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ENJOY YOUR TRIP IN THE INVIGORATING MAZDA6

By NITISH S. RELE - motoringtampabay@gmail.com
We have driven a variety of power trains in the Mazda6 in the last decade or so but the all-new version in the 2018 sedan is among the finest. Our Signature trim was equipped with a 2.5-liter, inline-4 engine but this one was turbocharged. The midsize sedan cranks out 227 horsepower @ 5000 rpm and 310 pounds-feet of torque @ 2000 rpm. Transmission choices are a 6-speed auto or 6-speed manual. In keeping with Mazda technology-driven products, the direct-injection Skyactiv uses a torque boost with a high compression ratio to result in impressive fuel savings. No wonder the Mazda6, available in the new fully loaded Signature, boasts 23 city/31 highway (auto) on a 16.4-gallon tank.
An independent MacPherson strut front and a multilink rear suspension, along with an electric power rack-and-pinion steering, ensure safety for occupants in adverse road/weather conditions. And so do such features such as dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag, dynamic stability and traction controls, four-wheel antilock brakes, lane keep assist/departure warning, smart city brake support with collision warning, blind spot monitor, rear-cross traffic alert, radar cruise control, hill launch assist, three-point safety belts, rearview camera, tire pressure monitoring system and daytime running lights.
Ensconced on the monocoque body is a revised gunmetal grille design with the familiar Mazda badge housed in black horizontal lines and piano black-topline trim. It is flanked by eagle-eye shaped LED headlights and fog lamps. Mazda has revamped the interior with a new dashboard design and Nappa leather seats, ultra-suede trim inserts and black headliner. The 8-inch touch screen, part of the Mazda Connect navigation/infotainment system, is easy to operate via a command control button. The grip on the race-inspired tilt/telescopic, three-spoke steering column is solid. Other standard amenities include dual auto a/c, power moon roof, eight-way power driver and six-way front passenger heated/cooled seats, 60/40 rear seat, 11-speaker Bose system, overhead console, push-button start and paddle shifters.
This catchy, peppy and sporty sedan makes for an exciting trip to the neighborhood store. Its bold appearance and rewarding roadworthiness transform the Mazda6 into a must buy!

MAZDA6 (SIGNATURE)
Tires: P225/45 R19
Wheelbase: 111.4 inches
Length: 191.5 inches
Weight: 3,560 pounds
Base price: $34,750
Web site: www.mazdausa.com

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