Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) has disclosed the updated pricing for its 2014 Mazda6 midsize sedan. The 2014 Mazda6 features i-ELOOP innovative regenerative engine braking system as well as the carmaker’s much-known SKYACTIV Technology. These features allow the Mazda6 to achieve best-in-class fuel economy with an EPA-rated 28 city/40 highway/32 combined mpg.
A 2014 Mazda6 not equipped with i-ELOOP could still return class-leading highway fuel economy at 38 mpg. i-ELOOP, which name is derived from "Intelligent Energy Loop," is a capacitor-based regenerative engine braking system that transforms a vehicle's kinetic energy into electricity as it decelerates.
The electricity gained is then saved for later use to power all the vehicle's electrical components like audio systems, climate control and headlights. This means that the vehicle’s engine would not have to consumer more fuel just to create electricity. This also means improved fuel economy without the need to sacrifice driving performance.
To recapture the kinetic energy and convert it into electricity, i-ELOOP uses a 12- to 25-volt variable voltage alternator, a DC/DC converter and a low-resistance yet high-capacity electric double layer capacitor (EDLC). The 2014 Mazda6 is powered by a SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter gasoline engine as standard, providing up to 184hp at 5,700 rpm and 185 lb-ft of torque at 3,250 rpm.
The 2014 Mazda6 is now available at starting price at $20,990 for the lowest trim level. The vehicle could be availed in three trim levels – Sport, Touring and Grand Touring.
The Sport carries a starting price of $22,695 MSRP while the Touring has a base tag of $23,645 MSRP. Both are available with either a SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission or SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic transmission. A non-i-ELOOP 2014 Mazda6 with manual transmission has EPA-rated fuel efficiency numbers of 25 city/37 highway/29 combined mpg.
A non-i-ELOOP 2014 Mazda6 with automatic transmission has EPA-rated fuel efficiency numbers of 26 city/38 highway/30 combined mpg.