The 2013 Mazda MAZDA6 distinguishes itself within the midsize sedan category through a sporty, curved design that is bolder than the numerous other vehicles in its category. The Mazda MAZDA6 continues Mazda’s trend of sporty and dynamic designs. Buyers have the choice of five different trim levels, although each comes with an ample amount of standard features and other than the wheel size, the dimensions are identical across each of them. The relatively low base price also makes the 2013 Mazda MAZDA6 a smart choice for stylish families on a budget. It should be noted that a remodel will be introduced in the U.S. for the 2014 model year. While the upcoming redesign may deter some potential buyers, customers may find increased discounts as dealerships clear space for the new model.
New For 2013
The only change is that 18-inch wheels become standard on i Touring Plus and i Grand Touring. The all-new 2014 Mazda 6 is scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. sometime in 2013.
The 2013 Mazda MAZDA6 certainly stands out in a crowd, with a curved and edgy appearance that is achieved through diagonally-slanted headlamps. Unfortunately, Mazda offers just four color options on the base iSport trim, although higher trim levels offer buyers greater flexibility with regard to cosmetics. The top-of-the-line s Grand Touring trim gives customers the choice of seven different color options. Those looking for an even sportier appearance are likely best served by springing for any of the higher trim levels. While the base iSport trim offers generic 17-inch wheels, upgrading brings 18-inch wheels that make for an even more dramatic design.
Interior & Cargo
The 2013 Mazda MAZDA6 offers even more interior space than most cars in the midsize category, making it a terrific choice for families. Not only is legroom in the front a substantial 42.5 inches, but rear passengers receive a generous 38 inches as well. The driver’s seat is six-way adjustable on the iSport and eight-way adjustable on the higher trims. All models also offer driver lumbar support, a great benefit to those who spend a great deal of time in the car.
The Mazda MAZDA6 also distinguishes itself from the competition through its cargo capacity, as the rear seats split and fold. The car offers a full 16.6 cubic feet of luggage, and those looking for added cargo options can choose the optional cargo net.
Mazda has also included a number of convenience features on the 2013 Mazda MAZDA6, including power windows and locks. There is no sunroof on the i Sport, although one is included on other trims. The lower three trims offer cloth upholstery, while the i Grand Touring and s Grand Touring use leather upholstery. The Grand Touring models offer other amenities as well, including heated seats, a touch-screen navigation system, and parking assist. Map lights and illuminated entry assist with nighttime visibility.
Standard safety features on the 2013 Mazda MAZDA6 include six airbags and four-wheel anti-lock brakes. The car also comes with standard brake assist, and Mazda has gone to great lengths to protect buyers against theft. A panic alarm comes standard on each of the models, while a theft-deterrent alarm system is included with the three higher-level trims.
The 2013 Mazda MAZDA6 offers a strong driving experience. The handling is adept and steering is powerful. Acceleration is not particularly strong, although the midsize sedan category is not known for offering premium acceleration totals. From a standstill, drivers can expect to go from zero to 60 mph in an estimated 8.1 seconds. Ultimately, the level of performance one receives is contingent on the trim level that is purchased. All trims with the exception of the s Grand Touring are equipped with a four-cylinder, 2.5-liter engine that offers 170 horsepower and 167 lb-ft of torque. The base trim i Sport comes with a six-speed manual transmission. Meanwhile, the i Touring, i Touring Plus, and i Grand Touring all come with a five-speed automatic transmission. One of the benefits to the s Grand Touring is that it adds a sixth speed to the manual transmission. However, those craving a sportier feel may lament the lack of a manual transmission option on the s Grand Touring trim. At the same time, the s Grand Touring is clearly still the best choice for those looking for a sporty ride. It comes equipped with a 3.7-liter, V-6 engine and a far more robust 272 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque.
Unfortunately, a negative to the 2013 Mazda MAZDA6 is that there is no four-wheel-drive option, and drivers have to make do with front drive. Fuel economy totals are respectable when placed in the context of the midsize category. It is estimated that the 2013 Mazda MAZDA6 receives 18-22/27-31 mpg city/highway, which is certainly respectable enough to satisfy those with lengthy commutes.
The 2013 Mazda MAZDA6 also offers many entertainment options, particularly on the higher trim levels. The base i Sport is likely not the best option for those looking for a wealth of technology features because it does not include Bluetooth capability. However, the higher trims all include Bluetooth capability. All trim levels come equipped with satellite radio and MP3 capability. Meanwhile, the Grand Touring models come equipped with 10 Bose speakers, an upgrade over the six speakers included on the lower trims.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Mazda MAZDA6
- Hyundai Sonata
- Nissan Altima
- Toyota Camry
- Volkswagen Passat