Mazda makes cars on the cutting edge of fun and enthusiasm. The new MAZDA6 four-door is no different, and is attacking the midsize sedan segment with a unique mix of good looks and impressive driving dynamics. Redesigned for the 2011 model year, the MAZDA6 carries on in 2012 with the aggressive and handsome styling that stands out in the parking lot and on the road.
The front-wheel drive MAZDA6 offers more than the competition in many areas, but not in price. At an MSRP of $20,480, it holds a price advantage over the Toyota Camry ($21,955), Honda Accord ($21,380), Chevrolet Malibu ($22,110), Ford Fusion ($20,705), Nissan Altima ($20,550) and Kia Optima ($21,000).
Standard four-cylinder engine output is very similar across the midsize lineup, but in MAZDA6 s models, a 3.7-liter V6 produces 272 hp and 269 lb/ft of torque. That gives the MAZDA6 more power than the Chevrolet Malibu’s 3.6-liter V6 (252 hp) and more torque than the Honda Accord V6 (254 lb/ft). A MAZDA6 equipped with the V6 has an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 18 mpg city/27 mpg highway, which again beats the V6-equipped Chevrolet Malibu’s estimated 17 mpg city/26 mpg highway.
The MAZDA6 holds the equipment advantage as well. The available 10-speaker audio system bests Accord’s seven-speaker unit and the Malibu’s eight-speaker kit; the Chrysler 200 only has a six-speaker unit as standard. The MAZDA6 is also one of the only vehicles in its class that offers High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps. Blind Spot Monitoring also comes standard on the s Touring Plus and s Grand Touring trim levels. Another technologically advanced safety feature, LED taillamps, are an available option on the MAZDA6 that other competitors like the Accord and the VW Passat don’t even offer.
The MAZDA6 is also tops when it comes to interior comfort. The MAZDA6 has a total interior passenger volume of 102 cubic feet. Not only is this more than the space offered by the Accord (101 cubic feet), Camry (101 cubic feet), Malibu (98 cubic feet), Chrysler 200 (100 cubic feet) and Ford Fusion (100 cubic feet), it also exceeds that of higher-end luxury models like the Audi A6 (97 cubic feet) and the Lexus ES 350 (95 cubic feet). The MAZDA6 has more front headroom than the Camry and the Accord, more front legroom than the Malibu and the Chrysler 200, more rear headroom than the Altima and more rear legroom than the Fusion.
Mazda wanted to ensure that the new MAZDA6 was not only a better value than its competitors, but also that it was more dependable and better designed. To ensure that the lofty goals of the Mazda design team would be met, Mazda drove prototypes of the MAZDA6 for more than a million miles prior to launch to ensure the highest quality. In addition to the pre-launch testing, Mazda also tests every production MAZDA6 for shift quality and electrical performance on a chassis dynamometer. Mazda went so far to ensure a quality automobile that they changed their painting process. Each MAZDA6 now goes through a 34-step painting process that starts with electrically charged primers and ends with a trip through a 340-degree bake oven.
Aggressive aerodynamic and noise targets are also a priority in the MAZDA6 design with multiple underbody panels employed to smooth under car airflow. Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) analysis was used to monitor and eliminate noise-causing turbulence. The final results of all this aerodynamic testing and design is a very low co-efficient of drag of 0.27, a 10 percent improvement over the previous generation car. In addition to boosting mileage and helping to reduce noise, this slippery shape helps provide directional stability at high speed and in crosswinds.
The MAZDA6 is more than a midsize sedan. It’s an expression of fun and driving passion.
More room, more power, more style, more economical and more technologically advanced, the 2012 MAZDA6 is more than its competitors. Call us today to drive the MAZDA6 and feel the advantage.