The 2017 Mazda 6 is a stylish $22k road machine with new SkyActiv enhancements and a plush interior.
The long list of upgrades for the 2017 Mazda 6 include a new front fascia with signature wing grill and available full LED headlights and fog lights. Nineteen-inch dark alloy wheels and rear lip spoiler on the Touring model give the sedan youthful flair.
The 2016 Mazda 6 is affordable and fine-tuned inside and under the hood with new performance technology. The mid-sedan offers 3 distinct models; the $22k Mazda 6 Sport, the $24k Touring model and the $30k Mazda 6 Grand Touring model. Each model has available add-ons and Premium trim. As with CX-9 and the 2017 MX-5 Miata RF, Machine Gray Metallic will be featured as a new premium paint color, joining Soul Red Metallic and Snowflake White Pearl Mica across the Mazda 6 range.
The Mazda 6 is a sleeper hit for Mazda with its ultra-efficient powertrain, clean with low maintenance. For 2017 the mid-size sedan raises the bar even higher unleashing its all new G-Vectoring Control (GVC) in the States. G-Vectoring Control can seamlessly govern chassis, transmission, engine, and other dynamic handling to help the whip better maneuver and handle slippage.
GVC benefits drivers with more precise control of their vehicle, which its engineers have designed to help reduce the need for steering corrections, leading to greater confidence and control both in day-to-day and spirited driving.
And GVC includes advanced sound insulation and absorption materials with improved door seals, tighter panels and sound insulation materials added to the underbody, rear console, headliner and door. Further improvements include thicker front glass to block wind noise. Grand Touring models receive laminated front side windows.
The base Mazda 6 Sport is equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, 17-inch alloy wheels, push-button start, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, a backup camera and the MAZDA CONNECT infotainment system.
MAZDA CONNECT integrates Bluetooth hands-free phone pairing and audio streaming, USB pairing and diagnostic controls into a 7.0-inch full-color display that works in conjunction with a Commander Control knob, voice commands and a touchscreen. Mazda 6’s SKYACTIV-DRIVE six-speed automatic transmission is a $1,050 standalone option on Sport and Touring trim levels.
The Mazda 6 Touring boasts 19-inch alloy wheels, automatic on/off headlights, Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry, leatherette seats and rain-sensing wipers. Standard safety features on the 2017 Mazda 6 Touring include Blind Spot Monitoring System (BSM), Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA), and Smart City Brake Support.
Available features like full-LED headlights with the Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), auto-dimming mirror, moon roof, heated front seats, and 11-speaker BOSE Premium audio system still keep the cost of the Mazda 6 Touring under $29k.
The Mazda 6 Grand Touring sits atop the range, elevating equipment and refinement beyond many base luxury vehicles like the Lexus ES. Standard interior swag for the 2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring includes perforated leather-trimmed seats, an eight-way power driver’s seat, a six-way power passenger seat, a 4.6-inch full-color TFT meter display, full-color Active Driving Display head-up unit, alarm, paddle shifters, Mazda Radar Cruise Control and Smart City Brake Support.
The 2017 Mazda 6 GT also boasts available Nappa leather seating surfaces with contrast-color piping in Grand Touring models equipped with the Premium Package.
Other Premium Package features include a black headliner and heated leather-wrapped steering wheel with traditional Japanese chidori stitching similar to what can be found in CX-9 Signature models, heated rear outboard seats, i-ELOOP regenerative braking technology and a bright metallic finish to switches and trim throughout the interior.
The 2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring’s new standard safety features include Lane Keep Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition, High Beam Control and memory seat that’s integrated to work with the height of the Active Driving Display.
All U.S. models are powered by a 184- horsepower, 2.5-liter SKYACTIV-G engine. In the U.S., Mazda 6 continues to be one of the few midsize sedans offered with an available manual transmission.
The 2017 Mazda 6 is on sale now.