As much as we hate Mazda's Zoom-Zoom slogan, we can't help but like the all-new 2009 Mazda6 ($19,220 and up). The new sedan sports even more aggressive styling, and better fuel economy: drivers can get up to 30mpg with the 2.5L 4-cylinder making 170hp, or step up to the 3.7L V6 for 272hp and still get 25mpg. Manual and manual-shift automatic transmissions are available, as are a push-button ignition, Bluetooth cellular integration, and touchscreen navigation system. Mid-sized sedans just got a little less boring.
Taking design cues from the company's latest Malibu, the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze ($TBA) is the auto maker's latest attempt to reinvent its small car. The car, which will debut in Europe before making its way to the states, will feature one of three powerplants ranging from a 112-hp 1.6L four cylinder to a 150-hp turbodiesel, paired to either a five speed manual of a six-speed automatic. GM claims the car's interior will feature "grained surfaces, soft-touch materials and low gloss trim panels" to make it more like a Civic or Jetta and less like, well, a Chevy — which is good news if you ask us. While it'll be built in Ohio, the Cruze will first go on sale in Europe next March, followed by North America and other areas thereafter.
Hitting showrooms this fall will be the all-new 2009 Acura TL ($TBA; Fall 08). Along with the angular new styling, the luxury sedan will feature the most powerful Acura engine ever. And while not much is known about the 09 TL, Honda has announced that it will be available in two versions, including the first ever application of Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) on the TL.