Here at AutoNation Drive, we’re huge fans of Mazda vehicles. All new Mazda models like the CX-3, CX-5 and the CX-9 have a beautiful exterior, and an even more chic interior built with high-quality materials. Couple that with dynamic driving characteristics, today’s Mazdas offer an experience that’s generally only found in luxury vehicles.
We recently spent a week with the updated 2018 Mazda6 sedan and were completely blown away by the upscale interior, a new top-level Signature trim, and the more powerful turbocharged SKYACTIV-G 2.5T. Even more impressive is the fact that Mazda recently announced that the 2018 Mazda6 can now be updated with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity at no cost — something we’ve been waiting to see in Mazdas for quite some time. On that note, let’s take a closer look at the all-new 2018 Mazda6.
2018 Mazda6 2.5T Exterior
While the 2018 Mazda6 keeps its overall look and appeal from the outgoing model, the KODO-Soul design language has been mixed with a new theme that Mazda calls Mature Elegance. The new design language takes cues from the Vision Coupe Concept that made its debut at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show.
Exterior design highlights include a new stylish large grille that gives the impression of more depth and a lower center of gravity. Other highlights include standard LED headlights, stylish new tail lights, 17-inch and 19-inch vehicles, and a new Soul Red Crystal exterior color. Our test model, the 2018 Mazda6 Signature came standard with a gunmetal finish on the grille, adaptive LED headlamps, 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels with gunmetal finish, and much more.
The 2018 Mazda6 sits on a wheelbase that measures 111.4-inches with an overall length of 192.7-inches. The width spreads a total of 72.4-inches while the height stands at 57.1-inches. Ground clearance comes in at 6.5-inches.
Mazda also focused on making the new Mazda6 quieter, with the Sport and Touring trim receiving a thicker front-door glass, with the Grand Touring getting even quieter acoustic laminated glass.
In our opinion, the 2018 Mazda6 is one of the best-looking sedans on the market. When standing it next to the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry, the Mazda6 definitely stands out, and almost looks as if it’s competing with luxury sedans like the BMW 5-Series and the Jaguar XF.
2018 Mazda6 2.5T Interior
If we were to remove all the Mazda badging on the interior of the Mazda6, you’d be forgiven for believing this interior belongs to a luxury sedan that costs far north of $35,000. Not only is the interior built with the highest quality of materials we’ve seen in this segment, the overall design is sophisticated and classy.
The first thing you’ll notice is the horizontally stretched dashboard and general sense of elegance. Our Mazda6 Signature test model also features Sen wood, Nappa leather, and suede on the doors, seats, and dashboard.
All 2018 Mazda6 models come standard with dual-zone climate control, push-button start, 8-inch full-color touchscreen display, Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming, USB audio input, and the Mazda Connect infotainment system. The Mazda6 Signature model comes with heated and ventilated Nappa-leather front seats, heated rear seats, heated steering, an upgraded Bose sound system, navigation, and much more. Mazda recently announced that ever 2018 Mazda6 model starting from the Touring trim and above can get a dealer-installed Apple CarPlay and Android upgrade at no additional cost. If you’ve already purchased a new Mazda6, Mazda says that the hardware and software updates will take you approximately two hours to complete. We’re huge fans of both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as they seamlessly integrate your smartphone into your car.
Space wise, the 2018 Mazda6 offers a total of 42.2-inches of legroom for front passengers and 38.7-inches of legroom for rear passengers.
Overall, we think the interior of the 2018 Mazda6 is one of the best you can find on an affordable mid-size sedan.
2018 Mazda6 2.5T Performance
Power for the 2018 Mazda6 Sport and Touring models come from a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 187 horsepower, the same engine offered on the outgoing Mazda6 models. The 2018 Mazda6 Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, and Signature all get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder turbo engine making 250 horsepower (with 93 octane premium unleaded fuel) and a maximum torque of 310 lb-ft. Mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, the higher-trim Mazda6 models can go from 0 to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds with a top speed of 149 mph.
Driving dynamics offered by the 2018 Mazda6 are unmatched by any other vehicle in this segment. The tight handling and refined characteristics make the 2018 Mazda6 with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder turbo engine a joy to drive.
Fuel economy wise, the faster 2018 Mazda6 models average an EPA-rated 23/31 mpg* (city/highway).
2018 Mazda6 2.5T Safety
A fully loaded 2018 Mazda6 Signature comes loaded with a host of standard driver assist features include a rearview camera, a 360º view camera, hill start assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, front/rear parking sensors, city brake sport, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and lane departure warning,
2018 Mazda6 2.5T Overall
If you’re in the market for an affordable mid-size sedan or even if you’re in the market for an entry-level luxury sedan, you should definitely check out the 2018 Mazda6. You’ll be surprised at the quality, tech, and style you get for an affordable price tag. Prices for the 2018 Mazda6 start at $23,000** for the Sport trim and top out at $34,750 for the Signature trim. Visit your local AutoNation Mazda dealership for a test drive today.
*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.