'09 Mazda6 On Sale This Summer

Frank Williams
by Frank Williams

Mazda announced today the new Mazda6 will go on sale this summer. As with the Accord, the U.S. version will be market-specific. In PR-speak Mazda's new whip was "designed and engineered for the needs, wants and desires of the North American customer." The American variant's base engine will be a new 2.5-liter four-banger with an available 3.7-liter V6. The four comes with a a six-speed manual or 5-speed automatic. Going for the six will get you a six-speed Sport AT automatic with manual-shift mode. There will be three trim levels: Sport, Touring or Grand Touring. Prices for each are yet to be announced, but we're assured all three will come with "Zoom-Zoom" "in large doses." How quantifiable is that?

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  • Menno Menno on Apr 25, 2008

    I certainly like the looks of the new 6, and would consider a hybrid even if the MPG were 1/2 way between the Prius and Camry Hybrid - IF the car would tow 1500 pounds.

  • Nicholas Weaver Nicholas Weaver on Apr 25, 2008

    For those who say they never saw a hatch outside a dealer, that was the point. The only way you can tell from the outside is the hatch has a wiper on the rear window. AS I put it: "The cargo room of the station wagon, but the dignity of the sedan"

  • Geggamoya Geggamoya on Apr 25, 2008

    The wiper, and usually a slightly thicker C-pillar because of the slightly less steep angle of the rear window. Though maybe not on the 6, the looks of it are pretty forgettable so i can't remember.

  • Meocuchad Meocuchad on Apr 28, 2008

    What? No more wagon/hatch or V6-manual tranny options anymore? As some others have already said, what exactly is the compelling reason to buy this car anymore? Pass.