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Little, red…. Mazda6 2015 Mazda6 i Grand Touring

  • Written by Julie Boselly, Publisher

MSRP: $29,895 Tested: $33,345

It looks like a sports car, but it’s not a sports car. I wanted to call the Mazda6 sporty, but according to my son, the “expert,” it’s a sedan.  

The main downside to this car was the speed — oh how I wanted it to be a V6. The 4-cylinder didn’t quite match the image I was trying to create in my head. However, the 32 MPG average was definitely a positive. It’s still fun to drive!
According to U.S. News and World Report, “Reviewers agree that the 2015 Mazda6 is one of the best-handling cars in its class, and they appreciate its great fuel economy and spacious, high-quality interior.”

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The only other negative was the navigation. They use the TomTom-based system. We ended up using my phone’s GPS while driving in Seattle because I couldn’t get the TomTom to redirect us after a missed turn.

The Grand Touring model of this mid-size sedan has seating for five and plenty of features:
•    184-hp SKYACTIV-G 2.5L 4-cylinder engine with a choice of SKYACTIV-MT 6-speed manual or SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed Sport automatic transmission
•    Bi-Xenon High-Intensity-Discharge (HID) headlights with automatic on/off
•    Adaptive Front-lighting System
•    Moonroof with one-touch open
•    8-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar adjustment
•    Variable heated front seats
•    Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio capability
•    Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry System
•    Rearview camera
•    Mazda navigation system
•    Bose® Centerpoint Surround Sound system with AudioPilot® 2 and 11 speakers (including subwoofer)
•    Dual-zone automatic climate control system
•    Auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink®
•    Leather-trimmed seats
•    Rain sensing windshield wipers

Jack’s review:
“It felt cramped.”

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