New For 2018 Mazda Mazda6
In addition to an exterior design refresh, the 2018 Mazda6 gets an updated power train that includes a 2.5-liter turbo-four engine option and an updated multimedia system. A new Signature trim is topping the model.
Trim Levels, Interior and Exterior
The 2018 Mazda6 is a front-drive midsize sedan that slots above the Mazda3 and is available in four trim levels.
Mazda6 Sport: The base Mazda6 Sport trim gets you a 17-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth, the MazdaConnect infotainment system with a 7.0-inch touchscreen, cloth upholstery, a rear view camera, a USB port, keyless entry/start, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
Mazda6 Touring: Moving up to the Mazda6 Touring grade gets you features like dual-zone climate control, 19-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, a power-operated driver’s seat, leatherette upholstery, navigation and a low-speed automatic emergency braking system. LED headlights, a sunroof, and a Bose audio system are available in packages.
Mazda6 Grand Touring: As the second highest trim, the Grand Touring grade gets you adaptive full LED headlights, LED grille accent lighting, a sunroof, leather upholstery, LED fog lights, paddle shifters, a power-operated front passenger’s seat, heated rear seats, and an 11-speaker Bose audio system.
Mazda6 Signature: The new range-topping model, the Signature, gets you unique features such as brown Nappa leather, real wood and aluminum trim, a 7.0-inch instrument cluster display, an 8.0-inch touch screen for the MazdaConnect infotainment system, ventilated front seats, and a windshield-projected head-up display.
Performance and Fuel Economy
The 2018 Mazda6 comes standard with a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter I-4 paired to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Power figures should be the same as in the Mazda CX-5, which is 187 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque. Mazda’s new 2.5-liter turbo-four with 250 hp (227 hp on regular fuel) and 310 lb-ft is optional and is only available with the six-speed automatic. EPA fuel economy ratings are 26/35 mpg city/highway with the automatic, 24/33 mpg with the manual, and 23/31 mpg with the turbo-four.
The 2018 Mazda6 received a five-star overall rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars). The IIHS hasn’t tested the 2018 model yet but the 2017 Mazda6 received a Good score on all crash worthiness tests and an Average rating on the headlights test (Good is the highest possible score).
In the IIHS’ front crash prevention test, the 2017 Mazda6 received a Superior rating after it avoided a 12-mph collision and reduced the speed of a 25-mph impact by 24 mph (Superior is the highest rating for the front crash prevention test). With its solid crash and front crash prevention scores, the 2017 Mazda6 received the Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS.
Available active safety features include adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, and lane keeping assist. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are available on all trims.
The 2018 Mazda6 has a 14.8-cubic-foot trunk that can be expanded via the 60/40 split-folding rear seats.
What Schwartz Mazda Thinks
We know that the Mazda Mazda6 is fun to drive and offers great steering feel. However, it does suffer from excessive road noise with the optional 19-inch alloy wheels. The infotainment system works fine, but we wish the system offered Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The naturally aspirated 2.5-liter I-4 offers acceptable power and, helpfully, the six-speed automatic transmission is not stingy with downshifts.
The 2018 Mazda6 is the second model to use the automaker’s 2.5-liter turbo-four after the three-row CX-9.