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2009 Mazda6

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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.

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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.

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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.

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