Last post on Dec 10, 2013 at 5:02 PM
You are in the Sedans
What is this discussion about?
Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Volkswagen Passat, Mazda MAZDA6, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Kia Optima, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#17982 of 20239 Re: Mazda6 vs Accord in acceleration [backy]
Apr 23, 2013 (2:50 am)
You had a good excuse to go fast!
The Mazda 6 engine is another example of a very advanced engine on even the entry level car.
At the end of the article, C & D had some very nice things to say about the new Mazda6:
"Throughout the 6 are the fingerprints of people who don’t think of cars in the same way they think of other machines. While it’s not quick or even club-you-over-the-head sporty, the new 6 shares a lot of fundamental traits with sports cars. And these traits aren’t just there for the benefit of car lovers. They’re also useful to the typical family-sedan driver. A relatively low cowl and the repositioned A-pillars result in a vast view out front. The structure is both light and stiff to boost handling and fuel economy. The driver’s relationship to the steering wheel, pedals, radio, and HVAC are all spot on. Better yet, the steering, brakes, and floor-mounted accelerator have responses that wouldn’t feel out of place on Turn Three at Road America. If you think that’s overkill in a mainstream sedan, consider that the Mazda 6’s alert controls will be at your command when a truck tire bounds into your lane."
#17983 of 20239 Re: VW's Passat is too much ado about... [benjaminh]
Apr 23, 2013 (4:52 am)
Well, I have an obvious question for VW:
Why didn't they offer the 2.0T in the Passat? It seems like the best solution to eliminate the 5 cyl and the 3.6, leaving the diesel as the only other choice. I bet they could sell them for $26,990 all day long, and the TDI for $1000 more. I would have considered one myself.
Lastly, the 5 speed manual offered in the Passat leaves me dumbfounded as well, since EVERYONE else (that offers manuals) has a 6 speed. So, Ben is right. Who wants an outdated 5 cyl engine hooked to an outdated 5 speed manual???
#17984 of 20239 Re: Mazda6 vs Accord in acceleration [backy]
Apr 23, 2013 (4:21 am)
The fastest I have ever driven is 125, in a Caddy STS w/ the Northstar 300 hp engine.
Next fastest was in my red, '87 Chevy Z24. 115 mph with the 5 speed. It was goverened due to tire rating. It had 225/60/R-14 BFG's. Can you believe it had 14's as the "performance"tires? Lol.
Apr 23, 2013 (5:14 am)
(Quote) "Filled up the Fusion for the 3rd time. Mpg has been 25, 26, 27"
That's a shame, what motor do you have in your Fusion? What is the EPA rating? My Mazda 6 has been getting 32-34 with mixed driving and has only 800 miles on it.
#17986 of 20239 Now if we're talkin' VW...
Apr 23, 2013 (5:36 am)
This is where my mind heads to. Gotta have the 4-speed standard transmission with one of these, mind you. Funny, when VW electrical gremlins are mentioned, most of the time the beloved Bug is left out of that conversation.
How about you guys? Do you hear the Bug being pummeled into the mud that much? I'm startin' ta want ta take one of these off of some poor bloke's hands and perhaps do a few loving touches to spruce up the interior. Then the '08 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS would have a dinky little stablemate. This one's a '67.
#17987 of 20239 Re: VW's Passat is too much ado about... [cski]
Apr 23, 2013 (6:04 am)
I have seen reports that VW will offer a 1.8T in the Passat as the base engine soon.
The TDI comes with a 6-speed manual. By all accounts that is the preferred powertrain for the Passat right now. Until Mazda delivers a diesel with the Mazda6 (planned for the near future), the Passat is the only game in town in the USA for a mid-sized family sedan with a turbodiesel.
#17988 of 20239 Re: Now if we're talkin' VW... [iluvmysephia1]
Apr 23, 2013 (6:09 am)
LOL. My parents had one with an automatic and dealer installed A/C.
They also said that going uphill was, umm, stressful. I am curious about what year it was, but I want to say mid to late 60's.
#17989 of 20239 Re: VW's Passat is too much ado about... [backy]
Apr 23, 2013 (6:21 am)
Oh cool. Do you know the specs on the new 1.8T yet? Curious. The diesel Mazda6 is highly anticipated. There is also a diesel Optima too, dressed in SX trim. Unfortunately its not available in the US. It has 134 hp and 244 lb ft.
#17991 of 20239 Re: VW's Passat is too much ado about... [backy]
Apr 23, 2013 (7:38 am)
Here's an excerpt from a recent post on Autoblog.com.
"Mazda has a long motorsports history, and one that is peppered with fascinating cars. The latest chapter in Mazda's racing story has just been written, as Joel Miller and Andrew Carbonell have driven the Visit Florida Racing Mazda6 Skyactiv-D to the car's first ever victory at the Rolex Grand-Am GX race at Road Atlanta. The win marks the first ever for Mazda's diesel-burning, production-car based Skyactiv-D racer, and the first win for a diesel-powered car in a Grand-Am event.
In fact, it was a particularly good day for the Mazda Motorsports team, as a Mazda6 also picked up the third finishing spot at Road Atlanta. Director of Mazda Motorsports, John M. Doonan, said of the racecar, "We've always said that the best street cars make the best racecars, and, with more than half of the components in the race engine being shared with the street engine, this program is a solid proof-point."