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2009 Mazda MAZDA6

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2009 Mazda MAZDA6 Review

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Mazda has long been known for its dramatic styling and unconventional ideas. What Mazda has not been known for is an ability to compete in the mid-size family sedan market, a territory that up until now has been dominated by the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. But the new MAZDA6 may find an audience here, offering commendable marks in the areas of interior space, fuel economy and performance, while demonstrating styling both inside and out that takes it to the top of the class.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a family sedan that favors the driving enthusiast, the 2009 MAZDA6's cockpit-like interior, aggressive look, athletic suspension and eager powertrains make this four-door a real eye-opener.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If your idea of the perfect family car is one with a softer ride and limo-like rear-seat room, you might want to look into the Honda Accord, Chrysler 300 or Chevrolet Malibu. While on paper the MAZDA6's interior is numerically larger, the sloping roof and high beltline make it feel, in some ways, a little more cramped.

What's New for 2009

The 2009 MAZDA6 has been completely redesigned from the ground up. Changes go beyond the cosmetic, with two new engine choices, a host of near-luxury like amenities and dimensions that place the MAZDA6 at the top of its segment. By offering the four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission in the Grand Touring trim, Mazda does not penalize drivers who prefer the fuel-efficient four-cylinder over the pricier V6. The new Mazda MAZDA6 is so good that about the only thing we'll miss from the previous generation is the funky five-door hatchback model.

Driving the MAZDA6

Driving Impressions The 2009 Mazda MAZDA6 is sportier than the last generation, with an eager V6 engine and a firm but comfortable suspension that makes the car feel more like a sporty...

coupe than a mid-size family sedan. With more horsepower and torque, the MAZDA6 climbs hills with little effort and approaches freeway speeds in a relatively short time. Mazda increased the structural rigidity and refined the suspension, with part of the benefit being enhanced steering precision and reduced body roll in corners. The tuning improvements are immediately apparent, as the car feels secure through the tightest of turns. In the cabin, there is minimal road and wind noise, which makes for a quiet, if not luxury-car quiet, ride. If we could make one request of the Mazda design team it would be that the comfortable leather seats could do with more aggressive side bolsters. The MAZDA6 looks and feels much sportier than the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, but its interior seems less spacious, and its four-cylinder engine isn't as powerful as those offered in some other Japanese competitors.

3.7-liter V6 engine
Providing 60 more horsepower than the 3.0-liter V6 from the previous-generation MAZDA6, the 3.7-liter V6 propels the car with ease, whether it be darting through intersections or doing some spirited driving.

Blind Spot Monitoring System
A little light on each of the side mirrors indicates when another vehicle is in your blind spot area. And, when the turn signal is on, a beeping sound further indicates that the blind spot isn't clear.

2009 Mazda MAZDA6 Details
2009 Mazda MAZDA6 photo Interior

From the base SV trim level to the top-of-the-line Grand Touring model, the 2009 Mazda MAZDA6's interior has a refined polish and a sense of symmetry unmatched in the mid-sized segment. The comfortable seats are offered in cloth, cloth and leather or full leather trim and are heated on Grand Touring trims. Beyond its generous rear seat knee and legroom, and full complement of front and side-impact airbags, the MAZDA6's interior exudes a feeling of solidity and thoughtful construction. Gauges are clear and easy to read, with colored backlighting that is easy on the eyes. The optional equipment roster reads kind of like a Lexus check-list, and includes such notable features as push-button start, voice-activated navigation and auto-dimming inside and outside mirrors.

Exterior
2009 Mazda MAZDA6 photo

The 2009 MAZDA6 has a sleek new appearance aimed squarely at style-conscious motorists. Borrowing design elements from the RX-8, the MAZDA6 stands out from the rest of the category with a bold front-end design incorporating Mazda's signature five-point grille, angled headlamps, sleek hood-to-fender lines and robust fender flares housing standard 16-inch wheels. The rear fascia has an arched decklid with a subtle lip that accentuates the car's aggressive stance, while little features such as the inset exhaust tips and red and clear LED tail lamps give the car a high-end look that seems at odds with its attractive $20,000 starting price.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The entry-level MAZDA6 SV is nicely equipped and includes a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine, a six-speed manual transmission, power door locks and windows, air conditioning, anti-lock brakes (ABS), automatic headlamps, power mirrors, MP3/SIRIUS satellite-compatible AM/FM/CD stereo with six speakers, 16-inch steel wheels and two 12-volt power outlets. Keeping its occupants safe means standard front, side and side-curtain airbags, LATCH rear child-seat anchors, Dynamic Stability Control and Traction Control.

Optional Equipment

Most of the options are available through the higher trim levels and packages. Some of these features include a 3.7-liter V6 engine, five- or six-speed automatic transmission, a voice-activated navigation system, auxiliary input jack, cruise control, remote keyless entry, push-button start, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, heated seats, power driver and passenger seats, 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels and leather-trimmed seats, steering wheel and shift knob. The "Convenience" package includes dual-zone auto climate control, xenon headlamps, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, Blind Spot Monitoring System and rain-sensing wipers, while the "Moonroof and Bose" package includes a power moonroof and Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound audio with a six-disc CD changer and 10 speakers.

Under the Hood

The new four-cylinder engine in the 2009 Mazda MAZDA6 is increased to 2.5 liters, resulting in more power without sacrificing fuel economy. For the optional V6, Mazda uses the 3.7-liter engine from the CX-9 crossover utility vehicle. As with the four-cylinder engine, Mazda was able to manage a big jump in the MAZDA6's horsepower and torque without causing a significant reduction in fuel economy. Sadly, the wonderful six-speed manual available with the 2.5-liter engine is not offered with the automatic-only V6.

2.5-liter in-line four
170 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
167 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/29 (manual); 21/30 (automatic)

3.7-liter V6
272 horsepower @ 6250 rpm
269 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25

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2009 Mazda MAZDA6 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 196 Ratings for the 2009 - 2013 models.

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  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

I'VE OWNED MAZDA RX7's,626's,Millenia's and MAZDA6

By on Sunday, June 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 39,600

10 9.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "CR REPORTS IT AS ONE OF THE TOP BEST SEDANS;AGREE!"

Cons: "POOR SEATS......POSSIBLE MELTING DASH"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"My Mazda 6 I touring 170 hp is more than enough power for any condition...very quick and super regular gas milage. The seats lack long trip comfort. MY ONLY COMPLAINT: My M6 HAS A MELTING DASHBOARD! Due to the small number of complaints MAZDA CORP has received;they will not recall or repair the condition,since it is out of the 36,000 mile warranty! A really good car."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

This car is low maintanance, reliable, great value

By on Friday, June 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 94,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Have had car since new and has not let me down once. Nothing to do with this car so far except oil changes, air filter, spark plugs and tires. Muffler is still there at 94,000. Breaks great. Love manual shift for hills."

Driver's car that's practical and reliable

By on Monday, June 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 108,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Fun, very reliable, practical, manual available"

Cons: "road noise, factory tires lack grip"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I bought my Mazda 6i Sport new in 2009. I needed a roomy, reliable, affordable, and relatively efficient car, but being an enthusiast, I refused to buy an automatic or anything that wasn't fun to drive. The 6 fit the bill. It's neither fast nor underpowered, but the chassis loves a good twisty road workout, especially with good tires. The factory 16" tires were apparently designed for low rolling resistance and do not have the grip to do justice to the chassis. 18" aftermarket wheels and UHP tires make a huge difference. The body doesn't roll much, the steering is direct, and the car responds to throttle adjustments. The shifter is direct with light but positive throws, and snicks through the gears with little effort. The ratios are close and somewhat short--great for enthusiastic driving, but I wonder if a taller 6th gear would improve highway mileage. 3000-4000 RPM on the highway does mean I don't often have to downshift, and the engine is smooth enough that it's not intrusive. At 6'2", I have plenty of room, and can comfortably fit in the back without moving the driver's seat forward. Controls are well laid out, and the seats are supportive and comfortable, even on 500-600+ mile days. The car has been extremely reliable: Besides normal maintenance, very little has gone wrong: -The low beam headlight bulbs burn out more quickly than I'd expect, and are a pain to change (you have to remove a panel and reach up through the wheel well; you can only access the high beams through the hood). -I had to replace the clutch pedal assembly to get rid of an annoying squeak, but the clutch itself still works well. -I had a few rattles fixed when the car was under warranty. Besides normal maintenance, that's it; nothing else has gone wrong in over 100,000 miles. Here are the other downsides to the car: -As another commenter mentioned, the air vents tend to blow warm air when the air conditioner is off. I often put the windows down when the outside air is in the upper 50s. The A/C itself could be stronger, but given enough time, it does make the cabin comfortable when it's hot outside. Also, it would be nice to have vents for the back seat passengers. -There's a fair amount of road noise, which becomes intrusive on textured pavement. There's very little wind noise and the engine is fairly quiet. -More power would be appreciated, especially with a load and/or at higher altitudes. It feels fairly quick in 1st and 2nd gears and adequate in most situations. The engine isn't particularly special; it doesn't rev quickly or sound great, although it's fine for a family sedan. -Gas mileage ratings are considerably lower than some new cars in its class. If memory serves, it was rated at 20/29 city/highway. I usually see 26-28 in mixed driving and 30-32 with mostly highway driving. With mostly in-town, short trips, it's usually 24-26. Overall, I'd highly recommend this car to buyers looking for a sports sedan without German prices and ownership costs, or for anyone looking at mid-sized sedans. Six years in, people still occasionally comment on the styling, and some think it's a new car. I didn't buy it for the looks, but it doesn't hurt that it's aging gracefully."

Sporty car, great ride, great value.

By on Friday, June 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 91,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, very reliable."

Cons: "Could use a little more sound dampening."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Mazda simply makes high quality and fun to drive cars with great reliability. The motors have timing chains, not belts that have to be replaced at great expense every 80k miles or so. The chasis is sport tuned, rides firmly but comfortably and has very little body sway in curves. Everything is intuitively laid out in the cabin and cockpit. The climate control system works quite well and changing the cabin filter is a breeze. The motor has good power with the 2.5 4-cyl. and does not leave you lacking for power on the interstate highways. I have averaged around 28 mpg during my 90,000+ miles of ownership. The best part is the steering which has great feel and feedback and keeps you pointed straight down the road. You can't go wrong with a Mazda.....this is our 3rd one."

Love my car!

By on Saturday, May 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 57,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Everything - fun to drive and looks great!"

Cons: "Eats tires but that could be my fault!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Handling, power, looks, features - this car has everything I need and want. Mine is black with black rims and is a beautiful vehicle. This the second Mazda I have owned and I will buy Mazda again whenever I am looking for my next car. I have had no issues with the car at all!"

Fun car to drive, min.maintenance, priced right

By on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 89,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "A car that stays longer then you do!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Great car, #2,#3 etc. Moderately priced. Give your 16 y.o. a car on next year's worldwide Kid's Day. You will rock their world at least until they get in college!!!!"

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