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Mazda introduced a brand-new sedan in 2003 to replace its 626 model. Expected to rival European cars in ride and handling, the Mazda6 was built on an all-new platform. Developers used competitive models as benchmarks, including the BMW 3 Series, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.

The Mazda6 is available in sedan, hatchback and wagon body styles. Buyers get a choice of two engines: a 2.3-liter four-cylinder that produces 156 horsepower or a 212-hp, 3.0-liter V-6. One of two automatics or a manual transmission can be installed.

All three body styles received an exterior redesign and interior updates for 2006. The optional Sport AT automatic transmission on four-cylinder models was upgraded to a five-speed unit. Mazda's V-6 engine produces 212 hp at 6,000 rpm and 199 pounds-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm. Mazda juggled its trim levels for 2007, so check to see if the option you wanted on a 2006 is standard on the 2007 model.

Performance-oriented Mazdaspeed6 sedans hit showrooms in late summer 2005 as 2006 models. The Mazdaspeed6 is listed separately in the Cars.com Research section.

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    Fuel Requirements
    Vehicles with catalytic converters or oxygen sensors must use ONLY UNLEADED FUEL, which will reduce exhaust emissions and keep spark plug fouling to a minimum. Your Mazda will perform best with fu ...

    Scheduled Maintenance (Mexico)
    Follow Schedule 1 if the vehicle is operated mainly where none of the following conditions apply. - Repeated short-distance driving. - Driving in dusty conditions. - Driving with extended use of ...

    Accessory Socket
    The ignition switch must be in the ACC or ON position. Only use genuine Mazda accessories or the equivalent requiring no greater than 120 W (DC 12 V, 10 A). CAUTION: To prevent accessory socke ...