THE 2013 MAZDA MAZDA6 REVIEW
Summary Review by Tess: Following the Pack
Returning mostly unchanged for the new model year, the 2013 Mazda Mazda6 continues to deliver reliable performance in a family-oriented five-passenger sedan. The spacious cargo area and roomy interior of the Mazda6 will appeal to many buyers, especially given the affordable sticker price of this entry-level sedan. Mediocre fuel economy and dated interior touches may dampen the enthusiasm of some buyers, however, and stiff competition in this automotive class will further limit the audience for the Mazda6 sedan.
Under the hood
The base engine for the 2013 Mazda6 is a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder that manages 170 horsepower and 167 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard and is paired with a six-speed manual or five-speed shiftable automatic depending on the trim level. This engine can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 9.1 seconds, about average for this automotive segment. Fuel economy is below average at 21 miles to the gallon in the city and 30 on the highway. (See estimated annual fuel costs for the four-cylinder Mazda6).
Buyers looking for more power can upgrade to the 3.7-liter V6 engine available only on the s Grand Touring model of the Mazda6. This engine produces 272 horsepower, 269 lb-ft of torque, and goes from 0 to 60 in 6.5 seconds, an impressive time for the class. Front-wheel drive and a six-speed shiftable automatic are the only available choices for buyers. Gas mileage is marginally worse than the four-cylinder at 18 miles to the gallon in the city.
Inside the cabin
Buyers can choose among five distinct trim levels for the 2013 Mazda6. Standard features for the base trim level include air conditioning, full power accessories, cruise control, and a CD stereo with auxiliary hookups. Options include an upgraded six-CD stereo system, fog lights, leather upholstery, automatic climate control, a rearview parking and backing camera, and a Bose surround-sound system.
On the road
The Mazda6 continues to deliver its unique brand of style and comfort for driver and passengers with no major changes. The V6 engine is recommended for drivers looking for superior performance, but the four-cylinder engine is reliable and powerful enough for most family transportation needs.
The 2013 Mazda Mazda6 sedan is a good solution for most families, but poor gas mileage and dated styling touches may limit its appeal in the competitive marketplace.
Engine: 2.5-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder
Horsepower & Torque: 170 hp/167 lb-ft
Transmission: FWD six-speed manual or five-speed shiftable automatic
0 to 60: 9.1 seconds
Fuel Economy: 21/30
Base MSRP: $20,725
Engine: 3.7-liter DOHC V6
Horsepower & Torque: 272 hp/269 lb-ft
Transmission: FWD six-speed shiftable automatic
0 to 60: 6.5 seconds
Fuel Economy: 18/27
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