Recall Alert: 99,000 2014-2015 Mazda6 Sedans

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Vehicles Affected: More than 99,000 model-year 2014-15 Mazda6 sedans manufactured between Oct. 25, 2012, to Oct. 10, 2014

The Problem: If the pressure in the four tires gradually drop at the same time, the affected car’s tire pressure monitoring system may not warn the driver of the decrease in pressure. Cars with underinflated tires may experience a tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Mazda will notify affected owners in early December, and dealers will update the tire pressure monitoring system software free of charge.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call 800-222-5500, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Jennifer Newman | November 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Mazda6 Photo Gallery (23 Photos)

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Mazda's midsize sedan was already one of the most dynamic looking in the class; for 2016, the Mazda6's styling is even edgier thanks to a revised winged grille design and new LED headlamps. It's being showcased at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Related: More 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

Inside, Mazda tweaked the sedan's control layout to make room for the latest version of the Mazda Connect knob-controller-based multimedia system. Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 20, 2014 | Comments (3)

Mazda Updates CX-5, Mazda6 for 2016

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Mazda's been busy at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show: The automaker debuted an all-new subcompact crossover, the CX-3; showed off a redesigned MX-5 Miata roadster; and unveiled updates to its midsize car and compact crossover. Both the Mazda6 and CX-5 get a mildly face-lifted exterior, revised control layout, new cabin materials and additional connectivity systems for 2016.

Related: More 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

Mazda's compact SUV was new for 2012, and the automaker has updated it slightly for every model year since its launch. For 2016, the CX-5's face gets a slightly bolder grille with new metallic gray accents. The headlights have a revised interior layout, and Mazda's "signature" LED lighting is optional with the Technology Package.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 19, 2014 | Comments (3)

$27,000 Midsize Sedan Challenge: What the Judges Said

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To evaluate our midsize sedans, we put them through a battery of tests in and around Baltimore:

  • We took all 10 cars on a mileage drive of about 180 miles to judge real-world fuel economy.
  • The experts drove all 10 over the same course, back-to-back, to judge ride and handling, acceleration and braking.
  • Then we brought in a real-life family, Amit and Michelle Kapoor, both 34, and their two young children (above), to help us evaluate these cars. Amit works as a defense contractor, and his wife works for the federal government. They live in suburban Washington, D.C.

$27,000 Midsize Sedan Challenge
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The Kapoors joined our judges:

  • Aaron Bragman, Cars.com Detroit bureau chief
  • Jennifer Newman, Cars.com assistant managing editor
  • Joe Wiesenfelder, Cars.com executive editor
  • Fred Meier, auto editor for USA Today
  • Brian Robinson, producer for PBS' "MotorWeek"

We set a maximum price of $27,000, including a destination charge, and each car had to get at least 28 mpg in combined EPA ratings. Ten cars fit that bill (in alphabetical order):

  • 2015 Chevrolet Malibu 1LT
  • 2015 Chrysler 200 Limited (all-new)
  • 2015 Ford Fusion SE
  • 2015 Honda Accord EX
  • 2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport (all-new)
  • 2015 Mazda6 iTouring
  • 2015 Nissan Altima 2.5 SV
  • 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium (all-new)
  • 2015 Toyota Camry SE (refreshed)
  • 2015 Volkswagen Passat 1.8T SE

Here's how the scoring broke down: The experts' scores accounted for 75 percent of the total score; 15 percent came from the family's scores; and 10 percent was based on fuel economy.

Here is what the judges had to say about each car, in order of how the cars finished:

By Patrick Olsen | November 17, 2014 | Comments (8)

What's the Best Midsize Sedan for $27,000?

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Midsize sedans remain the best-selling category of cars in the U.S. With this class remaining hot, the competitors have more to offer than ever before, with advances in technology, features and mileage making them more desirable and livable.

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We focused this Challenge on midsize sedans that cost less than $27,000, including the destination charge, and achieve at least 28 mpg in EPA combined fuel-economy ratings.

We picked the price based on Cars.com's listings for midsize sedans that came with the features we know are popular with families. After four days of testing outside Baltimore with experts from Cars.com, USA Today, "MotorWeek" and a real-life family, here's how the results broke down:

By Patrick Olsen | November 17, 2014 | Comments (33)

What Midsize Sedan Gets the Best Mileage?

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Part of the scoring in our big 10-car $27,000 Midsize Sedan Challenge comes from observed mileage over a drive route that consisted of close to 180 miles of both city and highway driving in and around Baltimore. The winner, the Nissan Altima, reported 32.4 mpg.

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We made no effort to mirror the EPA test cycle, but more highway driving should benefit all the cars, and it didn't do so, at least not equally. One sedan hit its EPA-estimated combined mpg figure exactly, two fell short and seven exceeded their ratings.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | November 17, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Mazda6 Photo Gallery

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The 2015 Mazda6 finished fourth in our $27,000 Midsize Sedan Challenge. "The Mazda6 continues to be the most fun-to-drive car in this segment. It also looks great, but the interior is really not as nice as most in this segment, both in material quality and overall comfort," said one of our judges. Check out our Mazda6 photo gallery below.

Click on any image for a larger version.

Cars.com photos by Evan Sears

By Matt Schmitz | November 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

$27,000 Midsize Sedan Challenge: Features Video

"When you spend $35,000 or more on a midsize family sedan, you expect it's going to come packed with all kinds of technology and safety goodies, but when you're a little bit more budget-friendly, around $27,000 … can you get anything good at that price?" Cars.com Aaron D. Bragman wonders aloud in the video above. The answer is yes. Watch the video for five examples — and check back Monday for our full coverage of the $27,000 Midsize Sedan Challenge.

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By Matt Schmitz | November 14, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 L.A. Auto Show: What to Expect

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If you like luxury vehicles, SUVs or sports cars — and even luxury SUVs that perform like sports cars — you're gonna love the lineup of debuts at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. Organizers say there will be 60 premieres, 30 of them global and nearly two-thirds will be luxury and performance offerings.

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Set to bow at the 107-year-old event — the last major auto show of the calendar year and the first of the new auto-show season — are a host of SUVs, from compact crossovers to midsize models. Performance coupes, convertibles and sedans also abound from automakers ranging from Scion to Cadillac.

And perhaps fitting for the Southern California city famed for its air of affluence, nearly half of the anticipated entrees on our list of what to watch for are from luxury automakers. Among those are SUVs and sports cars from the likes of Audi and BMW. Moreover, during the Connected Car Expo on Nov. 18, Volvo's "Drive Me" autonomous vehicle will make its North American debut, at which time executives will discuss the automaker's driverless technology.

Here's what we'll be looking for as Cars.com covers the L.A. auto show from the event floor:

By Matt Schmitz | November 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Mazda6: Car Seat Check

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The Mazda6's name comes up quite a bit here at Cars.com. In the past year alone, the five-seat sedan has not only been a contender for our Best of 2014 award, but among our Top 10 Used Cars for $10,000, Top 10 Fun-to-Drive Fuel Sippers and Top 10 Most Overlooked New Cars.

The Mazda6 hasn't changed significantly since its redesign for the 2014 model year, when Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley lauded its distinctive style, sporty driving experience and top-of-class fuel economy. We also gave that version some respectable marks for its accommodation of our child-safety seats — marks matched, and even a bit improved upon, by the 2015 version.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Matt Schmitz | November 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

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