The APEAL award evaluates vehicles with a thorough survey covering what customers think of their new vehicles after the first 90 days of ownership. This year’s award marks Mazda6’s second APEAL segment top honor in as many years, while CX-5 won the award in this year and 2013.
J.D. Power APEAL respondents were asked to rate their vehicles on engine/transmission; ride, handling and braking; comfort/convenience; seats; cockpit/instrument panel; heating, ventilation and cooling; sound system; and styling/exterior.
The 2016 Mazda6 comes powered by a SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter engine that produces 184 horsepower, paired with a standard SKYACTIV-MT six-speed automatic transmission or SKYACTIV-DRIVE six-speed automatic. With its available i-ELOOP energy regenerative capacitor in Grand Touring trim, Mazda6 can achieve an EPA estimated 40 mpg highway, which is the best fuel economy number of any non-hybrid, gas-powered midsize sedan. Mazda6’s starting price is USD 21,495.
The 2016 Mazda CX-5 can be optioned with a standard 155-horsepower, SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter engine with a SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual or an available 184-horsepower SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter engine, mated to a SKYACTIV-DRIVE six-speed automatic transmission. Both drivetrain options can be had with front-wheel drive, while the larger engine can also be equipped with all-wheel drive. The 2016 CX-5 carries a starting price of USD 21,795.
Domestically, Bermaz Motor has made available the refreshed Mazda6 Sedan in 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter options and the Gran Tourer or Touring, quite recently. The 2015 Mazda6 2.0-liter has an official price tag of RM 159,158.30, the 2.5-liter is tagged RM 194.647.30 and the Touring is 198,647.30. The ever popular CX-5 Compact SUV is offered in 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter variations, however only the 2.5-liter has a facelifted version. Both 2.0l and 2.5l have 2WD and 4WD options, with prices running from RM 126,165.50 (2.0l 2WD) till 177,609.70 (2.5l 4WD FL). All prices include insurance and GST.
Edited: Mazda U.S.A.