2018 Mazda6 Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer One of the things we like about Mazda vehicles is their obsession improvement. That’s not to say other manufacturers aren’t improving their cars, it’s just that Mazda doesn’t to wait around for a new generation to make changes, they just do it. For example, for 2018 Mazda is giving their…

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2018 Mazda6 Signature Sedan Test Drive

2018 Mazda6 Signature Sedan An Attractive, Mid-size Sporty Sedan The 2018 Mazda6 Signature sedan represents the top of the line trim Mazda6. Entry level trim for the model line is the Mazda6 Sport, followed by the Touring, Grand Touring, and the new Grand Touring Reserve. The feature content leaves little to be desired, and comfortable…

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2015 Mazda6 GT Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer One of the most difficult new car buying decisions is picking one from the mid-size sedan grouping. With cars like Accord, Altima, Camry, Chrysler 200, Fusion, Legacy, Malibu, Mazda6, Optima, Passat and Sonata the task can be daunting and darn right confusing. There are just as many ways to pick…

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Run to the Sun 2013 – Part 2

By Bill Schaffer Portland, Ore. – Every year an automotive writer’s organization Barb and I belong to has a two-day drive called Run to the Sun (RttS). It gives us a chance to sample some of the manufacturers’ latest offerings. This year Barbara was away at a Jeep-Ram-Dodge program in Southern California, so I was…

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Mazda6 Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Mazda engineers and designers appear to be different from the rest of the auto industry. We’re not sure if it’s the water they drink, the food they eat, or perhaps its part of the company’s Zoom Zoom culture. As a result, Mazda builds no run-of-the-mill products. Past examples that quickly…

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Heels & Wheels – Part 2

Three years ago a friend of mine, Christine Overstreet, decided to put together an automotive program just for women automotive writers, and that’s when Heels & Wheels (H&W) was born. During the three-day program, we discussed what women shoppers are looking for and the reasons women purchase certain vehicles. Here are the rest of the vehicles…

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2014 Mazda6 i Grand Touring Test Drive

2014 Mazda6 Sedan Test Drive All-new Sedan spices up Mid-size segment   Since mid-size sedans are the core market of the automotive industry due to their not too big, not too small, but just right packaging and comfortable seating for five passengers –  they are deemed more practical than a sports car but not overly bulky when…

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Next Mazda6 Will Be Skyactiv Four-Cylinder

Mazda plans to drop the V-6 engine from the next generation mid-size Mazda6 sedan, replacing it with the company’s new Skyactiv four-cylinder engine recently introduced in the CX-5 crossover. The current V-6 engine is rated at 272-hp, while the new four-cylinder Skyactiv is rated at 155-hp.  Mazda would not say if a V-6 Skyactiv engine…

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