We have to hand it to Mazda. The automaker is really going all out to improve its 2017 model year lineup.
It recently gave the Mazda CX-9 a vastly upgraded, premium interior. (You can check out our review of the CX-9 Signature here to see what we mean.)
Now it’s making some big updates to the 2017 Mazda6 interior, too. Some address issues we had with the 2016 Grand Touring Mazda6 model Jerry reviewed last year. Other updates include new engine management technology for a better ride.
Here are the 5 most noteworthy changes and updates to the 2017 model.
New Upgraded Interior
Mazda’s team clearly put a lot of thought into the new 2017 Mazda6 interior.
That’s especially true for the top-of-the-line Grand Touring model. A new Premium package option adds Nappa leather inside, along with a heated steering wheel and rear seats.
The steering wheel also has traditional Japanese chidori stitching similar to what can be found in CX-9 Signature. The Grand Touring is also treated to bright metallic finish to switches and trim throughout the interior.
One of our chief complaints reviewing the 2016 model was the road noise. It had a little more than Jerry liked in a vehicle.
Well Mazda’s done a lot to improve that in 2017, though we’ve yet to test it. For one, Mazda’s used thicker front glass to block wind noise. (Grand Touring models receive laminated front side windows.)
Mazda also added new sound-deadening materials and improved door seals to help reduce noise, too.
New G-Vectoring Control
The Mazda6 is also the first U.S. model car to benefit from the automaker’s all-new G-Vectoring Control.
It’s a series of new SKYACTIV-Vehicle Dynamics technologies. It adjusts torque output at the front axle to provide for flatter, more predictable handling. You can read more about it in one of our earlier posts.
PS: If you love a manual, don’t worry. The Mazda6 still offers a stick shift. All models are powered by a 184-horsepower, 2.5-liter SKYACTIV-G engine.
Added Safety Features
The Mazda6 features three new safety features: traffic sign recognition, lane-keep assist and advanced blind spot monitoring. The Premium Package on the Grand Touring model also comes with i-ELOOP regenerative braking technology.
Entry-level models now get the Mazda Connect infotainment system when equipped with a SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission as well as the available SKYACTIV-DRIVE six-speed automatic.
Other improvements include a newly available full-color Active Driving Display as well as a 4.6-inch, full-color TFT meter display in Grand Touring models.
Pricing for the 2017 Mazda6 will be announced closer to the release date next month.
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