LOS ANGELES -- Midsize sedans were once the brown shoes of the U.S. car market: a rational purchase, not an emotional one. Cars such as the Ford Fusion and Hyundai Sonata changed that; now even the Toyota Camry, once the king of the sensible sedans, is being billed by some as a fashion statement.
Mazda Motor Corp. redesigned its midsize Mazda6 just two years ago, but it’s giving the car a rapid update, refusing to be left behind.
At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Mazda unveiled updated versions of the Mazda6 and the CX-5 compact crossover for the 2016 model year, sporting a new front grille, LED headlights and taillights, a reworked instrument panel and the new touch-screen infotainment system that debuted last year in the Mazda3 compact car.
Mazda hopes the facelift will boost demand for the Mazda6. It sold 45,010 units of the Mazda6 through October, up 26 percent, but only good enough for 12th place in the midsize sedan segment. Hyundai sold four times as many units of the Sonata.
Both the Mazda6 and CX-5 will be available in two new colors, sonic silver metallic and titanium flash mica, that Mazda has already rolled out in the Mazda3.
Mazda sold 84,181 units of the CX-5 through October, a 27 percent increase that put the compact crossover in eighth place in the segment.