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New or Significantly Altered Models

2009 Mazda MAZDA6 Sedan
The U.S. now gets a dedicated version of the Mazda6 sedan. The wagon and 5-door hatchback models are no longer offered. The second-generation Mazda6 has grown appreciably larger in every dimension. In particular, the roughly 5 extra inches of length and 2 inches of width create a more spacious interior. The FWD Mazda6 retains a choice of four-cylinder and six-cylinder engines, both are more powerful than their predecessors were.

Updated Models

2009 Mazda MX-5
The 2009 MX-5 features a number of enhancements for the 2009 model year. The revised exterior features new front and rear fascias, headlights, taillights and side sills. The largest visual difference is a new larger more exaggerated grille opening. The interior gains padded armrests, padded center console and a revised audio system. A number of color and option differences round out the changes for 2009.
2009 Mazda RX-8
The 2009 Mazda RX-8 wears a restyled front fascia with new headlamps. In the back, a new bumper accompanies larger diameter exhaust outlets. The powertrain remains the same, but manual transmission models now include a lower ratio in the differential. A trapezoidal strut tower brace has been added for extra rigidity. The RX-8 continues to offer Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trim levels, but adds a new R3 sport package. The R3 sport package features a sport-tuned suspension, Bilstein shocks and urethane-filled front suspension crossmemebers. The R3 package also wears a unique front bumper, side sill extensions, 19-inch wheels and a rear spoiler.

Mostly Unchanged

2009 Mazda B-Series Cab Plus 4
The SE model has been discontinued.
2009 Mazda B-Series Regular Cab
2009 Mazda CX-7
Minor equipment changes.
2009 Mazda CX-9
Minor equipment changes.
2009 Mazda MAZDA3 5-Door
2009 Mazda MAZDA3 Sedan
2009 Mazda MAZDA5
2009 Mazda Tribute
The Tribute features a number of enhancements for 2009. The base engine is a new 2.5L four-cylinder rated at 171-bhp. This engine also becomes the basis for hybred electric models. The 3.0L V6 has also been improved and is now rated at 240-bhp. A new six-speed automatic is now offered in the range. The 2009 Tribute also features redesigned front and rear seats.


2008 Mazda MAZDA6 5-Door