Sporty handling; strong fuel economy; expressive styling both in and out; long list of tech features; ample rear-seat room; simple navigation upgrade with available SD card
Choppy ride quality with 19-in wheels; manual models shut out from more desirable audio and navigation options; small trunk; no hybrid or V6 options
The Grand Touring trim receives revised front and rear styling and new LED headlights (optional on Touring trims). All models but the manual Sport receive a larger 7-inch color touchscreen, as well as a new electronic parking brake and a revised dash console. Also new is the Active Driving Display information screen and the Mazda Connect in-car connectivity system.
While we're impressed by the wide array of electronics on the upscale Grand Touring model, a midlevel Mazda6 Touring with the Moonroof/Bose/Satellite Radio package is fine with us. It includes everything you need without going overboard. And unless you just have to have a manual transmission, we suggest the faster, more efficient 6-speed automatic. It will be easier to resell, too. Find a Mazda6 for sale
The 2016 Mazda6 is offered in three trim levels: i Sport, i Touring and i Grand Touring. The Sport and Touring trims offer a choice between a manual or automatic transmission, while the Grand Touring comes equipped only with an automatic.
The Mazda6 Sport ($20,315) comes with a 6-speed manual transmission, air conditioning, cruise control, remote keyless entry, push-button starting, an AM/FM/CD stereo with six speakers and a USB audio input, Bluetooth phone connectivity, 17-in alloy wheels, dual power mirrors, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, a 6-way manual driver's seat with manual lumbar support, a manual passenger-seat lifter, an electronic parking brake, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, and a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel. Add an extra $1,705 to get the automatic transmission, and you'll also gain a sport-mode button, a rearview camera, a 7-in color touchscreen, the Mazda Connect infotainment system, Pandora Internet Radio, audio-menu voice command and HD Radio.
There are no option packages for the Sport, although some dealer-installed options include rear parking sensors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and front fog lights. Vehicles equipped with Mazda Connect and the 7-in touchscreen can be updated to include navigation by purchasing a simple SD navigation-upgrade card from your Mazda dealer.
The Mazda6 i Touring ($24,765) has all the features found on the automatic-equipped Sport trim, plus dual-zone automatic air conditioning, a blind spot monitoring system and a power driver's seat. The Mazda6 Touring also boasts leatherette seats, Advanced Key keyless entry and start, handsome 19-in alloy wheels and rear cross-traffic alert safety technology.
Touring models equipped with the automatic transmission have two choices for options packages. The Moonroof/Bose/Satellite Radio package ($1,325) is self-explanatory, while the Touring Technology package ($1,675) adds auto on/off LED headlights with auto leveling, adaptive front lighting, heated side mirrors, an auto-dimming driver's-side mirror, heated front seats, Smart City Brake Support and rain-sensing wipers (must be ordered in conjunction with the Moonroof/Bose/Satellite package).
The Mazda6 i Grand Touring ($31,015) includes all the equipment found in the two optional Touring trim packages, plus an automatic transmission, leather seats, auto on/off LED headlights with auto leveling, LED fog lights, an 8-way power driver's seat with power lumbar support, a 6-way power passenger seat, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, Active Driving Display, navigation and adaptive front headlights.
The Grand Touring Technology package ($2,180) adds radar cruise control, forward-obstruction warning and lane-departure warning, along with automatic high-beam control and i-ELOOP active grille shutters.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
2015 Toyota Camry -- The Camry appeals to shoppers who need a practical, midsize sedan but don't want the sporty feel or choppy ride offered by the Mazda6.
Used Audi A4 -- A 2010-2014 Audi A4 will give you more luxury, more power and better traction when equipped with quattro all-wheel drive.