Recently, there has been a rise in sales of the crossover SUVs and they have become quite popular among customers. Year in, year out, more people opt for an SUV as a family car, rather than the sedan. However, just like the SUV market, the sedan market is overloaded with different vehicles and Mazda 6 is one of the best.
2017 Mazda 6 boasts authentic sporty design and performance figures are great for this type of vehicle. It is equipped with a powerful engine, but even if you don’t seek a vehicle with tremendous horsepower, Mazda is confident on the road and you would enjoy driving it. In addition, this car is equipped with a plethora of useful features. On the other hand, the Japanese automaker decided not to offer an AWD, whereas the hybrid is also out of the picture.
Mazda 6 needs to compete with great cars such as Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata or Ford Fusion, which are also on top in the sedan category. But let’s see what makes Mazda so special.
Trims and Equipment
Mazda 6 comes in Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trims.
The base Sport version comes with cruise control, six-way manually adjustable front seats with lumbar support for the driver and a rearview camera. In addition, this car features 17-inch alloy wheels, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel and a 7-inch touchscreen, whereas the HD and internet streaming radio are also included. Among other features, you would get air-conditioning, Mazda Connect infotainment system with voice control and cloth upholstery. There are more features such as Bluetooth phone and streaming audio or remote keyless entry and ignition.
The upper trim comes standard with forward collision mitigation, power driver seat adjustments. Furthermore, the synthetic leather upholstery is in the cabin, whereas you can also find blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. Other standard features include automatic headlights and wipers, dual-zone automatic climate control and advanced keyless entry.
The optional features for the Touring are adaptive auto-leveling LED headlights and LED running lights. In addition, you can improve your car by adding an 11-speaker Bose audio system and satellite radio or a sunroof. Moreover, heated mirrors and auto-dimming driver side and rearview mirror are included in the Touring Premium package, as it is most of the aforementioned features. Heated front seats are also offered.
Mazda Grand Touring
The top trim’s standard equipment includes LED fog lights, adaptive cruise control and a universal garage door opener. Furthermore, by purchasing this model, you would receive a traffic sign reader with speed warnings, frontal collision warning and automatic high beams. In addition, the car is equipped with leather upholstery, navigation a lane keep assistance and a head-up display. Not only will you get an eight-way power driver seat with memory function, but you would also receive paddles shifters and a rear trunk lid spoiler. Besides all this, the car comes with everything from the Touring and Sport trim.
If you are somehow dissatisfied with all those features you can add the GT Premium package. Active grille shutters, a black headliner and a heated steering wheel are included. This package also offers i-Eloop brake regeneration system that increases fuel efficiency. Some of the additional features are heated rear seats, interior ambient lighting, and authentic trim elements inside the cabin.
2017 Mazda 6 Engine Options
This sedan comes only with one engine option and it is a 2.5-liter V4 good for 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque. If you own the Grand Touring you would get a six-speed automatic transmission as standard, whether this gearbox is optional on lesser trims. The other two models come with a six-speed manual.
From 0 to 60 mph Mazda with the automatic takes 7.6 seconds, whereas the car with the manual gearbox is a bit slower. It reaches 60 mph in 8.1 seconds. The fuel economy is rated at 24 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg combined, according to the EPA estimates. The model with the automatic transmission records 26 city and 35 highway which makes it 29 mpg combined.
Safety and Driving
We have already mentioned numerous features and lots of them are safety. Just as a reminder, some of the features are a rearview camera, forward collision mitigation or cross-traffic alert. The car takes 124 feet to stop from 60 mph, which is an average result. In various crash tests, Mazda was really successful and it earned 5/5 stars. The IIHS named Mazda 6 a Top Safety Pick+.
It is interesting to drive Mazda 6 because of its powerful, responsive unit. The acceleration is great and noise in the cabin is reduced. What also differentiates Mazda from the rest is handling. It is stable in the curves and the driver feels confident on winding roads.
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Mazda 6 2017 Price Tag
The manufacturer suggested retail price for 2017 Mazda 6 Sport is $21,945. If you decide to buy an upper Touring trim you would have to pay $24,195. The most expensive car in the lineup is Grand Touring and it would set you back $31,530. If you want a great family car, but you don’t prefer SUVs, Mazda 6 is the way to go.
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