2018 Mazda 6 – When the latest model of Mazda 6 hit the showrooms, it was evident that from the outside nothing much has changed. Most of the updates happened on the inside, and that was fine with us. 2017 model kept the look that was very appealing to the customers. But, nevertheless the time is right to make some exterior changes, and we think that small restyling is on schedule with Mazda 6 2018.
2018 Mazda 6 Changes
Exterior could be upgraded with the introduction of new tail and headlights and also with slightly different front and rear bumpers. The more aggressive style is something that was lacking on all previous Mazda 6 models. The sporty look would be appreciated by many fans of this vehicle because voices that demand Mazda 6 Coupe are getting louder. With the more aggressive exterior introduction of the coupe version would be easier. Interior is expected likely to remain the same because it is on a whole new level with 2017 MY. G-Vectoring control, I-Active sense, full-color TFT screen are just some of the things with which Mazda 6 is equipped, and we expect those to come in future versions.
Price of new Mazda 6
With small changes that Japanese brand will certainly deliver with its 6 model, the price should stay at the same level. This was the case with 2017 MY that suffered only a minor increase in price compared to the 2016 Mazda 6.
2017 Mazda 6 Specs
|Dimensions And Weight|
|Engine And Transmission|
|Power/torque||184hp @ 5700 and 185 lb-ft @ 3250|
|0-60 mph||7.5 sec|
|Top speed||140 mph|
|PRICE RANGE: Base model starts @ $22,780
|Competitors: Honda Accord, Chevy Malibu, Toyota Camry, Subaru Legacy
At this moment the only option for your Mazda 6 is to take it with a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine that is capable of producing 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque. This is definitely one of the segments where we want to see more, and to be precise, a lot more.
MazdaSpeed 6 would be an ideal solution for all those potential buyers that want little bit more power. If the Japanese carmaker packs twin turbo I4 or turbocharged V6 unit under the hood we are sure that more people would be swayed towards this vehicle and brand.
Those that are a bit on the extreme side would like to see 300+ hp, but that is quite far fetched since it would be a huge jump from the currently offered option. On the other hand, we can see many companies, especially Germans, delivering cars in this and similar segment powered by 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 units that are capable of pumping out 240 hp and even more. If Mazda 6 comes with anything about 220 hp we would be satisfied, at least to begin with.
You might or might not know anything about HCCI engines. In case you do not know what that means here is a brief explanation. These units use high compression to ignite gasoline in cylinders thus eliminating spark plugs, similar to what we get with diesel engines. This tech lowers fuel consumption but also improves performances. According to reports, the 2018 Mazda 6 will be the first vehicle to get this new unit under its hood meaning that it could approach that 200 hp mark.
We need to take a look at the other side of this coin, at least when it comes to a car that would be equipped with a lot more powerful powerplant. It is a good question if it could reach 35 mpg (EPA rated) on the highway and it could significantly reduce those numbers. One thing is for sure, it would be great to have the option to choose from, and hopefully Japanese giant will bring something hotter in the engine bay for this beauty.
2018 Mazda 6 Interior
As we already mentioned, the interior will bring minimal changes meaning that it will remain almost identical to the setup we had in 2017 version. This is just fine with us since we had a decent number of changes just recently.
There was a need to bring the cabin of Mazda 6 closer to other models in the carmaker’s lineup. In that effort, the company decided to offer slightly changed layout which resulted in the slimmer central console. The seven-inch display is located pretty high on the dashboard, and you can control it either by using a knob or by touch.
Not only that we are getting the prettier layout and higher quality of the interior, but we are also receiving setup that is more usable. Looking at the trims and equipment that each of those offer it is quite easy to notice that in most cases the 2018 Mazda 6 offers more than its main rivals.
Can Mazda6 Compete Against Its Biggest Rivals Like Honda Accord?
Even the sale figures in sedan segment are dropping it is clear that the number of offered vehicles suggest that most carmakers still consider this as one of the most important market segments. As a result, we have a variety of choices consisting of Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, Kia Optima, Chevrolet Malibu, Nissan Altima, etc.
We think that the biggest rival for the 2018 Mazda6 also comes from Japan and it is Accord. Even we still do not have official details about all features that will be offered in 2018 model we think that there will be no significant differences between currently available version and the next one as we already mentioned in our post.
Without a doubt, the Honda Accord looks nice, but, this is a segment in which Mazda takes a clear victory over it, and not just over Hondas offer as we think that it is a pretty much a clear winner in the segment. Check out this side by side photo and judge for yourself. The elegant and dynamic shape of Mazda is nicely supported by a 2.5-liter I4 engine that provides 184 hp and is on a similar level like the Accords that pushes 185 hp from 2.4-liter I4. Where the 6 shines is the efficiency as it returns 26/35 mpg over Accords 23/32 mpg city/highway.
If you choose Mazda6, you will be getting an excellent balance between dynamic handling and comfort. Biggest advantages that the Mazda6 brings to the table include things like exterior style, efficiency, and slight hp advantage. Other segments are pretty close and are not deal breakers so we must give the upper hand to 2018 Mazda 6 in this comparison.
Release date of 2018 Mazda 6
The release date hasn’t been confirmed, but this should happen by the end of 2017 as that would give Japanese car maker enough time to sell the current stock of Mazda 6 models and to carefully implement changes onto the new one. The delay of the release to 2018 also shouldn’t come as a surprise because Mazda has full hands with CX-5 and CX-9 models.
Mazda 6 Competitors
Despite the growing popularity of SUVs and crossovers, the sedan market remains crowded. And this is the main reason why Mazda should hurry up with 2018 Mazda 6. Toyota is getting ready for it’s Camry, Honda is preparing a new generation of Accord, Chevy has its Malibu and the list doesn’t stop there. Subaru Legacy, 2018 Ford Fusion, 2017 Kia Optima, 2017 Nissan Altima are also in the mix.
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2017 Mazda 6 – Forget about V6
Mazda stated that instead of focusing on future it will orient itself on today. That actually meant that instead of investing in the hybrid or electric technology, they would rather invest in improvements of the current solutions. In 2011 SkyActiv technology was born and all the praises go to the companies engineers. Japanese haven’t invented anything revolutionary, but they instead tweaked and improved almost every part of the car, which at first doesn’t produce “wow” effect, but with a second glance at new figures it actually does.
When you sink deep into the topic and see how many parts of the engine, transmission, and chassis are enhanced, you will be amazed. All improvements brought the huge boost in Mazda’s sales, and we will try to see whether that is enough for 2017 Mazda 6, which is five years on the market now and some rivals arrived brand new lately.
2017 Mazda 6 STYLING
Along with better engineering, Japanese car maker had introduced new styling language “Soul of Motion” which turns previously dull and boring cars to handsome athletes. Same goes for their 6 model, with big grille, muscular fenders, passionate while elegant lines and coupe-ish shape of the body. Mid-size sedans are usually more traditionally styled and often boring, but besides being five years on the market, this vehicle is still quite a refined in terms of look and much more interesting than many rivals.
And believe or not, new technology and new alluring design of latest Mazda’s doesn’t conclude the story. We actually have the whole package here as our vehicle, same as other latest models, raised the bar of interior build quality to the level unseen in brand’s lineup so far. The Japanese manufacturer stated that it shoots for the premium, and it will be one day there for sure with this pace, but for today, let’s say that VW gets a proper rival in the non-premium area.
Cabin extensively lean on new found quality of fit and finish and doesn’t try to stun with visual exhibitions. In short restrained, elegant and refined.
PERFORMANCE of 2017 Mazda 6
In the US there is only one engine option, 2.5-liter I4 petrol delivering 184 hp and taking 7.8 seconds to 60 mph. That is fine, but if you want more power, Mazda can’t offer it, while most of the rivals deliver quite more powerful V6s under their hoods. In Europe, you can go less with 2.0-liter I4 and 165 hp while none of the petrol engines use turbo power, unlike turbocharged 2.2-liter I4 diesel with an output of 150 or 175 hp.
It is maybe not powerful as top models of other rivals, but it allows remarkable 30 mpg combined of fuel efficiency, and it drives quite vigorously. Seriously, besides the usual choice of 6-speed automatic, you can go for manual, lay your hand on sporty shortened lever and enjoy remarkably short and quick changes, along with quite potent cornering abilities. This is definitely a top choice in the segment for that kind of use. That does take its toll on comfort with some added harshness, but you have to choose eventually.
G-Vectoring actually becomes part of standard equipment now, making all models equally happy while cornering, along with 7-inch screen and a rearview camera. That was new for base trim or Sport, while the second, named Touring gets autonomous braking as standard, and finally top Grand Touring trim ends up with the lane-keep assist, traffic sign recognition, and auto high-beam control.
Add all these extras to already previously rich standard equipment which includes remote keyless entry, start button, 17-inch alloys and cruise control, among else, and you’ll see that you have a quite decent offer for the price between $23,000 and $35,000.
The fact that it is already five years on the market doesn’t reduce any shine from 2017 Mazda 6. Gorgeous looks, great driving pleasure, high efficiency in many areas, nice pricing, it all acts in its favor. This vehicle maybe doesn’t carry V6 under the hood, but rivals that do, don’t put power on the road that nicely as this one does.