Mazda’s spicy 6 ca­pa­bly takes on Camry, Ac­cord

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - BUSINESS - By Jim Ma­honey Bos­ton Her­ald

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

JIM MA­HONEY - BOS­TON HER­ALD

Up­dated styling and a su­per fun drive are high­lights of the Mazda 6.

JIM MA­HONEY - BOS­TON HER­ALD

Mazda’s 6 Sig­na­ture model has damped down the road noise, mak­ing the ride even more pleas­ant on Nappa leather seats.

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