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2014 Mazda 6 Sedan Review

2014 Mazda 6 Sedan
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Edmunds Summary Review of the 2014 Mazda 6 Sedan

  • A Edmunds Rating
  • Thanks to its handsome new design, roomy cabin, agile handling and impressive fuel economy, the 2014 Mazda 6 is a solid choice for a midsize sedan.

  • Pros

    Smooth and responsive powertrain; quick acceleration; impressive fuel economy; sporty handling; well-built interior with top-quality materials; stylish looks.

  • Cons

    Ride quality may be too firm for some; interior touchscreen interface is less advanced and harder to use than competitors' systems.

  • What's New for 2014

    The Mazda 6 is fully redesigned for 2014.

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Car has been nothing but headaches

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Vehicle: 2014 Mazda 6

Avoid buying this car. I bought a 2014 Mazda 6 with 35,000 miles. I had to take it back to the dealer four times within the first two months of having it. Twice it broke down on me and I had to get it towed. The transmission had to be replaced. The rear camera was not working. When I was driving on the highway a piece of protective plastic fell down and was shredded. Now the breaks are squealing. Avoid this car at all costs. Guess they don't make Mazdas like they used to! Used to have a 626 and it was great, earned my loyalty. My loyalty to Mazda is now completely gone. Go with Honda or Toyota.




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Vehicle: 2014 Mazda 6




Too tall!

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Vehicle: 2014 Mazda 6

Good car. I'm tall so getting in an out of car was tricky.



3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Expensive to maintain

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Vehicle: 2014 Mazda 6

When my car was just a year old the air quit. Had to take it in three times before getting it repaired. MY BSM blind spot monitoring quit at around 18 months. $1300 to fix. This week I discovered that the finosh on my "premium rims" is peeling off. Very disappointed in the car. Maintaining the things that go wrong are expensive.



3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Great car, would buy again

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Vehicle: 2014 Mazda 6

I just rolled over 65k on my 2014 Mazda6. The car has been great, I am a road warrior so my car is a very important aspect of my job. I will write some notes below in regard to my thoughts. Good: Mpg- highway, loaded down I still get 35-37mpg. Typically on a tank of gas I'll average about 32mpg. 75% highway 25% city. Car rides nice, sporty, yet you don't feel all bumps in the road. It feels solid, when hitting a bumps, no creaking or "falling apart" noises. Looks awesome while being efficient. Bad Rotors warped around 20k miles, warranty covered getting them turned(looks to be a common problem.) at 55k I started getting vibrations again, finally at 62k I had to replace the front brakes.(non-Mazda rotors) cost me around $200.00 to do it myself using quality OE equivalent. The original pads had about 10k miles left in them. The Bluetooth/HD radio stopped working out of warranty, dealer quoted several hundred dollars to fix. I unhooked the battery, waited a couple minutes, reinstalled... The radio and blue tooth have been fine since. Other service notes: the tires are going to last me until about 70k miles, I've been happy with them, and wil probably put the same tires back on. I have used Mazda service for all the oil changed, $45 for a full synthetic oil change plus an inspection is a good deal. Oil and a filter for DIY is about $30-$35 + time Driving notes: only complaint is the transmission always wants to be a gear ahead of you to save gas. After a while you get use to it and learn how to properly over take on the interstate. Overall, I would gladly purchase again. For the price, the styling, room, and efficiency it cannot be beat. (Plus it's not as common as a fusion, Camry, or accord)



1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Get the base model isport with 6 speed manual !

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Vehicle: 2014 Mazda 6

Absolutely no frills. Cloth seats and a stick. Just what I was looking for. Not terribly quick until your put a tuned cold air intake and a performance exhaust in it. Now it's very quick. These two add ons do not void the warranty and cost a mere $ 690 installed-highly recommedend Everyone is sniveling about the crummy touchscreen and electronics. I didn't want any of it. I wanted to drive Great looking sexy exterior- Kodo design is a game changer in the boring world of affordable midsize sedans.



Full Expert Review: 2014 Mazda 6

What's New for 2014

The Mazda 6 is fully redesigned for 2014.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2014 Mazda 6 is a five-passenger midsize sedan offered in Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trim levels.

Standard features on the base manual-transmission Sport include 17-inch alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, air-conditioning, cruise control, full power accessories, a 60/40-split rear seat, a 3.5-inch multi-information display and a four-speaker sound system with a USB/iPod interface and an auxiliary audio jack. If equipped with the optional automatic transmission, the Sport also includes Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 5.8-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera and audio upgrades (voice commands, HD radio, Pandora, text-message display function and automatic 911 notification).

Stepping up to the Touring trim adds 19-inch alloy wheels, premium vinyl (leatherette) upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, a sliding console armrest and a six-way power driver seat. An optional Touring Technology package adds keyless ignition/entry, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rearview and driver-side mirrors, heated side mirrors, navigation, an upgraded 11-speaker Bose audio system and the Smart City collision mitigation system.

The Grand Touring includes all of the above as well as unique wheels, a rear spoiler, adaptive/bi-xenon headlights, LED running lights, foglights, a power sunroof, leather upholstery, an eight-way power driver seat (with power lumbar support), a four-way power passenger seat, driver memory functions, heated front seats and satellite radio.

Optional for the Grand Touring is adaptive cruise control bundled with a forward collision warning system. An Advance package (late availability) includes those optional features as well as lane-departure warning, automatic high beams and an energy capture system called i-Eloop ("intelligent energy loop") that can store energy during deceleration to a capacitor, which can then power air-conditioning, lighting and accessories for about a minute while the stop-start system shuts down the engine at a stoplight.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2014 Mazda 6 is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 184 hp and 185 pound-feet of torque. It can be matched to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission (with shift paddles on the steering wheel). The Grand Touring comes standard with the automatic.

In Edmunds testing, an automatic-equipped Mazda 6 sprinted to 60 mph in 7.6 seconds, making it one of the quickest four-cylinders in its class. Fuel economy estimates stand at 30 mpg combined (26 mpg city/38 mpg highway) for the automatic, and 29 mpg combined (25 mpg city/27 mpg highway) with the manual-transmission. With the Grand Touring's optional i-Eloop feature, fuel economy rises to a very impressive 32 mpg combined (28 mpg city/40 mpg highway).

Safety

Standard safety features for the Mazda 6 include antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and active front head restraints. The Touring and Grand Touring trims additionally include blind-spot and rear cross-traffic monitoring.

The Grand Touring alone has Mazda's Smart City Brake Support, which is a collision-mitigation system that uses an infrared laser sensor at the top of the windshield to detect an imminent collision. It can automatically brake the car to a stop at low speeds if the driver doesn't react. A separate package (late availability) for the Grand Touring bundles a forward collision-warning system (that uses radar to detect your closing distance on vehicles ahead and then provides visual and audible alerts) with a lane-departure warning system.

In Edmunds brake testing, a 6i Grand Touring came to a stop from 60 mph in 128 feet, which is a bit longer than average for the midsize sedan class.

In government crash tests, the 2014 Mazda 6 earned an overall rating of five stars, with four stars in frontal crash test, five stars in side crash tests, and four stars in rollover tests. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing, the Mazda 6 earned a rating of "Acceptable" in the small-overlap frontal-offset crash test. It earned the highest possible rating of "Good" in the moderate-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact and roof-strength tests. Its seat/head restraint design was also rated "Good" for whiplash protection in rear impacts.

Interior Design and Special Features

With plentiful rear legroom, the 6's rear passengers will feel as if they've been given access to a first-class cabin rather than coach. There's also generous headroom, even for those taller than 6 feet, though the sedan's sloping rear roof line makes the rear windows smaller, resulting in a more claustrophobic feel than you'd get in an Accord or a Camry. There's decent luggage space, as the efficiently shaped trunk offers 14.8 cubic feet of capacity.

Inside, the Mazda 6 design aesthetic is clean and functional. Polished aluminum trim accents the cabin, while the Grand Touring's leather upholstery features contrasting stitching. Materials quality and fit and finish are among the best in the class. Most controls are simple and user-friendly, but the touchscreen interface found in most models is a step behind the systems in most competitors. The screen and the touch buttons on the interface are small, and we've found that it doesn't always get along with Apple products. On the upside, a multipurpose knob located south of the shifter grants a welcome level of control redundancy.

Driving Impressions

One standout characteristic of the 2014 Mazda 6 is its powertrain. The base 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine is smooth and surprisingly hushed, and provides quick acceleration. And although many automatic transmissions in cars that boast high mpg numbers quickly upshift to the highest gear possible and are reluctant to downshift, the Mazda 6's automatic is responsive to gas pedal inputs and never feels flat-footed when you're initiating highway passing maneuvers. Furthermore, driving enthusiasts will appreciate the availability of a six-speed manual, which is fast becoming an endangered species in the midsize class.

This same light-on-its-feet character carries through when the topic turns to handling. With its communicative, precise steering and sporty chassis tuning, the 2014 Mazda 6 feels sharp-witted and willing around corners, with stand-out dynamics for the class. The flip side, however, is that the 6 rides a bit more stiffly than competitors, especially with the 19-inch wheels. Like many Mazdas, the 6 is a car for practical-minded buyers with enthusiast leanings.

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