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.”
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
“It felt cramped.”