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The Mazda6: One Of The Best Midsize Sedans Gets Even Better

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By John Warbuck

The Mazda6 is an incredible sedan for anyone that wants to stretch the value of their dollar. It comes with a low entry cost, numerous standard features and luxury options at budget prices. While the family sedan segment has been shrinking lately with the shift toward SUVs and crossover vehicles, some people still want a reliable commuter car such as the Mazda6.

While the Mazda6 won’t be returning in 2022, the current model exceeds expectations. It’s stylish, fuel-efficient and offers a thrilling driving experience. Here is everything we love about it and why you should jump on the opportunity to get yours before it’s too late.

Standard Features

The Mazda6 is most impressive when you take a look at the standard equipment package and engine. With up to 35 mpg on the highway, it has a low cost of ownership and a long range. You can travel 574 miles on a full tank of gas, which is convenient if you’re taking long trips because you can spend more of your time on the road and less of it at the gas pump. Here are the features that you get for the base price of $24,475.

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The interior is the definition of sophistication and makes the Mazda6 look as if it could easily sell for much more. It offers a ton of leg and shoulder room, comfortable seating and the ability to maximize your cargo space. The rear seat folds down from the trunk if you need to pack the back with luggage or supplies from the local hardware store.

Mazda went with a modern and chic design for the interior, which has contrasting, rich colors and is made from premium materials. All of the technology is easy to access and drivers can use the steering wheel, touch screen and voice commands to manage it.

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The standard technology package includes the MAZDA CONNECT infotainment system that has a touch screen on the center console and the driver instrument panel. It comes with standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, Pandora radio, speed-sensing volume control, two USB ports and voice activation. You can make calls, sift through your music files and even reply to a text message all through your voice.

Other features are subtle but very useful when you need them, such as a rearview mirror that adjusts between day and night modes, a glove box with interior lighting and an interior air filtration system.

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The Mazda6 has a safety package called i-Activsense, which offers you protection while driving and performing parking maneuvers. It includes rear cross-traffic alert when backing up, a blind spot monitor, automatic forward braking at speeds over 10 mph, lane-keeping assistance, and a cruise control system that works in rush hour traffic. When activated, your vehicle slows down automatically to pace with the vehicle ahead of you, even if it comes to a complete halt.

The standard safety features made the Mazda6 worthy of the IIHS Top Safety Pick+. This award is the top honor that a vehicle can receive.

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Trim Levels

The Mazda6 comes in six different trim levels. The base trim starts at $24,475 while the top trim level runs $35,900. This is still quite affordable for the extra value you receive.

The base trim comes with a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine that offers the greatest economy, so if you’re more concerned about the cost of ownership and your carbon footprint, you might not need the sportier engine that’s available on upper trim levels. Aside from the engine, here are the key differences between trim levels:

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The base trim comes with cloth seating, the standard infotainment system and the base safety package. It also has rain-sensing windshield wipers that activate and adjust automatically, dual-zone climate control with an air filtration system, an electronic parking brake, stop-and-go cruise control, remote entry and push-button start. The steering wheel and shifter are both wrapped in leather, which is great when you’re hopping in the vehicle on a cold morning.

The safety technology also includes hill start assist, pedestrian detection, an engine immobilizer that can keep the engine from starting if your car is stolen and a rearview camera.

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The Mazda6 Touring trim starts at $27,075, and the most notable upgrade is the leather seating. You also get a power-adjustable seat to help you find the perfect posture while you’re behind the wheel. A power moonroof comes standard for the Touring and higher trim levels. The Touring offers heated seats and a second interior color option called Sand Leatherette.

The Touring also gets an upgrade from 17-inch wheels to 19-inch wheels with all-season tires.

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Grand Touring

The Grand Touring starts at $30,175 and is the first trim level to offer an upgraded engine with more torque and horsepower. Torque is what helps your car accelerate quickly, so the boost gives the Grand Touring an elevated driving experience at the expense of a few miles per gallon on the highway.

Upgrading to this trim unlocks the Apple CarPlay wireless connectivity feature and the automatic dimming rearview mirror, which is great at night when in front of vehicles that have intense headlights or drivers that won’t turn their brights off.

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Grand Touring Reserve

The Grand Touring Reserve has a base price of $32,675 and adds a power front passenger seat to the mix to keep your copilot comfortable on long trips. If you’re driving through snow and ice, the windshield wiper de-icer keeps your wipers from making a mess of your windshield. The Grand Touring is the first trim level to include power-folding side mirrors, and they’re useful when you’re moving into and out of tight spaces and don’t want to chance it.

If heated seats aren’t enough for you, this trim also includes ventilated seats that keep you cool during the summer.

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Carbon Edition

The Carbon Edition is a special edition appearance package that has a different interior and exterior styling. It comes with a black gloss grille, exterior accents and red leather sport seats. To give it greater sports appeal, Mazda added a black spoiler to the rear decklid and a finished appearance to the front lower molding.

The Carbon Edition is the only trim that features the Polymetal Gray Metallic paint color, which is stunning and worthy of the Carbon Edition moniker.

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The Signature trim is equipped with all the bells and whistles, which includes napa leather heated and ventilated seats, a signature trim badge, upgraded wheels and extra interior lighting. In addition to map lighting, there’s a lighted trunk and glove compartment to make it easier to access your items at night.

The Signature pulls out all the stops with its interior design by featuring a black headliner, brighter power seat buttons, Ultrasuede door inserts and wood trim. The Signature trim starts at $35,900.

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Discontinued for 2022

If you browse the Mazda website for the latest Mazda6 model, you’ll be directed to the 2021 because it’s not returning for 2022. This doesn’t mean that the Mazda6 is down for the count, however. Mazda hasn’t ruled out bringing it back. We just don’t know how long the model will be on hiatus or if a replacement is in the works.

If (or when) Mazda announces a new generation of the Mazda6, we’ll be ready to bring you all the information. While sedans may be on a downward trend right now (long live the SUV), there’s still plenty of drivers who will miss the Mazda6 being on the market.


John Warbuck


John Warbuck is a seasoned freelancer and ghostwriter who has covered a variety of topics throughout the years. When he is not at his keyboard, he can be found at the gym, mastering new recipes, learning more about the universe, or teaching his Australian Shepherd math problems.



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