AutoBlog added a 2014 Mazda6 to their long-term review fleet, and have had a lot of positive things to say about the latest vehicle in the Mazda lineup. They've been "sharing the love" over there, so the all-new 2014 Mazda6 has been scrutinized by most of the staff, but Drew Phillips has enjoyed the bulk of the time with it, and so has the most to say.
"The materials used are fairly good all around, and everything is laid out intuitively so you don't have to hunt to find controls," he writes. "The leather seats are comfortable and use a higher-quality material than the CX-5. The red stitching is a nice touch that gives the interior a sporty, upscale look."
"On the performance side, the 2.5-liter naturally aspirated inline four-cylinder engine is breaking in nicely, and we're seeing relatively good fuel economy right from the start. Our car isn't fitted with Mazda's nifty new i-Eloop regenerative braking system that reportedly increases fuel economy to 28/40 miles per gallon city/highway (up from 26/38 mpg). "
Drew mentioned how "easy it is to get good fuel economy" and that the Mazda6 "could probably exceed the 38 mpg highway if you really tried."
He went on to commend it for a good combination of performance and efficiency, and, of course, what Mazda has always been so good at - ride and handling balance. You'll be happy to hear the whole staff has delivered nothing but comments regarding this - for them, it handles exceptionally well and is smooth as well as quiet.
Overall Drew says, "Everything I love about the CX-5 is why I like the Mazda6. No-nonsense and intuitive interior, fun to drive, good gas mileage, great looks."