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2019 Mazda6 Drops Stick, Adds Safety Tech, Bumps Price

The 2019 Mazda6 mid-size sedan finally is landing at dealers with standard safety tech added for the base Sport trim level and slightly higher pricing for all models. Gone for 2019, however, is the manual transmission that formerly was standard on the Sport.

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The standard safety tech for the base model catches up with — and in some cases surpasses — the standard packages on other updated mid-size sedans, such as the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. Regardless of what you spend for the 2019 Mazda6, you’ll get the i-Activsense tech suite that formerly was a $625 option for the Sport.

The tech package includes a front collision system with automatic braking and pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go for use in traffic. Also standard is a blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, and new for 2019 is a buckle-up reminder for the rear-seat passengers as well as those up front.

In addition to the safety tech, Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control Plus, which uses selective braking to aid control in changes of direction, also is standard for 2019.

Other standard equipment on the 2019 Mazda6 includes LED headlights and taillights, automatic headlights, automatic high beams, dual-zone climate control and two USB ports. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, added for the 2018 model year, is standard on all but the Sport. The Sport and Touring trim levels come with a 187-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that runs on two cylinders under light load. The Grand Touring and new-for-2018 Grand Touring Reserve and Signature premium models use the turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder that puts out 250 horsepower if you give it 93-octane fuel, though you can run it on regular for a horsepower penalty.

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Pricing for 2019 starts at $24,720 for the base Sport with standard safety tech and automatic, up $825 from the 2018 with automatic and up $1,875 from 2018’s manual-shift Sport. (All prices include a $920 destination fee, which is $25 higher for 2019).

The Touring starts at $27,320, up $725; the Grand Touring starts at $30,420, up $325; the Grand Touring Reserve also is up $325 to start at $32,920; and the Signature starts at $36,020, up $375.

Sadly not available at any price is the slick Mazda6 wagon available in Europe and other markets. Just sayin’.

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