Mazda6 marks its 15th an­niver­sary

The Hamilton Spectator - - WHEELS -

Mazda6 has es­tab­lished it­self in the mid­size sedan seg­ment with su­perb driv­ing dy­nam­ics, hand­some de­sign that stands out among its staid com­pe­ti­tion and crafts­man­ship that goes a step above ex­pec­ta­tions.

Now in its third gen­er­a­tion, Mazda6 cel­e­brates its 15th an­niver­sary since go­ing on sale in­ter­na­tion­ally, still set­ting the bench­mark for its seg­ment and for the Mazda brand.

In re­cent years, Mazda has made dozens of changes that fur­ther el­e­vate it among its peers, no longer wait­ing for mid-cy­cle re­freshes to make mean­ing­ful im­prove­ments.

For 2015, Mazda6 re­ceived sub­tle re­fine­ments to what was al­ready a well-re­ceived third-gen­er­a­tion model af­ter adopt­ing Kodo—Soul of Mo­tion de­sign and light­weight, ef­fi­cient Sky­ac­tiv Tech­nol­ogy in its third gen­er­a­tion.

For the 2017 model year, Mazda6 added many of the pre­mium touches that were in­tro­duced in the all­new Mazda CX-9, in­clud­ing ad­di­tional sound in­su­la­tion by way of thicker door seals and lam­i­nated front glass and lux­u­ries like avail­able Nappa leather seat­ing sur­faces and rear USB charg­ing ports.

Mazda6 was also the first ve­hi­cle in the North Amer­ica to in­clude GVec­tor­ing Con­trol, a Mazda-ex­clu­sive tech­nol­ogy that uses throt­tle and steer­ing in­puts to smooth out steer­ing feel, lead­ing to greater con­fi­dence be­hind the wheel and more sure-footed han­dling.

The Mazda6 has now been in pro­duc­tion through three gen­er­a­tions for 15 years and count­ing.

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