This week we are back in the driver’s seat, this time with the all-new 2017 Mazda6 Grand Touring.
I am beginning to see a trend in the quality and craftsmanship that goes into each vehicle in the Mazda lineup. Previously, we had the opportunity to drive the 2017 Mazda CX-9 and the Mazda MX-5 Miata Club and I am here to report the 2017 Mazda6 Grand Touring is no different in terms of quality and innovation.
The Mazda6 Grand Touring comes packaged in an attractive, sporty and stylish exterior that looks amazing and different from others in its class and the elegant yet roomy interior design further separates the Mazda6 from its rivals.
For the 2017 edition, Mazda added many of the top features that are found on the Mazda CX-9. Premium features like leather-trimmed seats and heated steering wheel with traditional Japanese Chidori stitching.
The M6 Grand Touring also has a rearview camera and an adaptive front lighting system which adjusts the distribution of light from the headlights depending on driving circumstances.
What’s so cool about AFS is that it actually points the low-beams headlights in the direction you are anticipated to travel.
The Mazda6 also comes standard with a new technology called G-Vectoring Control (GVC). G-Vectoring is a Mazda exclusive technology that uses the engine in conjunction with steering and suspension for smoother steering and fewer steering corrections while driving. GVC technology delivers more sure-footed handling and greater driver and passenger confidence.
Mazda offers ample space for the needs of a growing family without sacrificing style or comfort; and although we are a family of 3, I would also recommend it for singles or couples without kids.
Additionally, it would be great for someone who wants a sedan for an occasional back seat passenger or simply a sporty driving experience but without a hefty price tag.
The Mazda6 has curb appeal too; it looks great parked at home or at the office.
However, the real fun is behind the wheel, whether that drive is on the road or in suburban-urban daily commuter traffic the smooth acceleration and responsive handling performs well in either scenario.
At its core, the Mazda6 is an elegant, comfortable and reliable midsize sedan and it really it doesn’t matter which one of life’s events you are embarking on because you can rest assured that you will get it done a little easier in a Mazda.
Comfortable, upscale interior
Smooth crisp steering
Great fuel economy
What’s not so great:
No hybrid or V6 options
Vehicle sounds a little loud when you initially turn it on (wife says it’s me, not the Mazda)
More notable features:
• Heads up active driving display with speed, navigation directions and other info within driver’s sight
• Blind spot monitoring system
• Redesigned mirrors that are 25mm narrower apiece but slightly taller and have better-integrated turn signal
• Improved door seals, tighter tolerance between panels and sound insulation materials added to the underbody, rear
console, headliner and doors to drastically lessen NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness)
• Thicker front glass to block wind noise, and Grand Touring models receive laminated front side windows
• Available Nappa leather seating surfaces with contrast-color piping in Grand Touring models equipped with the
• MAZDA CONNECT™ Infotainment System
• 7-inch full-color touch screen display
• i-ELOOP regenerative braking technology
The Mazda6 Grand Touring is offered in three trim levels: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring with a starting MSRP price of $22,995.00. The price of the vehicle we tested was: $30,695.00.
In conclusion, this was a car that my family missed dearly when it was finally picked up, we drove it around town, got out and saw a few car shows over the weekend and felt very comfortable doing so.
My wife is currently in the market for a brand new sedan and this one is definitely on her list!