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Friday, July 24, 2009

MAZA 6 (2009)

The 2009 Mazda 6 is redesigned, gaining size, freshened styling, and more power. This midsize car now comes exclusively as a 4-door sedan; the previous hatchback and wagon body styles are discontinued. The 2009 6 is about 4 inches longer in wheelbase and 7 inches longer overall than the 2003-2008 generation. Four trim levels are available: SV, Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. Models with the "i" designation receive a new 170-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine; it replaces a 156-hp 2.3-liter 4-cylinder. Models with the "s" prefix get a 272-hp 3.7-liter V6, which replaces a 212-hp 3.0 V6. A 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission is offered with the 4-cylinder, while the V6 pairs with a 6-speed automatic. Both automatics have manual shift capability. Available safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, front side airbags, and curtain side airbags. Optional equipment includes a navigation system, leather upholstery, keyless entry, a sunroof, and a blind-spot monitoring system. This evaluation is based on preview test drives.
Consumer Guide Automotive places each vehicle into one of 18 classes based on size, price, and market position. Midsize Cars represent the heart of the U.S. car market. Most are price-sensitive, conservatively designed, family-oriented sedans and wagons. Our Best Buys include the Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Accord, and Kia Rondo. Our Recommended picks are the Hyundai Sonata, Mazda 5, Saturn Aura, Toyota Camry, and Toyota Prius.New or significantly redesigned models include the Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Mazda 6, Mitsubishi Galant, and Nissan Maxima.

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