Mazda Mazda 6: Strikes a Cord After The Accord

Mazda 6

The Asian automakers seem to have this class, wrapped around their fingers. The Asian domination has gobbled up the family car class where brands like Hyundai, Kia, Mazda and Toyota make headlines. After the Accord the car that follows is the Mazda 6. The Mazda 6 is also known as the Mazda Atenza in China and Japan. The Mazda has many merits that Asian automakers only know how to make.

The History

Mazda 6 had its nameplate emblazoned for the first time on a vehicle’s chassis back in 2002. It replaced the Mazda Capella/616-626, where it expounded on the company’s new design philosophy Stylish, Insightful, and Spirited. It did this to many rave reviews, accolades and awards.

The Current Model

The current Mazda 6 is the eighth generation from the Mazda Capella/616-626, while it is the third generation vehicle to have the nameplate Mazda 6 at its rear. The car comes in 2 bodystyles that is sedan and station wagon. However, due to a drop in demand in the North American market, the wagon won’t be available in that respective market. This drop follows on the trails of other automakers like Audi and BMW who have completely scrapped or removed variants of their wagons in the North American market.

Mazda 6 wagon

The Powertrain

The SkyActiv four cylinder engine that the Mazda 6 promises the highest levels of great efficiency. Coming out of its efficient engine is 184 hp of power coupled in with 185 lb·ft of torque. You have an option of a 6-speed manual or auto for your transmission.

The Exterior

I really like the design of the Mazda 6, it has a sporty nature that makes it feel like it can jump into action at any time. Can’t help but notice that Mazda like advertising their cars in red. Red is the colour you’d use if you want to stand out.

The Interior

Entering the cabin will be keyless and the roar of your engine will be a button press away. For your center console you have the Commander Control dial, with a large touchscreen that gives you access to the MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment system. The Mazda 6 comes with standard Bluetooth that enables you to make stream videos, calls etc.

The Awards

When a car receives accolades from respected car critics you already know that it’s a stellar brand. In 2015 Car and Driver named it as “10Best” while Kelly Blue Book awarded it as “Lowest 5 Year Cost to Own Mid-size Car.”

Our Verdict

Well, this car seems to have something for everyone in its respective niche. Of interest for all motor heads is that you can turn on the Sport mode whenever the terrain becomes rigged. This is a car that caters to all your driving needs while having you comfortable in your seats. Lastly, it’s a great ride worth having for its reliability, re-sale value and performance.

The Mazda 6 starts from a cool $ 21,495.

Which would you prefer to buy the Mazda 6 or the Honda Accord? Have your say, leave a comment.

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