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2016 Mazda6 gets a facelift in LA

Published by Mazda Blogs on November 19th, 2014

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2016 Mazda6

The 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show is a busy one for Mazda, as the Japanese brand shows off not only its all-new CX-3, but a facelifted Mazda6 sedan.

The 2016 sedan has been nipped and tucked to better fit in with newer members of the brand’s range, including the aforementioned CX-3, as well as the Mazda3 and MX-5 Miata.

The grille’s horizontal slats are now trimmed in chrome, while the brand’s chrome wing motif on the fascia is larger and more prominent, particularly where it feeds into the headlights.

Mazda has made more significant changes in the cabin, replacing the built-in nav unit of the old 6 with a freestanding seven-inch screen that has a transformative effect on the look of the dash. The HVAC controls are also tweaked, while the head-up display unit has been cribbed from the Mazda3.

Aside from the new looks, this is the same old 6 that we enjoyed during our long-term loan. The 2.5-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder and six-speed transmissions are all carry-over items, although Mazda has somehow managed to NVH by a quarter at freeway speeds. Rather worryingly, though, the press release makes no mention of Mazda’s long-awaited diesel engine.

We have a vast gallery of photos from Mazda, and will be adding live shots from the floor of the LA Convention Center. Be sure to take a look, give the press release a read, and then head into Comments and let us know what you think of Mazda’s updated sedan.

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2016 Mazda6 gets a facelift in LA originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Lexus, Mazda and Subaru top Consumer Reports Brand Report Cards

Published by Mazda Blogs on February 27th, 2013

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A revised methodology in devising its annual Car Brand Report Cards has seen Consumer Reports award Lexus its top overall ranking for 2013. For the first time ever, the institute broke out individual brands from their larger corporate umbrellas, meaning car makers like Lexus and Scion were judged independently from parent company Toyota. That strategy worked out well for Lexus, as the luxury brand earned a top report card score of 79 for the 2013 model year.

The institute has recommended every one of the Lexus models it has tested to date, and said that the company’s products won out thanks to “a foundation of plush and very reliable vehicles.”

Meanwhile, Mazda and Subaru tied for the second-highest scoring report cars, with scores of 76. Subaru earned praised for sporting models like the BRZ, which CR testers apparently had a lot of fun driving (naturally), while the Mazda products were lauded for their blend of practicality, sportiness and efficiency. Both of the Japanese brands offered good handling, fuel economy and versatility, said Consumer Reports.

The institute has recommended every one of the Lexus models it has tested to date.

Acura and Toyota rounded out the top five with twin scores of 74 points. A full eight out of the top ten best brands were Japanese companies, with Audi (eighth place) and Mercedes-Benz (tenth place) the only European companies with high-ranking scores. CR noted that those Euro brands were inconsistent this year, with Volkswagen losing ground and Mini doing the worst overall of the European brands, at 20 out of 26 overall.

Domestic automakers didn’t do particularly well, either. Cadillac was at the tops of the General Motors portfolio, but was still held back by just average reliability and no love at CR for “complicated CUE controls,” a complaint we’ve heard before. Ford and Lincoln were also dinged for their infotainment systems and reliability, as well as for EcoBoost engines that didn’t deliver on promised fuel economy ratings. Chrysler brands were the worst off, however, with just the Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee V6 and Chrysler 300 V6 being recommended by the publication. Scroll down for the full list of Brand Report Card scores, as well as the Consumer Reports press release, or head over to CR’s website to read the full feature and find out the granular info behind each of the brands.

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Lexus, Mazda and Subaru top Consumer Reports Brand Report Cards originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 26 Feb 2013 14:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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