Our favorite mid-size car, the Mazda 6, has been sweetened for 2017 with a bit more standard equipment; prices have inched up by $500 or less, depending on model. Importantly, the choice of a manual transmission remains, and not just on the base car.
The opening gambit for the 6, the base Sport model, is now $450 dearer than before at $22,780 with the manual transmission; the automatic is unchanged at $23,830. Both get Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control, which slightly tweaks torqueÂ delivery to the front wheels when the steering wheel is moved off-center, in order to boostÂ turn-in response. (This technology is newly standard on all Mazda 6âand Mazda 3âmodels.) The manual also sees the addition of the Mazda Connect 7.0-inch touchscreen with rotary knob controllerâwhich was already standard on the automatic. Other standard fare includes push-buttonÂ ignition, a backup camera, and 17-inch wheels.
Moving up to the Touring trim level, we again find a manual transmission available at a starting price of $25,030âthe automatic is $26,080. Both represent a $250 bump versus last year. That extra cash nets buyers Smart City brake support, rain-sensing wipers, and automatic headlamps. As before, the Touring trim level comes with 19-inch wheels, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a power driver’s seat, faux-leather upholstery, and other finery. Buyers are invited to fancy it up further with the Bose/Moonroof/Satellite Radio Package ($1325) and the Touring Premium Package (LED headlights, adaptive front lighting, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and heated front seats, for $1425)âbut those packages are offered only with the automatic.
2017 Mazda 6
Atop the heap is the automatic-only Grand Touring, at $31,530â$500 more than before. The extra scratch buys more standard kit: lane-keep assist, automatic high-beams, traffic-sign recognition, Smart City brake support, and adaptive cruise control. A new Grand Touring Premium Package ($2500) adds iELOOP regenerative braking and active grille shuttersâthe only two items of the former Technology Package that have not been made standardâas well as nappa leather with contrast piping, heated rear seats, LED interior lighting, a black headliner, and fancier trim. Once again, the Grand Touring includes navigation, a head-up display, dual power seats, and shift paddles.
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In all, a little more stuff for a little more money should only bolster the Mazda’s position as our preferred mid-size ride.