Available in five trim levels – Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, and Signature – the Mazda 6 ranges from less than $25,000 to more than $35,000 at the top of the range (including a mandatory destination charge).
We give it 5 out of 10 here, as the base model misses a key feature or two, and the Mazda 6 doesn’t offer an exceptional warranty, infotainment, or value in the more desireable versions.
At $24,920, the base Sport model comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, a full suite of active safety features, two USB ports, dual-zone climate control, push-button start, automatic high beam LED headlights, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth and a dial controller.
We’d start our shopping with the Touring model, which costs $27,520 but throws in synthetic leather, heated front seats, a power driver’s seat, a power moonroof, 19-inch wheels, two rear USB charging ports, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
Grand Touring models will set you back $30,620 but come with the more powerful turbocharged engine as well as Bose audio, satellite radio, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated side mirrors, and paddle shifters. The Grand Touring Reserve trim gains a color head-up display, leather upholstery, power front seats with heating and cooling, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, power-folding mirrors, and glitzier styling accents for $33,120.
Finally, the Signature model does its best luxury car impersonation with nappa leather, wood trim, faux suede accents, a 7.0-inch digital gauge cluster display, satellite navigation, and a surround-view camera system for $36,220. Nice as these features are, we’re not sure they’re worth the $8,700 premium over the Touring model.
It should be mentioned that Mazda’s infotainment system is among our least favorites to operate, either via its clunky dial controller or with your fingers. We recommend using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto as much as possible to bypass it.
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