• Aug 1st 2008 at 2:32PM
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Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2009 Mazda6.

Despite having the ability to snatch the 2.3-liter gasoline-electric hybrid from FoMoCo's arsenal – the same engine found in the Mazda Tribute Hybrid, Ford Escape Hybrid and 2009 FusionMazda has decided to keep the new Mazda6 hybrid-free for the time being. Jay Amestoy, veep of public and governmental affairs for Mazda, told InsideLine that the automaker is content that the new 6 can hold its own against the competition, despite the high cost of fuel. "Our real-world MPG numbers will be strong, and we think the fuel economy is pretty good the way it is."

The 2009 Mazda6, equipped with the base 2.5-liter four and a manual transmission is rated at 20/29 mpg on the EPA's city/highway estimates, while the 3.7-liter V6-equipped model comes in at 17/25 mpg.

Sales of hybrids continued to rise, but consumer's tastes seem to favor dedicated hybrid models like the Prius, instead of hybrid sedans and cute 'utes based off normal models originally equipped with traditional powerplants.

[Source: InsideLine]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      the new mazda6 for usa is an epic design failure. i dont understand how some people find this design better than the mazda6 the rest of the world gets. usa always gets the ugly mazda6.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Either you need to see an optometrist or your name is Stevie Wonder.

        • 7 Years Ago
        thanks. now i know why mazdausa ruined the original design for usa. its because people like you don't know a failed design when you see it. the usa is a funny place. as long as we have people that have no sense of good taste and appreciation for design, we will never get the beautiful cars the rest of the world gets.

        i understand now. thanks again!
      • 7 Years Ago
      My 1999 Chrysler 300m with 253hp and 255lb.-ft/torque and an old 4 speed automatic was rated at 18/27 and would consistently get 30mpg on the road in real world driving.

      Glad to see we have made so much progress on the fuel economy front in the last decade...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Good point, I forgot about the revised numbers.

        But yes, I would get 30mpg according to the onboard computer, when i was cruising at about 70 on flat stretches of freeway. I'm not going to lie, the first time I saw that number, it surprised the hell out of me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Ford system that would be available (if Mazda wanted it) would be a 2.5l i4 hybrid (the same in the 09 escape/mariner and the same that will come in the '10 fusion/milan.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Bah, they don't sell the Tribute Hybrid here (not in CA), and no one cares.

      • 7 Years Ago
      20/29 is not keeping up well. The Malibu, Accord and Camry all beat it, the Malibu does it by 4mpg highway. And all those are automatics (which many people like).

      Oh, I just looked, the automatic 5-speed 6 gets 21/30, which is competitive (1 lower) than the Accord and Camry. Still 10% off the Malibu though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have nothing against keeping the 6 hybrid-free. But I wouldn't exactly call 20/29 (I4) and 17/25 (V6) strong numbers.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I agree Reuben comments.

      Me thinks Veep is just mincing words. When new Hybrid from Ford comes out, if Mazda isn't sold off they should have a Hybrid 6 models and maybe something else.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don´t think this is that bad,but mazda should make some use of ther excellent diesel engines they use in europe,even better if they made a diesel'electric hybrid,at least in the 3 and the 6, they could get over 50mpg,i think the diesel alone in the 6 makes forthysomething mpg,well thats my opinion
      • 7 Years Ago
      Since Ford licenses their hybrid system from Toyota, I also wouldn't be surprised if Toyota doesn't want their system spread much further than it already is when one counts both Ford (Escape/Mariner, now Fusion) and Nissan (Altima). Especially when you consider Toyota could use all those batteries going into its licensees' hybrids for its own cars to boost Toyota sales.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ford and Toyota's systems are similar but were developed independantly. They cross-licensed the technology to prevent each from suing the other.

        That being said the only place that Ford's used it is on the Hybrid Escape.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ford's hybrid system is not licensed from Toyota. It is similar and some of the suppliers are the same, but the two are different.
        • 7 Years Ago
        See who licensed who?

        My guess is that Toyota holds some critical patents that Ford can't build hybrids w/o licensing.
      • 7 Years Ago
      You are right H15A, many mazda enthusiast would prefer euro or jdm car over this monstrum they have build, but can you blame them for trying to sell more cars on this continent? I will pass on this one and wait for the new 3 which should be a global car.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I was actually really excited when i heard the new 6 was coming to the usa. It was not until i found out that it didnt not come in a hatch, and how it did not share any sheetmetal at all with the jdm/euro version that i completely took it off my list. The new 3 is definitely considerable. We need more global cars in the usa.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Mazda is probably right, many people who buy hybrids want to be seen as being green as opposed to just saving fuel. The Prius does that while hybrid versions of pedestrian models do not.
        • 7 Years Ago
        My current Prius MPG is 48.5. No pedestrian model gets this mileage.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Mazda6 needs:
      1) Hatchback in the USA
      2) Coupe model
      3) Hybrid that improves performance not fuel effeciency
      4) MazdaSpeed with EcoBoost and a good AWD

      the last 2 can be done in 5000 unit runs like the old models.

        • 7 Years Ago
        Agree with the need for a nice coupe to go against the Accord and Altima coupe. Mazda has no sporty coupe cars except for the RX-8, which appeals to a core niche.

        I liked the 6 hatchback but I would bring a wagon over before another 5DR hatch.

        A Mazdaspeed 6 and MX-5 would be nice.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "1) The Mazda6 Hatch has the lowest take rate of the three current variants.
        3) That didn't work for the Accord Hybrid, and it wouldn't work now. Fuel efficiency is the core of the hybrid market.
        4)This, and only this, I agree with."

        1) The hatch was never marketed properly. It had a low take rate but also low numbers on lots.
        2) Mid size coupes with power is a market Mazda has not touched since the mx-6. The major competitors have these cars, why not Mazda?
        3) It didnt work for Honda because most honda drivers don't want any performance. They want reliable A-B cars. Let Mazda tune something. Again, make 5000. Heck make 2000 and see how they sell.
        4) I think mazdaspeed should just be a line, kinda like M or AMG.
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