The Mazda 6 has always been a car that's kinda flown underneath the radar, and I've always had a hard time figuring out why.
I mean, it looks great, handles like a dream, but it's never sold in numbers like the Toyota Camry or the Honda Accord.
So, why don't y'all jump in the passenger seat and I'll show you what you've been missing.
The Mazda 6 is sold with a 2.5 liter engine that puts out 187 horse power but in Grand Touring and above they throw in a turbo and that ups those horses to 250 and 310 pound feet of torque and that's made into a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Now I know what you're thinking the Chevy Malibu turbo that's got a nine speed transmission.
And the Honda Accord that's a ten speed.
More gears equal more better right?
Well, not necessarily.
And especially not considering Mazda's vibe of driving matters.
Instead this transmission really wants you to eek out all the power you can all the way up to that 5,000 RPM level.
And it is never trying to search around for a gear it's always right there.
Your You're just going like bang, first gear, bang, second gear, bang, third gear, all the way up to top gear, and it is so satisfying.
Must also retune the suspension to have less body roll and understeer.
And you all, I don't even really like front-wheel drive cars, and this one is amazing.
Mazda is so confident in the sportiness of their car the sport mode only adjusts the transmission parameters.
And let's face it, you're driving along on a back road, you're probably gonna use the paddle shifters anyway.
But the suspension, the transmission, the steering, all of that remains the same because they're already super sporty.
I mean the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord, those are good cars.
It's just that if you want to regain your driving emotion this is the only sedan to do it in.
The EPA gives the Mazda 6 a combined fuel rating of 25 mpg and during my time with it I've gotten 25 which is not bad for a lead foot like Like me.
Now Mazda's been behind the curve when it comes to technology, but they're slowly picking up steam.
We've got a full deep dive into the Mazda connect system in a separate video, so be sure to check it out.
Now on the outside, the Mazda 6 is pretty much the same as 2017.
They have put the fog lights right into the head lights, which is kind of a cool little But I have to give a shout out to the sole red paint, I love it so much.
It really picks up all the highlights, all the shadows, and gives a lot of attention to the body lines especially along that front fender, it's just gorgeous.
But even though the outside is kind of the same, the interior is like a whole new car, there's only two switches that carry over from 2017.
There is a lot of horizontal design elements, it's kind of BMWS.
Of course a lot of the features are only available on the upper trims.
I like heated and cooled front seats where the cooled seats actually pull the warm air away from your **** instead of shoving cold air up towards your ****.
It's kind of a cool way to do it.
There's some really sleek wood and suede trim in this guy.
And in fact, the only thing I don't like about the interior of the Mazda 6 are these really ugly and old school turn signal and lighting stocks.
They're just super out of place.
The 2018 Mazda 6 starts at about $22,000, but this top of the line signature guy right here with a few options, that brings it up to about 36.5.
Now I've driven a lot of mid-price sedans, but none of them make me turn around and say, damn, that is a fine looking car.