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2009 Mazda MAZDA6 Sedan

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Benefits of Driving a 2009 Mazda MAZDA6 Sedan

The 2009 MAZDA6 improves upon the modern inexpensive sport sedan. With the excellent outgoing model as its foundation, the new car goes up against the Nissan Altima, Chevy Malibu, and the upmarket TSX from Acura.

What's new for 2009?

The Mazda MAZDA6 is redesigned for 2009. The new sedan wears attractive, aggressive sheet metal with pronounced, crisply cornered front fenders. The car is seven inches longer overall and rides on a wheelbase that is four inches longer than the previous MAZDA6. Gone from the line-up is the 5-door hatchback.

Model Strengths

  • Fresh, athletic styling
  • excellent road manners and handling
  • refined and powerful engines
  • excellent standard safety features

Model Review

The 2009 MAZDA6 is a stylish, capable small sports sedan priced attractively. With great power from two rev-happy engines, and sporty independent suspension all around, the new MAZDA6 offers a driving dynamic not offered by many cars in its class.

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The Mazda6 has been at a disadvantage in the dog-eat-dog midsize car class. Compared to stalwarts such as the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima, the Mazda6 was too small and weak on power, although it handled well and looked good. For 2009 Mazda is building on those positive qualities with a redesigned sedan that is larger and more powerful. Mazda has also addressed some quality issues, since it aims to better compete with the best in class.

Model Lineup
Mazda offers the 2009 Mazda6 as only a four-door sedan. Last year's four-door hatchback does not return, nor does the four-door wagon that was available in 2007. The lineup consists of 4-cylinder i and V6-powered s models. Trim levels for the i model include base SV, Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. The s model is available in all but SV trim. SV equipment includes cloth upholstery, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, an AM/FM/CD stereo, power accessories, and P205/65R-16 tires on steel wheels with wheel covers.

Sport trims add cruise control, remote keyless entry, and P215/55R-17 tires on alloy wheels. Touring versions get a power driver's seat, keyless access and starting, a trip computer and fog lights. Grand Touring trims are fully loaded with dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, Bluetooth cell phone link and streaming audio, a universal garage door opener, Xenon headlights, and Mazda's Blind Spot Alert system.

Standard safety equipment on all models includes dual front airbags, front side airbags, side-curtain airbags, a tire-pressure-monitoring system, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution, traction control, electronic stability control, and active front head restraints.

Under the Hood
Both engine choices get more power for 2009. Mazda6 i models trade a 156-horsepower 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine for a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder powerplant that makes 170 horses, putting it in the same ballpark as other four cylinders in the class. The base engine is offered with a 6-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed automatic with manual shift capability. EPA fuel economy ratings are 20/29 mpg (city/hwy) with the manual and 21/30 mpg with the automatic.

Mazda6 s models get a more substantial upgrade. Gone is the Ford-sourced 3.0-liter 212-horsepower Duratec V6, and in its place is the Ford-designed, Mazda-built MZR 3.7-liter V6, which makes 272 horsepower. It comes with one transmission: a 6-speed automatic with manual shift capability. EPA fuel economy ratings are 17/25 mpg.

All Mazda6 models have front-wheel drive, and Mazda says there are no plans for an all-wheel-drive version.

Inner Space
Mazda aims for an upscale look and feel in the Mazda6 and comes pretty close to achieving that goal. Nice, soft-touch materials on the dash, armrests and center console certainly help, but some of the graining is mismatched and there are a few thin plastics that we fear may rattle later on. Add the available leather seats and the interior takes on a more luxurious look.

Most of the controls are easy to spot and reach. The readouts for the radio and climate controls are found in a small screen at the top of the dash. This can be a bit of a distraction because drivers have to look in two places when adjusting those controls.

Small item storage is just adequate. The center console is rather small and drivers can plop things in the cupholders behind the shifter, but we'd like an additional tray or bin for items such as cell phones. An auxiliary input jack is standard and Mazda offers a Bluetooth hands-free cell phone link that can also play streaming audio. These are nice, but we'd prefer a USB port to provide an iPod interface.

Thanks to a tilt/telescoping steering column, most drivers should be able to tailor a comfortable driving position. Available power seat adjustments help. Drivers should also have plenty of headroom and legroom. Rear seating is improved considerably over the last model. There is now enough legroom for a 6'2" passenger to fit behind a 6'2" driver. Headroom in back is also quite good, although really tall passengers will want more. A fold-down center armrest aids comfort in the rear-seat area.

Trunk space is also improved. At 16.6 cubic feet, the Mazda6 has a larger trunk than most competitors, bested only by the Chevrolet Impala. Standard 60/40 split-folding rear seats allow loading longer items, but the trunk opening is rather short, so the Mazda6 won't swallow larger boxes.

On the Road
From behind the wheel the Mazda6 acquits itself well. It's sportier than most competitors, though the Nissan Altima is probably more agile. The small-diameter steering wheel feels sporty in the driver's hands, steering is fairly quick and direct for a midsize family car, and the Mazda6 is quite stable at highway speeds. If Mazda was aiming for an all-out sports sedan, the car should provide a bit more road feel and feedback.

The balance between handling and ride is impressive, and never beats up on passengers. Small road imperfections are handled well, and large ruts rarely intrude. Some drivers may find the ride a bit too firm with the available 18-inch wheels, especially those coming out of supple cars such as the Camry. We found the 18-inch rims tended to patter over consistently broken pavement.

The brakes have a linear pedal feel and deliver confident stopping power, although they may be a bit small for heavy braking conditions such as twisting mountain roads or racetrack driving. Mazda says it has worked to eliminate the brake squeal problem experienced by owners of the previous generation.

Engine performance is improved for both available powerplants. The 2.5-liter four cylinder is adequate for most needs, and it's nice that customers can opt for all the amenities with a 4-cylinder model. The engine provides decent pickup from a start and we found that the 5-speed automatic transmission shifted quickly enough to help give the 2.5 decent passing punch. The standard 6-speed manual shifts easily and drivers can use it to wring a little more out of the engine. With either transmission the 4-cylinder is exceptionally quiet.

Probably the biggest demerit of the last Mazda6 was the performance of the V6 engine. The 3.0-liter V6 paled in comparison to the strong V6s offered by Honda, General Motors, Nissan, and Toyota. On paper the new 3.7-liter V6 has best-in-class power, and on the road it performs well. The V6 makes mincemeat of freeway on-ramps and has passing punch to spare. It comes with a smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission that was sometimes tardy delivering downshifts. Drivers can use the manual shiftgate, but steering wheel paddles would provide more sporty flair.

Right for You?
Midsize sedans are right for most buyers, and the Mazda6 is one of the nicer examples of the breed. The roomy interior offers comfortable seating for five, the firm unibody structure provides a comfortable yet sporty ride, and the available V6 has power that matches any vehicle in the class. A final concern is quality. While the previous model scored low in J.D. Power Initial Quality Study ratings, Mazda says it has addressed those issues.

Kirk Bell has served as the associate publisher for Consumer Guide Automotive and editor of Scale Auto Enthusiast magazine. A Midwest native, Bell brings 18 years of automotive journalism experience to MSN, and currently contributes to JDPower.com and Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Mazda Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Each Mazda Certified Pre-Owned vehicle comes with a 12-Month / 12,000 Mile Vehicle Limited Warranty with no deductible on covered components, which begins when the factory warranty ends. If it's out of warranty, the 12-month/12,000 miles warranty begins on the certified retail date.

Coverage begins on the limited powertrain warranty from the original retail sales date and covers 7-Years /100,000 miles, whichever comes first.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2008-2014 model years and less than 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 150-Point Detailed Inspection

Autocheck® Vehicle History Report with 3-year buyback protection from Experian, subject to all Experian & Experian Automotive buyback terms and conditions.

Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance 24hr Roadside Assistance for the life of the Powertrain Limited Warranty offers confidence on the road around the clock.
Special Financing Yes, see your Mazda dealer for details.
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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