2017 Mazda Mazda6

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$21,945

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2017 Mazda Mazda6
2017 Mazda Mazda6

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Sleek exterior styling stands out
  • Added safety technology
  • Safety ratings
  • Handling prowess

The bad:

  • Needs a more powerful engine option
  • Multimedia system is clunky
  • Lack of low-end power
  • Touch-screen disabled while driving

3 trims

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Notable features

  • Six-speed manual and automatic transmissions available
  • 184-hp four-cylinder engine
  • More sound-proofing for a quieter drive
  • G-Vectoring control for better steering
  • More safety technology available

2017 Mazda Mazda6 review: Our expert's take


The Mazda6 midsize sedan has been refined for 2017 with interior tweaks, a significant upgrade in its safety technology and improvements in driving dynamics and comfort.


For 2017, the Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trims continue but, in line with the industry trend toward higher trim levels, you will be able to check the box for a new top-level Grand Touring Premium Package that incorporates some of the features of the redesigned 2016 CX-9 SUV's new Signature top trim.

The 2014 redesign and tweaks for 2016 carry over to 2017 with only slightly reshaped side mirrors. Not that there is anything wrong with that: The midsize sedan continues to be a stylish and sporty-looking alternative to its generically designed rivals. A new extra-cost color option is Machine Gray Metallic, first seen as an option on the CX-9.

Interior

The overall design is the same, but materials and features have been upgraded through the trims and the sedan gets a new steering wheel design also first seen on the 2016 CX-9.
The new Grand Touring Premium Package adds Nappa leather seats in black or off-white with contrasting piping, new satin-finish metal trim, and heaters for the steering wheel and outboard rear seats.
The clever Active Driving Display, Mazda’s head-up display using a clear reflective screen that pops up from the top of the dash, has been upgraded to full-color with higher brightness. The optional seat memory now also stores this display’s angle, brightness and content settings. The driver information display in the instrument cluster also now is color, bringing it in line with newer rivals.
Perhaps most importantly, Mazda says it has made improvements to reduce interior road and wind noise, a major complaint about the Mazda6 from the judges in Cars.com’s 2016 Midsize Sedan Challenge. Mazda says it has improved the door seals, put thicker glass in the front doors, and added more sound insulation to the headliner, underbody and doors. The Grand Touring trim gets laminated acoustic  glass in the front doors.

Under the Hood

The 184-hp, naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder SkyActiv-G engine carries over, as do the six-speed automatic and six-speed manual transmissions. New G-Vectoring Control software enhances chassis performance by using small amounts of engine torque in response to steering wheel input to shift load to the front or rear, increasing grip and stability, improving ride control and limiting understeer. Mazda says this system also helps a driver more easily maintain the intended line in any situation and should improve handling and stability in slippery conditions, such as rain or snow.

Safety

The Mazda6’s already extensive list of active safety technologies in its available i-ActivSense system is bulked up further with new functions for 2017. The 2016 Mazda6 already was an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick Plus, with the top rating of good in the crash tests and a top score of superior for the optional crash prevention technology. For 2017, a new Forward Sensing Camera has been combined with the milliwave radar-based system, adding pedestrian detection to the front collision avoidance system with automatic emergency braking. It also adds a Traffic Sign Recognition system that can identify speed limit, no-entry and stop signs, and alert the driver. Also new is lane keeping assist in addition to lane departure warning.

 

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 4.9

Most recent consumer reviews

4.6

A great car for a great value

Drives great it’s comfortable has all the creature comforts and for the money it’s totally worth it not a quick car but drives smooth and styling is great

4.9

Exceeds Expectations and Then Some

I have owned previous Mazdas and always liked their styling and features. But my goodness, they went above and beyond with the 2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring model. It comes complete with Napa Leather seats, head's up display, every single safety feature you can think of, plus a sporty demeanor. I should note that this car is a good one for tall people. I'm 6'4" (1.93m) and it fits me beautifully. The steering wheel has one of the longest reaches I have experienced. I usually buy cars from the inside out meaning, I prefer interior styling to exterior. The inside of the Mazda has the feel of a premium sedan and to me, is one of the best interiors around, especially with my off-white seats. The 2017 has led interior lights and the feel of the steering wheel is super sporty. The driving position also has you low to the ground, but not so low that you feel like you are scraping the pavement. In fact, the interior is a perfect blend of sportiness and premium feel. I have the Bose sound system which only adds to the luxury. Fortunately, I also love the exterior of the six. It has nice swooping lines and an aggressive, almost angry front end. I have the 19 inch wheels, which helps to fill the large wheel wells. Some may be tempted to lower the car, but I noticed that I just clear my slanted driveway, so a little extra height is welcome. Finally, the six is enormous fun to drive. I crave being in it similar to how I used to crave being in my older MINI. The steering has a slightly heavier feel to it and even with a smaller engine, it accelerates nicely. The sport mode adds to the fun along with the paddles shifters located on the steering wheel. You can also shift using the gear lever. Overall, the six is a very reasonable buy and you get so much more than you would expect. That's what Mazda does best, offering more than is expected. If there were any cons I would say the fog lights are pretty much useless. I have the led headlights so illumination is great regardless. For this model year, you must retroactively install Apply Carplay. And the heated seats are extremely weak compared to my other cars. Other than that, I would say this car is pretty close to perfect.

4.0

Great carr

Great car the only down side to it is you can’t use the touch screen while driving, and it scares you when you don’t put on your blinker and you turn lol

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