2017 Mazda6 GT Review
Written by Anqoinette Crosby
A Realtor friend was thinking of getting rid of her older model SUV because she felt it was causing her to lose potential clients. In addition to her embarrassment about its outdated appearance, she’d observed climbing in and out of it was burdensome for some people. In her image-conscious profession, the vehicle wasn’t projecting the professional impression she wanted to present.
Consequently, she was quite intrigued when I showed up with the 2017 Mazda6 GT. Her perspective on the car gave me a fresh point of view from which to evaluate the sleek midsized sedan. Handsomely styled, the four-door, five-passenger Mazda had the sophisticated look she wanted. What’s more, it projects a bonafide sporty flair. Nothing about the car says “stodgy sedan”.
In real estate, a client’s initial impression carries a lot of weight. Seated inside the Mazda, the cool blend of classy and contemporary décor says good taste without ostentation. The materials have a luxurious look and yet they’re durable enough to stand up to a lot of people getting in and out of the car. Meanwhile, the back seat has ample room within which to accommodate a wide variety of body types.
What’s more, there are USB ports and power outlets aplenty for mobile devices and her laptop, The car is also capable of using a mobile phone as a WiFi hotspot, so it serves competently as a mobile office too. Then, of course, there’s the consideration every real estate professional must make. The trunk is good for 14.8 cubic feet of cargo, which is more than enough to comfortably transport “Open House” signs.
Practical considerations aside, I personally gravitated towards the Mazda’s power opening-glass moonroof and the 11-speaker Bose surround audio system, whose source devices are controlled through a seven-inch touchscreen. Here. I’ll admit the interface wasn’t immediately intuitive, as it took me a few sessions of usage before finding various functions became second nature. Once I got it down, it was easy enough to operate though.
The Mazda’s 184-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine delivers 185 lb.-ft. of torque to power the front wheels. Buyers can choose between a six-speed manual transmission and a six-speed automatic at no additional cost. Sporty touches afforded by the GT package include 19-inch wheels and a more aggressive suspension setup to improve handling. There are also luxurious features like automatic headlights, power adjustable seats and leather upholstery.
Given a manual transmission is offered as standard equipment, you’re probably getting the impression the Mazda6 GT is something of a driver’s car too. Remarkably agile, with sharp steering and determined braking, the Mazda6 GT goes like a refined sport sedan, which is what it is. However, provided along with those capabilities are a comfortable ride and a quiet demeanor when driven gently. This means the Mazda transports clients with dignity, while also serving as a willing playmate whenever you’re alone and driving for fun.
Safety is even more of a priority when you’re responsible for the transportation of so many different people. To this end, the 2017 Mazda6 GT offers advanced features such as proximity sensors; forward collision warning and lane keep assist. All of those systems, working in unison, provide a comforting feeling, particularly when you hear their audible alerts.
Another key concern for my real estate agent friend is fuel economy. When you’re driving all over the DMV, (the Washington, D.C, Maryland and Northern Virginia area), an EPA estimated 27-mpg in the city and 35 on the highway are welcome numbers. So to is the Mazda’s 30-mpg overall gas mileage figure.
Finally, given its level of sophistication and the unadulterated driving pleasure for which all of Mazda’s cars are well known, you’d expect the Mazda6 GT to cost considerably more than its $30,695 starting price. The fact that Mazda can deliver all of these attributes at such a reasonable price is yet another positive. It would also say my friend’s judgment is sound when clients saw her driving such a reasonably priced car.
Happily, all of those attributes also make the Mazda6 a perfect family car, as well as a comfortable and stylish mode of transportation for an upwardly mobile single professional. In a nutshell, the 2017 Mazda6 is a remarkably versatile offering and worthy of a test drive.