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Pros: After being named Canadian Car of the Year back in February, the sporty Mazda6 returns for 2015 with the same great combination of edgy styling and dynamic performance, mixed with a tremendous dose of fuel economy thanks to Mazda's SKYACTIV technology. Driving enthusiasts will also love the fact that a manual transmission is available. Plus, the car boasts a lovely interior with top-quality materials.

Cons: The touchscreen interface is less advanced and harder to use than competing systems, while headroom in the backseat is tight. Also, ride quality may be too firm for some, especially with the larger wheels on the GT model.

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2015 Mazda6 Price: The Mazda6 is available as a sedan only and in three different trims. Prices range from $24,495 for a base GX all the way to $32,195 for a GT with automatic transmission. The Technology Package costs an extra $2,800.

2015 Mazda6 Fuel Economy: Based on Natural Resources Canada's new 5-cycle testing procedure to determine fuel consumption ratings, expect to achieve 6.4L/100km on the highway and 9.4L/100km in the city with the manual transmission, or 6.2/8.8L with the automatic transmission.

Improvements and Changes: There are only mild changes to report. Most notable is the new i-ELOOP regenerative braking system. As for body colours, Blue Reflex is no longer available.

2015 Mazda6 Powertrain: The Mazda6 features one engine, regardless of trim, and it is Mazda’s direct-injected 2.5L SKYACTIV-G 4-cylinder. The impressive piece of machinery pumps out 184 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque either through a 6-speed manual gearbox (a rarity these days) or a 6-speed automatic with manual mode.

A 2.2L SKYACTIV-D diesel engine is on the way, too, although its exact date of arrival has already been postponed and remains to be confirmed.

Cargo Capacity: The 2015 Mazda6 has a decently sized trunk which can swallow up to 419 litres of cargo.

Safety: Standard equipment includes six airbags, 4-wheel disc brakes, ABS, brake assist, electronic brake force distribution, stability control, and traction control. Lane Departure Warning, Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC), Forward Obstruction Warning (which works with the MRCC), and High Beam Control are optionally available.

Comparing the 2015 Mazda6:
The midsize sedan segment is by far one of the toughest in North America with the likes of the Chevrolet Malibu, Chrysler 200, Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, Honda Accord, Kia Optima, Nissan Altima, Subaru Legacy, Toyota Camry, and Volkswagen Passat also fighting for consumer dollars.