2014 Mazda6: Family Checklist


The redesigned 2014 Mazda6 is an impressive car with stunning looks and a sporty drive, but I found its family-duty chops to be just OK.

When it was just me and my toddler in this midsize sedan, things went well. She was able to get in all by herself, and I was happy behind the wheel. The Mazda6, with its 184-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, doesn't drive or handle like a boring sedan.

By Carrie Kim | August 2, 2013 | Comments (15)

What's the Most Affordable Midsize Sedan?


The midsize sedan is one of the most popular segments in the U.S. It serves as a family car, commuter, road tripper and more.

Because of this popularity, automakers offer a dizzying amount of styles and options for their midsizers. This differing content makes it hard for car shoppers to compare apples to apples from one automaker to the next.

We analyzed the segment for the features most drivers would want in a car of this class and uncovered some surprising results.

By David Thomas | July 30, 2013 | Comments (12)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week


Despite having the fewest week-to-week carryovers of any most-read reviews list in recent memory, this week saw the obstinate 2013 Toyota RAV4 refuse to budge from the top spot it has dominated since the start of the year. Not only that, but the RAV4 managed to double the number of page views it received. A surprising seven of the remaining nine reviews were not in the top 10 last week.

Check out what was popular this week:

1. 2013 Toyota RAV4
2. 2014 Mazda6
3. 2014 Subaru Forester
4. 2013 Ford Fusion
5. 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid
6. 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe
7. 2013 Toyota Avalon
8. 2013 Nissan Pathfinder
9. 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid
10. 2013 Nissan Altima
By Matt Schmitz | May 26, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

Cars.com sister site PickupTrucks.com put another feather in its cap of dominance of our most-watched videos this week. PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams invited viewers along on his first drive of the 2013 Ram 2500/3500 Heavy Duty in Michigan. The video debuted at No. 1, followed by Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek's critique of the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which bowed at No. 2. PickupTrucks.com's pair of 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 videos held over from last week, as did the 2014 Mazda6. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2013 Ram HD First Drive and Impressions
2. 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

3. 2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Impressions
4. 2014 Chevrolet Silverado
5. 2014 Mazda Mazda6
By Matt Schmitz | May 25, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

In this week's most-watched video, PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams offers the Cars.com sister site's first impressions of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. Williams recently had an opportunity to tow, carry payload and even do some off-roading at Knibbe Ranch outside San Antonio, Texas, and our No. 2 video features more of the Silverado from that visit. In third place was the debut of our new 2014 Mazda6 video. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Impressions
2. 2014 Chevrolet Silverado
3. 2014 Mazda Mazda6
4. 2013 BMW 135is
5. 2014 Acura MDX
By Matt Schmitz | May 18, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Mazda6 Video

Americans sure love their Honda Accords and Toyota Camrys, and Mazda's competing midsize family sedan hasn't been successful in wooing shoppers away from those segment leaders. But Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley says the 2014 Mazda6's fuel economy — now rated at 26/38 mpg city/highway — may be just the edge it needs to steal some hearts. Hanley says improved efficiency, however, doesn't mean mitigated acceleration or transmission responsiveness. Improved exterior styling, interior materials, cabin comfort and cargo space engender a luxurious feel, but a dinky navigation system undermines that somewhat. Watch the video above.

2014 Mazda6: Second Take

2014 Mazda6: Photo Gallery
More Mazda6 News on Cars.com
By Matt Schmitz | May 10, 2013 | Comments (9)

2014 Mazda6: Second Take

Despite offering a sporty driving experience in a stylish package, the Mazda6 has struggled to win buyers in the family sedan segment. It's always been a bit player in the class, but Mazda is making a big push in the segment again with a redesigned 2014 Mazda6. The car appears to have what it takes to challenge the segment leaders, but a few common complaints also cropped up after testing by several Cars.com editors.

Read the full review of the 2014 Mazda6

The car's looks, for one, seem like they'll go a long way toward bringing shoppers into the showroom. "This is one of the best-looking cars I've driven in some time," said Managing Editor David Thomas. "I don't mean this is the best-looking sedan or midsize sedan I've driven; I'm talking looks across the segments including sports cars and luxury vehicles."

Cars.com editors weren't the only ones who noticed the Mazda6's styling. "During each of my drives, the car turned heads," said editor Jennifer Geiger. "I hadn't received that much attention from pedestrians and other drivers since I first tested the Scion FR-S."

By Mike Hanley | April 30, 2013 | Comments (3)

2014 Mazda6: Car Seat Check

Mazda's midsize sedan was redesigned for 2014 with more dramatic exterior styling and two new four-cylinder engines, including the car's first turbo diesel. Installing child-safety seats in the Mazda6 was relatively drama-free, however.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide 30 rear-facing infant-safety seat, a Britax Roundabout convertible child-safety seat and Graco high-back TurboBooster seat.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 16, 2013 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: Airbag Problem Affects Millions of Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Mazda Vehicles


Four Japanese automakers — Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Mazda — have announced a voluntary recall of 3 million vehicles worldwide because of possibly faulty airbags; more than a million of those vehicles are in the U.S.

According to the automakers, the problem lies in the front-passenger airbag inflator, which in affected vehicles could deploy with too much pressure due to improperly manufactured propellant wafers, causing the inflator casing to rupture. This could result in injuries to passengers, though none have been reported. The airbags were manufactured by Japan's Takata Corp., a major world supplier of airbags.

According to Toyota, affected vehicles in the U.S. include 510,000 Toyota Corolla compact sedans, Matrix compact hatchbacks, Sequoia SUVs and Tundra pickup trucks, as well as Lexus SC 430 sport coupes, all manufactured between 2001 and 2003. According to news reports, Toyota is recalling 1.7 million vehicles worldwide.

Toyota said it will notify owners by mail. Dealers will inspect the front-passenger airbag; if it is equipped with an affected inflator, the inflator will be replaced with a new one for free. Toyota owners can go to www.toyota.com/recall or call Toyota customer service at 800-331-4331; Lexus owners can go to www.lexus.com/recall or call Lexus customer service at 800-255-3987.

By Matt Schmitz | April 11, 2013 | Comments (6)

Five New Cars Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick+


Well, that was a quick turnaround. Just seven months after eight of 11 luxury cars blew the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's new small-overlap frontal test, all five cars in the latest IIHS small-overlap test scored Acceptable or Good — the top two of four possible scores.

The 2014 Mazda6 sedan, 2013 Honda Civic Coupe and Civic Sedan, 2013 Volvo XC60 SUV and 2013 Lincoln MKZ sedan passed IIHS' most challenging frontal test, which simulates a 40-mph impact with a rigid barrier that overlaps just 25% of the front of a car. All five cars earned IIHS' Top Safety Pick+ ("plus") honor, a rank above Top Safety Pick status.

IIHS said in 2012 that some 10,000 annual highway deaths in the U.S. occur from frontal collisions, and nearly a quarter of those occur because of so-called small overlap situations.

The 2013 MKZ is the first car that documents an automaker's improvement in the same test. In August 2012, its predecessor scored poorly, allowing a belted crash-test dummy to careen toward the A-pillar rather than the front airbag. The redesigned MKZ offered better front-airbag protection, earning the car an Acceptable score. The Mazda6 scored Acceptable, too.

By Kelsey Mays | March 7, 2013 | Comments (0)

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