The 2018 Mazda 6 is a trendy, good dealing with sedan that lastly has the underhood muscle to match.
The 2018 Mazda 6 is proof that there’s life past the mainstream. This mid-size sedan has lengthy minimize its personal path, and this yr it does so with gusto to match its appears.
A brand new turbo-four choice breathes life into the fashionable 6. Hopefully somebody takes discover since that is the last word beneath-the-radar sedan.
Accordingly, we fee it at 6.6 out of 10. (Learn extra about how we fee automobiles.)
For 2018, the Mazda 6 comes standard in Sport and Touring trim ranges with a carryover 2.5-liter inline-four rated at a wonderfully acceptable 187 horsepower. Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, and Signature trims—which aren’t whiskey labels—swap in a turbocharged engine rated at 250 hp (on premium fuel; 227 hp with regular).
Although the brand new turbo-four does so much for the 6’s tempo, it’s not fairly the thrilling powertrain lovers may need. Discernible lag at low speeds and the only gearbox—a 6-velocity automated—add as much as delicate thrills. A 6-velocity stick is standard on the Mazda 6 Sport, however good luck discovering one on a supplier’s lot.
No matter what’s underhood and whether or not the transmission shuffles by means of gears by itself, the 6 boasts a balanced, poised chassis. Its steering is firmer and extra communicative than what’s in most mid-size sedans—a bar that’s not terribly excessive, if we’re trustworthy. Delicate tweaks this yr to its suspension result in a smoother, extra composed journey.
A number of different delicate updates this yr mark continuous enchancment for the 6: its redesigned seats are snug, if not really luxurious, whereas the supply of cooled entrance seats and a head-up show vault Mazda’s 4-door into close to-luxurious territory. This yr’s new Signature trim degree prices about $36,000 and principally feels the half, though the nappa leather-based trim on the seats of fashions we’ve examined doesn’t reside as much as the hides’ status.
Beneath its suave exterior, the 6 comes fitted with an particularly excessive degree of standard lively-safety tech. All variations feature low-velocity automated emergency braking, however Touring and better trims improve that to full-velocity and throw in adaptive cruise management, lively lane management, lane-departure warnings, and automated excessive-beams. In crash-testing, the 6 has earned excessive marks from each federal and unbiased testers.
The draw back? It’s Mazda’s infuriating infotainment system. A single management knob with a quartet of buttons sits awkwardly within the middle console and it’s not helped by clumsy software program and a scarcity of Apple/Android compatibility.
- Fairly to take a look at
- Turbo energy to match
- Respectable worth
- Plenty of standard safety gear
- Good stability between journey and dealing with
- Turbo-four too little, too late?
- Terrible infotainment system
- New Signature trim doesn’t meet expectations
- Might be extra fuel-environment friendly
– 2018 Mazda 6 –
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