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2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring

Test Drive

Written by Marco Carvajal
Photographs by Marco Carvajal

 

In 2010, introducing the concept of Shinari in Paris – the prototype of Mazda6 next generation, Mazda breathed life into the overall design concept – “KODO – the soul of movement.” In 2012, the first serial model, which embodying a complex of Skyactiv technologies, comes off the assembly line. A new era of the Mazda brand begins from this moment. That was the early stage for the Mazda 6, today the 2017 Mazda 6 Gand Touring will impress the most demanding car drivers.

 

2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring

5

seats

Front-Wheel Drive (FWD)

Transmission

SKYACTIV-Drive 6-Speed automatic (Straight Shifter)

Engine

2.5L SKYACTIV-G DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine with VVT

Horsepower

184 hp 5700 rpm

Torque

185 lb-ft @ 3250 rpm

Fuel tank capacity

 16.4 gal

Fuel economy

30

MPG Combined

27 city / 35 HWY

Estimated MPG

 

The 2017 Mazda6 is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety “Top Safety Pick Plus” when equipped with available Smart City Brake Support7 and Adaptive Front-lighting System.
— IIHS | December 2016

 

Introduction

I start to test drive the Mazda6 2017 and I become impressed with this beautiful car. I love it!, I can’t stop to drive it, it is a very addictive automobile, the more you drive it, the more you want it.  Everything feels right, especially the luxury and comfortable interior.

The updated 2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring received a number of improvements, which became the result of many years of research by Mazda. They relate to technologies that provide reliability and security, as well as new dynamic characteristics. Particular attention is drawn to the adaptive motion control system G-Vectoring Control, which is the first result of the new global concept of Skyactiv-Vehicle Dynamics, with the main goal – to strengthen the sense of unity of the car and the driver. If earlier the work of the engine, transmission and chassis were controlled separately, now GVC provides integrated control of these three elements.

The car is stable and feels confidently on any conditions – on a slippery or snow-covered road, when entering a turn or maneuvering.

Mazda

The company Mazda was founded in 1920 under the name of Toyo Kogyo. In the 1920s, she produced machines for numerous industries in Japan. However, due to low incomes, it was decided to shift its focus to vehicles.

During the bombing of Hiroshima by an American atomic bomb, have been damaged a share of production capacity and killed 400 workers. Nevertheless, in December 1945, Toyo Kogyo continued the production of tricycles. The first 4-wheel trucks Mazda Romper appeared in 1958.

In 1984, Toyo Kogyo officially took the name Mazda, which is in tune with the name of the founder of the concern – Dzujiro Matsuda, and also it is a tribute to Ahura Mazda – the Iranian-Zoroastrian god of wisdom.

Mazda introduced several new cars in 1985, including new versions of the Mazda RX-7 and 626. By 1987, the company produced 20 million vehicles.

 

Pricing & Versions

The appearance in the gamma “SIX” diesel versions has opened an additional way for attracting buyers. And – what is very important – allowed the car to enter a new level of competition with European sedans of its segment, they are almost all available in performance with a diesel engine.

Model Approximate Price
2017 Mazda6 Grand Touring Starting at $30,695

 

Exterior

Light restyling brought the 2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring a slight cosmetic update of the exterior, but the equipment expanded much more: available full-LED auto-leveling headlights also received a redesigned grille, headlights and tail lights.

Features

  • LED Headlights with automatic on/off and auto-leveling
  • Adaptive Front-lighting System
  • High Beam Control
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • LED Fog Lights
  • Rain sensing variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • Power sliding-glass moonroof with one-touch-open feature and interior sunshade
  • Body colored power side mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Heated side mirrors with driver’s side auto-dimming
  • Body-colored door handles
  • Integrated rear-window antenna
  • LED Combination Taillights
  • LED Grille Accent Lighting
  • Rear decklid spoiler
  • Dual exhaust outlets with chrome tips

Interior

The updated interior design of the 2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring significantly improved the presence, not only with elegance, but with convenience and functionality – a slightly modified steering wheel with a rim heated in the area of ​​permanent grip.

2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring features a more selective active display, capable of reading traffic signs and recognizing pedestrians, allowing drivers to concentrate more on driving.

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control with pollen filter
  • Power windows with one-touch auto up/down
  • Power automatic door locks
  • Cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls
  • Electronic Parking brake
  • Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry
  • Remote release for trunk, hood and fuel door
  • Push-button start
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink
  • Driver and passenger-side illuminated covered visor vanity mirrors
  • LED Map Lights front and rear
  • Tilt & telescopic steering column
  • 12-volt power outlets (2)
  • Rear window defogger

AUDIO & INFOTAINMENT

  • 7″ Full-color touch screen display
  • Bose® Centerpoint® 2 Surround Sound audio system with AudioPilot® 2 and 11 speakers
  • Bluetooth®24 hands-free phone and audio streaming capability
  • Mazda Navigation System

INSTRUMENTATION

  • Speedometer, tachometer and fuel gauge
  • Full-color Active Driving Display
  • Outside temperature
  • Multi-Information Display (MID) with trip computer

 

The cabin of the Mazda6 sport sedan is designed to envelop you in refinement, with a large center console and a sleek dash and instrument panel that complement the Mazda6’s available leather-trimmed sport seats.

Safety

Particular attention is drawn to the Traffic Sign Recognition System (TSR), also modernized the Smart City Brake Support system: it recognizes a person at speeds of 4-30 km / h, and other vehicles on the road – at speeds of 4 to 80 km / h. In case of danger, the 2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring brakes until it stops. The projection screen now in color displays the signs and route laid by the navigation system, so the information is easier to read

The blind zone monitoring system works when the vehicle is moving. On the corresponding side mirror of rear view, the danger symbol lights up, and on the transparent display in front of the driver – the pictogram from the side of the passing car.

Safety Features

  • Advanced front air bags with seat belt-use, passenger-weight sensors
  • Front seat-mounted side-impact air bags and side-impact air curtains
  • 3-point seat belts for all seating positions
  • Front seat-belt pretensioners with force limiters
  • Foldaway brake pedal assembly
  • Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) & Brake Assist
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Smart City Brake Support
  • Hill Launch Assist
  • Rearview Camera
  • Smart Brake Support with Collision Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane-keep Assist
  • Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Close Proximity Warning
  • Distance Recognition Support System
  • Traffic Sign Recognition
  • Alarm system
  • Engine-immobilizer antitheft system
  • Trunk entrapment release system
  • Keyless remote panic button (on key fob)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • LATCH child safety seat anchors & upper tethers
  • Child safety rear door locks

 

Conclusion

The 2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring is a great car to own and drive. Beautiful, fast and powerful.

Priced at 30K plus, it is a great value. It feels much more expensive. I recently drove a Mercedes Benz and BMW sedan, and the Mazda6 feels very competitive against those luxury brands.  It has a beautiful interior and exterior. The 184 HP engine is fast and responsive enough for most city and highways. Mazda’s efforts to offer new technologies have been successful on this Mazda6.

The steering wheel rests pleasantly in the hands and responds to every movement very efficiently. The suspension feels great smooth and soft. The Mazda 6 can safely hold any speed. New leader seats made of snow-white leather make you love it even more – the Mazda 6 is a winner.

The main goal of the Japanese brand, is to keep an acceptable good price for all models of the brand. Starting with a price of $30,695, this model creates serious competition in the American market when compared to other sedans.

 

 

Marco Carvajal
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