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Consumer Reports auto experts report from the 2012 LA Auto Show

What is it? Considered by Mazda to be its flagship car, this midsized sedan has been redesigned for 2014, following on the heels of several other, larger-volume-selling family sedans being recast.

The Mazda6 will arrive first with a 184-hp, 2.5-liter high-compression four-cylinder gasoline engine. Mazda won't offer a V6 or turbocharged four, but late next year will offer a 2.2-liter turbocharged clean-diesel engine. Both engines will incorporate Mazda's SkyActiv fuel-efficiency technology; fuel-economy numbers haven't been released yet. Either engine will be available with either a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission.

The Mazda6 will also offer a new frontal-collision system called Smart City Brake Support (SCBS), which will help a driver avoid a frontal collision when traveling less than 20 mph and can automatically activate the brakes if necessary. Another new system—Intelligent Energy Loop (i-Eloop)—is a regenerative braking system that recovers energy during braking and stores it in a capacitor to help provide energy for electrical components, such as air conditioning and audio features.

Available features will include LED lights, a TomTom-based in-dash navigation system, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, an audio-menu voice command capability, HD Radio, and Pandora capability. Its infotainment system will also read text messages and let you verbally reply.

What's new or notable? Mazda says its SkyActiv diesel engine will produce fewer nitrogen oxides than its current 2.2-liter diesel sold in other countries and virtually no soot. This eliminates the need for any NOx aftertreatments, which are common with other diesels.

When will it be available?
January 2013.

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