The present-generation Mazda 6 has been an excellent automotive for fanatics, providing energetic dealing with and characterful engines in a sensible sedan bundle. However for the 2019 mannequin yr, Mazda is eradicating one of many key components in that recipe: The guide transmission. The 2019 Mazda 6 shall be computerized solely, however will get different small tweaks together with extra normal tech options.
Mazda beforehand provided a six-speed guide on the bottom Sport trim degree, however even that possibility disappears for 2019. That leaves the Honda Accord as the one midsize sedan nonetheless accessible with a guide gearbox. A Mazda spokesperson advised Automotive and Driver that demand for the guide had decreased to the purpose the place it was now not viable, though the automaker hopes to carry the guide again as a “special-order possibility” sooner or later. For now, a six-speed computerized is the one transmission possibility.
Whereas Mazda prides itself on catering to automotive fanatics, it’ll solely provide guide transmissions on two fashions henceforth. The Mazda three will get a guide on the trim degree of the hatchback physique fashion, and the MX-5 Miata is out there with a guide in all configurations.
The 2019 Mazda 6 will get G-Vectoring Management Plus as normal gear. First seen on the 2019 CX-5, this characteristic is designed to make the automotive flip into corners extra simply. It does that by barely lowering engine torque and frivolously making use of braking when the driving force begins turning the steering wheel. The Mazda 6 additionally will get extra normal driver aids, together with autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane preserve help, and adaptive cruise management. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto can be found, however you’ll have to improve from the bottom Sport trim degree to the Touring.
Engine selections are unchanged from the 2018 mannequin yr. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque is normal gear. A turbocharged model is out there on Grand Touring and better trim ranges. It makes 250 hp on 93-octane gasoline (227 hp on 87-octane) and 310 lb.-ft. of torque.
The 2019 Mazda 6 hits showrooms this month. The sedan is out there in 5 trim ranges: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, and Signature. The Sport base mannequin begins at $24,720, whereas the range-topping Signature begins at $36,020. Each costs embody a compulsory $920 vacation spot cost.