Mazda redesigned the popular Mazda 6 this year, and like most redesigned cars, the 6 grew up. While commonplace these days, I was a little disappointed to see that the Mazda 6 grew so much – it’s now 6.9 inches longer, 2.3 inches wider, and 150 lbs heavier than the 2008 model. It’s now larger, more spacious, softer riding, more comfortable, and all-around more refined. None of those are bad things.
The tough spot comes when you remember that we’re talking about the Mazda 6, and not the Toyota Camry. The 6 was supposed to be the zoom-zoom sporty family sedan – the car that a guy can enjoy to drive, while still meeting the needs of his family. It still fits the bill there, though the Nissan Altima does a much better job of meshing those two functions.
2009 Mazda 6 Specs
- 170 HP 2.5 liter 4 cylinder engine
- Optional 272 HP 3.7 liter V6
- 6 speed manual / speed automatic transmission
- Curb weight: 3258 lbs
- EPA Says: 20 MPG city / 29 MPG highway ( Manual 4 cylinder )
2009 Mazda 6 Reviews
Edmunds reviews the 2009 Mazda 6 and has this to say – ‘Wait a minute, you’re saying — how could the "zoom-zoom" family sedan fail to be the sportiest car in its class? Three reasons: The Altima’s considerably lighter, its body motions are better controlled and its steering is tighter and more communicative. But so what? As the previous 6 demonstrated (and the Toyota Camry continues to demonstrate), top-notch driving dynamics do not a best-selling family sedan make. What the new 6 offers is the coveted combination of American-style size and power, along with above-average handling for those who care about that sort of thing.’
Car and Driver reviews the 2009 Mazda 6 and has this to say – ‘As this mid-size class matures along with its customers—Mazda looks hopefully toward the 50-to-54-year-olds now—the machinery drifts inevitably toward practiced competence instead of passion, appliances for the road. The Camry has been there for years. The latest Accord comes close. The Altima, alone, still fits in sports clothes. Now comes a new Mazda 6 promising the most difficult of all straddles—refined manners and appointments overlaid on high-spirited reflexes.’
Motor Trend reviews the 2009 Mazda 6 and has this to say – ‘Smoothness and quietness-as well as basic vehicle dynamics-have been elevated to an entirely different plane. Power to weight is improved with both engines, although the relative difference is far greater in the V-6 and should drop 0-to-60 mph times for "s" models into the sixes. While lacking that level of straight-line enthusiasm, the new four is impressive in its own right, even matched with the autoshifter. As in the past, that combo should dominate the Mazda6 mix, in either Sport or Touring guise.’
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