In this video, Derek Jenkins, Mazda North America design chief, walks me around the 2014 Mazda 6 and talks about the changes in this all-new third-generation model. Also see my short video of the car’s debut at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. —Jean

Vital Stats

Base price: $21,675 (includes destination)
This car’s price: $21,975 (includes destination)
EPA fuel economy: 25 mpg city/37 mpg highway with six-speed manual transmission
Standard safety features: Six airbags, ABS with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist, traction control, dynamic stability control
High tech: Skyactiv engine and transmission; optional Advanced package includes i-ELOOP brake energy regeneration system and lane departure warning; optional radar cruise control and forward obstruction warning
Chief competitors: Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Nissan Altima, Toyota Camry

Key Points

• This is the third generation of Mazda’s five-passenger sedan
• Mazda is deliberately going for sporty over middle-of-the-road with its “KODO ‘Soul of Motion’ ” design language
• 2.5-liter engine makes 184 horsepower
• New Mazda 6 has a full suite of Skyactiv fuel-saving and performance technology throughout the car, the second production vehicle to get the full Skyactiv treatment (the 2013 CX-5 was the first)
• Fuel economy is up 19 to 27 percent over previous model
• A clean diesel model—Skyactiv-D 2.2-liter—is coming for U.S. buyers in second half of 2013
• Touring Technology package includes eleven-speaker Bose surround sound, TomTom navigation, and an all-new Smart City Brake Support system to avoid or reduce severity of low-speed crashes