2014 Mazda 6 GT
2.5L 4 Cylinder 184 HP with 6 Speed SKYACTIV-Drive Automatic Transmission
Soul Red Mica with Black Leather Interior
I don’t consider myself that old. I’m on the cusp of just turning 31. I mean most young men/kids like myself still love the same things that we loved 5 years ago. The odd video game, party, and especially cool cars. I have to admit the past couple of cars had me worried.
Time is ticking, meaning I will have to grow up, and mature at some point. That means, sell that sport bike. Start looking at necessities rather than luxuries, and probably have to get some form of a family sedan. Its making me cringe just typing that.
To add insult to injury, that past couple of cars, although...good cars, seemed to be missing something.. Perhaps The Colonel said it best when reviewing the Accord “Its competent value”
So that is what I have to look forward to. Cars that offer “value” no more coupes, V8’s, twin turbos, or a clutch pedal? Until I pull in the drive way and see this new 2014 Mazda 6 in Soul Red Mica. At first glance I think to myself perhaps there is hope for the future, as long as Mazda is still around.
Styling wise the car is more with KUDO design language is livelier, and aggressive than its predecessor, and you can see all the right fastback sedan cues. The long hood, and short trunk also give it somewhat of a sports car silhouette while the 19’ wheels just add to the package. Inside the same lines continue on the dash, and door panels. The fit and finish is good, and what you expect in this class. The power seats are comfortable, and offer plenty of support, and the red stitching is a nice touch that also sets it apart. This tester is a GT version with everything that Mazda offers, from active xenons that steer, navigation, 11 speaker Bose sound system, active cruise control, push button start, just name a few. Like all cars in this class it also offers a compelling value proposition.
The rear seat is roomy, offering acceptable leg room for adults.
You can configure your own Mazda 6.
Motivating this Mazda 6 is a 2.5L four cylinder with SKYACTIV technology that makes 184HP and 185lb-ft which is inline with most cars in this class with the 4 cylinder box checked. Power comes on smooth and is not peaky. The engine also makes quite the snarl above 3000rpm. The 6 speed auto is well calibrated to the engine with smooth shifts. In manual mode the car will blip the throttle, and shifting through the gears using the paddles adds to the sporty experience. The car is light on its feet, even with snow tires on, and is a more exciting to drive than other sedans. The brakes are strong, and provide good feedback, and the steering although electric is wheel weighted. One of their slogan is “if it’s not worth driving, it’s not worth building” and Mazda did stay true to that.
I don’t think there is a single car in this class that does not offers strong value. Most is not all manufacturers, will pour everything they have into their mid size sedans. Mazda gives this car something extra that you won’t find in a brochure or product description....a soul.
The quick review