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Mazda’s groundbreaking Intelligent Energy Loop engine braking system allows the 2014 Mazda6 to achieve the best mileage in its class. Dubbed i-ELOOP, the system converts the vehicle’s kinetic energy into electricity as the car decelerates. The recaptured electricity, which would ordinarily go to waste, is then used to power the electrical components of the vehicle. These include the headlights, audio systems, climate control and other electrical equipment. As a result, the fuel economy of the vehicle is improved because the engine doesn’t need to burn extra fuel to generate electricity.

The 2014 Mazda6 has a fuel economy of 28 mpg in the city and a whopping 40 miles per gallon on the highway, according to the EPA. This mileage not only puts it ahead of other vehicles in its class, but also ahead of smaller compacts and subcompacts such as the 2013 Honda Civic and the 2013 Ford Fiesta. The 2014 Mazda6 without the i-ELOOP add-on returns 26 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. Ask your Phoenix Mazda dealer for more information and additional comparisons.

The window to recapture kinetic energy is extremely short and can only occur when a vehicle is braking or decelerating. To efficiently do this, the system uses a variable voltage alternator to continually transfer electricity to the electric double layer capacitor. Unlike a battery, the capacitor does not involve a chemical reaction and stores energy as electricity to be used later on. In addition to improving the fuel economy, the new braking system is also expected to prolong the life span of the battery and the use of charcoal in the capacitor, as opposed to heavy or precious metals, makes it environmentally friendly.

The drawback? The 2014 Mazda6 with the optional i-ELOOP technology starts at $32,570 and is only available on the Grand Touring model with the new GT Technology package. The package also comes with a lane departure warning system, high beam control, radar cruise control, forward obstruction warning system, a Sport mode button and active grille shutters.

Visit Chapman Mazda to test drive the new Mazda6 today.