Should You Wait for the 2014 Mazda6?

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Here are the first images of the redesigned 2014 Mazda6 sedan. It will debut at the Moscow International Motor Show next month for that market; all other markets, including the U.S., will see their versions at the 2012 Paris Motor Show in September.

The U.S. on-sale date hasn't been announced, but the 2014-model-year designation means it couldn’t go on sale here until Jan. 1, 2013. We expect its actual on-sale date will be even later than that. It will be powered by the efficient 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s found in the Mazda CX-5 and Mazda3.

Right about the time the shrouds are ripped off the Mazda showcars in Paris, the new Honda Accord will debut in the U.S. and go on sale shortly thereafter. The 2013 Ford Fusion, which has a starting price of $22,495, including a $795 destination charge, has garnered praise for its sharp-looking redesign; it will go on sale about the same time as the Accord.

The Accord and Fusion follow the recent redesigns of the Nissan Altima and Chevy Malibu while the best-seller in the class, the Toyota Camry, was redesigned last year.

With all this new sedan-shaped sheetmetal to choose from, will Mazda miss out on a slew of a shoppers before its 6 hits the U.S.?

Would you wait for a new Mazda6?

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2014 Mazda6

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By David Thomas | July 26, 2012 | Comments (18)

Comments 

Skankzilla

Personally, if I were in the market for a sedan in this class, I would get the Mazda. In fact, I'd get the current generation as well. But that's just me.

I don't know but it would be between the Ford Fusion, Mazda6, and Nissan Altima.

Mark

I really like the new body style. It is more fluid and expands on the 2009 2nd gen but would like to know what engines would be really be available for US versions. I don't think the CX5 engine will do much to improve sales and the rumored diesel is going hae to really impress. Otherwise bump up the current V6 to over 300HP and it will be a winner.

joel

I have a 2009 Mazda 6 and its a great car. Its my first Mazda and I think I will consider the newer model. Great on gas and the look of it is very appealing.

Lance

Are you certain? That's a bold statement that the U.S. 2014 Mazda6 WILL have the 2.0L engine. That would be the same base engine as the 2013 Mazda3. The 6 always had the upgrade engine from the Mazda3 line, ie. the 2.5L vs. the 2.0L, as it's base engine.

Overseas markets may get the 2.0L but I haven't seen any other blog/pub emphatically state that the engine that the US Mazda6 will have is the 2.0L skyactiv. In fact, most state that they believe a 2.2L or 2.5L will be the base engine. Absloutely no rumors as to an uplevel engine however. I would think the current heavy, poor MPG V-6 will be history but they may not have enough money right now to develop a different uplevel engine.

In answer to your question, yes, I would wait but I think the new Altima, Fusion and Accord are going to hurt the debut of the Mazda6. These new models have improved so much that a lot of pent up demand for replacement vehicles will already be met by the time the new 6 arrives. A shame too as it appears to a great looker.

Dan

I believe it to be a striking car, but all the articles I have read say the 2.0 is a slouch in terms of performance, wonder how it will do in a car of this size??

M

I like how cars are getting stylish again. The 2000s was a pretty dark time for auto design.

Renjick

"Otherwise bump up the current V6 to over 300HP and it will be a winner."

What. I love power as much as the next guy but adding a V6 to this car would be laughably useless in terms of getting butts to actually buy it.

Enrique

I have a 2004 Mazda6 with 130k miles and it's been the best car I've ever owned... the only thing I'm waiting for is the Diesel version and a 6 speed manual.

S.

Hands down the most aesthetically pleasing sedan in the market. I own the first generation of the 6 and love it. I've got the 2004 6s mated with the manual transmission that I special ordered back in 03 and I it's still a sweet ride 8 years later. Mazda makes a quality vehicle. So much so that I also bought a used MPV the day after my 6 which I traded in with 180k miles on this year for a CX-9. I convinced a friend to by a speed6 which he did and now I hate him for obvious reasons. Only two things really scare me away:

1. Lack of a manual transmission mated with the best engine

2. I love the efficiency, but living at high altitude I'd love to have more horsepower more or at least a compromise.

If these two items were addressed I would latch on pretty tightly to the 6 being my next ride which I intend to have in 2014.

Right now if I keep my requirements the way they are (FWD or AWD, Japanese Made, Manual Transmission, sub 6.5 0-60 speed) the picken's are slim, Really the Acura TL Type-SH is the only thing out there.

So c'mon Mazda woo me back again!

Tenacious "D"

I own a 2007 Mazdaspeed 6 and have been anxiously anticipating its replacement. Looks like I'll have to wait longer. Speaking as a potential consumer, there is no doubt that this is the most impressive looking vehicle Mazda has ever produced. As Forrest Gump would say "and that's all I have to say, about that". Nothing else about this car is impressive. If the case is (as "Lance" suggests) that Mazda simply does not have the funds to develop a new power plant at this time, then this project should be shelved. The design is worth the wait, and deserves better than the current skyactiv platform.

Roc1

A 2.0 L gas engine a la the CX-5 will not work for this car - I own one, I know. While you can modulate the gas pedal to optimize the performance In the CX-5, this car will need more power and smoother delivery of that power without constantly wanting to shift into a lower gear. Mazda needs to offer this with a 225 hp 6-speeds tiptronic tranny. Styling looks fantastic!!

There definitely won't be a V6 for the new Mazda6. It has been stated several times over the last 18 months or so by Mazda PR folks- only 4-cylinder engines.

But a more powerful (larger displacement or maybe turbocharged?) 4-cylinder variant than the current SKYACTIV 2.0L only makes sense. A large number of Mazda3 buyers will want a higher-performance option. That is why the 2.5L is still being offered, despite the abysmal MPG ratings.

I'm betting on a 2.4-2.5L SKYACTIV good for around 200hp and 33-35mpg highway? That would be a perfect fit in the Mazda6 as well.

Card13

I don't know why you think the 2.5 has "abysmal" MPG. It's actually right on par with every other 2.4L+ offered on compact cars such as the Matrix/Corolla and the Lancer. The Dart has the same 2.4L from the Caliber (with tweaks) so I don't expect its efficiency to be anything special.

Trent

I am 6'5" and I would need to know the measurements of the front sitting area. If I can comfortably fit them I will but it. Plan and simple. I will look at the Ford Fusion but I love Mazda and would likely buy the Mazda as long as the financing option are fair.

kacper dybas

The new Mazda 6 should come with either the same 3.7 liter motor but more power with a awd option or at least a 300hp turbo 4 banger or this car will not be in the market for too long,The V6 should also get a 6 speed manual option with no questions asked, As for the New Body Style i love it.

Joe

Twin turbo diesel skyactiv-D all the way & offer the Skyactiv-G as a turbo with the full 14:1 treatment.

AWD- icing on the cake.

People don't want cheap, and will always pay that little more for options that are fantastic.

zigy

Took delivery of my reflex blue mica 6 on the 26th of January. For a 2.0 Four it sure feels awfully quick and sounds great getting there. If you are thinking of buying a midsize, do yourself a favor, drive a 6 before you buy another. I will admit a bias for Mazda, having a 3 and a Miata parked along side it, but even after test driving the likes of the Optima, Sonata, Camry, Fusion, Altima, the 6 was love at the first curve. It's no Miata to be sure, but it is a midsized Mazda, through and through. Zoom Zoom!

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