Review Of Mazda 6 - Take a closer look on the 2016 Mazda6. It’s a midsize sedan that offers a surprising amount of value for the money. The Mazda6 has always been a nice driving car. But for years it suffered from mediocre fuel economy and a back seat that was simply too small for the class. It wasn’t until the 2014 redesign that the Mazda6 finally came into its own. Under the hood is Mazda’s 2.5-liter SkyActiv-G engine. It puts out 184 horses and 185 pound feet of torque through a six-speed sport automatic transmission. On a family sedan, second row legroom is critical. And in this department, the Mazda6 is nice. I’ve got plenty of room for my knees, though there are no seat warmers or power outlets. You did get a map light, however. The trunk has ample space for golf clubs and if you need even more space, a simple pull folds down the second row. Though the exterior of the Mazda6 is mostly carried over from last year, the interior features a number of improvements in design. It now features a large 7-inch touchscreen that carries over Mazda’s floating design. The center stack has also been revised. The effect is the feel of a more spacious interior. The infotainment system is also quite nice. It features both touch and dial controls for quickly accessing information.
To navigate, simply select the correct option from the main screen, pick the type of search you want to do, then type in your destination. Navigation is displayed on both the main screen as well as the heads up display. Like many modern systems, it supports XM Radio as well as apps like Pandora, Stitcher and Aha. Mobile device connectivity is through Bluetooth or USB. The center screen also provides the window to the rear view camera, which in this Grand Touring edition is enhanced with the optional rear cross traffic alert as part of the GT technology package. That also includes radar-based cruise control, the i-ELOOP brake regen system which we’ll go into later, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, and active grille shutters to enhance economy. Overall, this is shaping up to be a pretty good lineup of features for the asking price of $33,695 including destination. But how is it on the open road? This is a Mazda, so we’re expecting it’ll be nice. For 2016, the Mazda6 is still a nice driving car. With handling that’s sharper and more rewarding than the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, or even the Nissan Altima. And thanks to the SkyActive-G 2.5-liter engine, we didn’t have to give up economy for performance.
In mixed city and highway driving, the Mazda6 easily scored more than 30 miles to the gallon. And it didn’t need a fun-sapping eco button or a buzzy CVT to make it possible. Economy does get a lift thanks to a system called i-ELOOP, which regains braking energy. This Grand Touring exclusive option adds an extra 2 miles to the gallon over the standard Mazda6’s 38 mpg on the freeway. It’s automatic and it works without affecting the feel of either the throttle or the brakes. Just because it’s fun to drive doesn’t mean Mazda dropped the ball in the other departments. This Grand Touring edition arrived with the full suite of active safety equipment. Bundling adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, collision detection, rear cross traffic alert and lane detection. This latest design of the Mazda6 really delivers in economy and technology without sacrificing the joy of driving. Thanks for read Review Of Mazda 6.