2014 Mazda 6 i Grand Touring Driven

2014 Mazda 6 i Grand Touring

Base price: $30,290
Price as tested: $31,490

Standard Equipment:
6-speed automatic transmission w/shift paddles
Power windows, door locks, mirrors
Push-button start
Tilt-and-telescoping steering column
Dual-zone automatic climate control
AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system w/aux and USB inputs, satellite radio, and Bose 11-speaker sound system
Bluetooth phone/audio
Fog lamps
8-way power driver's seat
4-way power passenger's seat
Backup camera
Leather-wrapped steering wheel w/audio controls
Blind-spot monitoring system
19-inch alloy wheels
Automatic headlights
Heated outside mirrors
Heated front seats
Leather-trimmed seats
Power moonroof
Rain-sensing wipers
In-dash TomTom navigation system
Bi-xenon auto-leveling headlamps w/pivoting adaptive front lighting system
Auto-dimming rearview mirror w/Homelink
Anti-theft alarm
Mazda advanced keyless entry

Options on this vehicle:
Radar cruise control and forward collision warning - $900 Soul red paint - $300

Key options not on this vehicle:
None

Fuel economy:
(city/hwy)
26 / 38 mpg (Altima 27/38, Accord 27/36)

Engine:
2.5L DOHC I-4 Horsepower: 184 hp @ 5700 rpm Torque: 185 lb-ft @ 3250 rpm

Drive:
Front-wheel

Transmission:
6-speed automatic

Curb weight: 3232 lb

Wheels/tires:
7.5 x 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels 225/45 R19 tires

Competitors:
Chevrolet Malibu Ford Fusion Honda Accord Hyundai Sonata Kia Optima Nissan Altima Toyota Camry Volkswagen Passat

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SDD65
Just bought the 2014 Mazda 6 Touring.  Love the styling, good fuel economy with 31 MPG on spirited driving.  Steering feedback is responsive with firm but not harsh suspension.  I was debating the Accord EX, or Fusion but I decided on the Mazda 6 due to its styling and standard options on the Touring model.  
redav
The problem with the diesel is related to capturing unburned hydrocarbons for emissions. If the car is driven too often for short trips where the oil doesn't get up to temperature or if the engine shuts off during a re-injection cycle, it can find its way into the crankcase oil. Pretty much every modern diesel with these filters are susceptible, not just Mazdas. The problem essentially comes down to this: If you drive a lot of short trips, you need to follow a stricter maintenance schedule of checking oil more often and getting it changed if the level rises too much. (If that is too difficult for you, you should not buy any diesel.) If you normally drive longer distances, a less strict maintenance schedule can be followed with less frequent oil changes.
ed124c
@ James Katt:  Can you tell me where you got this info?  I would love to read about it.  I can't imagine Mazda would release the diesel if these oil problems (well, they aren't problems, they are just bad engineering) were the best they could do.  If your info is not recent, hopefully Mazda has fixed the problems,
James Katt
As if 8/26/2013, I read that the Mazda 6 Diesel is having severe problems.  Apparently, with the diesel, you must check the oil every 600 miles. And you have to get an oil change every 1200 miles.  Otherwise, the diesel engine seizes up and the warranty is cancelled.  This is abominable.  What happens after the warranty expires?  Do you still have to get an oil change every 1200 miles or the engine seizes up?Having to get an oil change every 1200 miles is ludicrous.  It is also very expensive over the lifetime of the car. In contrast, the BMW X5 diesel only needs an oil change every 10,000 miles. And you don't have to check the oil every 600 miles.  This is sad.  But then Mazda has no experience with diesel engines like Volkswagen or BMW.
jagat101
Good thing I went for a 2014 Mazda 6 Touring 6MT. Handling is superb. Near German in feel, close to my old ride, a B5 Passat. Granted with EPS, the Mazda 6 is not plagued with the same notorious "wandering steering" problems common with the Camry, Optima or Sonata, nor transmission issues plaguing the Accord (CVT) or engine oil leaks (V6). FYI, these issues are based on owner complaints from the NHTSA Safe car.gov website.
ed124c
@Sabbas P:  I don't know where you live, but where I live there is no such model in stock.  In fact there are very few new Mazda 6's in the Rochester, NY area .for sale.  Which transmission do you have?  (You don't say whether you have a stick or auto, which usually means you have an automatic.)  Unfortunately, you can only get a sunroof with the Grand Touring.  Mid-level Accords (EX) have a sunroof standard, and most all mid-level midsize cars have a sunroof option.  Mazda made a big mistake with the touring not having a sunroof available as an option.
Sabbas P
I would never pay $30k for any midsize sedan. However, I did pay $24k for my 2014 midlevel Mazda6 Touring. It has Almond Leatherette surfaces to contrast the otherwise darker interior (much better than any competitors cloth seat offerings at this price point). The touchscreen Pandora/Bluetooth stereo offers much better sound quality than the Accord and Altima mid level stereos. I average between 34-37 MPG in a 50/50 highway/suburban split route and I averaged 40.3 MPG on a trip to/from Atlantic City last weekend. It also surprisngly comes standard with Blindspot monitoring and Rear Crosspath detection-very useful after a long night in Atlantic City. The Touring Mazda6 is by far the best value in its class, it is just too bad there are hardly any reviews of it. It looks almost exactly like the Grand Touring model on the outside/inside and far better thannanything in its class.
Ken Johnston
The new 2013 Honda Accord has beat all rivals in overall performance since being introduced (Passat, Camry, Sonata/Optima cousins, Fusion, Malibu, Altima etc) and in a Car and Driver event driving around two tight cone courses at Candlestick Park in SF and other places the handling if the Accord was obvious over the Sonata, Camry and Altima (the Ford Fusion did not make it to SF but was included elsewhere).... The Mazda 6 roundly beat that same 2013 Honda Accord in recent comparisons in both Car and Driver and Motor Trend ..... The Impala is a full size and rated well recently against the Toyota Avalon, Ford Taurus, etc in its category but will not come close to the Mazda 6, Honda Accord, etc in the midsize handling performance.....
Mizi Mtshali
Very Mercedes face
James Moody
I would like to see how it does against the Passat and new Impala.
Ken Johnston
The KIA Forte is a compact and competes with the Mazda 3 which will blow every current compact (no diesel yet though for the 3) when it releases in september.... The KIA Optima and related Hyundai Sonata are the midsize cars that compete with the Mazda 6.... They have great content and warranties but Mazda has rated #1 for both the Mazda 6 and related Mazda CX-5 off the same platform due to its handling and suspension .. the Koreans have not mastered this yet but the Kias look great with their lead designer stolen from Audi several years ago....
Justice Edwards
I dig the styling, but you can get a KIA Forte SX and it will just about outperform this car, for a lot less jack.
ed124c
#btc909:  It's only a "graveyard at night interior"  if it has a black interior.  Buy one with the "dune" interior.
Jake Chapman
Mazda's are now the most fun you can have for under 30k. The hottest family sedan on the market!
btc909
Get rid of the graveyard at night interior, the 5.8" NAV screen needs to go, make i-ELOOP standard.  This will need to lose the 6 speed auto eventually.
Mattso Samsonite
Mazda came up with this one on their own! ...proud of them, it was time.
Waleed Amin
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Whatnow
Making a turbo 4 available would bring more enthusiasts to the table. The new 6 is already a fun car to drive through the twisties. However, it's not as quick as the new Accord or Altima.  I will either stick with intro luxury for now, or perhaps wait a bit longer to see what Subaru does for the next gen Legacy coming out late 2014.
ed124c
If I wanted a 4 cylinder midsize I don't think I would pay over 30K.  That is the price of an Accord V6 with all the goodies except the nav.  (For some stupid reason Honda charges an anachronistic $2,000 for the nav system.  And this is not a package-- all you get is the nav with the buttons on the dash and steering wheel and, oh yeah, the screen has more pixels.)  I have driven new Mazda 6's with both automatic and manual transmissions.  I was impressed.  Then again, I was impressed with the Accord CVT model and a bare bones Fusion 2.5.  I think that we are at the point where you can just point at a midsize car and take it home and be quite happy with it.
James Moody
Does Ford and Mazda still share chassis etc. Sure seems like a twin sister to the Fusion
btc909
@ed124cThe one that shows all of the dirt?  I have a beige / cream colored interior vehicle now, I won't do that again.
unozero
@Matt Simmons Funny I used to think it was Ford that was saving Mazda all those years. Also that Skyactiv was a gimmick.I always knew Mazda had the best driving compact (Mazda3) for a long long time, but gave credit to the Ford partnership.Now it feels that Ford was a boat anchor keeping Mazda from really shining. I wish that Mazda broke away 10 years ago.Can't wait to see what Mazda does in the next 10 years as Skyactiv goes thru the entire lineup then goes onto the 2nd gen of refinement...

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