It’s been less than two months since the 2014 Mazda Mazda6 had its official North American unveiling at the 2012 LA Auto Show.
Be that as it may, during that short period of time the all-new vehicle already finds itself in Mazda new car dealer showrooms. This being the case, earlier today Mazda North American Operations announced both the pricing and fuel economy figures for all trim level and transmission choices.
2014 Mazda Mazda6
The new Mazda 6 will be available in three trim levels and, for at least the first half of the year, the only engine choice will be Mazda’s SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter gasoline engine producing 184 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and 185 lb-ft of torque at 3,250 rpm.
When paired with the SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission (only available on the base model), fuel efficiency is rated at 25 city/37 highway/29 combined mpg. When equipped with the optional SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic, the new Mazda6 returns an EPA rated 26 city/38 highway/30 combined mpg.
The price of admission begins at $20,880 MSRP, a “slight increase” of $155 over the previous model year for the i Sport. In addition to its standard manual transmission, the base model also comes equipped with push-button start, air conditioning, power windows (with driver-side one-touch up/down), a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, 17-inch alloy wheels as well as auxiliary and USB connection ports.
Checking the automatic option ($22,495 MSRP) also adds Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 5.8-inch color touch screen with rearview camera, HD Radio, Pandora, SMS text message receipt/delivery, E911 automatic emergency notification and what Mazda calls “audio menu voice command.”
Stepping up to the i Touring (beginning at $24,495) trim adds larger (19-inch) alloy wheels. It also includes all the i Sport automatic’s goodies plus dual-zone automatic climate control, pleather-trimmed sport seats, a 6-way power driver’s seat as well as a “Commander Switch” (“Captain Kirk to the bridge!”) for operating functions on the 5.8-inch display.
i Touring buyers can also check the box next to the optional Touring Technology Package ($2,000 MSRP) which adds a TomTom -based nav system, Bose 11-speaker Surround Sound System with AudioPilot, an “advanced” keyless entry system, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink, an auto-dimming driver’s side outside mirror, heated outside mirrors and the new Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) system which also includes a Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) system and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).
The high-level i Grand Touring (starting at $29,495 MSRP) features everything included with the i Touring with Touring Technology Package plus such standard niceties as platinum silver 19-inch alloy wheels, power moonroof, rear lip spoiler, auto-leveling bi-xenon HID headlights, leather-trimmed sport seats (the fronts are heated), an 8-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar, 4-way power front passenger seat, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and Sirius Satellite Radio.
As if all that wasn’t enough, two package options are also available.
For an additional $900 MSRP, the MRCC/FOW Package adds Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC) and Forward Obstruction Warning (FOW).
The Advanced Package (pricing not yet announced), adds the MRCC/FOW Package plus a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), High Beam Control (HBC) and i-ELOOP, (Mazda’s capacitor-based brake energy regeneration system) when it becomes available in the second half of 2013.
Note: the quoted Mazda new car prices do not include a $795 destination charge.