November 12, 2014
2015 Mazda6 - A Well-Rounded Package for Midsize Sedan Buyers
Now in its third generation, the popular Mazda6 has sold over one million units worldwide since it was introduced. There is a reason the automaker’s sedan is so appealing, and it has everything to do with the package as a whole, which includes elements like beautiful styling, a powerful engine, impressive fuel economy ratings, quality interior materials, and the overall driving experience to name a few.
Starting with the sedan’s dramatic styling, the 2015 Mazda6 sports the manufacturer’s KODO: Soul of Motion design language that has done wonders to enhance the vehicle’s attractiveness. The model is also equipped with SKYACTIV, which, along with all the benefits of this technology, carries over for 2015.
For example, all 2015 Mazda6 models are equipped with a SKYACTIV-G 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine with direct-injection, producing a total output of 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. The 2.5-litre is a highly efficient engine with an extremely high compression ratio of 13.0:1, which not only helps to deliver impressive fuel economy ratings, but also provides greater low- to mid-range torque, which Mazda says surpasses conventional gasoline engines.
The engine is mated to a standard smooth-shifting and very responsive 6-speed manual transmission, and a 6-speed automatic with Sport mode is optional. The automatic delivers up to 7 percent more fuel efficiency than previous transmissions of this type (pre-2014 models). Overall, the new “6” offers an enjoyable driving experience due to sporty handling, good braking, and quick acceleration.
Fuel economy ratings for the 2015 Mazda6 should impress, as consumers that choose the 6-speed automatic version can expect 8.8/6.1 litres per 100 kilometres (city/highway), which is very good. When opting for i-ELOOP, Mazda’s regenerative braking system, the ratings become 8.4 and 5.9 L/100km.
Another reason to appreciate the 2015 Mazda6 is for its safety features. The midsize sedan has already garnered the top 5-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which does not really come as a surprise. The vehicle offers a list of available i-ACTIVSENSE (active safety) features that include a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, radar cruise control, forward obstruction warning, and high beam control.
As for the interior, buyers will appreciate the high-quality materials, cabin layout and comfortable seating of the 2015 Mazda6. Comfort and convenience elements like driver’s memory position, advanced keyless entry system, a rearview camera, and a voice-activated navigation system are available, and for a enhanced sense of sophistication, leather-trimmed upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and the leather-like door trim are offered as of the mid-level GS trim. Entertainment features like satellite radio and an 11-speaker audio system are available.
The 2015 Mazda6 is an excellent choice for a midsize sedan, due to a variety of factors that include good fuel economy and safety technologies. It is also lighter and stronger, and more fun to drive as a result of SKYACTIV, and styling is sharp and sexy. A nice interior and a good choice of features also add to the appeal.