The Mazda MX-6 is a 2-door sport coupe with front-wheel drive that Mazda produced from 1987 through 1997. It had a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission and was set on the same chassis as the 636 coupe that it replaced. Assembly of the MX-6 was done in Flat Rock, Michigan, for the U.S. and Canadian markets, and in Japan for overseas markets. During the 1988 to 1992 model years, U.S. cars used the I4 Mazda engines.
The early models were designed around the looks of some futuristic concept cars from the early 1980s. The U.S. model engines produced 120 hp from the F2 2.2L engine, but another 145 hp turbo-charged engine was optional. The 4-speed automatic transmission also had overdrive. Most critics were of the opinion that the Mazda MX-6 was quite reliable and mechanically sound. There was not a lot of room in the back seat, so this model best served an individual rather than a family.
Mazda MX-6 was developed and produced by AutoAlliance International Mazda, and the first generation was part of a joint venture at the Flat Rock assembly plant for North American sales, along with the 626 and Ford Probe. The MX-6 had several trim groups that varied according to the selling market. In the U.S., these trim levels were called DX, LX, LE, and GT. The DX was a base model; LX had power windows, locks and mirrors plus a new option for an electrical moon roof. The LE stood for Leather Edition" that had a leather covered shift knob for manual transmission cars. GT models had the most options added, including a turbo-charged intercooled engine that delivered 145 hp. A 4-wheel steering option on the MX-6 GT models was introduced in 1989. The car had a swept-back smooth design, and appealed to those sport car drivers that wanted style, good handling and responsiveness.
From 1992 to 1997, Mazda MX-6 offered special trim options and a peppier KL-DE 2.5 DOHC V6 engine with 164 hp, alloy wheels, fog lights, a low rear spoiler, and other upgrades on the LS version. The LS M-edition had even more luxury improvements. Gold alloy wheels, chrome scuff plate, all-red tail lights, all gold badges, and embroidered M-edition insignia were placed on front seats and floor mats as luxury appointments for the LS M-edition models. The car also had three exclusive special paint colors and a cream leather interior sporting gold pin striping. The 1995 model year brought out a few more changes to MX-6, including 5-spoke alloy wheels and twin airbags. Cars produced for the North American market were categorized as A-variant models.
Four-wheel steering was included on most of the global MX-6 orders from 1987 to 1997, but it was only available in 1989 for the North American market. In 1997, the Mazda MX-6 MSRP ranged from $20,195 to $24,795. The car was economical to drive, ranking 20 to 26 mph for city driving, and 26 to 34 mpg on the highway.
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