2007 Mazda Mazda6 Wagon Performance
This performance review was written when the 2007 Mazda Mazda6 Wagon was new.
The 2007 Mazda6 Sport Wagon is praised for its satisfying powertrain, characterized by a spirited V6 engine and refined six-speed automatic transmission, as well as solid handling and an impressive braking system. According to Kelley Blue Book, "The ride and handling capabilities are much more like those of a sport sedan than what many drivers might expect of a vehicle with a wagon's functionality."
Acceleration and Power
Every trim level of the 2007 Mazda6 Sport Wagon is powered by a 3.0L V6 engine that makes 212-horsepower at 6000 rpm and 197 pound-feet of torque at 5000 rpm. While Automotive.com boasts that "Zoom-zoom is in plentiful supply regardless of which model you choose," Edmunds asserts that although the Sport Wagon is no "rocket ship," it does have "more than enough power to get the job done." Edmunds continues, "While low-end torque was merely acceptable, the engine positively thrills in the upper-rpm range."
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, all trim levels of the Mazda6 Sport Wagon maintain a fuel economy of 17 miles per gallon in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. "In terms of gas mileage, the Mazda Mazda6 is slightly better than the average midsize wagon, but not by much," says NewCars.com. Kelley Blue Book adds, "If fuel economy is a primary concern you should know the Mazda6 Sport Wagon, unlike the Mazda6 Sport Sedan, is not available with a four-cylinder engine or a manual transmission."
Though no fully manual transmission is offered, auto reviewers seem generally pleased with the Sport Wagon's automatic six-speed sport transmission with manual mode -- which lets drivers opt to switch gears manually. Automotive.com declares: "The six-speed automatic is really smooth yet shifting is crisp. The six-speed automatic provides improved gear spacing for the V6, keeping it in its power band under all circumstances."
Handling and Braking
Reviewers are generally pleased with the way the 2007 front-wheel drive Sport Wagon handles. In fact, Kelley Blue Book asserts, "If you want a car that can knife through curves like it's riding on those proverbial rails, yet you need room for things like luggage or sample cases, the Mazda6 Sport Wagon might be the vehicle for you." Auto writers at About.com add, "It handles very well, between its four-wheel independent suspension, front and rear stabilizer bars, four-wheel anti-lock brakes and traction control system." In fact, Edmunds says, "We were surprised to discover that the Sport Wagon actually feels more confident and balanced than its sedan sibling, possibly due to the minor change in the front-to-rear weight ratio."
Electro-Hydraulic Power Assist Steering comes standard on every 2007 Sport Wagon. This rack-and-pinion system aims to improve overall performance and handling by altering the level of steering assistance it offers based on driving conditions. While Consumer Guide notes "mild torque steer," Cars.com asserts that "moderate steering effort is accompanied by good feel and feedback." The adds, "The steering is precise and direct."
"Mazda tells us that no sport-tuned suspension or handling package is offered on the Mazda6 because the standard suspension is already tuned for sporty handling," says Automotive.com. Standard on every Sport Wagon is an independent double wishbone front suspension and independent E-type multi-link rear suspension, as well as front/rear stabilizer bars and gas filled front/rear shock absorbers. According to the , the Sport Wagon's suspension system shields commuters "from all but the most buckled pavement." Though reviewers at Consumer Guide agree, stating, "at highway speeds, all show some sharp reaction to pavement seams," they also assert that the suspension configuration is "taut but generally absorbent" and "results in agile, confident cornering with modest body lean, plus fine straightline tracking."
Even more impressive, however, is the Sport Wagon's braking system. All Sport Wagons come equipped with power-assisted ventilated front/solid rear disc brakes and an anti-lock brake system. Also standard is Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, which, depending on such variables as road condition, speed and load, alters the amount of force applied to individual brakes. Moreover, a Traction Control System (TCS) is equipped on all trim levels. Automotive.com reports that "[b]raking is better than in other cars in this class," and that "the anti-lock brakes (ABS) demonstrated a marked propensity to arrest forward motion, with solid, progressive pedal feel, and good resistance to fade from prolonged heat buildup when driving for extended periods of time." Moreover, the vehicle’s TCS "is both instantaneous and seamless to the driver."