Mazda’s All-New Sedan Brings New Flavor to Mid-Size Segment
The mid-size sedan can be considered the bread-and-butter vehicle of the automotive industry. It’s not too big, not too small, but just right. With seating for five passengers, it’s more practical than a sports car but not overly bulky when compared to large SUVs. Pricing is well within the value-minded reach of the majority of the car-buying public and fuel economy will not raise the ire of Mother Nature. The vehicle is nearly perfect but for one catch: it is automotive vanilla.
Over the years, as practical and precise as the mid-size sedan has become for consumers as their go-to daily-driving, people-moving, stuff-packing do-it-all-on-wheels, its personality has fallen by the wayside. Design has become mundane, dynamics have become slushy and “mid-size sedan” has become synonymous with dull, run-of-the-mill, routine ho-hum. For everything the mid-size sedan offers, what it lacks is desire. And then there is the all-new 2014 Mazda6.
Fuel efficient? Check. Competitively priced? Check. Dynamic handling? Check. Style? Check. Fun? Uh huh. Real? Absolutely. As the second production vehicle to feature the full suite of SKYACTIV® technologies, the 2014 Mazda6 should not be confused with mythical creatures like the griffin, jackalope, Bigfoot or a freewheeling Pegasus. On sale now, this third-generation Mazda6 will feature even more all-new groundbreaking Mazda-engineered technology. i-ELOOP, the world’s first capacitor-based brake energy regeneration system to power all the vehicle’s electrical systems, makes its global debut, along with the SKYACTIV-D 2.2-liter clean diesel engine and the front collision-detecting Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) system make their first appearance in North America. A mid-size sedan, yes. Vanilla? Mazda engineers aren’t familiar with bland.