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Older Pre-2014 Mazda6 Overview And
How To Buy At The Lowest Price

In today's very high-priced used car market, it may be the right time to look at "older" models that have aged well as a way to save significant dollars. The Mazda6 is one of those models and can definitely be a viable and more economical option at this time. And relatively lower mileage candidates can still be found out there.

Launched in 2003, the Mazda6 jumped right into the extremely competitive midsize car segment ... one dominated by hall of fame models such as the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. But no problem, the Mazda6 fared extremely well due to its impressive performance, handling and good looks ... both interior and exterior.

And we're not the only ones who feel this way. In fact, older Mazda6 modelss won rave reviews for its stylish design, handsomely equipped interior, precise steering, responsive suspension and athletic 4-cyl. and V6 engines.

Also setting this versatile midsize apart is the fact that it comes in three very distinct body styles. Yes, for those who need space, the older 6s are also available as a 4-door hatchback or a wagon.

First-generation Mazda6s were produced from 2003 through 2008 with each model having two trim levels: the i and the s. The i was powered by a zesty 4-cylinder, 160-horsepower engine with either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed automatic. The s was equipped with a 215-horsepower V6 with either the manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. Various models that meet most individual needs include the Sport, Grand Touring, Grand Sport and, new for 2009, the SV.

Mazda 6 s Sport Sedan (2008)

And for those who seek driving a high-performance vehicle, there's the MAZDASPEED 6 ... with a gutzy 278-horsepower, turbocharged, 4-cylinder engine that's coupled to all-wheel drive and a 6-speed manual transmission.

Even base 6 models are well-equipped, with standard features that include full power accessories, cruise control and a better grade cloth upholstery. Moving up in models adds additional features such as leather upholstery, foglights, a power sunroof, a rear spoiler and an upgraded stereo system with a CD changer.

Overall positives for this version include a stylish design, firm suspension, responsive handling and versatile body style choices as the four-door hatchback and wagon are not only fun-to-drive, but also offer abundant storage capacities.

Negatives would include a somewhat lower quality interior, passenger room that's on the tight side and a V6 that's a bit underpowered when compared to more uplevel competitors. Even so, this generation can be a good choice for those seeking a livelier family sedan or more practicality from the wagon or hatchback models instead of an SUV.

The Mazda6 went into its second-generation for the 2009 model year and were produced through 2013 in sedan form only. Powering this version is a choice of two engines: a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that pumps out 170 horsepower and 167 pound-feet of torque, or a 3.7-liter V6 that's good for a hefty 272 horsepower and 269 lb-ft. The four-cylinder can be found with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed automatic. The V6 is 6-speed automatic only.

2009 Mazda 6 s Grand Touring

Older segment leaders such as the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry don't possess the back twisty road performance dynamics of the Mazda6, while the 6 also matches up well in terms of passenger room, cargo capacity and V6 power.

The i SV model is the likely value leader and comes with a long list of standard equipment including 16-inch steel wheels, a height-adjustable driver seat, full power accessories, a six-speaker CD stereo system with steering-wheel-mounted controls, air-conditioning and a tilt/telescoping steering column.

The i Sport model adds cruise control, an auxiliary input jack and keyless entry as standard features, while the i Touring model adds 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, keyless ignition/entry, a trip computer, electroluminescent gauges, black patterned accent pieces, a power driver seat, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

The top-of-the-line i Grand Touring model adds xenon headlights, heated leather seats with a memory function for the driver seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming mirrors, Bluetooth connectivity, and an auditory blind-spot monitoring system.

The s models have the same standard equipment, but also add a few others: the s Sport comes with 17-inch alloy wheels and dual exhaust, while the s Touring and s Grand Touring chip in 18-inch alloy wheels.

Some older Mazda6 models can also be found with optional features such as an in-dash 6-disc CD changer, satellite radio, a sunroof and navigation.

Overall positives for this production run include capable handling, attractive design, increased passenger room and much improved V6 performance. On the downside, while the V6 is powerful, its fuel economy is disappointing (17 mpg city, 25 highway; the four-cylinder models range from 20 mpg city to and 30 mpg highway). In addition, while the cabin was improved, some cheaper plastics still remain.

How To Get The Best Price

2005 Mazda6 Wagon

There are actually several different ways to buy an older Mazda6 at the lowest price, and even at wholesale. You can click on the links to each of the following methods to get the specific instructions.

First of all, here's a Lowest Price Used Car Buying Guide that details a super effective method, one that often beats down prices even to wholesale levels. And somewhat related to this, here's another excellent method that identifies Price-Distressed Cars Right On Dealer Lots. These are vehicles they are so desperate to unload they would welcome your wholesale offer.

In addition, you can also try the Public Auto Auctions in your own geographic area. While there can be a lot of junk vehicles at these auctions, there are often absolute gems sprinkled in as well. This article reviews what to expect at open-to-the-public car auctions and how to locate them in your own area.

Also ... for those of you who might be interested in a
brand new Mazda, if the price was crazy good, here's info on exactly How To Get The Best Price On A New Mazda. This works just phenomenally well.

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