2016 Mazda6 gets a fresher face and new tech touches

By Bob Nagy on November 19, 2014 8:27 AM

Rolling onto the scene in Los Angeles, the revamped 2016 Mazda Mazda6 puts on a new face and adds more refinement to make it more competitive against rivals like the Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata and Toyota Camry. The remake starts with subtle exterior changes. Restyled headlamps impart a more focused look and are now linked by a pair of bright "wings" that extend from the lower grille surround. At the rear, new LED combination lamps have a similar effect, while the 19-inch alloys fitted to Mazda6 Touring/Grand Touring models get a new finish. 

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The more meaningful upgrades to Mazda's mid-size flagship sedan are found inside. Improved levels of fit and finish are matched with new trim choices and a redesigned dash and console. Like the upgraded CX-5, the 2016 Mazda6 also benefits from recast seats that add comfort and support, better insulation that significantly reduces outside noise under all driving conditions and a space-saving electronic parking brake. On the tech front, the uprated Mazda6 offers a freestanding 7.0-inch multifunction center and head-up displays similar to the setup introduced on the latest Mazda3. Also new is the next-gen Mazda Connect in-car telematics/connectivity system that works with the driver's smartphone. 

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No changes have been made to the 2.5-liter SkyActiv-G 4-cylinder gasoline engine which continues to crank out 184 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque in Mazda6 Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trims. While the 6-speed manual transmission is a carryover, the 6-speed automatic adds new Drive Selection capability with Sport mode that can toggle between standard programming and more aggressive throttle response/shift logic mapping. Alas, there's still no definitive word on when we'll finally see a Mazda6 with a SkyActiv turbodiesel underhood. The 2016 Mazda Mazda6 is due in showrooms early next year with pricing announced closer to its on-sale date. 

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