2006 mazda 6 sport specs

2006 mazda 6 sport specs DEFAULT

Mazda 6

Improved for , the Mazda 6 is the sports sedan of front-drive midsize cars. While the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord are designed for mass appeal or, stated more cynically, for people who don&#;t like cars, the Mazda 6 is designed for the driving enthusiast. Mazda6, as the company calls it, is not for everyone, and that&#;s just fine with Mazda.

The Mazda 6 looks leaner than its competitors and the driving experience backs that up with agile handling and responsive engines. The Mazda 6 feels tighter in corners and holds the road better than Camry, Accord or Nissan Altima. It&#;s lighter on its feet and stops quicker. In short, it&#;s a better driver&#;s car. Four-cylinder and V6 engines are available, each available with five-speed manual gearboxes or five- or six-speed automatics.

The Mazda 6 comes in sporty 5-Door hatchback and Sport Wagon styles in addition to the four-door Sports Sedan. The 5-Door excels at carrying cargo, yet it doesn&#;t look like a hatchback; in fact, it takes a sharp eye to distinguish it from the sedan. The wagon is truly a sport wagon, better than the hatchback in terms of driving enjoyment, and it offers excellent cargo-hauling versatility with a flat cargo area when the seats are folded and practical features such as a dog fence and a cargo net integrated into the cargo cover.

The model year brings revisions to the entire Mazda 6 line. Mild styling revisions give it a cleaner look. New front seats are designed for greater comfort and support, new cloth fabrics, a new center console, new door panels, and other features make the cabin more comfortable and more convenient. The liter V6 offers slightly more torque for , improving performance off the line and improving drivability by making the engine more tractable. Fuel economy has been improved for both engines, and the four-cylinder engine used on Mazda 6i models is available with a new five-speed automatic, replacing the old four-speed. The brakes have been upgraded for with bigger ventilated front disc brakes designed to reduce stopping distances, resist brake fade and improve pedal feel. Also, inch wheels and tires are available.

The new Mazdaspeed6 is a turbocharged, all-wheel-drive sedan carefully tuned by Mazda&#;s performance division. The Mazdaspeed6 offers impressive levels of performance and handling yet we found it sufficiently comfortable for the daily commute. All-wheel drive helps tame its horsepower turbocharged engine, its close-ratio six-speed manual gearbox is remarkable for its easy, smooth-shifting action, and its suspension is firm but not unbearably so. It comes with sporty fabric or leather upholstery and other luxury features. Think of it as an alternative to the Audi A4 quattro or BMW xi.

The Mazda 6 earned product awards and accolades from the motoring press for its handling, performance and sports appeal, yet its relative obscurity means you won&#;t likely see it in your neighbor&#;s driveway. Driving one of these means you&#;re something of a non-conformist, and the variety of body styles adds to this distinction. For those of us who like cars, that&#;s a good thing.

Model Lineup

The Mazda 6 comes in four-door sedan, five-door hatchback, and five-door wagon body styles. Several levels of trim are available. Mazda 6i models come with a horsepower liter four-cylinder engine; 6s models are powered by a horsepower liter V6. All Mazda 6 models are well equipped.

The 6i sedan ($19,) comes standard with air conditioning; cruise control; six-speaker AM/FM/CD audio; tilt and telescope leather-wrapped steering wheel; leather wrapped shift knob; power windows, mirrors and door locks with remote keyless entry; and inch steel wheels. A five-speed manual transmission is standard; a five-speed automatic ($) is optional. A convenience package ($1,) adds an eight-way power driver&#;s seat with manual lumbar, inch alloy wheels with P/50R17 all-season tires, and an anti-theft alarm.

Safety features that come standard on all models include ABS, traction control, and advanced dual-stage front airbags. Side-impact and side-curtain airbags ($) are optional.

Moving up to the 6i Sport sedan ($21,) and 6i Sport hatchback ($22,) adds the front side-impact and side-curtain airbags, the eight-way power driver&#;s seat, fog lights, bright-tip exhaust outlets, side-sill extensions and a wing-type rear spoiler. Wheels and tires upgrade to P/50VR17 on inch aluminum rims. The hatchback comes with a rear wiper and washer.

The 6i Grand Touring sedan ($24,) comes with leather upholstery, heated power driver&#;s seat, the Bose stereo, heated mirrors, power glass sunroof, and red-illuminated electroluminescent gauges. Grand Touring comes standard with the five-speed automatic transmission (a manual transmission is not available). The Sport bits are dropped, but are available as options.

The Mazda 6s models are identically equipped to their 6i counterparts, except they come with the V6 engine. This goes for the 6s sedan ($23,) and 6s wagon ($23,); 6s Sport sedan ($23,), 6s Sport hatchback ($24,), and 6s Sport wagon ($24,). The standard transmission is a five-speed manual; a six-speed automatic is optional ($). The 6s Grand Touring sedan ($27,) and 6s Grand Touring wagon ($27,) come standard with the six-speed automatic.

For , a new Grand Sport package combines features of Grand Touring and Sport models and comes with high-intensity discharge headlamps for superior illumination and lower maintenance.

The new MazdaSpeed6 ($27,), a high-performance version of the Mazda 6 sedan, powered by a direct-injection liter four-cylinder engine turbocharged to horsepower and pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission, electronically controlled all-wheel drive, electronic stability control, and enhanced brakes and suspension complete the package. The MazdaSpeed6 is available in Sport or Grand Touring trim. Both come with the Bose audio.

Options for all Mazda 6 models include a navigation system ($2,), an in-dash 6CD player ($), a cassette player ($), and a long list of accessories.

Walkaround

The Mazda 6 is the sportiest of the midsize sedans. Visually, it has more personality than the Accord and other midsize cars. It has a strong front-end treatment that's consistent with other Mazdas. Cat's-eye headlamps and big, multi-element tail lamps enhance the action at each corner of the car.

The Mazda 6 benefits from a kind of muscular conservatism inside and out. Everything in, on and under this car makes sense, and it all looks good doing it. The relationship of the lower body to the upper body looks perfect, yet the roof shape is designed for people, not for style. Its sporty profile makes the Mazda 6 look smaller than it is.

brings some styling revisions to the Mazda 6 line. New headlamps, revised tail lamps, new front and rear bumper fascia, and new side sills add more edge to the styling. Fog lamps are incorporated into the front spoiler. A new sport grille, dark gray headlamp bezels, and a rear spoiler add distinction for top-line models. Also, inch wheels have been added to the options list. Bright Island Blue and Tungsten Gray have been added to the color palette for , and we really liked the new Dark Cherry, which will be mistaken for black in some lighting conditions.

The shape of the Mazda 6 is truly fetching when painted a hot color and accented by Sport-level trim, which includes a body-color front grille, gray headlight bezels, clear-lens halogen fog lamps, dual oval exhaust outlets, front and rear air dams, and side sill extensions. These bits are also available on base and Grand Touring models. The outside door handles are well designed and easy to grab.

The 5-Door hatchback features an extended rear roof pillar sloping rearward into a raised deck lid. As Mazda says, it looks fast even when standing still. Casual observers may not notice the difference between the 5-Door and the sedan.

The Sport Wagon looks sleek, clean and aggressive, if not as overtly sporty as the hatchback.

The new MazdaSpeed6 is distinguished by its slightly lowered stance and by its exclusive front fenders, hood, and grille, among other body panels. An aerodynamic front bumper and lower grille section hint at high performance, while flared side skirts draw attention to inch aluminum wheels. A rear bumper with built-in diffuser for the integrated exhaust pipe combines with a compact, functional rear lip spoiler to finish off the exterior package.

Of the three body styles, the sedan offers the stiffest structure. The wagon has a stiffer chassis than the 5-Door due to the large rear opening of the hatchback. The Mazdaspeed6 offers the stiffest body structure, 50 percent stiffer than the standard sedan due to extensive reinforcements. A stiff chassis is a key element to achieving sharp handling and a smooth ride.

Interior Features

The front seats of the Mazda 6 are comfortable through a wide range of adjustments and have been improved for We found them suitable for hard driving, with good upper body support and enough lower back support with the optional lumbar adjuster for all-day comfort. The leather Package adds cowhide to all the right places, with thankful perforations on the seating surfaces.

The Mazda 6 interior is designed to be comfortable for front and rear passengers in the 95th percentile of all body shapes. The rear seats are quite comfortable, whether in the sedan, hatchback or wagon. There's more than 96 cubic feet of useable space inside the Mazda 6 sedan, according to the EPA measuring system, and that translates to plenty of room for four. You can squeeze in five in a pinch.

The interior design is complemented by carbon fiber, titanium and body-color finishes. The optional electroluminescent gauges are illuminated in red light, but are conventional white-on-black during the day, with nice, large and pleasing graphics. Switchgear is labeled well, legible during the day and illuminated in red at night. The heating/air conditioning system is easily controlled by three big knobs. The Bose radio does not look upscale, however, with shiny black buttons that are flush-mounted and similar in appearance. The seat heater switches are tucked away on the center console, however. Lots of open and covered storage is available, and the seat pockets and door pockets are huge. Cup holders are provided in the front and rear center consoles as well as in the door pockets.

The MazdaSpeed6 features exclusive bucket seats up front, scuff plates with stainless-steel inserts, and aluminum pedals. We found them comfortable and supportive both in leather and cloth. The cloth interior is a nice mix of fabrics, with durable looking seat bolsters and attractive door fabrics. A limited-edition model we drove had striking black and white leather with beautiful black cherry exterior paint. The available Advanced Keyless Entry and Start System allows owners to open locked doors and activate the ignition just by having the electronic key with them.

The trunk of the sedan measures cubic feet, and the compact, lateral-link rear suspension allows for a perfectly flat trunk floor. The trunk lid is designed with hinges that do not impinge on the storage space. The standard 60/40 split rear seat folds to expand luggage space. The release levers are in the trunk for security and the seat backs are spring-loaded so they fold instantly with just one pull of the release. The Mazdaspeed6 sacrifices fold-down rear seats for increased body rigidity.

The 5-Door hatchback has a rear liftgate that opens to reveal a covered cargo compartment with cubic feet of space, nearly 50 percent more than that of the sedan. Cargo space more than doubles to cubic feet when the rear seats are folded, nearly as much as the wagon. The 60/40 split seats fold with the touch of a button and no need to remove the head rests revealing a nearly flat cargo floor. Cargo tie-downs and two hidden compartments in the side panels add versatility.

The Sport Wagon offers cubic feet of luggage space with the rear seats up and a generous cubic feet with them folded. Open the liftgate and you can stand fully upright, a really nice feature and a pleasant surprise the first time you discover it. Adding greatly to the wagon's utility are a retractable cargo cover shade and a barrier-type net, or dog fence, that emerges from the floor and attaches to the interior roof. Tie-down hooks are provided to secure your cargo.

Driving Impressions

When it comes to sporty handling, the Mazda 6 is among the best in the class. It offers better road holding than the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Nissan Altima, as well as better transient response in quick lane-change maneuvers. The Mazda 6 just feels sharper and more agile than those other cars.

Zoom-zoom is in plentiful supply regardless of which model you choose. The four-cylinder Mazda 6i is a hoot to drive. Order it with the five-speed manual and the fun zone starts at about rpm, where the engine is very responsive. The liter, double-overhead-cam engine loves to rev and acceleration is on par with that of other four-cylinder mid-size sedans. The Honda Accord may be a little quicker, but the Mazda feels younger and sportier. Below rpm, however, the four-cylinder lacks strong throttle response. We like it best with the manual gearbox, but we have not tried it with the new five-speed automatic. The manual shifter felt mushy to us at first, but that initial impression quickly faded and we found it fun to shift. Four-cylinder models with automatic transmission are classified as Partial Zero Emissions Vehicles, or PZEVs.

The liter V6 in the Mazda 6s greatly increases the fun. It benefits from continuously variable valve timing (VVT) for its intake camshaft, providing strong torque at low rpm, a willingness to rev, good gas mileage, and nice sounds from the air intake and dual exhausts. The Mazda V6 doesn't feel like it has as much low-rpm torque as the Toyota and Honda V6s, but it loves to rev and it's a lot of fun to drive. Mazda retuned the V6 slightly for lower emissions for and says tractability has been improved. Torque has been increased to pound-feet at rpm (from ). Rated horsepower has dropped by five to horsepower. Mazda 6i models with manual transmissions are certified as Low Emissions Vehicles, or LEVs.

The six-speed automatic is really smooth, yet shifting is crisp. All those gears provide improved gear spacing for the V6, keeping it in its power band under all circumstances. Having six forward gears allowed Mazda engineers to select low ratios for first and second to maximize off-the-line acceleration, tall top gears for effortless cruising, and mid-range gears optimized for snappy acceleration from highway speeds. The Sport Shift mode allows the driver to shift manually by pulling back to upshift, pushing forward to downshift.

Handling is excellent. The Mazda 6 doesn't lean much in corners, body roll being nicely controlled by the front and rear anti-roll bars. The Mazda 6 comes standard with a sports suspension with double wishbones up front and a lateral-link layout in the rear and coil springs all around. Tires on the base sedans are generously sized at /60VR16, with beefier /50VR17s on V6, Sport and Grand Touring models, including all hatchbacks and wagons. And inch wheels and tires are available. Both engines are made of aluminum to keep the Mazda 6 from getting too heavy, which it isn't, at pounds for the V6 automatic sedan.

Grip is tenacious, right up to the point where the front end pushes, telling you to lighten up, and this understeer doesn't occur until you've reached competition-level speeds. Other mid-size sedans lose grip far sooner than the Mazda 6. The amount of power-steering assist backs off the faster you go, to give good road feel, although it's still on the light side at high speeds.

Though it's more fun to drive, the Mazda 6 doesn't feel quite as refined as the Accord. Ride quality is generally good, bit it can get a little jouncy on certain types of pavement and some road vibration comes through. Road noise is relatively pronounced on broken pavement, especially with the Sport trim. Wind noise comes through as well; we noticed this was particularly true with Sport trim and suspect the aerodynamic enhancements may be the cause. None of this is as uncomfortable as it sounds when

Summary

The Mazda 6 is the sports sedan of the mainstream midsize cars. It boasts style, agility and performance. In short, it's more fun to drive than other cars in this class. It's a great choice for someone who wants a more exciting car. The sedan offers the best handling. The hatchback and wagon offer the same driving excitement with increased versatility. The Mazdaspeed6 a special factory performance car with a turbocharged engine and all-wheel drive that's fun for charging down back roads yet comfortable for everyday driving.

NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent Jim McCraw reported from Detroit, with Mitch McCullough reporting from Laguna Beach, California.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Mazda 6i sedan ($19,); 6i Sport sedan ($21,); 6i Grand Touring sedan ($24,); 6i Grand Sport sedan ($25,); 6s sedan ($23,); 6s Sport sedan ($23,); 6s Grand Touring sedan ($27,); 6s Grand Sport sedan ($27,); 6i Sport hatchback ($22,); 6s Sport hatchback ($24,); 6s Grand Sport hatchback ($27,); 6s wagon ($23,), 6s Sport wagon ($24,); 6s Grand Touring wagon ($27,); 6s Grand Sport wagon ($27,); MazdaSpeed6 sedan ($27,)
Engines:hp liter dohc valve inline-4; hp liter dohc valve V6; hp liter dohc valve turbocharged direct injection inline-4
Transmissions:5-speed manual; 6-speed manual; 5-speed automatic; 6-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):dual-stage front airbags, ABS, EBD, traction control
Safety equipment (optional):side-impact airbags, side-curtain airbags, stability control
Basic warranty:4 years/50, miles
Assembled in:Flat Rock, Michigan; Hofu, Japan (Mazdaspeed6)
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Mazda 6s Sport Sedan ($23,)
Standard equipment:V6 engine; ABS; EBD; traction control; air conditioning; cruise control; six-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo; power windows, mirrors and door locks with remote keyless entry; leather-wrapped steering wheel with tilt and telescope adjustments; inch aluminum road wheels; perimeter anti-theft alarm; dual-stage front airbags; side airbags and side-curtain airbags; power trunk release; dual volt power outlets; front and rear dual map lights; halogen fog lamps, dual oval exhaust outlets, front and rear air dams, side sill extensions, wing-type deck lid spoiler
Options as tested (MSPR):auto-dimming mirror with compass and HomeLink ($)
Destination charge:$
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$
Layout:front-wheel drive
Engine:liter dohc valve V6
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm): @
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm): @
Transmission:5-speed manual
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:19/26 mpg
Wheelbase: in.
Length/width/height:// in.
Track, f/r:/ in.
Turning circle: ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:// in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:// in.
Cargo volume: cu. ft.
Payload:N/A
Towing capacity:N/A
Suspension, f:independent, upper and lower wishbones, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Suspension, r:independent, E-type multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Ground clearance: in.
Curb weigth: lbs.
Tires:P/50VR17
Brakes, f/r:vented disc/solid disc, with ABS and EBD; traction control
Fuel capacity: gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of November 1, Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: - www.mazdausa.com
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Mazda MAZDA6 Specifications

4-Door Sedan Grand Sport i Automatic

4-Door Sedan Grand Sport s Automatic

4-Door Sedan Grand Sport s Manual

4-Door Sedan Grand Touring Mazdaspeed

4-Door Sedan Grand Touring i Automatic

4-Door Sedan Grand Touring s Automatic

4-Door Sedan Sport Mazdaspeed

4-Door Sedan Sport i Automatic

4-Door Sedan Sport i Manual

4-Door Sedan Sport s Automatic

4-Door Sedan Sport s Manual

4-Door Sedan i Automatic

4-Door Sedan i Manual

4-Door Sedan s Automatic

4-Door Sedan s Manual

5-Door HB Grand Sport s Automatic

5-Door HB Grand Sport s Manual

5-Door HB Sport i Automatic

5-Door HB Sport i Manual

5-Door HB Sport s Automatic

5-Door HB Sport s Manual

5-Door Wgn Grand Sport s Automatic

5-Door Wgn Grand Sport s Manual

5-Door Wgn Grand Touring s Automatic

5-Door Wgn Sport s Automatic

5-Door Wgn Sport s Manual

5-Door Wgn s Automatic

5-Door Wgn s Manual

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The exterior design is now sharper and even sportier, while the cabin is more comfortable with even higher levels of craftsmanship. Mechanically, the V6 engine is more tractable and economical, while a new five-speed automatic transmission on the four-cylinder imodel delivers better performance and gas mileage. Suspension is retuned for even more dynamic handling, while new larger inch wheels, for improved handling and road holding, are offered as well.

The MAZDA 6 is available in three body styles: Sports Sedan, Sport Wagon and 5-Door. It&#;s the most extensive line-up in the mid-size category and all three body styles benefit from the upgrades.

&#;The freshening and mechanical improvements will further improve the customer&#;s perception of style and quality,&#; says Eiji Oyama, MAZDA 6 vehicle line manager for Mazda North American Operations. &#;The MAZDA 6 &#;s unique competitive advantage is its sports-sedan position, and updates for further emphasize that advantage over the competition. Thanks to three different body styles, and the availability of four-cylinder and V6 engines, manual or automatic transmissions, the car that delivers the sportiest driving experience in its sector is even more desirable.&#;

The MAZDA 6 set new standards for performance, driver appeal and styling when it was launched three years ago. As a vehicle that married sports performance with refinement and practicality, it has proved a huge sales success and picked up more than 70 awards for automotive excellence.

There are two MAZDA 6 models: the four-cylinder i version and the V6-powered s. Each is available in one of four different packages: entry-level, Sport, Grand Touring and - new for - Grand Sport. Another new model for is the entry-level V6-powered s, giving value-conscious buyers the opportunity to drive Mazda&#;s superb V6 engine at the most affordable price ever.

Also new for is a top-of-the-line MAZDASPEED 6 sedan powered by a turbocharged horsepower four-cylinder engine offering all-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission. (See separate release.)

No other manufacturer offers a more complete lineup of luxury and performance sedans, sport wagons and five-door models in the midsize class.

A GREAT LOOKING CAR NOW LOOKS EVEN SPORTIER

Customers loved the look of the MAZDA 6 , so Mazda designers were cautious about making too many changes.

The familiar pointed nose and sharp styling has been accented with a new sport grille on some models and angular new headlamps across the range. The headlamps on the Sport and Grand Sport packages use dark gray bezels. New for on MAZDA 6s Grand Sport package are High Intensity Discharge (HID) lamps for superior illumination and lower maintenance. The front bumper also is new, and helps give even more edge to the styling. Foglamps are incorporated into the front spoiler. New side sills highlight the &#;hug-the-road&#; quality of the MAZDA 6 &#;s style, while a trunk spoiler is standard on Sport and Grand Sport versions.

Revised tail lamps - using black bezels on the Sport and Grand Sport - and a new rear bumper on all models underline the sports-oriented changes. For the first time on a MAZDA 6 , inch wheels are now available on the s Grand Touring and Grand Sport packages, further improving the sporty appearance and also improving traction and road holding.

With the model year also come three new exterior colors: Dark Cherry, Bright Island Blue and Tungsten Gray.

IMPROVED PERFORMANCE ACROSS THE SERIES

The range-topping liter V6 engine has been noted for its strong performance and refinement, and now gets a torque boost from to lb-ft (at 5, rpm). The change makes the engine even more tractable and the car easier to drive, and also will improve off- the-line performance. In addition, fuel economy is improved by one mile per gallon on both manual and automatic vehicles. Because of changes to the exhaust system to boost torque, maximum horsepower is reduced slightly from horsepower to horsepower (at 6, rpm).

As before, the V6 is mated to either a five-speed manual gearbox or six-speed Sport A/T automatic with manual shift. The MAZDA 6 is in the only vehicle in the class to be offered with a six-speed automatic transmission. The wide number of ratios improves performance, drivability, smoothness and gas mileage. The tall top gear also improves comfort and quietness on the freeway, while a short first gear gives aggressive off-the-line performance. These are all examples of MAZDA 6 &#;s sports-first philosophy.

The liter four-cylinder (I-4) engine used on the MAZDA 6i models continues as before, producing horsepower at 6, rpm and lb-ft of torque at 4, rpm. This highly sophisticated engine is all-aluminum (like the V6 engine), uses double overhead camshafts and 16 valves (for excellent engine breathing and smooth revving). Smoothness and refinement are enhanced by the use of a balance shaft, helping make this four-cylinder engine almost as smooth as a reliable six-cylinder unit.

The liter engine is specified with Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) equipment in the four states that require California emissions (NH, Mass., NY and VT). This makes the liter engine percent cleaner than the average new car. Evaporative emissions are completely eliminated by re-engineering the exhaust plumbing, repositioning the first catalytic converter and eco-friendly Electronic Control Unit (ECU) programming.

For , i models are available with a new five-speed Sport AT automatic transmission with manual shift mode, replacing the previous four-speed unit. The extra gear ratio improves acceleration, cruising refinement and fuel economy (24 mpg city, 32 mpg highway - which is 1 mpg and 4 mpg respectively better than the model). Of course the MAZDA 6 i also is available with a five-speed manual gearbox.

Other improvements for the MAZDA 6 for include bigger ventilated front disc brakes - up from inches to inches - to further cut stopping distances, resist brake fade and improve pedal feel. Solid inch disc brakes are used at the rear. As before, anti-lock brakes (ABS) are standard - to cut stopping distances, allow drivers to steer when braking hard, and to stop skids. Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) automatically balances front-to-rear braking forces, irrespective of the vehicle&#;s load. Electronic traction control, which minimizes wheel spin in poor weather or slippery conditions, is standard across the range.

Secondary safety features include Triple-H body construction, which gives superb strength to the unitary construction body, front and rear side door beams, three-point seat belts for all five occupants, dual front airbags, and front and rear whiplash-reducing head restraints. Side airbags and side-curtain bags are standard on all models apart from the entry level iversion, on which they&#;re optional.

The keyless entry has remote locking/unlocking, automatic opening and closing of the front windows (a new feature for ), a trunk release and a panic button.

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Front Anti-Roll Bar

Front stabilizer bar

Front Suspension

Front independent suspension

Front Tires (Option)

P/50R17

Power Steering

Variable power assisted rack and pinion steering

Rear Anti-Roll Bar

Rear stabilizer bar

Rear Suspension

Rear independent suspension

Spare Tire

Compact spare tire

Wheel Type (Option)

17'' alloy wheels

Wheel Type

16" steel wheels with covers

DriveTrain

Front-wheel drive

Engine.Name

L L4 DOHC 16 valves

Traction Control (Option)

Yes

Transmission (Option)

5 speed automatic transmission with manual mode

Transmission

5 speed manual transmission

Air Conditionning

Air conditioning

Antenna

Roof mounted flexible antenna

Courtesy Dome Light

Front door courtesy lamps

Driver Vanity Mirror

Illuminated driver vanity mirror

Front Wipers

Variable intermittent wipers

Fuel Door Operation

Remote fuel door release

Interior Air Filter

Microfilter

Number of Speakers

6 speakers

Passenger Vanity Mirror

Illuminated passenger vanity mirror

Reading Light

Front and rear reading lamps

Rear Heating

Rear heater ducts

Rear View Mirror

Day/night rear vew mirror

Remote Audio Controls (Option)

Steering wheel mounted audio controls

Steering Wheel Adjustment

Tilt and telescopic steering wheel

Trunk/Hatch Operation

Remote trunk hatch release

Bumper Colour

Body-color bumpers

Door Handles

Body-color door handles

Exterior Decoration

Dual chrome exhaust tips

Exterior Mirror Colour

Body-color exteror mirrors

Front Fog Lights (Option)

Fog lights

Grille

Black grille with chrome trim

Headlight Type

Halogen headlamps

Headlights.AutoOff

Auto-off headlamps

Heated Exterior Mirrors

Yes

Power Exterior Mirrors

Yes

Side-Body Trim

Body-color side mouldings

Tinted Glass

Tinted windows

Door Trim

Cloth door trim

Floor Covering

Carpet floor covering

Floor Mats

Front and rear floor mats

Folding Rear Seats

60/40 split rear folding bench

Front Center Armrest

Front armrest with storage

FrontSeats.ActiveHeadrests

Front active headrests

FrontSeats.DriverHeight

Height adjustable driver seat

FrontSeats.DriverLombar (Option)

Driver lumbar support

FrontSeats.DriverPowerSeats (Option)

8 way power driver seat

FrontSeats.FrontSeatBackStorage

Front seatback map pocket

FrontSeats.FrontSeatType

Front bucket seats

Hand Brake Leather Trim (Option)

Leather-wrapped hand brake handle

Headliner

Cloth headliner

Instrumentation Type

Analog instrumentation

Number of Cup Holders

Dual front and rear cup holders

Outside Temperature Gauge

Outside temperature display

Rear Center Armrest

Rear armrest

Shifter Knob Trim (Option)

Leather-wrapped shift knob

Steering Wheel Trim (Option)

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Water Temperature Gauge

Engine temperature gauge

Anti-Lock Brakes

Anti-lock brakes

Driver Airbag

Driver side front airbag

Electronic brake force distribution

Electronic brake force distribution

Front Seat Belts

Height adjustable, pre-tensioner

Ignition Disable

Engine immobilizer

Passenger Airbag

Passenger side front airbag

Rear Seat Belts

Center 3-point

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Mazda 6 specs 2006 sport

There are about million mid-size sedans sold every year in this country. Although most of them are quite capable, they are often unexciting to look at and mediocre performers to boot. So when Mazda announced it was replacing its less-than-thrilling mainstream sedan, the , with something more stirring, we felt that the company's "zoom-zoom" advertising might be more than just hype.

The replacement was the Mazda 6, which we previewed and then road-tested in The sportiness of its tightly stretched skin gave it a muscular look, and its straight-line performance and over-the-road agility were quite impressive—good enough to earn the 6 s a spot on our annual 10Best Cars list for So the only question that remained was, how would it stack up over the long haul, 40, miles' worth?

In early May , we welcomed a shiny new Glacier Silver Metallic Mazda 6 s sedan, the most athletic model in the lineup, to our Hogback headquarters here in Ann Arbor. The 6 s starts at $21, with the hp, liter DOHC valve V-6, variable intake-valve timing, and a five-speed manual transmission. Being big sports, we opted for the 1SE Sport package, which added inch wheels, husky /50R tires, electroluminescent gauges, titanium colored switch panels, fog lights, a rear spoiler, side cladding, "sport type" front and rear bumpers, and oval exhaust tips. A pretty good deal for $ Living in the refrigerated section of the U.S. as we do, we also bagged the $ Comfort package, which includes heated seats and exterior mirrors. Leather upholstery was $, a power sunroof $, a Bose audio package ran $, and we had to cough up $ for the side and curtain airbags and a final bucks for the ULEV option (the Ultra Low-Emission Vehicle standard required in California, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Maine), in which the engine-control computer is recalibrated. The bill came, finally, to $25,

Within two weeks of its arrival, we ran the 6 out to the track for its first performance tests. It ripped to 60 mph in a quick seconds. It covered the quarter-mile in seconds at 93 mph and circled the skidpad at g. Stopping from 70 mph required only feet. The last ES manual we tested took a leisurely seconds to get to 60 mph, covered the quarter in seconds at 88 mph, and pulled only g on the skidpad. For once, the advertising wasn't sugar-coating the reality: it was zoom-zoom and then some.

Lucky editors and staffers are free to take these long-term cars on extended trips, and we started racking up big odo numbers almost immediately. In rapid fire, the Mazda 6 was in Canada, then Vermont, then Florida, and finally across the country to Arizona to the winter digs of Patrick Bedard. The staff praised the 6's ability to pass easily and its agility in traffic and on twisty roads. Sue Mathews noted, as did many others, that "this car maneuvers in and out of highway traffic flawlessly. Great pick-up speed when you need it as well. Steering very smooth." Although quick at the track and at speed on the highway, some drivers noted the engine's lack of low-end grunt, which made us wonder whether the continuously variable intake-valve timing system was really helping. Wrote one: "Not much happens with this motor until rpm."

Sprinkled in among all the zoom-zoom praise was a complaint that would be repeated throughout the 6's stay with us, and that was the high level of road noise and tire howling that annoyed almost everyone, enough in some cases to sour otherwise pleasant road trips. Less-aggressive tires and more sound-deadening material would have helped the problem.

Noise aside, the Mazda's catlike reflexes and Velcro grip made it fun to drive. But the ride quality was less than a joy, particularly for rear-seat passengers. The stiff suspension and the low-profile tires turned cracks in the road into canyons; taut handling for the driver turned into a jarring ride for passengers. One of us complained about thin seat padding and a short bench and added, "Spent eight hours in the back seat and found it to cause some sleepy keister spots, although visibility is good."

The stylish interior got good reviews. All of us liked the feel of the steering wheel and its easy-to-use radio and cruise-control buttons. Not so popular was the titanium-colored center-dash console where the HVAC and radio switchgear are located; the knobs are hard to see, too uniform in size, and not easy to use. Bedard put it best when he wrote, "As much as I like the styling of the HVAC and music controls, I keep turning the radio-station knob when I intend to adjust the temperature." Others picked away at the placement of the seat-heater switches on the forward face of the center-armrest console. They were hard to find, and the amount of heat they generated was widely debated. They seemed to work fine for some drivers, they seemed to work poorly for others, and at least one editor said he could feel nothing (probably our insensitive managing editor). The large cup holders in the door panels drew huzzahs for their ability to hold big bottles and super-size pops.

The owner's manual calls for the first service at miles. The dealer changed the oil and oil filter, rotated the tires, and handed us a tab for a reasonable $ The manual calls for three identical services at 15,, 22,, and 37, miles, and they came to $25, $31, and $31, respectively. And respectably. The one big-deal service at 30, miles looked like the governor's heating bill for the month of January—$ It included a long list of inspections and the routine oil and oil-filter changes and tire rotation. Our Mazda dealer also replaced the engine's air filter, even though the manual recommends changing it much later, at 37, miles. Add up all these service bills, and they come to $, which is, as Martha used to say, a good thing. These undercut the service bills of our long-term Toyota Camry SE V-6 by more than $ Over the course of 40, miles, our silver bullet was so well-behaved that it did not require a single unscheduled visit to the dealer for any kind of problem—and that is a really good thing, although we did have to add a quart of oil at 13, miles. In short, nothing broke.

As is our ritual practice, when the odo achieved 40, miles, we returned this long-term car to the track to see how its performance may have changed. We typically find that many cars perform better at 40K, possibly because the slightly worn-in engine produces less friction and puts more power to the ground. But that was not the case with the 6. With the passage of 10 months here, it lost some of its zoom-zoom. The 0-tomph time slowed from seconds on its maiden run to , and the quarter-mile time slipped from seconds to The quarter's trap speed, however, didn't budge from 93 mph. Braking from 70 mph worsened by 12 feet, to feet, and skidpad grip decreased by g to g. The longer stopping distance and lower skidpad number were perhaps due to middle-aged tires, but we're stumped over the slip in straight-line performance. We think most drivers—not counting C/D's rabid letter-writing readers—would be hard pressed to sense the difference.

Here's the bottom line: The Mazda 6 s turned out to be a popular car with the staff of Car and Driver. Proof of that is the time it took to accumulate 40, miles—just 10 months, whereas most of our long-haulers need 12 to 14 months to do that, and sometimes longer. So, work on the road noise and ergonomics, Mazda. As for the zoom-zoom fun part, it is indeed a trip. Its reputation gets a huge lift owing to its low maintenance. It's a stylish and sporty sedan, and a little more work from the home office could make the Mazda 6 a real jewel.

STEVE SPENCE
Surprise! There are indeed seat heaters. Just one little problem: They don't work; they give off no heat.

TONY SWAN
Very comfortable car for freeway travel. Seats measure up well for long-haul comfort, and ride quality is better than I expected it to be. In all, a pleasant surprise. Seat-heater control location on front of center console is absurd. However, I don't agree with Spence—my buns are telling me the heaters work.

PATTI MAKI
With my bifocal sunglasses, I can't see HVAC controls at all. They're too low, indecipherable. Plus, the knobs protrude very little and are nearly impossible to grasp with gloves on.

BROCK YATES JR.
Bitchin' little car. Great on the highway, with enough performance to tackle the Colorado passes. No overtly bad habits. Seems willing to tolerate all demands without a whimper.

AARON ROBINSON
Climate-control system seems to feel cold all the time. You have to turn the temperature up to 78 or 79 degrees to get the cabin warm, even in degree ambient temp.

JULI BURKE
Not enough noise-reduction material in the floor. Some maddening pitches sing out, depending on the mix of pavement to the tires on the highway.

RUSS FERGUSON
Would I buy one? If I were in the market for a "gentleman's sedan" for my family with two kids, yes, this Mazda 6 would be high on my list. I have more picks than nits.

BROCK YATES
The buzzy engine note under hard acceleration was not so much irritating as disappointing, sounded anemic when in fact it yielded good power. A high value package.

TIRES: The car came with Michelin Pilot XGT H4 all-season radials, but with horses on call and nasty cold weather always just around the corner, we decided a set of snow tires would be just the ticket. On went a set of Bridgestone Blizzak WS snow tires ($96 each from the Tire Rack: ; www.tirerack.com). The Blizzaks have zigzag sipes and independent tread blocks to chew up the snow. They also have a directional tread design to improve traction on wet and slushy roads. The Mazda 6 s is a car with a lot of spirit, but winter driving was a less-hair-raising experience with these tires. During a whiteout-snowstorm drive to Michigan's frozen Upper Peninsula, the Mazda 6 was slowed, but not stopped. On dry roads, the Blizzaks sang a little louder than the all-season Michelins, but the enhanced stability and control far outweighed the aural annoyance. We can recommend these tires.

LIDAR DETECTOR/JAMMER: As noted, family sedans can be bland-looking, which is a plus in that they won't automatically attract the eyes of the law. Our shiny silver Mazda 6, however, had boy-racer cladding and a rear wing that tended to stick out in a crowd. This sporty demeanor may have contributed to our spirited driving of the 6. So we decided to see if a $ Laser DefuserPlus (price includes installation) from K40 Electronics (; www.kcom) might give us an edge—and some time to slow in the event we ran into a cop armed with lidar. The DefuserPlus consists of a detector/jammer module and warning light and beeper pod, and it's available only from one of the manufacturer's authorized dealers. (Check the Web site for locations.) One of K40's local dealers here in Ann Arbor, Mr. Tunes, installed ours. The detector/jammer module was mounted just under the front bumper where a license plate would be; a replacement frame with an integrated bracket is available for states that require front plates. The installer mounted the warning pod discreetly behind the instrument pod fascia. The DefuserPlus detected an LTI Marksman lidar gun at more than half a mile away and reduced the gun's effective range to feet. That's more than enough warning and extra distance in which to slow down. If you live in an area with heavy lidar use, the DefuserPlus should help keep you one step ahead of the cops.

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2006 Mazda 6. Start Up, Engine, and In Depth Tour.

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Mazda 6 GT-V6

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Front Anti-Roll Bar

Front stabilizer bar

Front Suspension

Front independent suspension

Power Steering

Variable power assisted rack and pinion steering

Rear Anti-Roll Bar

Rear stabilizer bar

Rear Suspension

Rear independent suspension

Spare Tire

Compact spare tire

Wheel Type

17'' alloy wheels

DriveTrain

Front-wheel drive

Engine.Name

L V6 DOHC 24 valves

Transmission

5 speed manual transmission

Transmission (Option)

6 speed automatic transmission with manual mode

Air Conditionning

Auto climate control

Antenna

Roof mounted flexible antenna

Courtesy Dome Light

Front door courtesy lamps

Driver Vanity Mirror

Illuminated driver vanity mirror

Front Wipers

Variable intermittent wipers

Fuel Door Operation

Remote fuel door release

GarageDoorOpener

Garage door opener

Interior Air Filter

Microfilter

Number of Speakers

6 speakers

Passenger Vanity Mirror

Illuminated passenger vanity mirror

Premium Sound System

Bose sound system

Reading Light

Front and rear reading lamps

Rear Heating

Rear heater ducts

Rear View Mirror

Auto dimming rear view mirror

Remote Audio Controls

Steering wheel mounted audio and cruise controls

Single CD

In-dash 6 CD changer

Steering Wheel Adjustment

Tilt and telescopic steering wheel

Trunk/Hatch Operation

Remote trunk hatch release

Bumper Colour

Body-color bumpers

Door Handles

Body-color door handles

Exterior Decoration

Dual chrome exhaust tips

Exterior Mirror Colour

Body-color exteror mirrors

Front Fog Lights

Fog lights

Grille

Black grille with chrome trim

Headlight Type

Halogen headlamps

Headlights.AutoOff

Auto-off headlamps

Heated Exterior Mirrors

Yes

Lower Side-Body Extension

Side skirts

Power Exterior Mirrors

Yes

Rear Spoiler

Rear body-color spoiler

Side-Body Trim

Body-color side mouldings

Tinted Glass

Tinted windows

Door Trim

Leatherette door trim

Floor Covering

Carpet floor covering

Floor Mats

Front and rear floor mats

Folding Rear Seats

60/40 split rear folding bench

Front Center Armrest

Front armrest with storage

FrontSeats.ActiveHeadrests

Front active headrests

FrontSeats.DriverHeight

Height adjustable driver seat

FrontSeats.DriverLombar

Driver lumbar support

FrontSeats.DriverPowerSeats

8 way power driver seat

FrontSeats.FrontSeatBackStorage

Front seatback map pocket

FrontSeats.FrontSeatType

Front bucket seats

FrontSeats.Heated

Heated front seats

Hand Brake Leather Trim

Leather-wrapped hand brake handle

Headliner

Cloth headliner

Instrumentation Type

Analog instrumentation with Optitron

Number of Cup Holders

Dual front and rear cup holders

Outside Temperature Gauge

Outside temperature display

Rear Center Armrest

Rear armrest

Shifter Knob Trim

Leather-wrapped shift knob

Steering Wheel Trim

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Water Temperature Gauge

Engine temperature gauge

Anti-Lock Brakes

Anti-lock brakes

Driver Airbag

Driver side front airbag

Electronic brake force distribution

Electronic brake force distribution

Front Seat Belts

Height adjustable, pre-tensioner

Ignition Disable

Engine immobilizer

Passenger Airbag

Passenger side front airbag

Rear Seat Belts

Center 3-point

Roof Side Curtain

Side head curtain airbags

Side Airbag

Front side airbags

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