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2009 Mazda 6 GT: Can do easy

December 30, 2009

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I'm used to getting around 300 mi fuel range in most vehicles; that's my expectation.
And I don't like to go much below a 1/4 tank, just in case.

Our long-term 2009 Mazda 6 has a 2.5L I-4 EPA rated at 21 City, 30 Hwy, 24 Combined (but only has 170 hp).

400 miles on a tank? Can do easy.
I actually got 410 mi on one tank of my Vegas holiday -- pretty good, huh?

What are your expectations for fuel range?

(North Strip pic overlooking the Wynn golf course for those of you snowed-in.)

Albert Austria, Senior Engineer @ 23,000 miles

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2009 Mazda 6: Belated Fuel Economy Update

November 04, 2009

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I was out of town when Donna sent out her e-mail looking for 2009 Mazda 6 logbook data to populate her October fuel economy update. Here are some Mazda 6 fuel economy facts:

Miles driven: 20025 (in 11 months)

Best tank: 30.2 mpg (EPA highway = 30 mpg)

Worst tank: 18.7 mpg (EPA city = 21 mpg)

Average mpg for all miles: 23.7 mpg (EPA combined = 24 mpg)

Number of fill-ups: 68

Number of fill-ups of 15 gallons or more: 15

Number of tanks with 350 or more miles: 14

Number of tanks with 400 or more miles: 6

Greatest range on one tank: 453.9 miles

Three things:

The Mazda 6 hasn't gone on many long-distance road trips, but it has met or exceeded the highway rating a couple of times.

The lack of road trips may not lead us to 24,000 miles in 12 months, but it will be close. We're not doing bad for a car that's mainly seeing commuting duty.

Its overall mpg over 25,000+ miles is just about equal to the EPA combined rating. It is equal, in fact, if you round it up to the nearest whole number (23.7 --> 24) as the EPA does for its window sticker numbers.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 20,055 miles

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2009 Mazda 6 i Grand Touring: Fuel Economy in the Mountains

July 14, 2009

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On our three-day trip to the San Bernardino Mountains, we averaged 24.5 mpg over almost 300 miles of driving (about half of which were on flat highway). That's slightly better than both our lifetime average with the car (23.5) and the EPA's combined fuel economy estimate (24). But considering that the EPA highway estimate is 30 mpg (and our best tank so far has been 29.5), the mountains took a good chunk out of our fuel economy, which is what you'd expect.

Bryn MacKinnon, Senior Editor, Edmunds.com

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2009 Mazda 6: Weekend at the Track

July 06, 2009

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The wife and I logged aboout 900 miles in the Mazda 6 over the weekend, stopping at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (they like it when we call it that) several times to take in the insane shriek of GP motorcycle engines cranking out somewhere around 290 hp per liter. The 6's specific output, while adequate, is somewhat less.

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2009 Mazda 6 i: Fuel Economy Test, Plus Deep Thoughts on Bluetooth

April 20, 2009

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Last Friday a couple of your favorite Edmunds.com editors conducted a 222-mile fuel economy test in the 2009 Mazda 6.

The drive route through Orange, San Diego and Riverside Counties was a roughly even city/highway mix -- and thus fairly true to the 55-percent city + 45-percent highway formula the EPA uses to come up with combined mpg ratings. Start and finish fill-ups were conducted at the same pump by the same editor; the climate control was set at 72 degrees; and wide open throttle use was prohibited. Lunch and a driver change came in Temecula, California.

The result? 27.8 mpg against an EPA rating of 21/30/24 for a 2009 Mazda 6 i with the five-speed automatic transmission.

Naturally, racking up over 100 miles in city traffic is time-intensive to the point that we spent 6 hours behind the wheel. That gave us plenty of time and opportunity to use the Mazda's Bluetooth.

The good news is that the Bluetooth connection itself works well. Callers come in clearly over the speakers, and for the most part, it's easy to be heard on the other side as well.

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2009 Mazda 6i Grand Touring: DTE That Works

January 05, 2009

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In early December I wrote a blog post whining about the Distance To Empty predictor in our EVO GSR. It stops working with 30 miles to go. Many of you thought this was ridiculous and pointed out that "risking it" is stupid anyway. You folks are really going to hate this.

Above is a photo of the DTE predictor in our Mazda 6i Grand Touring. It goes to zero. Still no walking.

Ha.

Josh Jacquot, Senior road test editor @ 3,717 miles

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2009 Mazda6 i Grand Touring: Performance and Fuel Update

December 22, 2008

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How do you like our Mazda's new paint job? Not really, but I found this photo of Mazda's SEMA car and thought I'd share. Pretty cool, eh?

Some of you have been asking for our initial track-test results, a driving impression, and a fuel economy update. I hear you and humbly obey.

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2009 Mazda6 i Grand Touring: 800-Mile Roadtrip

December 17, 2008

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After wheeling our long-term 2009 Mazda 6 from LA to Phoenix and back last week, I've garnered enough driving impressions to fill three road tests. I'll be brief, though. Suffice it to say that although the 6 has grown up, Mazda has not succumbed to the vapid JD Power-obessed blandification that some of its competition has in their mainstream midsize offerings.

Most notable are the Mazda's precise steering and firm brake pedal. These two driving interfaces alone really separate the 6 from its CamCordBu competition, allowing the Mazda to wink and nod at car enthusiasts. Think of a grown-up Mazda 3 and you're on the right track.

It makes you wonder why don't other manufacturers execute them like Mazda has in the 6. Right, the JD Power thing. To score well there, you must not offend the whiners with "vibrations" such as actual steering feel or "hard" brakes that respond with confidence-inspiring initial bite and linearity. What you get with fixation on JD Power numbers is a Toyota Camry.

Oh, and since I can tell you're champing at the bit for some highway fuel economy numbers, I'll relent. Cruising at 75-82ish mph, air off, the 6 averaged 29.3 mpg.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 2,541 miles.

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