2014 Mazda 6 sedan

The redesigned 2014 Mazda 6 is now on sale, and, just in time, Mazda has revealed final pricing and fuel-economy data for the sleek-looking and sweet-driving sedan. At launch, the Mazda 6 is available only with a 184-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder and either a six-speed manual or six-cog automatic transmission; the stick-shift model is EPA-rated for 25 mpg in the city and 37 on the highway, while the automatic gets 26/38. (A 2.2-liter diesel engine option arrives later this year, but official pricing and efficiency info for that powertrain are forthcoming.) Back to the gas-powered Mazda 6—it is available in three trim levels (i Sport, i Touring, and i Grand Touring), and pricing starts at $21,675 for a manual-equipped, entry-level i Sport. Full pricing below:

  • i Sport: $21,675 + $1615 for automatic), standard equipment includes push-button start, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, 17-inch aluminum wheels, auxiliary and USB inputs; the optional automatic transmission is bundled with Bluetooth, a 5.8-inch color touch screen display, a backup camera, and text-message receipt/delivery functionality.
  • i Touring: $25,290) adds to i Sport a standard automatic transmission, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, dual-zone automatic climate control, leatherette sport seats, a six-way power driver’s seat, and 19-inch aluminum wheels; an optional $2000 Touring Technology package adds navigation, an 11-speaker Bose audio system, proximity key, automatic headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, heated side mirrors, and Smart City Brake Support auto-braking safety system.
  • i Grand Touring: $30,290, adds to i Touring a moonroof, rear lip spoiler, HID headlights, leather sport seats (heated in the front), an eight-way power power driver’s seat, four-way power passenger’s seat, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, platinum-silver 19-inch aluminum wheels, and the Smart City Brake Support system as standard; two option packages are available—the first ($900) includes adaptive cruise control and forward-collision warning systems, and the second (coming later this year, price not yet available) brings lane-departure warning, automatic high-beam control, and Mazda’s i-ELOOP capacitor-based brake energy recuperation system

  • First Drive: 2014 Mazda 6 2.5L / 2.2L Diesel
  • Instrumented Test: Mazda CX-5 Touring AWD
  • Instrumented Test: 2012 Mazda 3 i Touring Skyactiv

Mazda’s pricing for the new 6 places it firmly in the thick of the mid-size-sedan segment, with a base price that falls below those of its manual-equipped competition, including the Ford Fusion and the Honda Accord. The manual 6 also undercuts the least-expensive (and automatic-only) Hyundai Sonata, Nissan Altima, Kia Optima, and Toyota Camry, but the least-expensive Mazda 6 with an automatic costs slightly more than those four sedans.

By Alexander Stoklosa