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CAR OF THE MONTH October 2008

2009 Mazda 6 S Grand Touring Review

A Happy Compromise

A three-quarter front view of a silver 2009 Mazda 6 S Grand Touring

In short: A roomy, well-rounded and powerful sedan.

For people unable to decide between a fun sports car and a regular sedan, the Mazda 6 S Grand Touring provides a happy compromise. This five-passenger, four-door automobile comes with a hefty 3.7-liter, 6-cylinder engine (a smaller 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder is also offered with a fuel economy of 21/30 city/highway), and a spacious and comfortable interior. With all-wheel independent suspension and disc brakes, this vehicle also ensures a safe and stable ride. Included among its features are xenon headlights, an in-glass rear window antenna, six-speaker sound system and a tire pressure monitoring system.

A front interior view of the 2009 Mazda 6 S Grand Touring

This is a much evolved car featuring a sporty design with larger interior and exterior dimensions than prior models. It offers many features found only on top-end cars such as a blind spot indicator, rain sensing windshield wipers, Bluetooth (with streaming audio), dual-zone automatic climate control, cool interior illumination, and keyless entry to name a few. An optional DVD navigation system will set you back $2,000. The new Mazda 6 is a perfect family car, able to handle any daily task deftly, yet pleasant enough to take the clan on a weekend getaway. We think it represents great value, and, with the brand’s fine reliability record, is a great option to consider.

A three-quarter rear view of a silver 2009 Mazda 6 S Grand Touring

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Warranty/Service: Three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty; five-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty; and lifetime warranty for brakes.

Base Price: $28,260 / As tested: $33,360

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine: 3.7-liter, 24-valve DOHC V6 with VVT
Horsepower: 272 hp @ 6,250 rpm
Torque: 269 lb-ft @ 4,250 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed Sport automatic with overdrive

Curb weight: 3,547 lbs
Wheelbase: 109.8 in
Length/Width/Height: 193.7/72.4/57.9 in
Turning circle: 35.4 ft

Brakes: ventilated disc in front; solid disc in rear; power assist; 4-wheel, 4-sensor, 3-channel ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution
independent, high-mount double wishbone in front; independent, E-type multi-link in rear; coil springs and stabilizer bar in front and rear
traction control system and dynamic stability control

0-60 mph: 6.4 seconds
Top Speed: 120 mph (est.)
60-0 mph: 127 ft

EPA City: 17 mpg
EPA Highway: 25 mpg

Safety: tire pressure monitoring system; blind spot monitoring system; crushable brake and accelerator pedal assembly; advanced dual front airbag supplemental restraint system; side air curtains in front and rear; side-impact airbags in front; side-impact door beams in front and rear; rear seat headrests; whiplash-reducing front seat headrests; triple-H body construction

Likes: trunk, leg room, turning radius
Dislikes: brakes, sound system

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