2018 Mazda6 Signature 2.5T - Roadblazing.com/ DHS Bottom Line Review Link

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(Contributing Editor: Peter Stamatis, Roadblazing.com)

 

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Four years is car model design's "Half-Life." Consumers expect updates and mid-cycle refreshes, ordinarily limited to light assemblies, fascia and wheels.  Though it has been only 4 years since Japanese carmaker Mazda has been applying its Kaizen philosophy of relentless refinement to Mazda6 mid size sedan.

 

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Back in 2014, sister site "Drive...He Said" heaped restrained praise:

 

"There, we said it. In spite of the [meh] interior styling, [flimsy trim and spartan appointments], we cannot immediately think of another family sedan for $21,000 out the door that wants to shred the road so badly. Our Spoiled A$$#$ could live happily with the 2014 Mazda6 Sport." ChicagoNow "Drive...He Said" August, 2013.

 

A follow-up sampling of a mid-cycle refreshed 2017 Mazda6 Grand Touring impressed with subtle improvments surmised "...A turbocharger away from becoming a legitimate sporty executive sedan challenger." ChicagoNow "Drive...He Said" April, 2017.

 

The maker of Zoom, Zoom, Zoom has really spoiled our A$$#$ a lot now with the 2018 Mazda6 Signature 2.5T. Roadblazing.com July, 2018.

 

 

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2018 Mazda6 Signature 2.5T:

 

KODO

- The sensuous "Soul of Motion" design language full of lithe muscularity sees subtle 2018 updates even to the flagship Signature trim: a new smoked mirror lattice grille with chrome borders expanding as laurels beneath new LED headlights, more subtly creased front & rear lower fascia, and new 19" alloy wheels.

JINBA ITTAI

- The 250 hp, 310 lb-ft direct injected twin-cam turbocharged 2.5L  4-cylinder engine is borrowed from the CX-9 3-Row crossover-ute. A paddle shifting 6-speed torque converter front drive transaxle, with shorter final drive for flexibility, still can throttle blip downshift. Reworked lower control arm geometry, a switch to hydraulic bushings, and swap to more pliant 19" W-rated Falken tires, excises any ride brittleness, resists roll, trading off only a bit of grip. Electric assist steering is telepathically fast, transmitting surface directional grip. Added mass has impacted the disc brake bite, despite a linear pedal. Fuel economy , though, dives by 16% from the lighter, non-turbo powered Sport and Touring models to 27 mpg.

KAIZEN

- Cabin panels and controls, particularly the Ultrasuede dash front & door trim, approach a sublime level of craftmanship reserved for luxury executive cars. Laminated glass, dense carpet pile and panel padding cocoon occupants from outside sounds. Nappa leather heated seating, reduce pelvic strain effectively cradling without resorting to extreme bolstering. High end  baubles include Bose audio, climate cooled front seats w/ driver memory, native HDD GPS navigation displayed in a remote rotary knob controlled 8"-inch  LCD dashtop screen. Comprehensive driver assist safety suite i-Active Sense, feature blind spot warning rear cross traffic & lane departure alert lane keep assist, radar full adaptive cruise control, auto hold, collision avoidance & pedestrian detecting braking and automatic high beam LED headlamps and 360 degree birdseye view camera/ sonar park assistance.

Signature trim has decidedly taken Mazda deep into the near luxury realm at a relatively modest price premium. The M.S.R.P. for a fully kitted 2018 Mazda6 Signature 2.5 T = $36,140.

 

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