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By Cars.com Staff
September 9, 2010
Mazda's midsize front-wheel-drive sedan benefits from a sportier nature than some of its competitors. Inline-four-cylinder (in "i" models) and V-6 ("s" models) engines are available in the Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trim levels. Competitors include midsize sedans like the Honda Accord and Chevrolet Malibu.
New for 2011 The headlights and fog lamps get a new design, and there is a new design for the 17-inch alloy wheels. Mazda says fuel economy has improved on the "i" and "s" models. Other changes include new folding mirrors with turn-signal lamps on Touring Plus and Grand Touring models, a couple of new paint colors, a new steering-wheel design, new cloth seat materials, new trim for the instrument panel and door armrests, and a rearview camera with a 7-inch touch-screen.
Exterior For 2009, designers ditched the previous design for what Mazda calls a "Japanese aesthetic" in the current car. The vehicle sports a long hood with pronounced front fender flares that flow through the headlamps and mold with the front bumper.
Exterior features include:
Standard body-colored grille, front and rear bumpers, door handles and moldings
16-inch steel wheels with full covers
Optional 17-inch alloy wheels
Optional 18-inch alloy wheels
Optional LED taillamps
Single (four-cylinder models) or dual exhaust outlets (V-6 models)
Interior The rounded instruments integrate nicely into the T-shaped instrument panel. The radio and center controls are tilted up to enhance functionality for the driver. Blacked-out instrument faces have metallic needles and trim.
All trim levels get 60/40-split folding rear seats with remote capability. Interior features include:
Standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls
New steering-wheel design, instrument panel trim accents and stitched vinyl door armrests
Standard air conditioning with pollen filter, optional dual-zone automatic air conditioning
Standard power locks, windows and mirrors (heated mirrors are optional)
Optional power moonroof with interior sunshade
Optional 333-watt, 10-speaker Bose audio system
Optional DVD navigation system with 7-inch touch-screen, rearview camera and voice-activated controls
Under the Hood The Mazda6 features a front and rear independent suspension. Four-cylinder and V-6 options are normal in this segment, but the standard six-speed manual transmission (with the four-cylinder) plays up Mazda's performance roots. There are also two automatic transmission offerings: The four-cylinder engine can have an optional five-speed automatic transmission, and the V-6 comes with a standard six-speed automatic (it can't be had with a manual). Mechanical features include:
170-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 167 pounds-feet of torque
272-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 with 269 pounds-feet of torque
Six-speed manual transmission
Optional five- and six-speed automatic transmissions
Optional push-button start
Optional keyless entry and start system
Safety The Mazda6 offers a blind spot warning system. Other safety features include:
Standard side-impact airbags
Standard side curtain airbags
Standard antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution
Standard electronic stability system and traction control
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