Recall Alert: 2003-04 Mazda6, 2004 RX-8

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Vehicles Affected: More than 18,000 model-year 2003-04 Mazda6 cars and model-year 2004 RX-8 sports cars

The Problem: A defect in the passenger side frontal airbag may produce excessive internal pressure, causing the inflator to rupture upon deployment of the device; metal fragments could strike and seriously injure occupants. This latest action is an expansion of a 2013 recall related to the ongoing problem with airbag systems manufactured by Japan's Takata Corp., a major world supplier of the devices, involving numerous automakers.

The Fix: Mazda will begin notifying owners in August, and dealers will replace the defective airbag inflator for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Mazda at 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 Matt Schmitz | July 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

Top 10 Most Overlooked New Cars

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Every year hundreds of new-car models are introduced and enter the research process for millions of car shoppers. The dizzying number of choices sometimes shrouds from the masses what are good cars.

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Here are 10 cars that Cars.com's editors agree are overlooked due to no fault of each vehicle's own substantial merits.

 

1. 2015 Mazda6

The Mazda6 is one of the rare family sedans that is both fun to drive and fuel-efficient; it's rated as high as 28/40/32 mpg city/highway/combined with an automatic transmission and the optional GT Technology Package, which includes regenerative braking and active grille shutters. But even the base automatic gets 38 on the highway. Good cabin quality, intuitive controls, comfortable seating and a striking design also fall into the Mazda's favor.

By David Thomas | July 23, 2014 | Comments (9)

Cars.com's Top 10 Fun-to-Drive Fuel Sippers

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When I was 10, my dad set me and a go-kart loose in an abandoned parking lot, free to zip around the blacktop. At that age, you don't give a thought to how much gas costs; it's all about the fun. At this age, however, fuel economy is a big consideration when it comes to buying a car, but it doesn't have to trump the fun-to-drive factor.

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There are plenty of cars that offer both fun and fuel savings, from affordable subcompacts and gas-electric hybrids to pricier luxury cars and diesel-powered vehicles. To qualify for this list, a car has to have an EPA combined rating of 30 mpg, while bringing out the inner go-kart-loving kid in all of us:

By Jennifer Geiger | June 9, 2014 | Comments (9)

Recall Alert: 2014 Mazda6

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 19,000 model-year 2014 Mazd6 sedans manufactured from Oct. 25, 2012, through May 9, 2013

The Problem: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reporting that it is possible to fill the fuel tanks in the affected vehicles beyond the rated capacity. This could cause a possible fuel leak, increasing the risk of a fire.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect the tank and add an adapter to the fuel tank's shut-off valve for free.

What Owners Should Do: Mazda has already started notifying owners. Owners can call Mazda at 800-222-5500 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | May 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2010-2012 Mazda6

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Vehicles Affected: About 42,000 model-year 2010-2012 Mazda6 midsize sedans manufactured between Sept. 14, 2009, and May 2, 2011, and equipped with a 2.5-liter engine.

The Problem: Spiders may weave a web in the evaporative canister vent hose, blocking it and causing an excessive amount of negative pressure in the fuel tank. That could cause the fuel tank to crack, resulting in a fuel leak and increasing the risk of a fire. The same spider problem also led to a recall announced in March 2011 affecting 52,000 model-year 2009-2010 Mazda6 sedans.

The Fix: Mazda will notify owners starting this month, and dealers will reprogram the powertrain control module and clean the canister vent line. If a web is found in the line, the fuel tank and check valve on the canister vent line will be replaced. Dealers will make the repairs for free.

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

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

Top 10 Used Cars for $10K

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Although new cars offer the latest design, tech and safety features, shoppers buy more of their used counterparts: about 2.7 used cars for every new car sold in 2013, according to CNW Marketing Research. It's hard to blame shoppers. The average new car sells for around $30,000. By contrast, the average used car sold in early January 2014 for $10,843 at franchised dealerships (e.g., Bob's Honda) and $9,513 at independent dealerships (e.g., Bob's Used Cars), according to CNW.

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The age of paying $10,000 for a brand-new car is in the rearview mirror. So what are the best used cars for $10,000? We crunched a lot of data, and from a pool of more than 60 candidates, here are our top 10 cars, listed alphabetically.

By Kelsey Mays | March 17, 2014 | Comments (17)

Cars.com Announces Its Best of 2014 Nominees

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Whenever we give out our Best of Award, we focus on quality, innovation and value, and all six of these nominees performed well in all three of those arenas. It's never easy to pick this award; the voting this year was particularly contentious. I can personally vouch for that. Here are this year's nominees:

The nominees for the Best of 2014 are (in alphabetical order):

  • Acura MDX
  • Chevrolet Impala
  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Kia Forte
  • Mazda3
  • Mazda6

We will reveal the winner at our annual awards event on Jan. 14 in Detroit during the North American International Auto Show, and of course, here on Cars.com.

By Patrick Olsen | December 9, 2013 | Comments (4)

Recall Alert: 2009-2013 Mazda6 Sedans

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 161,400 2009-13 Mazda6 sedans manufactured Feb. 4, 2008, through Aug. 24, 2012.

The Problem: The door-latch mounting screw may become loose. If all three door-latch mounting screws become loose, the door-latch mechanism wouldn’t engage, and the door might open while the car is in motion, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will apply a thread-locking adhesive to the door screws and retorque them, free of charge.

What Owners Should Do: The recall is expected to begin Oct. 18. For more info, owners can call Mazda at 800-222-5500 (recall number is 7013I) or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s safety hotline at 888-327-4236.

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By Jennifer Newman | September 30, 2013 | Comments (3)

Mazda6 Diesel Delayed, but More Diesels Could Follow

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Mazda officials told us at this month's Mazda3 preview that more Mazda diesels could be on the way if shoppers snap up the Mazda6 diesel. But we won't know that until next year — the automaker pushed back the oil-burning version of its redesigned family sedan from late 2013 to a spring 2014 launch.

"Based on the reception that [the Mazda6] receives, we will determine whether we add [diesels] to other vehicle lines," Mazda spokesman Jeremy Barnes told us Sept. 18.

That would make Mazda the latest automaker to board the small but growing affordable-diesel bandwagon. Up until recently, the only small non-luxury diesel sedan was Volkswagen's Jetta TDI. Volkswagen doesn't regularly break out Jetta TDI sales, and two spokesmen did not immediately provide figures. But 38.5% of new Jetta inventory on Cars.com are TDIs, which suggests the diesel is a popular choice for Jetta shoppers. VW added a TDI version to its U.S. Beetle for 2013, and GM threw its hat in the ring with the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, which went on sale earlier this year.

By Kelsey Mays | September 23, 2013 | Comments (11)

2014 Mazda6 Manual Transmission Proves Its Value

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The Cars.com staff has spent quite a bit of time with the redesigned Mazda6 sedan since our first review back in February.

Since then the team has primarily driven models with the automatic transmission, which is the set-up a vast majority of buyers will choose. But with Mazda's sporty heritage, the manual transmission option may be something shoppers of this particular sedan consider more than those from other brands.

By David Thomas | August 14, 2013 | Comments (11)

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