Sporty handling; good 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 moonroof option; small trunk; no hybrid or V6 options
G-Vectoring control is made standard, while the base Sport model gains Mazda Connect infotainment with a 7-inch touchscreen and rearview camera. The Touring trim gets Smart City Brake Support (autonomous braking), while the Grand Touring goes even further, adding lane-keep assist, traffic-sign recognition and auto high-beam control. See the 2017 Make Model models for sale near you
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 2017 Mazda6 is offered in three trim levels: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. The Sport and Touring trims offer a choice of a manual or automatic transmission, while the Grand Touring comes equipped with an automatic only.
The Mazda6 Sport ($22,780) comes with a 6-speed manual transmission, air conditioning, cruise control, remote keyless entry, push-button start, an AM/FM/CD stereo with six speakers and a USB audio input, Bluetooth phone connectivity, the Mazda Connect suite with a 7-in touchscreen, a rearview camera, 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 $1,050 to get the automatic transmission with the sport-mode button.
There are no option packages for the Sport, though 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 Touring ($25,030) has all the features found on the 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, Smart City Brake Support, rain-sensing wipers, auto on/off headlights, 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 Premium package ($1,425) adds LED headlights with auto leveling, adaptive front lighting, heated side mirrors, an auto-dimming driver's-side mirror and heated front seats (and must be ordered in conjunction with the Moonroof/Bose/Satellite package).
The Mazda6 Grand Touring ($31,530) includes all the equipment found in the two optional Touring trim packages, plus an automatic transmission, leather seats, 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, navigation and adaptive front headlights. Also standard are adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, forward collision warning, a full-color active drive display and traffic-sign recognition.
The Grand Touring Premium package ($2,500) adds i-ELOOP active grille shutters, a black headliner, heated rear seats, Nappa leather seating and a heated steering wheel.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
2017 Ford Fusion -- The Ford Fusion possesses an impressive interior, a wide array of powertrains, excellent gas mileage and competitive pricing. There are also two hybrid versions and one all-wheel-drive model.
2017 Honda Accord -- Honda's latest Accord also offers new styling, strong fuel economy and driver-focused dynamics that will rival those of the Mazda6, though its styling isn't as bold and its handling not as precise.
2017 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.
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