Mazda’s spicy 6 capably takes on Camry, Accord
Look out, Camry and Accord, the 2019 Mazda 6 Signature is one very fine ride.
As a former 2009 Mazda 6 owner, this year’s Signature model is light years ahead of the fun ride I enjoyed for several years, with a classier aerodynamic exterior highlighted by an elegant wood- and suede-accented cabin.
But what really turned my head, or actually my ears, is that Mazda engineers have quieted the interior road noise that plagued my 2009 model.
Settling into the comfortable and supportive Nappa leather seats of our sparkling Soul Red Signature
edition, the cockpit still hints at sportiness — and once popped into that mode, the ride responds accordingly. Stiffer suspension, higher shiftpoints and tighter steering make for a super fun drive.
Powered by a 250-hp. 2.5-liter turbo engine mated to a smooth-shifting sixspeed transmission turning 19-inch alloy wheels, the Mazda 6 is a superb highway cruiser and handles like a champ in traffic. Making 23/31 mpg along with plenty of legroom, the 6 makes the daily commute a breeze.
The top-of-the-line Signature, one of five models available, will run you $36,020 and has an excellent suite of safety and other features as well as a Bose audio system — but you can get into a 6 starting at just a bit more than $23,000. MSRP: $23,000 As tested: $36,020 MPG: 23 city, 31 highway
Updated styling and a super fun drive are highlights of the Mazda 6.
Mazda’s 6 Signature model has damped down the road noise, making the ride even more pleasant on Nappa leather seats.