coupe, Sports

The Mazda MX-6 is a front-drive sport coupe.

1996 Mazda MX-6

Coupe, Sports

The 1996 Mazda MX-6 is a hybrid car and is sporty while at the same time being economical for commuters.

1995 Mazda MX-6

Coupe, Sports

Mazda puts out the 1995 Mazda MX6 as a mechanical twin of the Ford Probe with different badging and amenities.