Her + His Car Reviews

2018 Mazda6 Signature

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Her: Anne Fleming, Car Buying Advocate, women-drivers.com
His: Don Hammonds, Writer, AutomobileJournal.com 

HER HIS
Price
$36,040 $34,750; with various fees, total price comes to $36,040
Performance
The Mazda6 is quite the mid-sized, turbo sedan performer with 227 horsepower providing 310 lb.-ft torque. This front wheel drive sportster with 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine delivers responsiveness on the curves as well as pure acceleration and get up and go on any terrain or surface. Invigorating to say the least. The 6 really moves when you hit the gas, and it has sure footed handling on the road. Curves are an extra treat!
Fuel Economy
23 city miles/31 highway miles and 26 overall miles. 26 overall, 23 city and 31 highway. The Mazda6 goes 100 miles on 3.8 gallons of gasoline, and you spend $250 more over five years for gasoline compared to other new cars. The annual fuel cost per year is about $1,400, based on 15,000 miles per year with gasoline costing $2.40 a gallon.
The Car
Mazda, the brand that positions itself somewhere between mainstream and niche, continues to up its game with the Signature addition of the Mazda6. Clearly in the luxury category, this brand uses upscale design, materials, materials and features to appeal to a wider audience. All, while offering such a value price point that it in fact, grabs a wider audience. Mazda is onto perfecting their formula with the Mazda6 Signature. It's a must test drive for those considering mid-sized sedans and those looking in the lux segment also - a head turner.

The Ultrasuede look extends from the dash and onto the door panels. Then, nappa leather seats and trim on the sport seats is soft, and ultra-comfy. Ventilated and heated front seats, 8-way power driver seat with lumbar for back support; 6-way passenger power seat. 60/40 spilt fold down rear seat.
This is the elegant, muscular, gracefully designed car in the mid-sized sedan segment. The Mazda6 has been around in its current form for some time, but it simply cannot be beat on most measurements that are important to knowledgeable, aware drivers and enthusiasts. I think part of Mazda's success is that this is a company with a strong identity and they know precisely who their customers are. They do what they do best: Providing cool styling with decent gas mileage and strong acceleration and doing all of this at a price that is easy to reach for most folks.
Safety
State-of-the-art-warranty; See details below. Keyless entry system. Bluetooth hands free phone/audio. LATCH. Anti-theft engine mobilizer. Tire pressure monitoring system. Smart City brake support. Lane departure warning, lane keep assist. Blind Spot Monitoring. Rear Cross Traffic Alert. High Beam Control. Traffic Sign Recognition System.

4 Wheel DISC brakes. Electric Power Assisted Driving. INDI Front/Rear Suspension. Front LED Daytime Running Lights. LED Combination taillights, Dynamic Stability Control, Traction Control System, Hill Launch Assist, Advanced Dual Front Airbags, Front Side-Impact Airbags, Front and Rear Side Curtains.
ABS with electronic brake distribution, smart city brake support, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, front airbags, front and rear side air curtains, radar cruise control, and blind spot monitoring.
Technology
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity is introduced on the Mazda6.

The 8" color touch screen display is quite bright and easy to read, though admittedly the engagement of the touch-and-knob interface is challenging to get used to. The car is supported by 19-inch alloy wheels. Rain sensing windshield wipers. Power side mirrors with turn lamps. Heated side mirrors. Windshield wiper de-icer. Rearview camera. Auto-dim rearview mirror with homelink. Navigation system. Bose® AM/FM/HD/Satellite radio. Eleven speakers for complete sound.
19 inch alloy, wheels, all season tires, power side mirrors with turn lamps, heated side mirrors, windshield wiper de-icer, nappa leather trimmed sport seats, ventilated and heated front seats, eight way power front passenger seat; driver seat memory; eight inch color touch screen display, Bluetooth hands-free phone/audio; advanced keyless entry system, electric power assisted steering, independent front and rear suspension, power moonroof, active driving display, steering wheel mounted controls, cruise control; trip computer, power windows with one-touch feature; power door locks, power windows, 60/40 fold down seats, Mazda navigation system; dynamic stability control; traction control system, and hill launch assist.

This is only a partial list of standard equipment.
Aesthetics & Styling
The 2018 Mazda6 is a very bold and well-designed vehicle. More than that, it stands out in a sea of sameness and morphing. The 2018 looks very similar to the prior year's fašade, but now the body is riding of hot 19" alloy wheels. A gunmetal front grille with a distinctively upscale look, feel and finish. Zoom zoom. The styling is still stunning and has held up well even as new competitors hit the market. That's because the design is very classic, with a nice, low to the ground profile, and an imposing, elegant presence on the road. The interior really rivals some entry level luxury cars---I call it elegant simplicity. The Mazda6 doesn't try to wow you by presenting a whole gang of buttons and controls to awe you; everything is in its place and a place for everything. And the wood trim did not have that awful fake look with highly polished "grain" that you get in so many cars. This stuff looks custom. It looks handcrafted.

However, I did have issues with their infotainment/NAV system. The symbols and the elements are not intuitive and easily deciphered. And I found that input of info for the NAV system was more time consuming and complex than was the case for other cars I 've driven.
Warranty
5 year/60K mile Powertrain warranty. 3 year/36k mile Bumper-to-Bumper warranty. 24-Hour Roadside Assistance. 60 month/60,000 mile powertrain warranty and 3 years, 36,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty, 24-hour road assistance.

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