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Mazda’s mid-size sedan arrived for the 2004 model year as the replacement for the long-serving 626 series. The ‘6’ was originally offered as a sedan, but a hatchback was added part way into its second season with a Sport Wagon added for 2005. An all-new sedan replaced the original Mazda6 for the 2009 model year and carried a 170-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder or an optional 272-horsepower 3.7-liter V6. A six-speed manual transmission as well as a five-speed automatic were available in four-cylinder models, while a six-speed automatic came with the V6.