Mazda6 Signature First Look

Written by Anqoinette Crosby

Dealing with heavy rain and fog inching along in rush hour traffic on the DC Capital Beltway is typically no joyride. However, on this particular day, my commuter woes were mitigated by the fact I was behind the wheel of a sleek Mazda6 Signature. Reassured by its considerable power, cosseted by its near palatial comforts and secured by its mastery of the road, I felt firmly in control—despite the weather’s onslaughts. 


Introduced as a new package for the 2018 model year, the Mazda6 Signature is considerably more luxurious than its predecessors. Opulence oozes from every angle, making the handsome sedan look considerably more expensive than it is.


Once seated and belted in the sophisticated cabin, I immediately felt relaxed. With elegant touches like Nappa leather upholstery, suede accents and genuine wood trim embellishing the door panels and dash, how could I have felt any other way?


The heated steering wheel, which was extremely beneficial when DC temperatures plunged into the single digits,was nicely complemented by heated rear seats. These kept my back seat passengers warm and toasty. Ventilated front seats were a nice touch too, as was the eight-inch touchscreen infotainment display.


Safety equipment included a surround-view camera, lane keep assist and a traffic sign recognition system (TSR). Also notable during that commute home were the standard LED headlight with integrated fog lamps. In addition to elevating the Mazda6’s exterior appearance, they cut right through the rain and fog to significantly improve my vision.


Getting back to the power, Mazda also upgraded the engine, which made this fun-to- drive sedan feel at times more like a souped up sports car. The 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is good for 250 horsepower and a remarkable 310 pound-feet of torque.  This is even more impressive when you consider I saw 31 miles per gallon on the highway and 23 around town. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive completed the powertrain.