2018 Mazda 6 Walk Around


The Mazda6 is lean from every angle, with sinewy lines that are almost Italian. It has muscular front fenders and an arched coupe-like roofline. In its class, only the Ford Fusion gets as much attention. The grille boasts the same winged design as Mazda crossovers, while the tail is finely detailed.

Interior

The trim quality is high and the sculpting tasteful. The sweeping dash is crowned by a bright seven-inch infotainment display screen that was new in 2017, along with a color TFT screen replacing previous monochromatic gauges. The standard Mazda Connect infotainment is quick enough, but its control device is balky and the mapping isn’t as good as that on some of its rivals.

There’s impressive interior space, with good leg room and knee room even in the rear, although the roofline does cut into rear passenger headroom. The split rear seats fold forward for more room, and the trunk has an average 14.8 cubic feet but a wide load opening.

The seats remain excellent, whether upholstered in cloth, leatherette, standard leather, or the Nappa leather that’s on the Grand Touring, with heated rear seating available in a Premium package that upgrades the Nappa leather.

We’re looking forward to driving the 2018 with the new engine and better NVH that might make it as quiet inside as a luxury car. Visibility is good, thanks to narrow roof pillars, possible with Mazda’s high-strength steel.

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