2016 Mazda6 Review | Indianapolis, IN
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|Fuel Economy:||25 city / 37 hwy mpg 1|
|Horsepower:||184 hp @ 5,700 rpm|
|Torque:||185 ft-lbs. @ 3,250 rpm|
Striking parity between fuel savings and ample accommodations for an average size family has always been the prime goal of the mid-size sedan. The result is a vehicle that’s attractive to an even bigger cross-section of the auto buying public than just this category.
It’s no surprise all the big automakers have repeatedly aimed to corner this market, but only a few can actually reach it in a given time. For 2016, one of the top contenders is the Mazda6. Just a brief perusal of the facts below should convince anyone that it’s the essence of the mid-size sedan.
The 2016 Mazda6 stands out in its class by utilizing just one engine but still offering a surprising range of choices. At the heart of this vehicle, a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder motor delivers a capable 184 horses. The options come from what’s combined with this single powerplant. Unlike many mid-size sedans, the Mazda6 provides either a manual or automatic transmission in its Sport and Touring editions while only the Grand Touring model comes with just an automatic. If the automatic transmission is selected, it includes paddle shifters and a Sport mode activation switch that allows faster shifting.
An interesting characteristic of the Mazda6 is that, at 26 mpg city and 38 mpg highway, the automatic transmission pairing supplies higher mileage than the 25 mpg city and 37 mpg highway offered by the manual alternative. The Mazda6 takes fuel savings even further in the Grand Touring’s GT technology package with the inclusion of a modest hybrid electric system that employs storage capacitors to bring mileage up to 28 mpg city and 40 mpg highway. This approach works by using the added electricity to power such items as the air conditioning or electric power steering.
The bountiful 114.5 cubic feet of interior room translates into 38.4 inches of headroom and 42.2 inches of legroom for front passengers and 37.1 inches of headroom and 38.7 inches of legroom for back occupants.
Amplifying this comfort, silver accents brighten the cabin while stereo sound, remote ignition, power windows and locks, and air conditioning round things out in all models. For higher versions like the Touring and Grand Touring editions, dual climate control, a moon roof, and leather upholstery are among the options available for greater enjoyment.
Entertainment offerings on the 2016 Mazda6 start with the 7-inch touchscreen mounted at the dashboard center. Standard in all models, this central control handles such things as the 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo with USB connection also automatically added to the basic Sport model. SMS text to voice capability and Pandora radio access are included with this setup. Higher editions feature additions like 11 speakers, SiriusXM satellite radio, and Mazda navigation.
The 2016 Mazda6 rests its safety reputation on a solid platform that’s receive the top mark of Good across the board from the IIHS. It’s also grabbed an overall score of five stars from the NHTSA. Such standard features as antilock brakes, airbags, and stability and traction control have contributed to these results.
The Mazda6 is also equipped with more advanced options like a rearview camera, front collision warning, automatic braking at speeds up to 19 mph, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, lane keeping capability, and adaptive headlights with automatic highbeams.
Ride In The 6
With the Mazda6, mid-size doesn’t seem so middling. It offers extras normally associated with more expensive sedans. To see how comfort and economy successfully come together, try one out at our Indianapolis, Indiana dealership today.
 EPA mileage estimate. Actual mileage may vary.
 MSRP excludes taxes, title and license fees. Actual dealer price will vary. See dealer for complete details.