The 2013 Mazda 6 Atenza is a fantastic family-oriented sedan. But… you don’t need to have a family to drive one – I don’t! The Mazda 6 is jam-packed with Mazda’s first round of active safety features that keep our loved ones safe at all times.
For a six-year-old car, the Mazda 6 still has some relatively competitive technology. We’re talking about Mazda’s Adaptive Cruise Control (MRCC), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), Forward Collision Warning, a Reverse camera with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and many more.
The reason I purchased the Mazda 6 came down to size; I wanted to buy the Mazda 3 SP25 Astina sedan but at the time the size of the Mazda 3 just didn’t suit my lifestyle. Looking back now I’m glad I didn’t buy the Mazda 3 because each time I get into my Mazda 6 I love it!
With so many features packed into the Mazda 6, it’s easy to have fun whilst staying safe on the road. One of my favourite features about the Mazda 6 has to be the Adaptive Cruise Control, which is a feature that makes highway driving a breeze. All the driver is required to do is set cruise control on the highway and the car will adapt its speed according to the traffic conditions and the vehicle in front. The car will slow down by itself and speed up to your pre-set speed. This technology paired with Lane Departure Warning can be a lifesaver on long road trips. Remember to Stop, Revive, and Survive every two hours though! This version of Mazda’s Adaptive Cruise Control does not have the stop and go function, which is something I am glad Mazda has introduced into their latest models of passenger vehicles and SUV range. I recently drove the 2018 Mazda CX-5 Akera 2.5-litre petrol and I can confidently say that highway driving is easy with this technology. The CX-5 Akera also has Lane Departure Warning, with Lane-Keep Assist (LAS). Lane-Keep Assist works by using the windscreen mounted camera to monitor lane markings on the road. If the system detects the vehicle is drifting out of the lane it will apply slight steering to return the car to the centre of the lane. Need to change lanes? No worries, the system is smart enough to detect when it’s an intentional lane change. Indicate in whichever direction you desire and the system will temporarily deactivate until the turn signal is returned the off position.
With so many safety features jam-packed inside the car, this was just another reason I purchased the Mazda 6. I also fell in love with Mazda’s design language; KODO meaning ‘Soul of Motion’. I describe my Mazda’s styling as sophisticated and polished. With Mazda bringing out new cars each year, the styling of the whole Mazda range has just kept improving, and the 2019 models are extremely stylish. As well as fantastic styling, Mazda’s servicing is also excellent. At my dealership while my car is being serviced, Mazda offers me a courtesy car so I still have the flexibility of being able to get to work and other events throughout the day. My Mazda dealership even goes one step further; when they hand me the keys back to my car, I step into a nice clean car. Just another added touch that makes me enjoy that Zoom- Zoom experience.
My Mazda 6 wears Mazda’s signature paint colour, Soul Red, which was the first version of the Soul Red paint. I love the way the Soul Red paint glistens in the light, and with subtle hints of chrome around the exterior, it just makes the vehicle look both elegant and trendy.
There aren’t many negative things to say about this car. Surprising I know! Although if I had to pick one, I would say road noise. Mazda is continually criticised for this and they have been working on improving this in their latest models throughout their line-up. Mazda is improving this by installing increased sound-deadening material to things such as the underfloor and the headlining. Tyres and the size of the alloy wheels can also play a big part on the road noise that enters the cabin - on my Mazda 6 Atenza, I have 19-inch alloy wheels, wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza tyres.
Under the bonnet of the Mazda 6, you will find a 4-cylinder 2.5-litre naturally aspirated SKYACTIV engine, which produces 138kW at 5700rpm and 250Nm of torque at 3250rpm. This power is delivered through the front wheels, and is paired to a 6-speed Sports automatic with a manual shift mode and paddle shifters – yes that’s right, a conventional auto and no CVT! The Mazda 6 has a claimed 0-100km/h time of 8.2 seconds, which is not the quickest but quick enough to get you up and going into highway traffic. Did I mention the kick down switch? Push the accelerator to the floor hard and you will feel the kick down switch engage, which provides maximum power and is fantastic for overtaking.
The 6-speed Sports auto works a charm in this car. There’s no need for an 8 or 9-speed auto as the 6-speed does a splendid job at keeping the car in the best gear to optimise fuel efficiency. Put your foot down though, and it will drop a gear and give you the boost of power you need.
The steering is extremely responsive. Find yourself on a nice windy stretch of road and you will have fun. The suspension is firm, so with no settings to adjust this, small imperfections in the roads surface can find themselves making their way into the cabin. I wouldn’t say it’s uncomfortable but it’s definitely something for Mazda to consider refining in the future.
The car has been extremely reliable for me, and in the five years of ownership I have never had an issue. I service the car through a Mazda dealership every 10000kms or 12 months - whichever comes first. The car has been relatively practical for me, as I mainly use it to drive around friends and family, to commute to work, and to those dreaded grocery store visits. I have one minor dislike about the car: the practicality of the boot. Since the Mazda 6 has the sloping roof line, the boot opening is narrow so trying to fit boxes and other large objects in there can be a challenge. The Mazda 6 wagon would be the way to go if you regularly need to transport large goods. All in all though, the practicality of the vehicle is great, and is fantastic for road trips, or just your runaround car.
I would suggest a number of improvements for future models of the Mazda 6;
• Integrating a faster infotainment system with a larger screen,
• Introducing different drive modes, Comfort, Sport and Eco,
• Higher resolution reverse camera (The 2019 Mazda 6 has a 360-degree camera, but even that system can do with higher resolution cameras),
• Self- parking technology would also be great for Mazda to consider in future. More specifically for parallel parking.