In terms of appearance, the 2014 Mazda6 may have rivals such as the 2013 Honda Accord, Ford Fusion and Nissan Altima beaten. The recently launched Mazda midsize sedan comes with a new look for the 2014 model year and as such, the Japanese automaker has done its job well in designing a car that adds some spice to an otherwise unappealing car class in terms of design. But more importantly, the new Mazda6 is more affordable than many of its top competitors.
The price tag of the base 2014 Mazda6 is $21,675, inclusive of $795 destination fee, which makes it less expensive than the 2013 Honda Accord, which costs $22,470 and the 2013 Ford Fusion, which is priced at $22,495, both prices taking destination fee into consideration. The 2013 Mazda6, in comparison, costs $21,520, making the new model only $155 more expensive.
There will be only one powertrain option available for the 2014 Mazda6 upon launch, and that would be a 2.5-liter engine rated at 184 horsepower. The Mazda6’s fuel economy estimates as per the EPA are 25 mpg for city driving, 37 mpg for highway driving, 31 mpg combined; using a six-speed automatic instead of the default six-speed manual transmission, these figures increase to 26/38/32. A second engine, the SkyActiv-D twin-turbo with a displacement of 2.2 liters, will be launched in the second half of the year. No information is available yet on this engine’s horsepower or fuel efficiency. The basic model is known as the Sport, and includes a variety of safety and infotainment features, while buyers can also opt for the Touring trim ($25,290) or the Grand Touring trim ($30,290) for additional perks. The Grand Touring Mazda6, for example, comes with Bose audio, driver’s seat memory, a power seat for on the front passenger side and dual-zone automatic climate control.