2018 Mazda Mazda6 Review

Mazda6 Overview

For the 2018 model year, Mazda has given the premium treatment to one of my favorite cars. Long coveted for its handling prowess, the Mazda6 now also delivers a wealth of features more typically found in products with considerably higher price tags. This, combined with the driver involvement for which all of Mazda’s products are known makes the Mazda6 Signature an even more desirable offering

Now in its sixth generation, the Mazda6’s handsome body gains subtle enhancements for the 2018 model year reflective of the more upmarket experience to be found within. The new grille would be well-placed on a high-end luxury sedan. Incorporating the fog lights into the headlight housing cleans up the front end considerably.  This, along with replacing the black lower body trim with the body’s color moves the appearance of Mazda’s flagship sedan farther upmarket.  Going away, you’ll note revised taillights and a new exhaust outlet. Add the sweet 19-inch wheels and you’ll have people asking, “What kind of car is that?” everywhere you go.

Perhaps most genuinely indicative of Mazda’s driver-centric philosophy, the interior of the car has been updated significantly. The sleek interior design has a markedly sophisticated feel and soft-touch materials are employed where occupants are most likely to come into contact with them. A two-tone color scheme is available as an option, giving the passenger compartment of the Mazda6 Signature an even more luxurious appearance.

 

Standard Mazda6 Signature features include heated and ventilated power-adjustable seats, GPS navigation, a head-up display and auto-dimming mirrors. The package also includes a heated steering wheel, rear-seat USB ports and AC vents, heated rear seats, and an 11-speaker Bose sound system. But wait, there’s even more; you’ll also find auto high-beams and automatic wipers, along with adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go traffic capability. Other active safety features include collision warning, lane keeping assist, a rearview camera and blind-spot monitoring.

Tying it all together are premium leather, suede trim, Sen wood trim from a Japanese guitar maker, a black headliner and the exclusive grille treatment. I mentioned above. You’ll also enjoy a seven-inch reconfigurable LCD instrument cluster, a 360-degree camera system and a new turbocharged engine.

 

Speaking of which, output is 250 horsepower (on premium fuel) from the 2.5-liter inline four; which is also good for 310 ft-lbs of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission feeds the product of this powerplant to the front wheels. All-wheel drive is not offered. Fuel economy is 23 city, 31 highway and 26 mpg combined.

Also for the 2018 model year, the suspension system has been recalibrated with new shocks and revised geometry. The steering rack is now hard mounted to the body to improve sharpness and feel.  Understeer has also been reduced. All of this is beyond what was already outstanding dynamics in all three regards. In sum, the 2018 Mazda6 combines athletic handling with outstanding stability at speed. If you didn’t know it was a Mazda, you’d think you were in a German sport sedan. 

It’s that good.

Furthermore, ride quality is particularly commendable. The fluidity with which the Mazda6 goes over the road belies its price point. Even better, responsive handling and a supple ride absolutely coexist here.

All in all, the 2018 Mazda6 represents an outstanding value. If you’re a person who enjoys the feel of a well-sorted car and you just happen to have need of four comfortable seats with easy ingress and egress, this Mazda is definitely worth a test-drive.

Mazda6 Signature pricing starts at $34,750.

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