Extended Ride Review: 2018 Mazda6—The Ride
Gosh, this thing is great to drive.
We’ve been spending a few weeks with the 2018 Mazda6 Signature model to get a fuller feel for the vehicle. [Click here to read the first & second installments]. In this final week we take a look at the areas where the Mazda6 shines, alongside some parting thoughts.
The Signature model, as well as the GT trim, comes equipped with a 2.5L four-cylinder turbocharged engine capable of 250 HP (with 93 octane fuel). This is a big bump over the 2.5L four-cylinder engine that pushes 187 HP on the lesser Mazda6 GS and GS-L models. And it cements the Mazda6 Signature as a true premium sedan.
Acceleration is smooth and immediately responsive. It’s as if the vehicle knew exactly what I wanted to do the moment my foot touched the pedal—most of the time it was to experience the zoomiest sedan Mazda has produced.
It moves with confidence—steering is precise and firm. It moves with elegance—it moves around corners, with speed, as it its stuck to the road. It moves as if it’s played in this category for decades.
This isn’t hyperbole. Mazda has truly created a model that can compete against any other entry-luxe sedans. It’s truly a driver’s sedan, while keeping it perfectly suited to the everyday needs of a family vehicle.
The Mazda6 has always been a stylish vehicle.
A decade ago it was clearly the best looking sedan amongst its peers. Things have changed since that time, with the likes of Hyundai, Ford and Kia (amongst others) designing stylish vehicles at price points accessible by most.
While it’s never slipped in its styling, the 2018 Mazda6 pushes it to the subjective top of the pack.
The mesh front grille, with a simple placement of the Mazda logo is perfect. The strong arches over the wheel wells to the sleek new headlights create a subtle and cohesive front-end that turns the Mazda6 into a sophisticated vehicle that would fit next to any upscale brand.
Inside, Mazda continues the high-end onslaught in this Signature model trim.
Expect wood trim on the door panels and dash, a bright new 7-inch LCD display, and nifty cross-stitching on the steering wheel—a small detail that ties together the front cabin.
It all feels very lush and quiet. Emphasis on quiet, as the ride is incredibly serene, especially on highways, which adds to the luxury of the whole.
Strip the badge away and you would absolutely believe you were driving a luxury brand from some other Japanese automakers. It’s on that level.
The 2018 Mazda6 Signature trim officially places this model in the same sentence as an entry-level Acura, Lexus and Infiniti. Whether consumers pick up on that fact, however, is a whole other story. But, it is definitely worth adding to your shopping list if you’re in the market.
However, you can experience the same drive experience one trim down in the GT, and benefit from the upscale styling on the low-end models—so regardless of your budget, the 2018 Mazda6 has something available for your needs and wants.
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