From the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, Cars.com's Kelsey Mays takes a look at the 2016 Mazda6.
(upbeat music) <v Kelsey Mays>The current generation Mazda Six came in fourth out of ten cars in Cars.c
om's 2015 midsize sedan challenge, so not too bad there, and Mazda wasted no time issuing a slew of updates for 2016, just the third model year in the current generation. We're here at the auto show. Let's take you through them. Minor revisions, upfront to Mazda's kind of winged grill here. Some led headlight changes as well, but the bigger revisions you can tell occur kind of in the lower bumper here, these outboard openings, a little more pronounced, and they now have some silver ornamentation there. Not very many changes in back, which is a good thing. Cause it's a pretty sharp looking tail on this car. Bigger changes on the inside of the Mazda six where Mazda kind of split up some more of the center controls and reshaped the dashboard here. There's no longer a big center hump that kind of houses this center screen right here, kind of perches upright like a tablet computer almost, it's controlled by the latest version of Mazda's Mazda connect multimedia controller down here. Overall, cabin materials seem to have really improved here. This car at the auto show, you got things like stitching along the center part of the dashboard and even along this entire center tunnel right here around the gearshift padding and lots of areas where your kind of knees hit, combine that with existing treatments like fabric down the eight pillars a nice upscale touch there. And this might actually be one of the nicest cabins just in terms of straight up quality in the entire midsize sedan segment. One other new thing here, this is called a drive connect system Mazda says it allows you to kind of trade sport oriented or comfort oriented settings by this toggle switch affects various driving systems. Now, one of our complaints on the Mazda Six at our midsize sedan challenge was that the interior was kind of drab, it looks like Mazda has done a lot of work there and it should go a long way toward increasing the cars profile. The new Mazda Six is on its way to dealers right now. (car motor revving)