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2013 Mazda 6 Pros, Cons, Prices
And How To Get The Best
(See Also: "The Ultimate Mazda 6 Negotiation Secret")
As in previous model years, the 2013 Mazda 6 once again demonstrates that the words "boring" or "bland" are not necessarily applicable to all family sedans. The fact is, with its sporty looks and athletic road manners, the 6 offers one of this segment's strongest appeals to drivers who want more than one typically expects from a traditional family sedan.
And the 2013 version has changed little when it comes to its already well-proven and popular positive attributes. Revisions this year have been limited to the discontinuation of the s Touring Plus model and the addition of 18-inch wheels to the i Touring Plus and i Grand Touring models.
2013 Mazda 6 Touring
Still, it's always best to review both a vehicle's strong qualities as well as its weaker, potential problem areas before making a final buying decision. In addition, if someone then decides to proceed with a purchase, it's also best to have a rock-solid plan for getting the absolute lowest price possible, so we'll lead you to that information as well.
Before going into more detail below, the Mazda 6's overall positives can be summarized to include its athletic handling, spacious cabin and large trunk. On the downside, its overall negatives would include its so-so fuel economy as well as some lower-quality interior materials.
A central theme in Mazda's overall position in the car market is to provide vehicles with a higher degree of engagement and handling ability. The Mazda 6 certainly lives up to these expectations thanks to its lively engines and sportier-tuned underpinnings. It also offers excellent outward visibility with one of the better driving positions in its class thanks to its comparatively higher seat.
The result is road performance that is superior to almost all of its competitors (perhaps second only to the Nissan Altima when it comes to handling agility and "fun-to-drive" factors. In fact, its overall ride quality (the balance between ride comfort and handling) seems a lot closer to a European feel than one might expect from its Japanese roots.
2013 Mazda 6 Touring interior
While the interior is well-designed, well-equipped and attractive, its best quality is the abundance of space. This is a very passenger-friendly vehicle with plenty of legroom and headroom both upfront and in the rear. Actually, the rear quarters are particularly roomy and can even accommodate most very tall occupants. And with seats that are both comfortable and supportive, long trips are a lot easier to weather for all concerned.
Also a plus on long trips is one of the largest trunks in this class. Measuring 16.6 cubic feet, the Mazda 6 offers a level of cargo capacity few can match. Utilizing its 60/40-split-folding rear seats can boost its storage abilities still more, while the trunk's fairly tucked away hinge mechanism makes for easier loading as well.
Mediocre Fuel Economy:
Under the hood of the Mazda 6 i versions is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that outputs 170 horsepower and 167 pound-feet of torque. Powering the s Grand Touring is a 3.7-liter V6 that pumps out a healthy 272 horsepower and 269 pound-feet. In performance tests, the s Grand Touring has been timed from zero to 60 mph in a very quick-for-its-class 6.5 seconds, while the four-cylinder does the same sprint in a more average 9.1 seconds.
Gas mileage for the i models, whether manual or automatic, is an EPA-estimated 21 mpg city and 30 mpg on the highway, not a particularly impressive number for a four-cylinder sedan. Fuel economy for the V6 comes in at 18 mpg city and 27 highway, again on the lower end for this class.
Some Lower-Quality Interior Materials:
While the 6's cabin is spacious, comfortable and attractive, it is unfortunate that some lower-grade plastics and hard surfaces still exist. These items will likely be upgraded on the next redesign coming for the 2014 model year. And while it is subjective, not everyone is on board with the black-and-silver trim accents on the upper models.
The 2013 Mazda 6 is a solid family sedan choice, particularly for those looking for more engaging driving dynamics. Potential buyers should also keep in mind that this is a segment loaded with strong choices and we always recommend considering top rivals as well before making a final decision.
Others worthy of consideration would include the Hyundai Sonata and its sibling the Kia Optima, both with strong performance and long feature lists for the money. The Toyota Camry is a well-rounded choice with better fuel economy, while the Volkswagen Passat offers European refinement and style. Other strong handling choices would include the Ford Fusion as well as the aforementioned Nissan Altima.
How To Get The Lowest Price:
Well, there's definitely a 'best way' when it comes to new car buying. If you want to get the best bottomline, out-the-door price you need to know exactly who to talk to at the dealership, how to make the contact and how to make this person eager to quickly drop prices as low as possible to get your sale.
Here's the details on exactly how to get the best price on a new Mazda 6.
Good luck and all the best,