December 16, 2017

The Sporty 2014 Mazda Mazda6 Sedan

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The Mazda Mazda6 for 2014 is a bit of a stunner. I had no idea this would be the case and only an inkling when it arrived at my front door. Immediately I was drawn in by its grill, a style that has become increasingly popular with other brands, and its ‘Soul Red’ color.  Moving inside I found another reason to love the Mazda6.  The interior seat styling in almond leather is not just nice to look at and feel but it gives the car a sportier look that took it a step beyond regular sedan.  Shortly after taking the Mazda6 on the road I realized I wasn’t the only one who felt this way.  Neighbors walked around the car, inspecting it, each time it was parked.  People stopped me in parking lots to let me know, “That’s a nice looking car!”  My week with the Mazda6 revealed a few more surprises.

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First, it gets decent gas mileage.  I averaged about 29 or 30 mpg while I drove it.  For a midsize car, 5-passenger it gets about 26 city and 38 highway. Not bad and becoming closer to standard these days.  While the car hasn’t been rated for government safety standards yet it does boast 3-point safety belts, 24-hour roadside assistance, advanced dual front airbags, front side-impact airbags, front & rear side air curtains and a blind spot monitoring system.  That last one is a major favorite of mine.  I can’t tell you how much this helps both in suburban driving and on the highway.  The smart city brake support and 4-wheel disc brakes are fantastic too.  They are not soft but work in a flash without the feeling of whiplash when deployed suddenly. I learned this mid-week when a car tried to swerve into my lane and I had to brake fast and hard.  I didn’t get swung forward in my seat but instead just stopped quick enough to avoid being hit by the other driver.  I gained a little more respect for the Mazda6 in that moment.  The horn works well too.

The ride on the Mazda6 is comfortable. Steering is easy and smooth.  It doesn’t feel intuitive like some cars but there isn’t a lot of work to be done while you are driving it either.  The Grand Touring I drove had heated seats, lumbar support with seat memory, Bluetooth, push button engine start and about a 6″ color display touch screen with Sirius radio and an easy to use navigation system. The car is also equipped with Mazda’s Skyactiv technology.  The Bose sound system is a nice touch.  The car handles all roads both city and highway just fine without any odd tire or suspension issues.  I tried to fit a forward facing car seat and two booster seats into the back and it was a no-go.  Two adults fit fine and probably two car seats or boosters would work. Anything more than that and you are asking for trouble.  However, the trunk/cargo space on this car is insane.  When I popped the trunk my mouth just hung open.  The space is sized at 14.8 cubic feet, which is about a weeks worth of grocery’s for a family of five, a hefty stack of dry cleaning and a possible 3-4 bag Target run.  Three suitcases and a garment bag is another way to look at it.

In all, it is a sporty mid-size sedan that to me is worth the $31, 440 MSRP (includes Sirius radio, navigation system and ‘Soul Red’ paint).  I recommend it if you are looking for a sedan that has a bit of sporty side on the outside and a bit of a stylized retro look (drivers-side dash) on the inside.

MPR Rating: Four Stars.


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