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2009 Mazda6



  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    am surprised at the amount of dissing of the current version in the edmunds review, considering it was their "editors most wanted sedan under $25K" in 2007.

    +1 on that!
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,868
    The body-in-white weighs about 70 pounds less than the old model, but the total car weighs about 200 pounds more.

    Yep, the Mazda6 we get in the US is actually heavier than previously. Mazda has stated their "sustainable zoom zoom philosophy" is to reduce the weight of new models. This was achieved with the Euro and Japanese Mazda6, however, supersize is what we got.
    Shame on everyone who wanted a bigger 6!

    And it is too complex and lowers quality to assemble a hatch and wagon version in North America while Mazda is fully capable of handling the complexity and quality during assembly of multiple versions of the 6 elsewhere in the world.

    The workers in Michigan at AutoAlliance must be inferior.
  • socal2006socal2006 Posts: 44
    That's true, I will definitely be looking at the 3 again and I believe the 2 will make it over.

    Fusion and Milan were supposed to get hybrids sometime soon. Any word on any Mazda vehicles getting hybrid powertrain? besides the tribute of course. I would guess that Mazda is too small to be developing their own and will be using Ford tech. Although somewhere I read that Mazda was going to develop their own.
  • yakultspitsyakultspits Posts: 22
    What's with the present-tense narrative voice in the review?
  • Probably the new Mazda3 will be near the size of the old 6 and be available in HB, not sure if they have any hybrid plans.

    Noooo!!!! I hope the next Mazda 3 doesn't increase in size! The current Mazda 3 is perfectly sized and any increase in size would just spoil it! :(
    I also hope to see hybrid Mazda 3 or 6 soon.....
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    Well, if it does get bigger, maybe they will have a "perfectly sized" Mazda2 for you.
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    I have already seen the design for the new Mazda3 (I think I was not supposed to, there for I cannot really comment on it, except that it has design cues from the Nagare concept series) and it really does not get any bigger. There is also no Hybrid plan.

    BTW, word is we are getting the Mazda2 by 2010.
  • akt1000akt1000 Posts: 15
    Does anyone know yet the exterior and the interior colors which may be offered on the 2009 Mazda6? If not, does anyone know when Mazda may announce those? Am hoping that someone connected to a Mazda dealership may have this information.
  • moveovermoveover Posts: 31
    Signed up for Mazda6 news and today received a link to build my own. Was valid for 30 minutes. Colors seem similar to the 3 including the icy blue and a darker blue. About 3 grays and of course the black and white. Interior color choices either black or beige on the models I build.
  • mz6greyghostmz6greyghost Posts: 1,230
    Colors for 2009:

    Ebony Black
    Black Cherry Metallic
    Light Ice Blue Metallic
    Sangria Red Mica
    Smokestone Mica
    Performance White
    Kona Blue Mica
    Comet Grey Mica
    Brilliant Silver Metallic

    Leather or cloth:
    Black, Grey or Beige Depending on color.
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    The Ice blue is different then the Icy Blue found on the Mazda3, as is the darker blue.

    The Mazda6 shares no colors with any of the Japan built Mazda's.
  • akt1000akt1000 Posts: 15
    Thanks for the information on colors.
  • exit123exit123 Posts: 136
    Is Mazda trying to go more mainstream with the Mazda6? It appears so. The new Mazda6 has no V6-manual combo, no hatchback, and it's heavier and bigger. They seem to have lost their "sporty" edge over the other midsize cars like the Camry and Accord. I mean, the reason people bought the current generation Mazda6 WAS sportiness, not some other factor like reliability, quality, interior volume. Seems like I recall last time they tried to go head-to-head with the midsize leaders (with the 626) it didn't work out too well for them.

    It's like deja vu all over again.
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    I am going to strongly disagree. While the Mazda6 is bigger and heavier, it is also more nimble, handles better and is quicker and more refined. Also, every review says that this is the sporty alternative to the Accord / Camry and Altima.

    You might like the quote that says "makes the Accord and Camry feel like Buicks in comparison"
  • m6userm6user Posts: 3,175
    While the Mazda6 is bigger and heavier, it is also more nimble, handles better

    I look forward to the new Mazda6 as much as the next person but can we make this kind of statement without having driven one? I read all the reviews and I don't remember anyone saying they were more nimble or handled better then the current one.

    I guess I would be a little careful of the hyperbole when a reviewer makes a statement like "more than even the drag-strip-scorching Accord".
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    I thought I read that in the article link I posted. If it was not written, then I must have just imagined it! :blush: Wishful thinking on my part?? :shades:
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,868
    I read the article and there was no data. No test data to compare to previous Mazda6 and no test results to compare to competitors.
  • exit123exit123 Posts: 136
    Still, no V6-MT combo and no 5-door model. That leaves out those of us who want:
    1. The utility of the hatchback for our bikes and kid stuff
    2. The sportiness of the V6-MT combo
    3. The affordability of a moderately priced sedan

    There isn't anything else that does all 3 of these like the Mazda6 5-door V6-MT did. A possible alternative is the 2008-2009 Subaru Impreza WRX 5-door, though it costs more and has less space in the back.
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  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    I will give you the lack of a V6/mtx and absent 5-door model. However, I will disagree on price. The car is comparably priced, and knowing Mazda, there will be rebates. Also, Mazda dealers tend to drop to invoice (some below) rather quickly.
  • mazda6dudemazda6dude Posts: 283
    I am previous owner of a 2005 mazda6 i sport edition. I have read many reviews of the new 2009 Mazda6 and I think it will be a huge success. Mazda improved on all the areas the Mazda6 needed improvement. From size to power. Currently I drive a 2008 Honda Accord. My plan is to purchase the 2011 Mazda6. Forever lives ZOOM-ZOOM!
  • milkman1milkman1 Posts: 80
    As huge as this car is they ought to be able to put a hybrid system in it. Maybe this is the real plan in the long run and it's just not happening this year? A hybrid to enhance the 4 cylinder would get the power to weight ratio on the 4 cylinder to move up to par with the competition and if you slap it in the V6 maybe it's a performance hybrid like Honda tried with the Accord. It failed on the Accord, but maybe it needed to be tried on something a little sportier. I doubt that is the plan as it's obvious Ford rewrites the plan about every other day, but hold out hope Mazda has some kind of independent vision.
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    Hey everyone,

    According to Mazda, the new Mazda6 will be shipping to dealers at the end of July, and be in dealers in early August. Official pricing will be available in early July.

    The first allocation of Mazda6's that dealers get will be selected by Mazda, not the dealers (I've never heard of that before). We are expecting a little bit of everything with those first cars. I do know we will be getting 2 GT V6's, one with nav. Also, 2 I4 GT's, and the others are a mix of everything else.
  • exit123exit123 Posts: 136
  • mz6greyghostmz6greyghost Posts: 1,230
    Grand Touring
  • mlang2000mlang2000 Posts: 18
    Hey guys...
    Can anyone supply a pic of the key fob that may (or will) be used with this car that includes the start button? I'm curious if it's a seperate fob or built into the key.
    Also, am I correct that the only cosmetic differences between the i4 GT & the V6 GT are the exhaust & wheels?
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    The key fob will look like every other key fob. It's rectangular in shape with the "lock", "unlock" "trunk" and "panic" button on it. This is a new design, taking place of the "credit card" sized key system.

    The only differences between the GT V6 and GT I4 is the exhaust outlets. The wheels are the same.

    If you are wondering about the "remote starter", then that too is incorporated into the key fob with a "start" button
  • mlang2000mlang2000 Posts: 18
    Yeah, by the wheels being different, I just meant the size.
    So this will have a separate fob and key vs. a fob built into the key or a key that flips out of the fob?
    Oh another thing, do Mazda's that were started by the fob turn off when you open the door like Toyotas? I hate that!
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    The size is 18" for both I4 GT and V6 GT.

    No, the key is a "switch blade" type key. With this key, there is a separate fob for a "remote starter". If you get the Touring or Grand Touring that has the "push to start" button, then you just have a key fob with a hidden key in case the "push to start" system fails.

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