2017 Mazda 6

I am a huge, huge fan of the new Mazda.  The vehicles the brand makes, the brand itself, what they stand for and their new direction are as desirable as ever.  Making great cars for the mass market, as well as making the cars fun to drive and appeal to enthusiasts is a bit of an art.  The 2018 Mazda

Even Mazda’s interiors are punching well above their weight, which again, is an art.  In my eyes, Mazda deserves all the praise they get.

In the midst of my drooling over Mazda, I do want to bring something to your attention: Mazda’s slogan is “Driving Matters”.  This would indicate to someone like me and you that Mazda has a performance vehicle in their line up, right?  I mean, if “Driving Matters”, there should be a powerhouse that really shows off the purity of driving in its finest form in the line up, right?  A flagship performance sedan?

I’ll stop with the rhetorical questions now, but you see what I mean.  Mazda doesn’t have a vehicle that fits that criteria.  The most horsepower you can get from the factory comes from a seven passenger SUV; And that is 227 horses.  The most you can get from a sedan is 184 HP.  

That’s sad isn’t it?  The 2018 Mazda 6 only produces 184 HP from the factory, but there’s plenty going for it.  

The Exterior:

2018 Mazda 6

For the 2018 Mazda 6, exterior changes are pretty much zero from 2017 to 2018.  However, it didn’t need to change.  The 2018 Mazda 6 is one of the best looking sedans out there, period.  Add in the mix that this sedan only costs around $24,000 and it makes the car look even better.

Unfortunately, speculation of there being a Mazda 6 coupe is strictly rumor at this point.  The idea honestly makes me want to try to fund the project myself because of how lovely it would be, but the market simply doesn’t want one.  Everyone wants SUV’s right now.

But, Mazda has had something to say about all of this.  They are moving toward a more premium look, and there will be new models in the lineup to help push the brand along the way.  This could, theoretically, include a Mazda 6 Coupe.

Coupe or not, the 2018 Mazda 6 is beautiful.  The sedan features an illuminated grille like Mercedes does with their star light grille, and it looks fantastic.  A small light strip stretches across the grille making the whole silhouette look even sexier and more alive.  The 2018 Mazda 6 is one of the best looking Mazda’s ever.

2018 Mazda 6

From the rear, the 2018 Mazda 6 is just as great to look at.  The stance, is wide and muscular.

The Interior:

2018 Mazda 6

The interior of the 2018 Mazda 6 is fabulous.  While it might sport the now commonplace tablet screen on the center of the dashboard, it meshes well here.

The entire interior is well laid out and functional.  The steering wheel is comfortable to hold and control and plastics are used liberally to retain the turn toward an upscale Mazda.            Luxuries include heated seats, leather, dual zone climate controls, navigation, an easy to use infotainment system and an available HUD system.

The new interior makes the previous generation look like it was from a completely different company.  I’m not sure what the specific changes were to Mazda as a company to be where they are now, but it sure worked well.  

The 2018 Mazda 6 seats five people with well accommodated space.  

The Performance:

The 2018 Mazda 6 does leave a lot to be desired on the performance front.  Even MotorTrend.com rates the Mazda 6 as one of the cars that should be fast, but aren’t.  If I was working for MotorTrend, I’d put the 2018 Mazda 6 in that list as well.

The 2018 Mazda 6 comes standard with a 2.5 L four cylinder that like I said, has 184 horsepower and 185 pound feet of torque.  Which is sad when you realize that 2.0 L turbo four’s are outputting upwards of 290 horsepower.  

Mazda’s focus is actually turned elsewhere.  They are heavily invested in HCCI engines for 2018, which use compression to ignite the fuel/air mixture instead of a spark.  This is in the pursuit of better fuel economy and (slightly) better performance.  

Part of me doesn’t want to start with 0-60 times just yet because I want a performance version to come along, but for the sake of information, the 2018 Mazda 6 will do the famous sprint in 7.3 seconds.

The Specs:

Vehicle Type:Midsize Sedan
Power Plant:2.5 L 4 cyl.
Gearbox:6-speed manual , 6-speed automatic
Power:184 HP (est.)
MPG:35 Highway, 26 City (est.)
Torque:185 Lb-Ft. (est.)
Length:192.7 Inches (4.89 Meters) (est.)
Width:72 Inches (1.85 Meters) (est.)
Height:57 Inches (1.447 Meters) (est.)
Top Speed:140 MPH (225.30 KPH) (est.)
Seating:5 adults
Wheelbase:111.4 Inches (2.82 Meters) (est.)
0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH):8.5 Sec.  (est.)
Base Price:$21,000 (est.)

 

Sum It Up:

We won’t be able to drive a new MazdaSpeed 6 (or an equivalent) for quite some time.  Like I say though, what the 2018 Mazda 6 lacks in straight line performance, it make up for in nearly every other way.  
I really don’t think Mazda could have done a better job making their brand appear more upscale as it moves toward a luxurious future. In the coming future, I hope that the Mazda lineup receives the true performance that it deserves.  Maybe “MazdaSpeed” is a bit tacky sounding, so we might get a real fresh face.

A release date for the 2018 Mazda 6 is not known just yet, but we should have an answer later on in 2017.

 

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