The Mazda6 is the best-looking, best-handling and most refined mid-size sedan available even before these updates.
But two areas kept the car from being a world-beater: the cabin design and a slightly unexciting exterior in the lower and cheaper trim levels. Yes, the Grand Touring had big wheels and LED accents, making the most of the absolutely gorgeous core design. The Mazda6 in every trim now looks like it should costs $50,000, versus only the GT giving that impression before.
Both issues are resolved for 2015 with a sweeping enhancement to the design and content of a long-time favorite family sedan.
This has been a big year for mid-size sedan redesigns — with your humble scribe spending time in many of them.
How would we rank the class of 2015 if spending our own money? These are engine-specific in the case of the Camry and Sonata – both of which are too slow as base four-cylinders to be considered.
2. Subaru Legacy
The above are the only ones we would buy with our own cash, but the list continues…:
3. Toyota Camry V6
4. Honda Accord Sport
5. Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0T
6. Volkswagen Passat
7. Chevy Malibu Turbo
8. Nissan Altima V6
9. Ford Fusion
10. Chrysler 200
Probably forgetting one or two dreadful other ones, but there you have it. Mazda6 on top.
Here are two drive videos describing what made the 2014 Mazda6 so amazing.
A major refresh to Mazda’s flagship model
The refreshed Mazda6 makes its world debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Nov 19, 2014
Debuting in 2012 as the flagship model in Mazda’s new-generation product lineup, Mazda6 earned high acclaim in markets around the world thanks to the alluring vitality of the KODO—Soul of Motion design language and SKYACTIV Technology’s balance of driving pleasure, environmental performance and safety. This round’s update aims to fully respond to customer expectations and Mazda went to extraordinary lengths to bring new levels of depth and maturity to every aspect of the model. In addition to an innovative interior design, the updated refreshed Mazda6 offers the customer greater sophistication and value with enhanced exterior design, functionality, ride comfort, quietness, and safety.
The 2016 Mazda6 features the following enhancements. Bold changes to the shape of the instrument panel and floor console give the interior a fresh new look. It fuses a driver-oriented cockpit design, based on Mazda’s unique Heads-up Cockpit concept, with a roomy front seat passenger environment. In addition, thorough attention was paid to minimizing gaps between parts and achieving an overall unified appearance, significantly enhancing the feeling of quality as befits the flagship model in the Mazda product lineup. Exterior features include a new front grille and signature wing design. These combine with new LED headlamps to create a bold and elegant expression that leaves a distinct impression of the evolution of the brand. Detailed refinements to dynamic performance include improved sound insulation throughout the body and improved front and rear seat performance. These enhancements yield a quieter and more comfortable riding experience, as befits the flagship model of Mazda’s range of new-generation products.
Further refined KODO design creates a bolder new exterior
Mazda6 gave form to the TAKERI concept car and is a pure expression of Mazda’s KODO design language. The design fused intellect, elegance and an emotional, dynamic shape to realize a strong presence as the flagship model. It earned high acclaim as a result, including being named a Top 3 Finalist for the 2013 World Car Design of the Year award.
For this round’s update, particular effort was dedicated to further polishing Mazda6’s award-winning design and to creating a deeper, stronger design expression. This includes the added texture and enhanced three-dimensionality of the front grille and signature wing; the strong sense of vitality of the new headlamps that look like eyes gazing straight ahead; and the new design expression created by the signature wing illumination. While the sophisticated air born of KODO design remains, the refreshed Mazda6 marks an evolution to a bolder and more elegant expression that lends it stronger presence as the flagship model and clearly conveys the further evolution of the brand.
- The fins on the front grille, which feature a stronger look of horizontal flow, combine with the dynamic shape and three-dimensionality of the signature wing to create a bolder front face with an elegant look.
- The LED lighting signature of the rear combination lamps gives the rear view a sharp, taut look.
- The new compact shark fin antenna accents the vehicle’s flowing form and stylish looks.
- The 19-inch aluminum wheel with high-gloss paint adopts a darker color that emphasizes the brightness and greater depth of its metallic look.
- The lineup of nine body colors includes the newly developed Sonic Silver Metallic and Titanium Flash Mica, which was first introduced on Mazda3.
Interior Design & Functions