Love or hate the slogan; zoom-zoom – the 2014 Mazda6 GT delivers. With its athletic looks and engaging driving experience, the all new Mazda6 makes a strong impression in the already crowded mid-sized family sedan market.
The Grand Sport tester was equipped with blind spot warning, backup camera, heated leather seats, navigation, intelligent key system, Bluetooth, sunroof, auto climate control and a rich Bose sound system. Considering Mazda6’s sporty oriented marketing efforts and design elements, the interior delivers a very refined and premium look in combination with a stiff (sporty) suspension.
SKYACTIV engines are Mazda’s effort in making their cars more fuel-efficient. The SKYACTIV engines offer multi-hole direct fuel injectors, and a unique piston cavity shape which allows for a shorter combustion time, matched with a high-compression ratio of 13:1, which translates to a very efficient engine system.
Back to the interior, where you will be spending most of your time. The instrument gauges are clean, crisp and to the point. With relevant information available in the last dial, illuminated with a comfortable and easy to read white light. The high quality materials in the cabin are soft to the touch and easy to wipe down. The dash is lined with a piano black lacquered trim, which complements the premium interior with its sport exterior.
The interior offers amble storage compartments and cup holders for the driver and passengers. The trunk space is nicely finished with a rubber mat lining. Both the rear seats fold down, offering more space for hauling bigger items around.
Seating support in the new Mazda6 is excellent. The side bolsters offer enough support and comfort for spirited driving or long trips. The rear passengers’ seats are also roomy, however the center tunnel is on the high side. Despite its slopping roof line, the rear head and leg-room are on par with the Honda Accord and Ford Fusion. The steering wheel’s design, comfort and precision is also worth noting. All the key buttons are easily accessible and the car responds to the steering inputs very accurately, with the right amount of effort and control from the driver.
The infotainment or the Human-Machine Interface (HMI) is perhaps the only feature which needs more refinement. TomTom powers the navigation component which is poorly integrated with the audio and phone controls. Despite having the ability to interact with the HMI via touch, shortcut buttons and a dial, the system does not feel organic or intuitive to use. Of course, once the learning curve is surpassed, the system does become less cumbersome to use.
With the mid-size sedan segment overcrowded, the all-new 2014 Mazda6 delivers innovation, good looks, and an engaging driving experience without compromising fuel efficiency. The new Mazda is an excellent alternative if you are in the market for a mid-sized family sedan and are looking for value amongst the competitors.