The MX-6 with its styling echoes of the BMW 8-series coupes, was sister under the skin to the Ford Probe. When Ford introduced the first-generation Probe, they were surprised to learn that they were wrong in their selection of intended market, Mustang buyers had no interest in highly styled, efficient, good-handling sporty coupes. Mustang buyers might be interested in Camaros or Firebirds but not in front-drive Fours and Sixes.
Toyota established the whole mini-Mustang market with the Celica about 40 years ago, followed, predictably, by Nissan and Honda. The MX-6 was Mazda's entry and it's a good one. The MX-6 competes with the Celica, Nissan 240SX, Eagle Talon, Mitsubishi Eclipse, Plymouth Sebring and Dodge Avenger.
Year-to-year changes[edit | edit source]
1994[edit | edit source]
Dual airbags were added in 1994 along with CFC-free air conditioning. The MX-6 was also a moderately equipped 2.0-liter Four and the MX-6 LS was a heavily equipped V6.
1995[edit | edit source]
The 1995 MX-6 LS has been dropped as a separate standard model and becomes an option package on the MX-6.
The package includes a 2.5-liter V6, 4-wheel disc brakes, 15-in. alloy wheels, air conditioning, alarm system, 6-speaker stereo cassette package, foglamps, and a whole range of minor cosmetic and functional items.
The MX-6 with V6 package is an able performer with a good torque spread, capable with either manual or automatic. The Four has barely adequate power with an automatic gearbox, the MX-3 is a better choice if the cost and economy of the Four are prime considerations.
Retail prices[edit | edit source]
As of April 1, 1994:
- $17,925 (1994 Mazda MX-6)
- $21,925 (1994 Mazda MX-6 LS)
As of August 12, 1994:
- $18,573 (1995 Mazda MX-6)
- $21,648 (1995 Mazda MX-6 LS; optional)
As of June 30, 1995:
- $19,095 (1995 Mazda MX-6)
As of November 22, 1995:
- $19,595 (1996 Mazda MX-6)
- $22,850 (1996 Mazda MX-6 LS)
Shipping prices[edit | edit source]
- $425 (1994 models)
- $440 (early 1995 models)
- $450 (1995 models)