Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. The Grand Touring version of the is as loaded as Keith Richards on tour in the 1970s. Although the new body shell is much bigger, Mazda claims 39-percent-higher bending rigidity and a 17-percent increase in torsional stiffness over the previous car. In fact, the only real misstep, albeit tiny, is the odd tachometer setup. It remains closer to a sport sedan than any of its competitors.
Cargo space is one the strong suits of the Mazda6, as the 16. Mazda's number for this recall is 1317F. What remains is a sporty sedan with fine driving manners, plenty of room, and a surfeit of features. The 0-to-60 time for the V6 is just over 6. Some observers say it looks too much like a Camry, but the 6 is much more coherent and striking. Bluetooth and blind spot monitoring systems are offered, as are audio inputs and noise-compensation sound systems. The recall began June 2017.
Mazda's number for this recall is 2818I. There are no releases in the trunk for the rear seatbacks. At top center of the dash is a deep red digital display for climate, radio and clock information, easily read by anyone in the car. Only one bodystyle, the sedan, is available. We noted no fit and finish issues inside or out, and found the basic structure very stiff, with no creaks or squeaks entering steep driveways or angled traverses of sharp bumps. At the rear, taillamps wrap well around the sides, and V6-model exhausts are distinctively shaped stand-offs not actually connected to the pipes themselves. The snappy six-speed manual is perfectly matched to the 170-hp;2.
In the Rust Belt, there is a risk of expensive rust damage to chassis components. The 272 horsepower comes on strong but without any ruckus. Had to be towed twice to garage then to dealer. Pre-owner Mazda 6 models are not very expensive. After a few hours of driving early preproduction samples around Southern California, we think mission accomplished. The roof pillars are not so wide that they obstruct vision; the outside mirrors are fairly low and so is the dashboard, all adding up to a good view out.
Touring uses cloth cushion and backrest centers with leather outboard; the black-and-white striped center seat sections suggest a snow leopard in motion and along with the surrounding leather this combination in the Touring nicely complements the rest of the Mazda6 interior trim. On the sides of the dash next to the big greenhouse windows are sizable, omni-directional round vents. While no exceptional powerhouse, the 3. The front cross member may corrode after exposure to road salt. The 6 is fairly reliable and doesn't cost a lot to maintain. Test the controls on the steering, audio system, power locks and the air conditioner. Several owners mentioned that the dashboard material becomes very soft and 'melts' on hot sunny days.
A tight turning circle carries the agile feel into parking-lot maneuvering. Mazda's number for this recall is 1317F. The recall began October 4, 2017. The Mazda 6 competes against an impressive group of midsize sedans, but we think anyone shopping Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Chevrolet Malibu, Nissan Altima, or Hyundai Sonata should have the Mazda6 on their comparison test-drive list. The V6 is even thirstier. It also offers better highway gas mileage. Below it are center vents, the audio system or navigation if so equipped, and basic three-ring climate controls.
Most controls are on typical stalk layouts, while blind spot off, trunk release, stability control defeat and the like are to the left of the steering wheel next to a small storage tray. The trunk is huge 16. The five-speed auto, four-cylinder-equipped Mazda6 I drove last. It has moved from the fringes of the market closer to the mainstream mid-size sedans, yet Mazda has kept the soul of the niche that enjoys driving and doesn't consider a car mere transportation. See if the transmission shifts smoothly.
Its 6 cylinder, double overhead camshaft naturally aspirated engine has 4 valves per cylinder and a volume of 3 litres. There were several other recalls. In manual mode, it won't always serve up the downshift you demand -- its computer logic no doubt choosing transmission and engine longevity over your need for zinging, engine-braked corner entry. With a choice between a 2. In retrospect, it was hardly a contender, too undersized and roughly mannered to hold its place in the growing segment of family-size imported sedans as the , the , and the zoom-zoomed in sales. But a lot of this can be traced to tires, and a four-cylinder car with the 17-inch wheels is arguably the most fun on a winding road because it's easily a couple of hundred pounds lighter than the V6s. Added weight of the V6 engine also provides better traction on snowy and icy roads.