2009 mazda 6i




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    2009 mazda 6i

    2009 mazda 6i

    Edward Loh July 18, Automobile Magazine is pleased to find that the interior is "much larger than before," and "whereas the last 6 was at the bottom of its class in interior space, the new one is at the top. Added volume also finds its way into the trunk of the Mazda, and overall usability has been greatly increased. Actual engagement is light and easy, no rough spots or jerkiness pay attention, Subaru. Two transmission choices are offered on the Mazda Mazda6, at least with the four-cylinder engine.

    2009 mazda 6i

    2009 mazda 6i

    2009 mazda 6i

    2009 mazda 6i

    2009 mazda 6i

    Drove the three flavors of the all-new Mazda6 yesterday and came away scratching my head and thinking of what could've been. I will say after driving Grand Touring editions of the I-4 and V-6, equipped with manual and automatic transmissions auto only for the V-6 , I think Mazda made a big mistake with Mazda6.

    But first, a few highlights. The manual-equipped four-cylinder Mazda6 impresses most, but then that's no surprise. I'm one of those jaded auto journos who prefers manuals to automatics. The snappy six-speed manual is perfectly matched to the hp;2. The shifter is well positioned and has a nicely weighted feel and crisp action.

    2009 mazda 6i

    In terms of lever actuation, it might be the best in the economy group, but I'll go one step further. I prefer it over BMW 's current crop of latex-sheathed manuals. I would like a little more clutch effort -- but that's just me being Piloti-wearing punk again. Actual engagement is light and easy, no rough spots or jerkiness pay attention, Subaru.

    In fact, the only real misstep, albeit tiny, is the odd tachometer setup. Mazda chose to put seven hash marks between the tach numbers, which means rpms are ticked off in increments of There's also no redline, other than a bolding of the aforementioned marks after rpm because all the big numbers on the gauges are already red.

    2009 mazda 6i

    Of course, these are all details With the CX-9's 3. She feels it, too -- zipping away from stoplights with tire-chirping glee. I tried inducing torque steer and found it possible only if I cranked the wheel to near lock and floored it.

    Kudos and chocolate-covered granola bars to Mazda engineers for also giving the V-6 Mazda6 a proper automatic. I'm not saying the six-speed is all that -- since sampling the sensual treats of dual-clutch transmissions, I can't look at plain-jane automatics the same way -- but at least Mazda's autobox manually shifts as God, inertia, and motorsport intended: This alone puts it worlds apart from the automatics of Honda Accord , Toyota Camry , and Ford Fusion -- which offer nothing in the way of manual driving fun.

    It isn't perfect, mind you. In manual mode, it won't always serve up the downshift you demand -- its computer logic no doubt choosing transmission and engine longevity over your need for zinging, engine-braked corner entry. But you'll never be looking for giddyup -- particularly if you find yourself zipping around unfamiliar roads.

    2009 mazda 6i

    Just pop it into the very tractable third gear and worry about the road ahead. Though it receives revised dampers, stabilizer bars, and springs to account for a roughly lb increase over the I-4 model, it's easy to tell that the V-6 Mazda6 is heavier. Sometimes that's a good thing; it rides smoother and less nervously over broken pavement. Other times, not so good; while bombing down a set of Malibu twisties, I found the brakes going away.

    They never faded on the four-banger. Brakes notwithstanding, there is clearly a lot to like about the Mazda6. So what's the problem then? You see, last month, Ron Kiino and I spearheaded a little four-cylinder family sedan shootout. And by little I mean we corraled together 10 of the top players in the segment for one massive test. This Mazda6 would've fit right in.



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