Introduction

Sedan and fun-to-drive mix about as well as oil and water.  It’s hard to find a balance between family friendly and sporty – most of the time. But, the Mazda6 has been pulling it off it since its introduction in 2002. For the 2017 model year, the Mazda6 remains the perfect blend while incorporating several new features.

Changes for 2017

The 2016 Mazda6 was great, so Mazda has made only minor upgrades to the sedan. All 2017 models get a bump in standard equipment, and there is a new optional G-Vectoring Control system. The technology package has been dropped in favor of a new Premium package.

Trim Levels and Body Styles

The Mazda6 is a spacious, midsize sedan available is Sport, Touring or Grand Touring trim levels. Standard features abound, including 17-inch wheels, remote start and entry, cruise control, power windows and door locks, air-conditioning, leather-covered steering wheel and shifter, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, a 7-inch infotainment system with Mazda connect, a stereo system with AUX/USB/CD, HD radio and music streaming.

Powertrain

There is only one engine option available in the Mazda6 – the 184 horsepower 2.5L four-cylinder. Fortunately, this all the engine you’ll ever need, offering both excellent fuel economy and performance. Power is sent to the front wheels via either a 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission.

Performance and fuel economy

The Mazda6 offers spirited performance while sipping fuel at a miserly *28 mpg combined city/highway (29 mpg for the automatic). True to its heritage, the Mazda6 offers exceptional handling that will put most sports cars to shame, yet it doesn’t do so at the cost of comfort. The Mazda6 provides the supple ride of an executive sedan, while taking notes on track performance from its little brother, the Miata.

Safety

Safety is always the number one priority for Mazda and the Mazda6 is no exception.  Standard safety features include antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, active front head restraints, a rearview camera (as mentioned earlier), automatic emergency notification and rear parking sensors. But don’t just take our word that the Mazda6 is one of the safest vehicles on the road – government safety tests have given it five out of five stars and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick+.

The best part about the Mazda6, is the fact that is doesn’t come with an exorbitant price tag. The Mazda6 can be had at the base MSPR of $21,945. With a price like that, you’ll want to head down to your local dealer before they’re all gone.

*All vehicle mileage based on 2016 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.