The Mazda 6 is a mid-size sports sedan offered in six models, all of which are available with four doors. The vehicle's aerodynamic styling, along with its efficient four- or six-cylinder engine, produces up to 31 miles per gallon. Its rack and pinion steering allows it to handle with agility and responsiveness. The Mazda 6 does not sacrifice performance for fuel economy.
Models with the 4-cylinder engine can easily travel up to 500 miles on one tank of gas. The manual transmission models provide 21-30 miles per gallon while vehicles with an automatic transmission offer up to 31 miles per gallon. Drivers who desire a little more power can opt for the 3.7L 24-valve V6 engine which produces 272 hp. Five passengers can find ample legroom in the Mazda 6's roomy cabin. As one of Japan's premier automotive manufacturers, Mazdas roll off assembly plants in Hiroshima and Hofu, Japan specifically for the Japanese market. North American vehicles are assembled in Flat Rock, Michigan.
In 1979, Mazda introduced the 626 in an attempt to gain footing in an already crowded mid-sized sedan marketplace. It was met with lukewarm response and, for four years, the vehicle's performance and appearance remained virtually unchanged. A new grill adorned the 1981 models, although little else changed. In 1988, for no apparent reason, the name was changed to MX-6. Today's car is simply the Mazda 6, and it appeals to mid-size car enthusiasts who prefer the sportiness of the car over its competitors.
Consumers are often surprised to find some luxurious surprises in the Mazda 6. Rain-sensing wipers are available on some models. Several trim levels are available. By far, the most popular trim option is the Technology package found on the Grand Touring models. In addition to the rain-sensing wipers, this package includes a keyless ignition/entry, automatic xenon headlamps and a voice-activated navigation system. In the base 2.5 liter four-cylinder model, drivers can attain maximum fuel economy without losing Mazda's sporty handling. For higher power and even better handling, buyers may choose the s trim" package.
The Mazda 6 has been named a Popular Mechanics' Top Pick. Smart Money magazine voted the 2009 Mazda 6 as "Best Value Sedan". An extremely important award was bestowed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This group awarded the vehicle with the highest rating for frontal crash performance. This National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the Mazda 6 a 5-Star Crash Safety Award for its crash performance and for its standard front and side-impact air bags and air curtains. The Dynamic Stability Control system helps the driver maintain control during adverse conditions. The Mazda 6 is the only car in its class that offers a Blind Spot Monitoring System.
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