You may or may not know that five years or so ago, I owned a Mazda dealership and during that time really came to appreciate how good the Mazda products really were. They never got the accolades they deserved and to some degree, that is still true today. This week I had the 2010 Mazda 6s Grand Touring sedan.
My bright red test car is loaded,(like most test cars are) and features a 3.7 liter, dual-overhead cam V6 engine which transmits 272 horses through a 6-speed automatic transmission. With a total of 24-valves in this six-banger, it delivers 269 pound-feet of torque.
The list of standard features on this car is impressive, including leather interior, power driver’s seat and heated front seats, auto climate controlled air, and a Bose stereo system which sounds just great. Other features include keyless entry, 18” wheels, all power options, and even Bluetooth. One of my favorite features is the blind-spot monitoring system. The standard features on this car leave you wanting for nothing.
For an extra $2000 you can get a terrific navigation system, which I found to be very good and very easy to operate. The only other option on this car is the Technology Package, which includes memory seat, automatic Xenon headlights, power passenger seat, push button starting, and ambient lighting for $1900.
The Mazda 6 is a really great-looking car both inside and out. It’s very sleek and has a real back seat. Driving characteristics are very good and the Grand Touring suspension makes the car handle very well, it corners great, yet doesn’t beat you to death on rough roads.
One turn off for me was the push button start. I actually like this feature but Mazda uses the same steering column cover that they use in other vehicles that have the tradition key-insert type ignition switch. This was a REAL turnoff for me and really cheapened the car. I expected more from Mazda.
The mid-sized sedan segment is one of the most competitive and hard to choose from because there are so many great cars out there right now. I can tell you with certainty; the Mazda 6 doesn’t make the choice any easier.
What I liked most: The performance combo of the engine and transmission.
What I’d change if I could: Not just plug the ignition hole on the steering column.
Price as tested: MSRP $33,120.
Fuel economy: 17 City/25 Highway and it did better on the highway.
Mazda 6 in a few words: Another great entry in the mid-sized sedan segment.