2015-2016 Lemon Aid New Car Reviews - Mid-size

 

The mid-size segment, while not as important as it once was, has stabilized, and even grown slightly over the past few years as some impressive new models have gone on sale. However, some former mid-size buyers have downsized to the larger compacts now available, while others have defected to entry-level luxury cars and compact CUVs.
All-new cars in this segment for 2015 include the Chrysler 200, Hyundai Sonata, the Legacy and Outback from Subaru and a significantly updated, yet not totally new Toyota Camry.
Cars in their last year in their current forms in 2015 include the Chevrolet Malibu and Kia Optima.
The four-cylinder cars in this class deliver a pleasing blend of performance and fuel economy. They are as quick as many six-cylinder cars in this class were a decade ago. V6 engines, once popular in this segment, have virtually disappeared; often replaced with turbo fours that are easier to package and yield lower fuel consumption figures in U.S. Government fuel consumption tests, if not in real life, than V6 competitors. Volkswagen has a lock on diesel power in this segment with its Passat TDI model.
Active safety, including active cruise control, lane departure and collision warnings, are becoming more and more prevalent on mid-size cars, but these features are often restricted to high-end models.
A note about mileage: The APA's posted fuel economy figures are taken the U.S. Department of Energy as those from the Canada EnerGuide were not available when out research was compiled.

 

Chevrolet Malibu  Hyundai Sonata  Subaru Legacy  Toyota Prius 
Chrysler 200  Kia Optima  Subaru Outback  Toyota Prius V 
Ford Fusion  2016 Mazda 6  Toyota Camry  Volkswagen Passat 
Honda Accord  Nissan Altima     

Chevrolet Malibu

Specifications


 

 

What’s new
The Malibu can now be a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot.

Performance
With the normally-aspirated four, the Malibu is quick, and unless accelerating hard, very quiet. In a four car test, the Malibu was about as quick as the Ford Fusion 1.5T, but was a fair bit slower than the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima. The Malibu's steering is light but precise and delivers good feedback. The six-speed automatic transmission, a Ford-GM co-operative venture, works better in the Malibu likely due to better transmission programming. The Malibu's dynamic balance is more biased toward ride than handling, but its handling is predictable and the Malibu's suspension is unfazed by a full complement of passengers. The suspension clunks that plagued the last Malibu are blissfully absent on the current car. Small windows and heavy rear roof pillars restrict outward visibility. Excellent audio system.
While the Malibu's interior is the antithesis of avant-garde, it is, except for the unfinished-looking ribbed plastic trim facing the front passenger, elegant and carefully constructed from very attractive components. Faux wood and faux allow trim are very well done. While the square-shaped instrument pods are gimmicky to some, the gauges themselves are crisp and clear. The centre stack contains a plethora of buttons but they are easier to deal with than the touch screens used by many makers now. All controls function smoothly. Though it is a bit narrow, front occupants have sufficient space and reside on comfortable seats. The rear seat cushion is mounted a bit low, the space is narrow and legroom is no better than what is available in many compact cars. Trunk space is reasonable for this class of car. The Malibu was ranked third, along with the Ford Fusion, but behind the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima, in a recent APA multi-car test.

Comments
The fourth-generation Malibu in modern times is built on the shorter wheelbase version of the Epsilon II platform shared with the Buick Regal. The car landed with a thud in the marketplace and has failed to make any headway. Chevrolet rushed some changes for the 2014 model year including a new front end and some cabin changes to increase rear legroom, but the car is generating little interest from buyers. An all-new generation Malibu will be unveiled at the New York show in April 2015. The base engine is a normally-aspirated 2.5L four, with a turbocharged 2L four optional. Power reaches the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission exclusively.

Pricing
Overpriced 1LT option upgrade. The 2LT package is priced to reflect its additional content. Malibus equipped with the 2 turbo engine are priced $1700 more than similarly-equipped 2.5L cars. The 1LZ package is very expensive considering its contents. Reasonable lease value.

Reliability
Not rated. Electrical problems are a possibility. 


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
2L-4 T (259 HP), 2.5L-4 (196 HP) 

Transmissions: 6A* 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  9.4L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  6.5L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Available forward collision and lane departure warnings, blind spot and rear cross traffic warnings.

Additional airbags: knee airbags for both front occupants and side airbags for both outboard rear passengers

Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/160,000
Current Generation Debut:  2013

Country of Origin:  United States

 

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 



Chrysler 200

Specifications

NEW

 

 

What’s new
The all new 200 went on sale in the fall of 2014. No convertible model is available. The 200's companion car, the Dodge Avenger, has been discontinued.

Performance
The 3.6L V6 delivers thrilling performance along with a stirring soundtrack when pushed hard, but feels sluggish in normal driving as the nine-speed automatic transmission strives to attain the highest gear possible to flatter U.S. fuel-consumption tests. The transmission keeps revs low, which is good for fuel economy, but is bad for refinement as the engine operates much of the time in an rpm range that promotes an annoying resonance from the exhaust system. The 200’s steering is nicely weighted and geared but lacks any feedback whatsoever. The 200 feels very well planted on the road and has a good ride-handling compromise, but rough roads generate squeaks and clunks from the suspension. Wind noise is well suppressed and Chrysler has done a fantastic job at quelling road noise. Massive front windshield pillars and a high rear deck line hamper outward vision.The gauges on our 200S test car were visually marred by little fingers extending into the instruments from their perimeters, as well as almost unreadable dark blue markings on the important even numbers like 40, 60, 80 and 100 km/h. Normal driving speeds of the speedometer were crammed into about half the dial, with the rest of the space devoted to readings up to 280 km/h as well as a script reading “speedometer” on the outer edge of the dial. The tachometer had a similar identifier on it, which should really be changed to “tack-ometer” because of its vulgarity. Our 200 was equipped with Chrysler’s touch screen system which is easy to use one of the best in best in the business. The climate controls, also used in most Chrysler products, work well enough. The touch screen has to be used for air distribution as well as seat heaters and the heated steering wheel. Gears are selected by a rotary dial, which is great for packaging but is not as intuitive as a conventional gear selector.
The combined leather-cloth upholstery combination, which had blue and black leather bolsters and black cloth centre panels, was attractive enough, but the blue-toned wood trim in the cabin was nauseating to most APA drivers. The 200S’s front seats are comfortable, deeply padded and with large side bolsters, held drivers well without pinching. The rear seat itself is comfortable enough but legroom is very limited for this class of car. The centre console intrudes into the rear passenger foot space leaving little room for a centre passenger. Avoid the sunroof option as it exacerbates an already tight headroom issue on the 200. Ingress/egress is reasonable up front but the severely sloping roofline leaves those entering the rear seat wondering what to do with their heads. The multi-function centre console borders on wizardry with enough combined storage space to please even the most determined hoarders. Competitive trunk space

Comments
The 200 is based on the same variable architecture that underpins the Dodge Dart and the Jeep Cherokee.
Despite looking very compact, the 200 is actually bigger outside than the substantial-looking Toyota Camry. The familiar 2.4L four and a 3.6L V6 return and hook up to the nine-speed automatic transmission that is working its way through Chrysler’s lineup. All-wheel drive is optional on V6-powered 200s.

Pricing
Good value Limited and 200C upgrades but the S-Package is overpriced. Depreciation is likely to be harsh. No leasing available.

Reliability
New car, not rated. The 3.6L V6 engine, nine-speed automatic transmission and this new version of the small-wide Fiat-Chrysler platform are all unproven. 


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
2.4L-4 (184 HP)*, 3.6L-V6 (295 HP) 

Transmissions: 9A 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive*, all-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  10.2L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  6.4L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Blind spot and rear cross traffic and forward collision with auto brake available
Additonal airbags: knee airbags for front occupants

Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2015

Country of Origin:  United States

 

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 



Ford Fusion

Specifications


 

 

What’s new
1.6L turbo and manual trasmission discontinued. Option package changes.

Performance
Equipped with a 1.5L turbo four hooked to a six-speed automatic transmission, the Fusion delivers solid acceleration, is flexible and refined on the open road, but sounds coarse and feels lethargic in city driving. In a group test that included the Chevrolet Malibu 2.5, and four-cylinder versions of the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima, the Ford was as quick as the Chevrolet but notably slower than the two Japanese-branded cars. The Fusion's six-speed automatic transmission functions well but was a tad reluctant to kickdown when requested. Nicely weighted and geared steering. The ride-handling compromise reflects careful development and is in keeping with the Fusion's mission as a large family hauler. Solid brakes. The swoopy styling, especially the swept back windshield pillars, restricts outward vision. Excellent rear view camera which shows the projected path of the car which alters depending on how much the steering wheel is turned. The new turbo fours in the Fusion use more fuel in real-world use than their official fuel consumption figures would indicate. With fresh modern design and attractive materials, the Fusion’s cabin is a success. The interior is fronted by an attractive dashboard containing what has become Ford's universal gauge package featuring a conventional speedometre flanked by changeable electronic displays. The instrumentation works well enough but the universal nature of the shared components diminishes the individuality of the various vehicles in Ford’s lineup. The SE the APA drove had the MyFord Touch system which has been updated several times but is still not user friendly. Comfortable seats ally with sufficient cabin space to allow for four (or five in a pinch) adults to contemplate a long journey. However, like most recent Fords, interior space is not generous given its substantial exterior dimensions. Big trunk, but the small trunk lid makes loading awkward.
Along with the Chevrolet Malibu, the Fusion was rated third in a four car APA road test, behind the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima

Comments
Power stems exclusively from four-cylinder engines. Two turbo fours, a 1.5L with 181 horsepower, a 240 horsepower 2L four, as well as a 175 horsepower normally-aspirated 2.5L four, are offered. A conventional six-speed automatic is the sole transmission available on non-hybrids. All-wheel drive, standard on the Titanium trim level, is optional on the 2L SE. Two hybrids are offered. A conventional hybrid twins a normally-aspirated 2L four with an electric motor to create 188 combined horsepower; with a plug-in "Energi" model employing the same hardware but its lithium-ion batteries can power the car in full electric mode for the first 43 kilometres, after which the car reverts to "conventional" hybrid operation.

Pricing

The base S model is quite well equipped. The SE trim upgrade is the gateway to a number of options not offered on the S and is available with the proven 2.5L normally-aspirated four. The 1.5L turbo engine is priced $900 more than a 2.5L powered Fusion but only has six additional horsepower. The base SE hybrid is priced $4200 higher than a conventional 2.5L SE. The SE Energi plug-in hybrid is priced $8000 more than a base SE hybrid. Good value leasing.

Reliability

Rated average. Some expensive failures of the 2L turbo four. Unproven 1.5L turbo. The 2.5L is the best engine choice.

See the Hybrid and Electric car section.


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants:  2/3

Engines: 1.5L-4 T (178 HP)*, 2L-4 T (240 HP), 2.5L-4 (175 HP), 2L-4 H and Energi  (141 HP gasoline, 188 combined)

Transmissions: 6A*, CVT 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive*, all-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  10.1L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  6.6L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Standard
Additional airbags: knee airbags for front occupants
Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000, , 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2013

Country of Origin:  Mexico, United States

 

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: A

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 



Honda Accord

Specifications


 

 

What’s new
SE model now has a sunroof.

Performance
Hooked up to CVT, the Accord sedan's 2.4L four furnishes quick, eager and smooth performance. Honda's CVT, unlike many others, minimizes high-rev operation to such an extent that few drivers will be aware that the Accord is equipped with a CVT unless they hammer the throttle. The Accord accelerated neck and neck with the Nissan Altima, both of which were considerably faster than the Ford Fusion 1.5T and Chevrolet Malibu they were tested against. Previously, the Accord handled a bit more crisply than the Toyota Camry, but the 2016 Camry is surprisingly Accord like. Nicely weighted and geared steering. Strong brakes with good pedal feel. Engine and wind noise are subdued, but Honda's traditional downfall, pronounced road noise is joined by prominent road grit pinging off the underside of the Accord. A high driving position and large windows provide a level of visibility seldom enjoyed in modern cars.
The hybrid model combines brisk performance with very good fuel economy, but the small 2L four works hard to provide minor increases in speed and sounds annoyingly fussy in typical driving.
The Accord's cabin is fronted by a gauge package pulled right out of the CR-V. The instrument cluster is easy to scan but the silver-painted perimeters of the gauges look like they were done by hand by a model car enthusiast. A large screen, for the rear-view camera in all models and the navigation screen on fancier variants, dominates the centre of the dashboard. Below the main screen is a separate touch screen controlling audio source and station selection, as well as a conventional volume knob. The all-button climate controls reside in a narrow strip between the radio screen and the multi-function control knob on navigation-equipped cars that dominates the main centre stack of the dashboard. While the Accord's cabin is fashioned from mostly attractive components, the (except for the headliner) all-black cabin that is paired with most exterior colours is oppressively grim in appearance. Faux alloy trim is particularly well done but trim fillets meant to be ebony wood in reality resemble dull scratched plastic and do nothing to relieve the monochromatic ambience of the Accord's cabin. Though the Accord's cabin may look grim, with big, comfortable seats and acres of space, it is one of the most comfortable cars in its segment. Trunk space is on the small size for a car this big.

Comments
Power stems from a direct-injected 185 horsepower (189 in the Sport trim level) 2.4L four referred to as "Earth Dreams" by Honda. Except for the EX-L sedan trim level, which is only offered with the CVT, all the 2.4L Accords are offered with a six-speed manual transmission. An optional 278 horsepower 3.5.L V6 can be hooked up to a six-speed automatic transmission in sedan and coupe body styles, but the latter offers a six-speed manual as well. Lane departure, blind spot and forward collision systems are standard on the EX-L 2.4L and fancier models.
Pricing
The Sport and Touring models are priced to reflect the value of their extra contents. Good value EX-L upgrade. V6 models are priced $3400 (sedan) to $4100 (coupe) higher that an equivalent 2.4L Accord. The Touring hybrid is priced $3850 higher than a 2.4L Touring. Differing equipment between the sedans and coupes makes it difficult to access the value proposition of the two-door lineup. The Accord was rated first in a four car test that also included the second place Nissan Altima and the third place Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Malibu. Good value leasing.
Reliability
Above average reliability predicted. Unproven CVT transmission.


Body Style:  4SD*, 2CP
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
2L-4 H (141 HP gas, 196 combined), 2.4L-4 (185 HP* (189 HP Sport)  3.5L-V6 (278 HP)

Transmissions: 6M, CVT*, 6A 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  8.7L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  6.5L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Available forward colliision and lane departure warnings as well as passenger side camera on some models.

Additional airbags: None

Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2013

Country of Origin:  United States

 

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 



Hyundai Sonata

Specifications

NEW

 

 

What’s new
The all-new Sonata went on sale in the summer of 2014. The 2015 Sonata hybrid has been announced but no details are available.

Comments
Hyundai's new 2015 Sonata, about the same size as its predecessor, is the first mainstream car from Hyundai to feature its new Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 styling. The cabin has abundant soft-touch surfaces, more attractive materials, and looks chic. Though the dashboard contains a near-intimidating number of buttons, they are logically arrayed, segregated into separate audio and climate functions and quite easy to deal with. Big, clear gauges with crisp graphics. The front and rear seats are more comfortable than on the previous Sonata. Large trunk.
According to Hyundai, the Sonata's platform is all-new and incorporates advanced steels for greater rigidity, safety and driving precision. The previous normally-aspirated 2.4L four and 2L turbo return, but have been re-tuned for better midrange response. In APA testing, the new Sonata was indeed smoother, significantly quieter and better-riding than before. Hyundai’s six-speed automatic shifted gears smoothly and responded particularly well in city driving. Observed highway fuel economy of under 7L/100 km is impressive for this segment, as is range, which, according to the trip computer, promises around 850 kilometres on a full tank. The performance delivered by the base 2.4L four renders the 2L turbo superfluous. The 2L turbo is very fast when pushed but feels very pedestrian in typical driving and has a distinct exhaust resonance around 1500 rpm. The 2.4L engine is smoother and quieter than the turbo and feels more linear in normal driving. Advanced safety equipment such as Forward Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control with stop and go capability, Blind Spot and Cross Traffic monitors, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision warning and Lane Change Assist, are available. The Blind Spot Monitor and Adaptive Cruise Control perform well.
The last Sonata was a big success for Hyundai Canada, maintaining strong sales even as the car aged. The new car has addressed the ride comfort, interior noise issues, rear-seat headroom and ingress/egress weaknesses of the previous car. The new Sonata competes with the market-leading but maturing Honda Accord and Ford Fusion, as well as the heavily-revised 2015 Toyota Camry. In a recent APA four car group test, the Sonata was rated very closely behind the top-rated Camry, with the Mazda 6 and Chrysler 200 trailing the two top cars by a wide margin.

Pricing

At just under $24,000, the base Sonata, with air conditioning, heated seats and alloy wheels, is nicely equipped for the money. Fantastic value GLS and Limited package updgrades. The Sport and Sport Tech package prices reflect the value of their extra contents almost exactly. If you want the additional content in the 2.0T Ultimate compared with the 2.0T, it is well worth the money. When additional equipment standard with the turbo is accounted for, the supplement for the 2.0T is about $1500, dropping to about $500 when you compare the 2.0T Ultimate to the 2.4L Limited. A Sonata 2.0T Ultimate is priced about $2500 lower than a comparably equipped Honda Accord V6 Touring. Good value leasing.

Reliability
Predicted reliability is Above Average. The previous Sonata avoided the decline in reliability that affected some other Hyundai models built since 2010. Have the rear brake callipers dismantled, cleaned and lubricated annually to postpone expensive repairs down the road. The direct injection engine is prone to accumulating carbon deposits; an air intake and fuel injection cleaning (two related services) are fairly expensive, but recommended every three years to avoid an eventual and even more expensive de-coking of the cylinder head. The suspension on the 2011-2014 generation car can develop clunks starting at around 100,000 km due to worn rubber components front and rear. The durability of the suspension components on the new car is unknown.


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
2.4L-4 (185 HP])*, 2L-4 T (245 HP)  combined) 

Transmissions: 6A* 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  9.8L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  6.7L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Standard
Additional airbags: None
Warranty: 5/100,000. Hybrid: 8/160,000 on all hybrid system components.
Current Generation Debut:  2015

Country of Origin:  United States

 

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: A

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 



Kia Optima

Specifications


 

 

What’s new
Updated navigation system. Last year for the model. The next-generation Optima was shown at the New York show in April.

Performance

The refined 2.4L base four pulls strongly from 2000 rpm to the redline and copes easily with the six-speed automatic's tendency to grab the highest gear possible. Good passing power. The fast 2L turbo is overkill for most drivers and can't match the silky delivery of the V6s offered by some competitors. Quick, economical hybrid. The steering will feels too heavy for some, and with absolutely no centre play, maintaining a steady path at highway speeds is a challenge. While firm, the ride is never harsh. Crisp handling in typical driving but the Optima's suspension loses its composure when the going gets rough, with the front end running out of travel on big bumps. The brakes lack initial bite. Excellent audio system. Thick rear roof pillars and a high trunk line impair visibility. Big, clear gauges and very logical controls (a bit less so with navigation). Comfortable front seats and plenty of space front and rear. However, the rear seat has an oddly shaped backrest that diminishes comfort. Attractive cabin fittings, even on the base model.

Comments
Based on the previous-generation Hyundai Sonata. The base engine is a 200 horsepower normally-aspirated 2.4L four, with a 274 horsepower 2L turbocharged four, optional. A hybrid version with 206 horsepower, sending power to the wheels via a conventional six-speed automatic transmission, is also available. A six-speed manual transmission is offered on the base model, but most Optimas will be fitted with a six-speed automatic. With over 7000 units sold in 2014, the Optima has proven to be a popular car for Kia.

Pricing

The base model is very good value. The EX and EX Luxury upgrades are bargains. Overpriced 2.4L SX trim group. When the rest of its standard equipment is accounted for, Kia only charges about $600 for the powerful 2L turbo on the SX model. Take a look at the new Hyundai Sonata before you settle on an Optima. Good lease value for 2015.
Reliability
Good reliability predicted. The previous model was reliable.

See the Hybrid and Electric car section.


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:2L-4 T (274 HP), 2.4L-4 (200 HP)*, 2.4L-4 H (206 HP combined)
Transmissions: 6M, 6A* 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  10.2L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  6.9L/100 km
Active Safety Features
Additional airbags: None

Warranty: 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2011

Country of Origin:  United States

 

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: A

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 



2016 Mazda 6

Specifications


 

 

What’s new
Early release mid-cycle remake of the 6 went on sale as a 2016 model early in 2015. Mild styling revisions outside with a new dashboard, centre console and seats inside. Mazda claims that additional sound insulation has improved refinement. Three year full vehicle limited warranty and five year powertrain warranties have no mileage limits.

Comments
The 6’s 2.5L four delivers is flexible and delivers good urge but becomes raucous when pushed. The six-speed automatic transmission works unobtrusively and is particularly smooth in stop-and-go traffic, where other automatic transmissions can turn indecisive. Very good fuel economy. Though nicely geared, the 6’s steering is light and devoid in feel. Shod with low-profile tires on 19 inch wheels, our test GT model rode harshly and coped poorly with urban tarmac but exhibited excellent suspension control on large bumps taken at speed with a full complement of passengers. Braking is competent but with a soft pedal feel. Prominent wind noise combines with the vocal engine and elevated road noise to make for a less than serene driving environment. Small windows translate into limited outward visibility.
Despite substantial exterior dimensions, the 6’s cabin space noticeably less than offered by Camry and Sonata it was pitted against in a recent four car APA road test that also included the Chrysler 200. While the 6 has more rear seat legroom and headroom than the 200, it doesn’t offer the kind of space buyers in this segment expect. Elegant conventional gauges are set in an elegant horizontally-themed dashboard that features an aftermarket-looking stuck on infotainment screen that follows the trend set by the German luxury brands. The 6’s cabin design, assembly quality and the rich look of its interior components should give the German luxury brands a model to aspire to. Audio quality is acceptable, but not quite what was expected on such an expensive car. Large, but shallow trunk is accessed through a small aperture. Weak rear defrosting. With only around 3000 sold last year, the 6 has failed to find a market in Canada.

Pricing
Like other Mazdas, decisions made on how to equip the various trim levels seem odd and designed to thwart any direct comparisons with competitors. What is straightforward is that the 6 is expensive for what you are getting no matter which model of the car you buy. Within the 6 model range, trim upgrades are good value. The GS Luxury package is keenly priced and is equipped with the most sought after luxury items (leather, navigation, sunroof) of the GT but avoids some of the GT's unecessary items like the 9 inch wheels shod with low-profile tires and trick headlights. The Technology package offered on the GT is replete with items such as radar cruise control, lane departure warning and collision warning with auto stop, but at $2800, is expensive, especially compared with the $1200 Tech package offered by Subaru. Good value leasing.
Reliability
Not rated due to insufficient sales. Average reliability is predicted. Mazdas generally develop a few more problems than similar cars from Honda, Hyundai or Toyota.  


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
2.5L-4 (184 HP)*

Transmissions: 6M, 6A* 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  7.4L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  8.4L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Laser cruise control, lane departure warning and collision warning with auto stop optional on GT trim level

Additional airbags:  None
Warranty: 3/Unlimited, 5/Unlimited
Current Generation Debut:  2014

Country of Origin:  Japan

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: N/R

Mod. Front: N/R

Side: N/R

Roof: N/R

Rear: N/R

NHTSA Rating: 


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