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Behind The Wheel: 2016 Mazda 6 Grand Touring

If you are looking for a sub 35,000 car that is loaded with all the features you could want, take a trip to your local Mazda Dealer and check out the Mazda 6 after you read or review. The Mazda 6 is a full size family car that has room for you and 4 other people.  The interior of our test Mazda a white leather with black leather on the bottom of both rows. The front seats also have black leather. The white leather is named Parchment Color by Mazda. It is slightly off white and similar to parchment paper.…

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If you are looking for a sub 35,000 car that is loaded with all the features you could want, take a trip to your local Mazda Dealer and check out the Mazda 6 after you read or review.

The Mazda 6 is a full size family car that has room for you and 4 other people.  The interior of our test Mazda a white leather with black leather on the bottom of both rows. The front seats also have black leather. The white leather is named Parchment Color by Mazda. It is slightly off white and similar to parchment paper.  The seats are very comfortable and the rear seats have plenty of room for an adult as the drivers compartment has the space that unless you are a giant, the seat does not need to go the whole way back. The front driver seat is 8 way adjustable and the passenger seat is  6 way power and feature heated seats.  The driver’s seat has power lumbar support and also has seat memory for both key fobs. When getting out of the car, you can set the seat so it automatically moves the furthest back position to make getting in and out of the car easier.

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When driving, the Mazda 6 you have all the controls you need right on the leather wrapped steering wheel.  As you can see there are a full complement of controls right at your finger tips. You have the ability to use all the functions of the infotainment system as well as answer your phone with the buttons on the left side of the wheel. On the right, you have the buttons to scan through the options on the instrument cluster as well as set the cruise control and adjust the adaptive cruise function. On the back side of the wheel you also have paddle shifter for manual shifting. To the left of the wheel within easy reach, you also have buttons for the Traction Control, Lane Divergence Warning System, Blind Spot Detection, and setting the Tire Pressure. This is all set up so you can easily use any of the options without taking your eyes off the road.

 

Another great feature for keeping your eyes on the road at all times is the built-in heads up display. This display pops up from your dash once you start the car. It projects information about your speed, if you are traveling out of your lane, what speed the cruise control is set at, heads up directions,  and the distance that you have the adaptive cruise control set at.  While I do love the heads up feature, I’m not a fan of the look of the pop up plastic screen in the instrument cluster. This makes it appear as an afterthought, unlike the ones that sit inside the molding and project onto the windshield.

Lets talk about safety since the Mazda 6 is packed full of it. For starters, Air Bags abound with both driver and passenger side front and side air bags. There are also front and rear side air curtains. Adding to these air bags, there are plenty of other safety features such as Automatic rain sensing wipers that turn on as soon as they sense rain on the windshield. The driver’s side mirror and rear view mirror are auto dimming to keep you from being blinded at night.  All seats have a 3 point harness as well as the LATCH System for you child safety seats. There is blind spot monitoring to make sure you never miss a car where you can’t see them.  There is also Smart City Brake support. This automatically applies the brakes in city settings if a car stops in front of you.

When driving, you also have ABS with EDB and Braking Assist. When stopped on a hill you have hill launch assist to keep you from rolling backward when you take your foot off the brake. When backing up you have Blind Spot Detection so you won’t back out into traffic.

skyactiv-body_01The centerpiece of the Mazda 6 safety is the SKYACTIVE Body Ring Structure. This is  an update to their chassis system that not only makes it lighter for better fuel efficiency, but makes the structure and you safer during an accident.

The exterior of the Mazda 6 is Snowflake White Pearl. This color is a $200 option. The white pearl has a metal flake in it that shimmer in the light.

20160316_110341The Mazda 6 Grand Touring is powered by a 184 Horsepower 2.5L Dual Overhead Cam 4 Cylinder Engine. This engine has 185 LB-FT of Torque. This power is put to the ground through a 6 speed Sport A/T Transmission to 19 inch alloy rims and all season tires.   This combination of engine and transmission gives you plenty of power to get off the line, while still giving you and EPA estimated 40 MPG highway and 28 MPG City.

The infotainment system provides all the information you need during your trip. You can listen to AM/FM Radio, SiriusXM Satallite Radio, CD, or stream music from your Phone or iPod. You can also listen to music from your Pandora or Stitcher account.  You have turn by turn directions with XM Traffic alerts. You get fuel economy tracking and maintenance monitoring. Through this system you can also adjust the heads up display.

The 2016 Mazda 6 also features Mazda’s i-ELOOP regenerative breaking system.  Using this system, the car takes unused energy from breaking (Kinetic Energy)  and converts that into electricity. This electricity is then stored for use in systems such as headlights, radio, seat heater, and the like.

Base price for the Mazda 6 Grand Touring is $30,195 with a price as tested of $33,715. This includes Cargo mats, white pearl paint, rear bumper guard, Navigation and Satellite Radio, GT Appearance Package, and door sill trim plates.

 

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