2014 Mazda 6 With Fuel-Saving i-Eloop Technology Priced


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    The 2014 Mazda 6 with i-Eloop technology starts at $32,570. | July 08, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • The 2014 Mazda 6 midsize sedan with optional i-Eloop technology that helps to conserve fuel starts at $32,570.
  • The i-Eloop technology is available on the 2014 Mazda 6 Grand Touring model with the new GT Technology package.
  • The 2014 Mazda 6 with i-Eloop technology returns 28 mpg in city driving and 40 mpg on the highway.

IRVINE, California — The 2014 Mazda 6 midsize sedan with optional i-Eloop technology beats the fuel economy of smaller compacts such as the 2013 Honda Civic and subcompacts as the 2013 Ford Fiesta — but comes at a steep price: $32,570.

A base 2014 Mazda 6 starts at $21,785, including a $795 destination charge. The 2014 Mazda 6 with i-Eloop is on sale now.

The i-Eloop technology is available on the 2014 Mazda 6 Grand Touring model with the new GT Technology package. The Grand Touring model starts at $30,490, including shipping. The GT Technology package is priced at $2,080. The package also includes a lane departure warning system, high beam control, radar cruise control, forward obstruction warning system, a Sport mode button and active grille shutters.

I-Eloop is short for "intelligent energy loop." The automaker describes the setup as a capacitor-based regenerative engine braking system that converts a car's kinetic energy into electricity as the car decelerates. The system is unique because the energy it releases can power everything from headlights to the car's audio system.

The 2014 Mazda 6 with i-Eloop technology returns 28 mpg in city driving and 40 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. The non i-Eloop-equipped Mazda 6 returns 26 mpg in city driving and 38 mpg on the highway when equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission.

In a more stunning comparison, a 2013 Honda Civic with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and a five-speed automatic transmission returns 28 mpg in city driving and 39 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. The Mazda 6 with i-Eloop even beats the subcompact 2013 Ford Fiesta by a nose when it comes to fuel economy. The 2013 Ford Fiesta with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission returns 29 mpg in city driving and 39 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.

The fuel-saving Mazda 6 achieves a fuel economy rating that is rare in a car that is not a hybrid or a diesel. It also trumps the fuel-ratings of many of its midsize competitors, including the 2013 Nissan Altima and the 2013 Ford Fusion.

A 2013 Nissan Altima with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission returns 27 mpg in city driving and 38 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. The 2013 Ford Fusion with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission returns 25 mpg in city driving and 37 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.

The 2014 Mazda 6 with i-Eloop technology debuts at a time when gas prices are relatively stable. The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge report on Monday pegged the average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline at $3.47 versus $3.38 a year ago.

Edmunds says: The 2014 Mazda 6 with i-Eloop technology earns some major bragging rights, especially if buyers cross-shop it against some fuel-saving compacts.

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