2016 Mazda 6 Refreshed for L.A.

Sleeker styling outside, new infotainment system inside.

Even though the third-generation Mazda 6 midsize sedan debuted less than two years ago, Mazda is already rolling out a refresh for the 2016 model with updated styling inside and out. The 2016 Mazda 6, which debuts at the 2014 Los Angeles auto show alongside the similarly revised Mazda CX-5, also gains a new infotainment system and a few new features.

Sharpening some of the 2016 Mazda 6's exterior details gives this already stylish family sedan an even sleeker look, though the overall lines don't change much. New bits include a revised front fascia with reshaped headlights and a slightly different grille, along with LED taillights out back and new alloy wheels.

More significant changes can be found inside, as the 2016 Mazda 6's dashboard is completely redesigned to accommodate the MazdaConnect infotainment system that debuted on the 2014 Mazda 3. This means that a larger, 7-inch screen features prominently in the dash to replace the previous Mazda 6's optional, TomTom-sourced infotainment screen. Other changes include slightly restyled gauges, a new electric parking brake, and nicer materials including different color combinations for cars equipped with leather.

The 2016 Mazda 6's 2.5-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder continues unchanged, with 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual is standard on Sport and Touring trims, with a six-speed automatic optional, or standard on the Grand Touring trim level. Options like the i-ActivSense active safety features remain, as does the optional i-ELOOP brake regeneration system that helps 2016 Mazda 6 models so equipped achieve an EPA-rated 40 mpg on the highway. There's still no word on the diesel version of the Mazda 6 that's been delayed multiple times since Mazda announced it in 2013.

Mazda has not yet announced when the 2016 Mazda 6 goes on sale, but expect it to arrive in dealerships sometime in mid- to late 2015. Pricing shouldn't change much from the 2015 Mazda 6's starting price of $22,285 with destination, so look forward for more details in the coming months.

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