Next-gen 2014 Mazda6 good for 5.1L/100km on the highway

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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If you're wondering why Mazda is talking pricing and fuel economy on its upcoming 2014 6 sedan in the first week of 2013, it's because the all-new car will be on sale across Canada in only a few weeks.

Pricing starts at $24,495 for the Mazda6 GX with its four-cylinder and base six-speed manual gearbox, a figure that doesn't include freight and pre-delivery inspection fees that are set at $1,695 for the current 2013 model. Just the same, not factoring in any increase in destination costs, this figure is only $245 more than the outgoing 2013 model, despite its many advancements.

For starters all Mazda6 trim levels use a 2.5-litre SKYACTIV-G four-cylinder capable of 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque, but more important than straight-line performance, when mated to the optional 6-speed SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmission the engine's fuel efficiency is rated at 7.6L/100km in the city and 5.1L/100km on the highway. When joined to the standard 6-speed manual gearbox its fuel economy is a claimed 8.1 city and 5.3 highway.

The 2014 Mazda6 lineup will include GX, GS, and GT models, with the base GX nicely outfitted with proximity sensing keyless entry and push-button ignition, 5.8-inch colour touchscreen infotainment, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio wireless connectivity, rain-sensing wipers, heated exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals, 17-inch alloy wheels, and LED taillights. Mazda will make six exterior colours available, including Snowflake White Pearl, Aluminum Metallic Mica, Jet Black Mica, Meteor Grey Mica, Blue Reflex Mica, and the brand's new signature colour, Soul Red Mica. Inside, black cloth will be standard while black and off-white leather trim will be optional.

Standard safety features include ABS-enhanced four-wheel ventilated disc brakes, traction control, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbags, and the usual family-friendly child seat features. The only available option with the GX will be the automatic transmission.

The Mazda6 GS, at $28,395 plus destination, adds dual-zone automatic climate control, rear HVAC, a rearview camera, Human-Machine Interface (HMI) commander for multimedia, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, a tilt and slide powered glass sunroof, fog lamps, and more. Additionally, GS models can be had with a Luxury Package that increases content to include leather upholstery, an eight-way powered driver's seat including powered lumbar support, leatherette door trim, and a navigation system.

True to its sporting image, Mazda offers the mid-grade 6 GS and top-level GT with the same six-speed manual as the base model, or if you'd rather have the automatic it's a no-cost option and features paddle-shifters. That GT model starts at $32,195 plus destination and includes all the features offered in the GX and GS models including those with the Luxury Package, plus HID xenon with LED signature headlamps and bright finish 19-inch alloys on low-profile 225/45R19 rubber to enhance outward style and performance, while auto-dimming exterior mirrors are joined by an auto-dimming rearview mirror inside. Additional interior upgrades include memory for the driver's seat and a four-way powered front passenger's seat.

There's a good reason to opt for the automatic over and above fuel economy, by the way, and that's the availability of a Technology Package that adds SIRIUS XM satellite radio, as well as Mazda's new combination of safety features dubbed i-ACTIVSENSE consisting of new Smart City Brake Support, Mazda Radar Cruise Control, Front Object Warning, High Beam Control, and Lane Departure Warning System.

Currently the 2013 Mazda6 can be had with a 272-horsepower V6, but Mazda isn't saying if anything more powerful than this 185-horsepower four-cylinder version will be available in the future, but rather states that "all models will be powered by a new 2.5L SKYACTIV-G four-cylinder engine" in its press release. Most competitors offer V6 upgrades or powerful turbocharged four-cylinder alternatives, so the Mazda6 will immediately be at a disadvantage at the higher end of the midsize sedan segment. Fuel economy, styling, features and Mazda's renowned sporty handling will make it a strong performer against competitive four-cylinder midsize sedans, however, which should bode well for overall Mazda6 sales this year.  

The 2014 Mazda6 will go on sale at all 165 Mazda Canada retail locations towards the end of this month.
©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Sedan, Mazda, 2014, Mazda6, $20,000 - $29,999, $30,000 - $39,999, Midsize,

Organizations: Mazda

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