SHARP TURNS – Mazda6 goes for beauty and power

2013-05-24T00:00:00Z SHARP TURNS – Mazda6 goes for beauty and powerMATT SHARP nwitimes.com
May 24, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Mazda has been trying to compete with some of the car giants like Toyota, Ford and others for years now. Could the all-new 2014 Mazda6 be that model that gives them an edge?

Probably not. Mazda is far away from that, but the 6 will set the company apart in other aspects. Mazda’s 6 model is a significant sedan redesign that has turned an economy car into a true sport sedan. Take one look at the 6, and the sporty appeal is obvious.

The Mazda6 starts out with a deep new red called “Soul Red”. It is a three-step painting process that is sure to catch the eye. The exterior doesn’t stop with the paint job; Mazda went all out with the beauty and power of this car. With the 6 they have moved on from the Mazda’s Takeri concept and went with the Mazda’s KODO “soul of motion” design. This design has sleek curves, wide fenders, and a long front to help the 6 glide through the air with more grace then most top sports car.

Even the exterior that isn’t painted is gorgeous, from the wheels to the headlights. According to mazdausa.com, it's a general truth that the more stylish the alloy wheel, the less it will perform. But Mazda engineers, with absolute determination, tested and refined more than 20 designs until they developed those now worn exclusively by Mazda6. The impressive 17- and 19-inch alloy profiles were designed with symmetrical contours and dynamic motion, yet engineered with a greater resistance to twisting forces and deformation. They're alloy wheels that look, handle and wear better. Like the technology above them, they perform. The lights on the other hand are standard halogen headlights, but the 6 comes with other available lights. For instance, you can choose self-leveling Bi-Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) and instant-on LED taillights, and Adaptive Front-lighting System pivots the headlights when traveling at high speeds or turning.

To prove that a Mazda is truly beautiful inside and out, they made the “cockpit” of the 6 to match the exterior’s soul. It starts out with luxurious leather seats, the minute you sit inside this Mazda you become one with the car. The seats curve with the flow of your body while keeping you firm and comfortable while driving. The black leather matches the trim of the car with elegant chrome accents.

Smack dab in the middle of all that luxury is a 5.8-inch touch-screen display. The 6 comes equipped with Tom Tom navigation and voice recognition, to ensure your eyes are always on the road. On either side of the touch screen are round knobs that control your Bose speakers. The Mazda6 is loaded with 11-speaker Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound System with AudioPilot ambient noise compensation technology. Those speakers deliver crisp clear sound in any location in the vehicle. Also next to the screen is a USB audio input port and auxiliary audio input jack, to be able to play music from any device. Finally, available in the 6 is HD radio, Pandora Internet radio, and SiriusXM Satelite radio.

With all these features, who could keep their eyes on the road? To combat the distraction factor, Mazda has installed a commander switch, a knob that is basically used like a computer mouse to navigate through all of the above features.

In the all new 2.5L SKYACTIV-G gasoline engine, Mazda engineers increased its torque output to 185 lb-ft, which means more power transferred to the wheels for significantly better off-the-line and cornering performance, all without compromising fuel efficiency. To go alongside and increase performance the ultra-responsive 6-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual or the smooth 6-speed SKYACTIV-Drive Sport automatic transmission works perfectly with the new engine.

Mazda’s new SKYACTIVE technology comes into play all over the 6. As I just explained, it enhances the engine and transmission, but it also coincides with new technology called i-ELOOP. This system takes the energy from the engine while slowing down and uses it to power your stereo, hear, etc. That horsepower that used to be used for those things can now be focused on moving the vehicle, resulting in power and efficiency.

One of the other features i-ELOOP powers is the blind spot monitoring system. This system uses motion-detection technology to scan for blind spots. When the turn signal is activated, it will beep if there is something in your blind spot. Also for safety, the 6 is built with high tensile steel reinforcements and additional spot welds and side-impact door beams. If by chance any of the six standard airbags have to deploy the vehicle uses Bluetooth to contact 911 automatically.

This elegant Mazda starts out at $20,880 for the sport model, which is the base standard, and goes as high as $29,495 for the Grand Touring model.

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