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MAZDA6 IS AN ENTERTAINING, SPIRITED RIDE

By NITISH S. RELE – motoringtampabay@gmail.com
Among the midsize sedans in the market, the Mazda6 is probably the most enjoyable and energetic ride. We have driven a variety of power trains but the all-new version in the 2019 sedan is among the finest. Our Signature trim was equipped with a 2.5-liter turbocharged, inline-4 engine putting 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 technology-driven products from Mazda, 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 fully loaded Signature, boasts 23 city/31 highway (auto) on a 16.4-gallon tank.

Sitting on the monocoque body is a gunmetal grille design with the familiar Mazda badge housed in black horizontal lines and piano black-topline trim. It is surrounded by eagle-eye shaped LED headlights and fog lamps. The Signature model comes standard with 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 amenities include dual auto a/c, power moon roof, 8-way power driver and 6-way front passenger heated/cooled seats, 60/40 rear seat, 11-speaker Bose system, overhead console, push-button start and paddle shifters.

You feel secure with standard 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.

As noted at the outset, there are several midsize sedans on the road but few as sporty and nimble as the Mazda6. The family car touts pleasing styling inside and out, laudable fuel economy and exceptional braking. This is one enjoyable, energetic ride that will leave you asking for more!

MAZDA6 (SIGNATURE)
Tires: P225/45 R19
Wheelbase: 111.4 inches
Length: 191.5 inches
Weight: 3,560 pounds
Suspension: MacPherson strut front, multilink rear
Steering: electric power
Base price: $34,750
Price as tested: $36,040
Web site: www.mazdausa.com

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