2017 Mazda6 Grand Touring
Bottom line: The 2017 Mazda6 is a good choice for small families of modest means in search of safe, enjoyable, economical daily transportation. The best offer here, well equipped, is the M6 Touring. The Grand Touring offers ordinary, exceptionally well done. Ride, acceleration and handling: The M6 Grand Touring, now equipped with Mazda’s G-vectoring control for improved handling, gets good marks in all areas.
Head-turning quotient: It looks good in any middle or working-class driveway, or on any corporate, school or church parking lot. Body style/layout: The Mazda M6 is a midsize, front-engine, front-wheel-drive family sedan with four side doors and a notch-back trunk offered in three trim levels — Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. Capacities: Seating is for five people. Cargo capacity with all seats in place is 14.8 cubic feet. Maximum payload, the total weight of what can be carried onboard with proper engine and related equipment, is 1,019 pounds. The fuel tank holds 16.4 gallons of gasoline. Regular grade is okay. Mileage: With one passenger and light cargo load, I averaged 35 miles per gallon in highway driving. Safety: Mazda6 Grand Touring standard equipment includes four-wheel disc brakes, ventilated front and solid rear; four-wheel anti-lock brake protection; emergency braking preparation and assistance; pre-collision and post-collision safety; traction and stability control; Mazda Skyactiv crash frame technology; blind-spot warning accident avoidance system; automatic off-on high-beam headlamps; front and rear air bags. Pricing: The 2017 Mazda6 Grand Touring with 19-inch wheels starts at $30,695, with an estimated dealer’s invoice price of $28,695. Price as tested is $34,530, including $3,000 in options (Nappa leather seat covering, heated rear seats, stitched steering wheel and other items) and an $835 factory-to-dealer shipment charge.