If you stop by your local Mazda dealer this month, with any luck, you'll see the much-anticipated 2014 Mazda6 parked in the showroom – there are already a few hundred of them out there. That's quite an accomplishment in light of the fact that it isn't even calendar year 2013. The move is part of a strategic decision by the Japanese automaker, which is hoping to capitalize on holiday showroom traffic. (The last five days of the year are typically among the busiest dealer days all year).

If you happen to spy the rakish sedan, you may notice something missing – a window sticker. That's because Mazda (like other automakers) can't legally display the Monroney on a 2014 model year vehicle until January 1, 2013. According to Autoblog sources, Mazda dealers are legally prohibited from letting you test drive until the start of 2013, so it's more of a sneak preview than anything else. Even so, we reckon shoppers will be impressed when they finally get a look at those window stickers – Mazda hasn't announced fuel economy figures yet, but Autoblog has learned that the 2014 model will carry a pair of impressive numbers: EPA estimates of 27 miles per gallon in the city and 38 mpg on the highway using regular gas.

Mazda dealers are legally prohibited from letting you test drive until the start of 2013, so it's more of a sneak preview than anything else.

Those figures mirror that of the CVT-equipped 2013 Nissan Altima, but with a bit more power – the document cites figures of 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque from the 2.5-liter Skyactiv four cylinder – figures that are down slightly from the 189 hp and 189 lb-ft overseas example we drove in October. Unlike the Nissan and many of its competitors, the engine can be paired with the buyer's choice of either a six-speed manual gearbox or automatic. Other key rivals, including the Honda Accord, Kia Optima and Toyota Camry fall short of the Mazda's economy numbers, though the Kia does offer a bit more power at 200 hp/186 lb-ft.

The 2014 Mazda6 fuel economy figures come courtesy of a "Display Vehicle Playbook" dealer document obtained by Autoblog from an anonymous source. A word of advice – don't bother trying to cajole your local salesman into an early sale or test drive. Those same dealer materials spell out in no uncertain terms that "there are SIGNIFICANT financial penalties that may be incurred should the vehicle be operated or driven prior to final invoice." Final invoices will be issued by Mazda district managers just before the car goes on sale January 2.

Unlike its rivals, however, the Mazda6 will only launch with one engine – there is no uplevel V6 or turbocharged gas I4 in the cards. However, Mazda has already confirmed a 2.2-liter Skyactiv turbodiesel powerplant, which is mentioned in the document as having "late 2013 availability." No fuel economy or power estimates are provided.

Company officials have confirmed to Autoblog that its dealers still have a substantial inventory of 2013 Mazda6 models on lots – around 7,000 units, or about a 100-day supply. With the much more advanced new model already on many lots – set to carry similar pricing – selling through the outgoing model is likely to be a challenge met only with substantial incentives.


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      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      One of the best looking cars in its segment, has the best mileage (or at least tied with Nissan), and decent power, and all from regular gas. Oh yeah, and you can get a MANUAL too! As long as this car isn't overpriced, or has a ton of recalls (I'm looking in your direction Ford), this should be a decent seller for Mazda.
        Greg
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Pricing looks like it is right in line with its competitors. After sitting in one, and granted that was a top-of-the-line model, it looks like these deliver quite the bang for the buck.
      GN
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a handsome car. Looks sporty and less conservative than the competition. That's why I felt in love with it.
      Peter
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good competition for VW with the diesel, bring it
      Mazdaspeed6
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm proud that Mazda is staying relevant. Mazda is like the old BMW. Every single car in their line up is responsive and fun to drive, from the entry level compacts to the SUVs. How many other manufacturers can say that?
        leo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mazdaspeed6
        yeah it's too bad 90% don't care about that that's why BMW has gone soft ... $$$$$$$$$$$ rules when it comes time to business, and 95% of family people that don't care about sport cars will find this too aggressive and stiff and will turn and run away form the Mazda dealer. they really need to develop a soft suspension for the masses and offer the sportier suspension as a free option to those that want it. that's the only way I can see Mazda becoming relevant again..a car that pleases the AutoMags is not necessary one that the masses want....
          Andrew B
          • 2 Years Ago
          @leo
          Except up in in Canada at least, the Mazda3 does exceptionally well. Why would a car company that has less funds than the major Japanese automakers, dilute their product line-up with too many options and models. Think about the sales nightmare it would be to stock every model in a "soft" and "firm" suspension edition. Adding in a dynamic suspension would be even worse from a reliability standpoint. I've always saw Mazda as "BMWs without the badge". They're built well, have amazing handling and feedback, and don't cost an arm and a leg. My Protege5 is incredibly fun to drive. To be honest, I don't think Mazda wants to be the sales leader, and they know they never will. They're content in making fun-to-drive, focused vehicles and march to the beat of their own drum.
          StanO360
          • 2 Years Ago
          @leo
          Ahhh, but the brakes! I've never owned a sports car, but the brakes on my '09 6 blow away all the other cars I've ever owned. That certainly should appeal to the masses
      Copperhead
      • 2 Years Ago
      For those of you going for the base model, It's $21.8k base. Has push button start, dual exhaust, 38 mpg, good looks, Good handling, decent interior. You may not need a sunroof, and the stock stereo may be sucky, but pioneer sells the http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Car/GPS-Navigation/AVIC-X940BT Which can be had on amazon for less than $550. If you really wanted leather seats you can get them done in leather or leather/alcantara for less than $1k. This is the best sedan under $25k
      aviboy97
      • 2 Years Ago
      Saw one already. Looks 1000% better in person. Interior is waaaay better than expected. Those making comments about a low-rent nav system and out of date gauge cluster need to see one in person. It's amazing.
        GR
        • 2 Years Ago
        @aviboy97
        I really hope so because I am not at all digging the looks from the photos. It looks like a Sonata wannabe to me. I also did not like the look of the interior from the pictures. I am hoping I will like the car when I actually see it and check it out.
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Mazda6 is a fantastic looking car, and with MPG numbers like that, it should do very well. I'm really looking forward to the diesel, sad to hear we basically have to wait another year for it to come out...ugh.
        6thGear
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CarCrazy24
        The diesel should be available in the latter half of next year not in 2014.
      Copperhead
      • 2 Years Ago
      The 2.2 liter sky active d twin turbo diesel is a bad ass engine. Current specs are 173hp and 310 ft/lbs torque. We will see early next year when the cx-5 gets this engine option. http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2012/11/2014-mazda6-confirmed-with-skyactiv-d-diesel.html http://www.mazda.com/mazdaspirit/skyactiv/engine/skyactiv-d.html
      Charles Wayne Jackso
      • 2 Years Ago
      Like the side and rear better that the Ford Fusion...The C pillar has some Fusion look..but dislike the front end styling...but all in all a great looking car..
      techie69
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is one car that's got the tech, better looking than the Sonata and it can tango. I love it, too bad I am not in the market for one, will be in 2 years.
      AD
      • 2 Years Ago
      Automakers need to stop these 2 year early releases of their model. I do like the new Mazda!
        geoh777
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AD
        I wouldn't care about the model year. I would be impressed with a usable, drivable car with 35 mpg city, 50 mpg highway, however.
        blatinotop4u
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AD
        What model(s) are you referring to?
          SamerIraq
          • 2 Years Ago
          @blatinotop4u
          I agree with Copperhead, now automakers are releasing the cars so soon for their model years, I remember that new models are usually released around September or October for the next year, so an all new car for 2014 should be released around September or October 2013, not January, so they should sell this one as 13 model not 14, only Toyota is sticking to the old release dates.
      Gorgenapper
      • 2 Years Ago
      What is *WITH* the comment(s) about it having an underwhelming interior? Every time the new Mazda 6 is shown or talked about, there is always at least one comment about the interior. I suppose nowadays that understated, clean and functional is somehow equivalent to blandness, and people want their interiors to be filled with blue buttons, blinking lights and warning klaxons so that they can feel like they're piloting a spaceship.
        icemilkcoffee
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Gorgenapper
        To be fair, Mazda's interior tends to be really dark. We are talking 90's BMW dark. Darth Vader dark. It's just too 'teutonic' and not a warm inviting place.