2015 Mazda 6
As one of the most impressive mid-size sedans, the 2015 Mazda 6 is possibly the best bet in the class. The new design made in accordance with Mazda Kodo styling language made the Mazda 6 as appealing and aggressive as some premium cars. However, this is not a premium car if you look at its price. It is clearly a nice alternative to the Honda Accord, the Ford Fusion, the Nissan Altima or any other car in the midsize segment.
One of the most important advantages the 2015 Mazda 6 is known for in comparison with other vehicles from the segment is its engaging driving characteristics. Properly equipped with 19 inch wheels and nice tires, as well as with stiff suspension, the Mazda 6 is by far the most entertaining mid-sized sedan in class. Moreover, the base engine in it is possibly the best in class. A 2,5 liter petrol unit developing 184 HP and 185 pound ft of torque is at the upper end of similarly priced sedans. However, the Mazda 6 actually lacks engine options. This 2.5 liter engine for the 2015 Mazda 6 is the only choice and, regardless of its refinement, power output or fuel efficiency, the Mazda 6 would do much better with a larger and more powerful V6 or at least a turbocharged four banger.
Nevertheless, this engine provides the rather large Mazda 6 with brisk acceleration. 7.6 seconds are needed for the Mazda 6 to hit 60 mph which is almost in line with the hot hatchbacks from Europe. Despite the brisk acceleration, EPA reported that the fuel consumption is at combined 30 mpgs when the Mazda is not equipped with the i-Eloop function. i-Eloop is basically a regeneration hardware which converts the kinetic energy to electricity and it enables the Mazda to use even less fuel in comparison to the standard version. Official data for the Mazda 6 Grand Touring equipped with the i-Eloop are estimated at 32 mpg combined which is rather extraordinary for the car of this type and this size.
Amazingly, the above average driving capabilities are closely followed with top notch interior quality and luxury equipment. The 2015 Mazda 6 does not feature all luxury amenities like, let’s say, the Kia Optima, but it clearly has its advantages in that segment as well.
Base version dubbed Sport includes 17 inch alloys, air conditioning system, sound system with USB ports, cruise control and full-on one touch powered windows. With the Automatic transmission on board, Sport trim level includes a better audio system, 5,8 inch touchscreen and host of other modern features such as voice control, Internet connection and other.
Higher trim levels offer much more. 19 inch wheels are standard on every other trim level and the equipment includes leather seats, dual zone air conditioning, TomTom navigation system, Bose audio system, bi-xenon headlights, LED daily lights and many other modern safety features.
All in all, the 2015 Mazda 6 is possibly the best bet in the segment. It is a car that will suffice anybody with the family transportation issues, it has engaging driving characteristics despite its front wheel drive layout and it is equipped with one of the most refined engines in the class. The only disadvantages might be the harsh ride due to stiff suspension and the old gen infotainment system.