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Mazda Mazdaspeed Mazda6 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.3 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 274 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/23 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed Mazda6

  • With its sharp handling, ripping performance and sub-$30,000 price tag, the 2007 Mazdaspeed 6 is an excellent choice for driving enthusiasts who need a car with a usable backseat, provided its heavy steering and clutch aren't too much to handle during your daily commute.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Outstanding balance and grip through the turns, strong brakes, powerful turbocharged engine, subtle styling cues allow discreet performance.

  • Cons

    No automatic transmission offered, engine's power band drops off before redline, heavy steering and clutch stroke, rear seat doesn't fold.

  • What's New for 2007

    An exciting new addition to the Mazda 6 lineup just last year, the Mazdaspeed 6 enters 2007 with no changes.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Speed6 after a year

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Vehicle: 2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed Mazda6 Grand Touring 4dr Sport Sedan AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

I have had the car for about a year. Came very close to buying an 07 BMW 335i but for about 12,000 dollars less got the speed6 instead. So far it has been great. It is certainly the most fun and reliable car I can think of for less than $20k. Bought mine with 24k miles and have 34k now. My concern is long term reliability and so far I have had no problems. I still get tempted to get a BMW but when I read about reliability issues I stay put. I don't have time to have an unreliable car, yet want fun also. So far so good



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

All around winner

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Vehicle: 2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed Mazda6 Grand Touring 4dr Sport Sedan AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

I just purchased a used 2007 Mazdaspeed GT with 24K miles. My wife didn't like the way it looked and wanted an Acura TL. I convinced her to give it a try for a week (Carmax gave us 5 days to return (!) the car with no fee). She drove it home and was blown away. She said it felt like driving a fighter jet. This car has visceral appeal that wins you over. However, rides a bit rough on bad city roads and a bit noisy on bad freeways (good roads are actually really nice, though). Amazing acceleration at highway/street speeds and LESS shifting because of torque. Only thing...I was worried by reports of some reliability issues...well, heard a small noise and took it in...see below...




Great car

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Vehicle: 2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed Mazda6 Grand Touring 4dr Sport Sedan AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

This is one of those cars where you might read a bad review from a magazine, but it's gonna be tough to fine a bad review from an owner. Owned mine for 2 1/2 years now, Black on Black leather. i am 26 years old and this is my 14th car. Without a doubt this is my favorite, and even at 2.5 years I am still not bored with it! Maybe i'm just growing up?? However, since all other 13 cars were also sports sedan/cars...maybe it's my experience telling me that I wont find anything better. Direct Injection is amazing. Hardly any turbo lag, violent mid-range power, and oh wait....27mpg on the highway and I even get close to 22 in mixed (heavy foot). I also love this car because it's rare.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Evo for the family

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Vehicle: 2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed Mazda6 Grand Touring 4dr Sport Sedan AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

The Speed6 is an amazing car to own and drive. We have had our for almost 2 years, put 36K miles on it, and plan on keeping it around for a while. A Cold Air Intake was installed at 30K miles, does not affect warranty since it was a MazdaSpeed part, but makes the car pull all the way to the redline. Now it is easy to spank WRX's, and give Evo's and STI's something to think about. Slid off an icy road into a snow bank, a check engine light came in so had to take it to the dealer. First time they had seen one in the shop for any reason. Real world gas mileage of 23 in town, 28 highway after the CAI was installed.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Best bang for buck after

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Vehicle: 2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed Mazda6 Grand Touring 4dr Sport Sedan AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

Excellent drive, poise and performance. In the winter it is great in snowy Ottawa. 2 seasons of SoloII and SoloI on the tracks, fantastic. There are some gripes. Namely due to the price some components were how i say "left cheap". Being a mod freak, this car serves as an example of what 1000$ of aftermarket parts can do. Purchase a short shifter to replace the mushy shifter feel, drop in cold air intake and a rear engine mount and immediately you have what this car should have been out of the factory, pulls hard now until redline, shifts are precise and no more engine thuds on hard starts. For the price, the 1000$ is negligible and actually fun to do if you are into cars. Now it is perfect




Great all around "sleeper" sedan

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Vehicle: 2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed Mazda6 Grand Touring 4dr Sport Sedan AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

After the recent ice storm I was struck again by how great it is to have all wheel drive. It is very transparent and usually unneeded by me living in the Southwest, but super whenever it rains and a Godsend in ice and snow. I still love the push in the back from the turbo's midrange torque and the great handling and reliability. I average a little under 20mpg because I can't keep my foot out of it, as many BMW and Mercedes owners have found out along with a few Camaro's. Great car and a sleeper in any race!



Full 2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed Mazda6 Review

What's New for 2007

An exciting new addition to the Mazda 6 lineup just last year, the Mazdaspeed 6 enters 2007 with no changes.

Introduction

The standard Mazda 6, with its sporty handling and edgy style, has been a solid choice the past few years for consumers wanting a midsize sedan with a little extra pizzazz. Last year, Mazda went a step further by giving the car the Mazdaspeed treatment. A true sport sedan, the high-performance 2007 Mazdaspeed 6 combines the room and comfort expected in this class with the thrill of a turbocharged, direct-injected engine that pumps out an impressive 274 horsepower.

Normally, the performance of a front-drive car like the 6 would be limited by torque steer and tire spin if that much power were applied to the rear wheels. Thankfully, Mazda chose to equip the Mazdaspeed 6 with an all-wheel-drive system that can vary the power split from front to rear as needs dictate. Further underscoring Mazda's intentions for the car are a beefed-up chassis that's 50 percent more torsionally rigid than the standard 6's, a limited-slip rear differential borrowed from the Mazda RX-8 and the requisite sport suspension, big wheels and big brakes.

A mature approach was taken in regards to body modifications -- there's no garish hood scoop or massive rear wing tacked onto the body -- but a deep front airdam, side sill extensions, rear deck lid spoiler and 18-inch alloys get the message across that this is a serious performance machine.

With the Mazda 6 already one of the best-handling midsize sedans on the market, it's no surprise that the Mazdaspeed version delivers enough excitement to keep an enthusiast grinning from ear to ear on back roads, while offering enough room for his kids in the backseat. In terms of size and performance, the 2007 Mazdaspeed 6's most direct competitor is the Subaru Legacy GT. Most drivers will find the Mazdaspeed more involving in terms of steering feel and handling, though the Subie has a more linear power band and its lighter steering and clutch pedal stroke can be easier to deal with day to day. The Mazda sedan is also a good choice for enthusiasts who want something more agile than the bulky Dodge Charger R/T or those put off by the boy-racer styling, harder suspensions and smaller backseats found in the Subaru WRX STI and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2007 Mazdaspeed 6 is a midsize sport sedan. It's offered in Sport and Grand Touring trim levels. Standard features on Sport models include 18-inch alloy wheels, xenon HID headlights, sport seats, automatic climate control, cruise control, full power accessories, a 200-watt Bose audio system with a six-disc CD changer, and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with mounted audio controls. Step up to the Grand Touring trim and you get leather upholstery, an eight-way power driver seat, heated front seats and a keyless startup system. The more significant options include a navigation system, Sirius satellite radio, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a moonroof (Grand Touring only).

Powertrains and Performance

Under the Mazdaspeed 6's bulging hood resides a turbocharged, direct-injected 2.3-liter inline four-cylinder engine. Output is impressive at 274 hp and 280 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission (no automatic is available) sends the power through Mazda's Active Torque-Split all-wheel-drive system. The AWD system automatically varies the power split between 100 percent to the front wheels and a 50/50 front/rear ratio, depending on factors such as traction, steering angle and yaw rate. There are also Normal, Sports and Snow modes to optimize traction for the road conditions. A limited-slip rear differential is also part of the package. Although the power drops off earlier than expected (about 1000 rpm short of the seven grand redline), the 6 pulls hard through the midrange, allowing it to sprint to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds and run the quarter in 14.3 seconds.

Safety

Antilock disc brakes, stability control, seat-mounted side airbags, full-length head curtain airbags and whiplash-reducing front seats are all standard. In NHTSA crash tests, the Mazda 6 scored a perfect five stars for frontal-impact protection. In IIHS frontal-offset crash testing, the Mazda earned the top rating of "Good." Neither agency conducted side-impact tests on a 6 fitted with side airbags.

Interior Design and Special Features

Inside the cabin, you'll find a few extra trim details that help differentiate the 2007 Mazdaspeed 6 from other 6 models. Easy-to-use controls keep things simple for the driver, although the stereo's display can be tough to read at a glance, as it also shows the climate control settings and clock. The aggressively bolstered front seats are supportive and comfortable. In back, taller adults may complain about a lack of legroom, but there's plenty of room for children. Due to the additional space requirement of the AWD mechanicals, the 6's trunk capacity drops to 12.4 cubic feet. It also lacks the regular sedan's split-folding rear-seat capability.

Driving Impressions

Although there's a slight amount of turbo lag off the line, acceleration is strong thereafter, with a midrange that borders on explosive. With the premature power drop-off up high, frequent shifting is the best way to enjoy the Mazdaspeed 6 on back roads. Until you acclimate, you might find the short-stroke clutch's engagement abrupt -- something to keep in mind during your test-drive. Handling has always been a strength for the 6, and the Mazdaspeed 6's dynamics are even more competent. Its firmer suspension allows very little body roll around corners, and the precise steering offers plenty of feedback, provided you don't mind giving the wheel a little extra muscle. Add in a sticky set of 18-inch tires and an all-wheel-drive system to make the most of the power and there's no shortage of thrills on twisty back roads.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 17
  • cty
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  • 23
  • highway
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