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2012 Mazda MAZDA6 S Grand Touring

2012 Mazda MAZDA6 Review

(0 Stars)  The Mazda alternative to the mainstream sedan.

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Overview
The Mazda 6 has long been one of our favorite mid-size cars, but it's had a hard time hitting its stride in a segment of the market that's crammed with ever-better -- and ever-better-looking -- sedans. Launched in 2009, the current-generation Mazda 6 is an elegant, modern sedan with flared front fenders reminiscent of the newly departed RX-8 sports car. With imposing presence and upscale looks, the 6's exterior is as handsome as it is conservative--especially when viewed next to some of this segment's more flashy entries. Inside, the 6 is highly functional. Upscale options include a blind-spot monitoring system, touch-screen navigation, keyless go, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, and a backup camera. The spacious rear seats split and fold, giving access to a very large trunk. Under the hood is an optional V-6 that's the biggest in its class. Originally seen in the CX-9 crossover, the 3.7-liter V-6 found in the uplevel 6s brutalizes the front wheels with 272 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque, and yet torque steer is commendably well controlled. In reality, the base 6i's 2.5-liter four-cylinder is powerful enough for most drivers, even if its five-speed automatic transmission isn't quite as refined as the V-6's six-speed. The four-cylinder is also available with a six-speed manual, an homage to Mazda's Zoom-Zoom mantra.

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2012 MAZDA6 S Grand Touring Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 3.7L V six-cylinder DOHC with variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 18 MPG city, 27 MPG highway, 21 MPG combined and 388 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
18.5gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 272 hp @ 6,250 rpm; 269 ft lb of torque @ 4,250 rpm

'12 Mazda S Grand Touring Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Moonroof
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Rear View Camera
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
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Heated Front Seats
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Leather Seats
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Changer
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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