2017 Mazda6 Grand Tour­ing

The Washington Post Sunday - - CARS -

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.

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