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Old 10-05-2012, 12:45 PM   #1
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Default edmunds Inside Line: 2014 Mazda 6 First Drive

Go Mazda! IMO, the interior seems fine. I don't really agree with the reviewer.

http://www.insideline.com/mazda/6/20...rst-drive.html

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Old 10-05-2012, 01:34 PM   #2
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I read the article... I agree.

The commentary about the interior is reaching.... "The trouble is, these features and the quality of them are more in line with the outgoing Toyota Camry and Honda Accord than a sedan that's trying to blur the lines between family car and luxury car."

Who said it is trying to be a luxury car? It is a Camry and Accord competitor... and I am not so sure they are so luxurious, either. They aren't supposed to be Acuras or Lexuses, nor is the Mazda trying to be.

The economy isn't exactly giving customers the financial headroom to push up-market, any more than revenues are abundant enough to push for luxury-grade materials for car companies.

Seems like an effort to find something to put in the 'cons' column, so that the review seems objective, rather than sycophantic.

It was interesting to read more about the Skyactiv capacitor/alternator system. I may have to look more into that sort of tech, just to know more about it in the future.

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Old 10-05-2012, 04:47 PM   #3
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I know many won't buy them, but it would be cool to see a Manual offered in the USDM on the new 6
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:59 PM   #4
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I thought the article said that they are being offered with a 6MT, but likely rare.
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Old 10-05-2012, 05:37 PM   #5
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Yeah, the interior analysis seems a bit off. It's not so much a luxury car aspirant as it is a sports sedan aspirant.
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:12 PM   #6
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My guess is that they wanted to criticize the interior, but not too harshly. Notice that they said it's in line with the "outgoing" Accord and Camry, which seems to me the key point. The word "luxury" was probably thrown in there to make it sound less harsh.

And I think they are probably right. Based on the pictures, I would guess that the interior is on par with the last gen Accord and the new Altima, but a notch below the new Accord. Besides, I've generally found Mazda interiors to look better than they really are in photos, so I see little reason to think that this interior again will be anything better than class-adequate. (Autoblog did claim it was the best in the segment, but I find that hard to believe based on pictures.)

I am also concerned about the noise level, as it was pointed out by both Insideline and C&D. Again, given the significant weight reduction, this is to be expected.

Other than that, this is a throughly impressive midsize sedan. If I was shopping for a family car that will also be my DD, this will be at the top of my list. I would guess that my wife would still prefer the new Accord over this, but if the thing isn't terribly noisy (active noise cancelation, Mazda?) and the interior quality is ok, then maybe I can persuade her.
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:22 PM   #7
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If they make a mazdaspeed version I will sell body parts for it.
Mazda knows how to make cars feel wonderful
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:55 AM   #8
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wagonspeed!
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:10 AM   #9
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Looks great. I may just replace my current Mazda 6 with 6-speed manual with another 6 with manual - but maybe in diesel flavor.

EDIT: wow this is a good looking midsize sedan! Great new photos.
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:29 AM   #10
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Absolutely. My current, hopefully realistic "dream" car, is a diesel Mazdaspeed3. Holy hell, can you imagine? 310 lb/ft, excellent handling, and 50mpg. *swoon*

But yes, this car looks awesome. A Mazdaspeed version with a tasteful bodykit would look even awesome-r.
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Old 10-06-2012, 09:44 AM   #11
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Well I am with you, but no way I ever want a performance version with an oil burner in it. In my mind, a sports car should rev
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:44 PM   #12
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I'm glad they FINALLY got rid of that stupid smile!
Can't wait to see the MX5 it will look sick with that front end.
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Old 10-06-2012, 07:57 PM   #13
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I dunno. I've driven the BMW 335d and was mightily impressed, enough so to entertain thoughts of a CPO '11 replacing my DD.
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Old 10-06-2012, 09:13 PM   #14
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the interior looks much better than the new fusion
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Old 10-06-2012, 09:14 PM   #15
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that bmw motor is ****... oil leaks and issues galore
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Old 10-06-2012, 09:47 PM   #16
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that bmw motor is ****... oil leaks and issues galore


Seriously, thanks for the heads up. Explains why so many are on the market. Maybe they should leave the oil burners to M-B and VW?
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:18 AM   #17
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A diesel wagon with AWD will be the replacement for my Impreza if Mazda brings one here.
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Old 10-08-2012, 12:52 PM   #18
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I'm just hoping for a diesel Mazda6 with MT, and even that may not even happen. Others of you may be more disappointed.
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Old 10-08-2012, 06:58 PM   #19
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Wagon? This is America. If you want sporty, get a sports car. If you want practicality, buy a truck or SUV. If you want something that can be both, leave the country. If you want none of the above and/or generally hate life, buy a Camry or similar fathomless nothingness-mobile like everyone else.

Diesel? Like a big rig? Eww.

Also, manual? What's the point?
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:55 AM   #20
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Wagon? This is America. If you want sporty, get a sports car. If you want practicality, buy a truck or SUV. If you want something that can be both, leave the country. If you want none of the above and/or generally hate life, buy a Camry or similar fathomless nothingness-mobile like everyone else.

Diesel? Like a big rig? Eww.

Also, manual? What's the point?


The ****? You must be new around here.

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Oh if Mazda has the balls to actually bring a diesel MT wagon, I will be smitten, absolutely smitten.
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:35 AM   #21
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Srsly....
I test drove a diesel VW "Jetta" wagon with a stick. Love that panoramic sunroof. Id be considering buying it if it weren't for the new Golf coming in a year.
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I test drove a diesel VW "Jetta" wagon with a stick. Love that panoramic sunroof. Id be considering buying it if it weren't for the new Golf coming in a year.
I have this "Jetta" and must say I love it. Very fun to drive. Unfortunately the only 1:1 replacement for it may well be another one: the new Golf version you mention.. hopefully.

I'm not confident that VW will continue offering wagons when an SUV "light truck" that gets poorer fuel economy counts as a higher MPG vehicle per CAFE. VW is one of the biggest opponents of the new CAFE regs - not because they are too strict - but because they strongly encourage larger, less fuel efficient vehicles. VW doesn't do those well. The big three... yea they do those like a boss.

For my next vehicle, I'd like to keep everything the same but increase the sporty. The diesel 6 wagon (even the less powerful one) would have been a ringer. Sadly I'm forced to sacrifice fuel economy and practicality if I want something quicker than the JSW.. that isn't another one.
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