If you’re reading this, I’m guessing that it’s for one of two reasons.
- If you’re already one of Mazda’s faithful, you’re just hoping that they haven’t messed it up.
Short answer: Absolutely not. Better than ever, in fact.
- Or perhaps you’re scratching your head and thinking something like: “Hey…remind me again…what is Mazda all about?”
Yes….those who consider themselves “aficionados” already know Mazda as the company that bakes in a little more verve and feel….and some would say style, too, than do their Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Chevy, Ford, Hyundai, KIA et al competitors.
So if that’s true, why does Mazda sell maybe one vehicle for every five or ten of the others? It’s the chicken and egg question. Or in this case, the advertising / sales question. In either case, you just can’t have one without the other.
Around 10 years ago, Ford owned a good-sized chunk of Mazda…giving Mazda access to a number of cost-savings. But then the downturn hit….Ford hocked everything they had including their actual Blue Oval to stave off bankruptcy….and Mazda found themselves on their own.
Kinda’ like a teenager growing up without parents. Not easy, but Mazda has pulled themselves up by their bootstraps and turned out quite will, thank you. They just need to get on the radar of a few more folks.
And they’re doing that, but meanwhile, what’s Mazda’s 2017 6 like and where is it headed?
Well, what it’s like is a bit like a cross between a new ’18 Toyota Camry or Ford Fusion and an entry-level Audi or Lexus. Really. It just depends on how it’s equipped.
Mazda’s 6 is yet one more 4-door, 5-passenger sedan caught in what’s fast becoming an SUV world.
So while this curvy, race-inspired sedan has certain assets that its’ Camry, Accord, Malibu, Fusion, Altima, Optima, Sonata competitors don’t, it’s still facing tough going as more and more of us opt for the utility…and somewhat higher stance….of today’s SUV.
So to stand out from this crowded pack, Mazda is taking an increasingly upscale approach. Slide into our test Grand Touring Mazda 6, for example, and you might think you were in an Audi or Lexus.
For a little under a $35,000 sticker, you’ll find perforated heated leather, 19” alloys, heads-up displays, paddle shifters, Bose audio, a moonroof, hands-free Bluetooth, all the safety alerts available today….virtually everything except heated rear seats and cooled fronts.
Plus you’ll get an EPA rating of 27 city and 35 Highway on regular gas….figures that we easily matched.
Not a bad deal when you figure that a big-name luxury / sport vehicle of the same size will probably set you back another 5, 10, or 15 thousand dollars.
Plus you’ll get a vehicle that’s rated as an Insurance Institute of Highway Safety “Top Safety Pick”.
Now….if you find $34,500 a little rich for your blood, you can go in the other direction and choose a Mazda 6 “Sport”. With the Sport, you can be out the door for something around twenty four.
You’ll still have Mazda’s 184 HP 2.5 liter four…and you’ll still have alloys, lumbar, Halogen and LED lighting, push-button keyless entry, voice command and more.
Just attractive cloth seating instead of leather….and no moonroof. Not a bad tradeoff if style, “feel”, and value mean something to you when you’re behind the wheel.