The 2014 MAZDA6. From every angle, the Mazda6 appears to have undergone a dramatic transformation as it enters its third generation. That's because the 2014 model now features the brand's "Kodo" design language, which is marked by fluid lines and soft curves intended to provide an impression of movement. Other models also using the "Kodo" stylistic theme include the latest Mazda3 and Mazda5. In front, the Mazda6 includes a larger grille, restyled fog light housings and more aggressive headlights. While the sedan still features the same oversized front fenders as its predecessor, they've been toned down and integrated into the remainder of the car's lines. Rear-end styling is also completely updated, with the sedan featuring a higher trunk line, updated tail lights and more curves than the previous model.
On the inside, Mazda has filled the 2014 Mazda6 with high-tech features. Optional technology includes HD Radio, Pandora, satellite navigation, Bluetooth phone connectivity and a voice command system that can also read incoming text messages from the driver's paired cell phone. There's even more technology under the hood. The Mazda6 features an energy-capturing system called i-ELOOP. The system works the same as energy-capturing systems in modern hybrids, except the i-ELOOP uses a capacitor to store energy in place of the electric motor/generator and a heavy battery pack found in most hybrid cars. Simply, the capacitor collects energy during the braking process, which is then used to power the electronic accessories, such as the stereo and air conditioning.
According to Mazda, the 2014 Mazda6 is particularly important to the brand because it's the brand's first car completely designed from the ground up with "Skyactiv" engineering. Unique to Mazda, Skyactiv combines a series of technologies designed to lower vehicle weight, improve engine performance, and - most importantly - boost fuel efficiency. Current Skyactiv technologies include a lightweight chassis, body and transmission, along with highly efficient diesel and gasoline engines.