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Day by Day Review: 2014 Mazda6 GT car test drives mazda daily car reviews
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This week I’m taking a one-week hiatus from the luxury bandwagon I have been riding… at least in terms of luxury brands. I’m in a mainstream brand and a mainstream car, the all-new 2014 Mazda6. The catch here is that my tester is a fully loaded GT version… which is actually kind of luxurious, especially as it is Mazda’s flagship.

When I first set my eyes on this new Mazda6 a few days ago, I was impressed. The previous generation has become (in my opinion) too extravagant and bulbous, looking extra large because of the bulging fenders out front. But this model tones it down considerably — something about it almost screams Jaguar to me.

Day by Day Review: 2014 Mazda6 GT car test drives mazda daily car reviews
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The 2014 Mazda6 has a starting MSRP of $24,495 but the GT model starts at $32,195. Mazda is one of the few mainstream manufacturers to offer a manual transmission at all in their mid-sized sedan and, surprise surprise, they even offer it in the highest trim! That’s right, you can get your choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic in any Mazda6 currently available — at no charge!

What you don’t get is a choice of engine, but this isn’t a horrible thing as Mazda offers their 2.5L four-cylinder SkyActiv engine in the Mazda6, with a diesel option coming soon.

As I mentioned, my GT tester is loaded with every option — unfortunately including the automatic. But it includes some impressive features like blind spot detection, radar cruise control, dual-zone climate control, navigation and leather seating.

So far I’m quite impressed — especially with the white leather option against the black exterior.

MSRP as tested (including destination): $ 35,890

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James Bergeron is an Ottawa-based automotive journalist. He is also a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC).