The Mazda6 was first introduced in the middle of 2002 as a competitor against the segment-dominating Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. Initial reaction to the Mazda6 was fairly positive, but there were a few criticisms, namely that it lack sufficient power and had less interior space than its competitors. The initial Mazda6 wasn’t a bad car, it just couldn’t stand up against the Accord or Camry. Well, Mazda realized those shortcomings and 2009 marks a redesign of the Mazda6 which gets things right.
The 2009 Mazda6 is available in four trim levels, the 6i, the 6s, the 6 Touring, and the 6 Grand Touring, with price and quality increasing as listed. The Mazda6i is the only one of the group powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, and all others have a 3.7-liter V6. Both of these engines have been significantly improved over their predecessors and give the Mazda6 the power that it deserves. In fact, the s and higher models pack enough power to reach 0-to-60 mph in about 6 seconds. Not bad for a modestly priced sedan.
The frame and body have also been improved. High-strength in the frame and body lend the new Mazda6 greater body rigidity and has a very positive impact on the handling and responsiveness of the vehicle. The body work has been redesigned to do two things: make the Mazda6 a sporty and attractive-looking car; and reduce the car’s aerodynamic drag coefficient. The body accomplishes both of these things, with the Mazda6 looking great and seeing a 10% reduction in drag over the previous model.
As noted above, the previous 6 had insufficient cabin room, and the 2009 Mazda6 improves that space by 6%. This may seem like a small increase, and it is, but the way that extra space was handled in masterful. Cramped rear seats are a thing of the past in the Mazda6, head room has increased, and new front bucket seats are very comfortable. This is a sedan that would have no problem transporting five adults, although it may get a bit cramped if you’re stuck in the back for along trip. Four adults is absolutely no problem.
The 2009 Mazda6 has brought the model back from limbo and entered it competitively into the market, and the variety of trim levels will appeal to a wide range of buyers. All of the criticisms of the initial 6 have been addressed and solved. The Accord and Camry better look out, because the 2009 Mazda6 means business.