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2017 Mazda Mazda6 Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by slavuta

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Reviewed: 2017 Mazda Mazda6

4dr Sedan 184-horsepower 2.5L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Why the 2017 Mazda Mazda6?

Powertrain performance

This is not the fastest car, especially in manual trans trim. Here where your shifting skill counts. But it is smooth. Good powertrain for the class.

Fuel economy

I've been averaging over 30 mpg per tank at the pump. Computer usually 1mpg too generous. On some trips I've seen 40 mpgs. My is MT and it is rated considerably lower than AT. But in my book it is good since I've done same mileage in my 2011 Mazda3, which also was noisier, less comforting and generally, smaller car with smaller engine. So, I do about same MPG average and HWY as my 2011 Mazda3

Handling

This is where the car is brilliant. Handling, steering, braking, etc. It does as good as my Mazda3 in curves. For a huge car this is just amazing. The steering turns with precision not seen an many other cars. Brake pedal feel is excellent (notice Honda). Clutch weight is supreme and gear changing is comfortable. I still prefer my 2011 Mazda3 gearbox in terms of shifting feel. Mazda6 has little bit of clunk between 1st and 2nd but after that it is smooth. But again, the older one was a bit tidier. I loved suspension in '3 so this one I love even more because there is additional upscale added to great old suspension. This car does feel smaller than it is when driving, however not the same nimbleness as ?3. There is also one cool thing that many people don?t like ? hill assist. I personally never needed it. But I understand that this is consequence of electronic parking brake. The hill assist works great. On one side, I might wouldn?t mind to have it even with a hand brake. It definitely makes life easier. But on the other side, the very reason I buy a manual car without electronic nannies is because I want to do everything myself. Another thing is that if the battery dies and brake is engaged, you?re doomed. On top of this you get push button start. Together you can forget starting this car with dead battery by rolling off the hill. And I had to do it 3 or 4 times in the last 8 years. This is definitely negative for me.

Interior styling

The interior is another big positive for Mazda. I took lowest Sport trim simply because I hate leather and I really don't need all the extra features that come with higher trims, especially 19" wheels. And for low trim, this is generous from Mazda. Stitched dash. Nice instrumentation cluster (Honda... Honda). Everything lights at night. Plenty of power outlets and USB ports. Seats are comfy and when did you see last time base trim with lumbar support? Ok, Accord is so big, you seat like a king in the rear. But in '6 there is plenty of legroom. You just don't have enormous amount of it. One important detail for MT drivers is location of the stick. In Accord it is hard to reach while '6 is made for a driver. The controller knob is cool feature. I don't necessarily think it is absolutely better than just radio buttons on the dash. I see where it goes - it packs more buttons within same screen. But it is such distraction on the road. Now I want to see song info and mileage info, and I constantly toggle it... I like the instrumentation with analog tach and speedo and at least they made electronic fuel and temp gauges that mimic analog. Leather steering wheel is standard and sure it feels better than plastic I used to. Basically, I like the interior for the low trim it is amazing.

Price or payments

And here I can tell you that I really didn't want this car. I was looking for something more fun. But I couldn't resist the discounts. If I think that I paid for it only $2K more for what I paid in 2010 for pretty low trim Mazda3. And this car has many more features... I paid $18K for it. Yes, the insurance is more expensive. But replacing 17" tires will compensate for it. Because Accord I shopped had 19-inchers. I know that this is quality car with great handling, and I just couldn't pass it on the price point. Many people complain about shady Mazda dealers. I had best experience. My sales guy knew car in detail. Usually I know more about car than a sales person. I would ask something and listen. They either wrong or have no idea. This dude was on top of everything. Then I was not sure if I want to commit to this car, I said, ?I will come back. Let me process the info and think again.? The manager asked me ?what can I do so you take this car today?? A-ha! I quickly drew few numbers, he didn?t even tried go higher, signed on it and congratulated me with purchase.

Why Not the 2017 Mazda Mazda6?

Powertrain performance

There is one gripes with it though. It is so tuned for fuel economy that you shift 5 times before 42 mpg under normal acceleration. Really, Mazda? Would be much better to have gear spacing so that you drive as normal 5-speed and then at around 55mph go into 6th. Ok, I learned to avoid this junk. Just go like normal 1,2,3,4 and then 6. Or on 35mph road you can drive from 3rd to 5th. Otherwise it is just too much shifting. At one point I started seriously doubt this purchase but once I started to skip some gears everything fell into place.

Audio & nav systems

Well, this car has not the best OEM radio I had in a car as far as sound quality goes.

Warranty, maintenance cost

I expect maintenance will be costlier than your average Toyonda. And I know that insurance already is. But since I do everything myself, it will be ok.

Past personal experience

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Past personal experience

For MT trim that I wanted, half the country was searched but only 2 colors were available - Red and Black. It was easy to pick from, right? I really didn't want this car but bought it because of price per quality. I simply found that everything else had more CONs than PROs. Besides Ford Mustang. But I couldn't find 1yo, manual, v6. In these circumstances I had 3 choices - Elantra Sport with its gloomy interior but plenty of features. Civic Sport Hatch but it has idiotic instrumentation and no variable intermittent wipers, let alone bad brakes and steering. Accord Sport MT - but this is just an LX with power seat and sport suspension and huge wheels, and it was just too big for me. I didn't even plan to go to Mazda dealer because I drive Mazdas since 1998. My wife said, "you don't like anything, go try Mazda..." So, I went and of course, I bought it. I wish Infiity made Q50 manual. I would buy that if it was avail. Didn't want another Mazda where where to go if you in the submarine?

Conclusion

If the power is not your goal If you re not seven foot tall If you like a sporty ride And a beauty by your side If you want to be unique Go Mazda with the stick

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Response from sparkyandsimba

11:20 am January 6, 2018

I had a 2015 Mazda 3 sport and I could not resist the deals availbale on the 2017 Mazda 6 sport. I really liked my 3 but the 6 is so much more refined and quiet. I paid basically the same for my 6 that I did for the 3 two years ago. I love the car and hope for a good 10 years together!

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