Pros: "Styling, Technology features, affordability, fun"
Cons: "slightly weaker engine than optimal, but good"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I've had my new 2016 Mazda 6 for a couple of months and have put over 1,600 miles on it, so far. I am very pleased with this car right now. I went for the Touring trim line, Deep Crystal Blue with Sand seats, though most of the rest of the interior is black, and seems black when driving. This is the first Mazda I have ever owned. I've driven mostly Honda and Toyotas in the past, including Accord, Camry and Civic. What first drew me to this car was the exterior styling. To me, it looks sharper than the other cars in it's class, and I was back in the market for a sedan after several years of SUVs and minivans. I test drove Passat, Camry, Altima, Accord, Sonata (Had planned to drive Legacy too, but didn't get to it.) I also liked what I had read from reviews and had a friend who had bought a 2015 model that loved it, and let me drive it. I love the look of the car. The interior is great too. I do find myself sometimes wishing I'd splurged a bit and gone for the Grand Touring, but the Touring model is great as-is. The "Leatherette" seats seem fine and I think they will hold up. (Grand Touring offers real leather.) It is comfortable (and I'm a fairly large man.) The kids (one of which is over 6 feet tall) say there's plenty of room in the back. It handles nicely and is fun to drive. The only criticism I can really come up with, is that the engine doesn't have a lot of oomph. It would be nice if it had an optional turbo engine or something, but the V6 in it gets the job done just fine - Not great acceleration from stop, but has a little pick up after 2nd/3rd gear. It does sound a little weak upon start up, but not as bad once it warms up. The technology in this car is fantastic! The "infotainment" system is wonderful. I love the options it provides and the way it is organized. The console controls are new to me, but I have already become addicted. This is fabulous design. It is so easy to use when driving. I have my phone connected via Bluetooth and the hands-free system using the phone while driving works great. The controls on the steering wheel are handy. I've only scratched the surface of using voice commands to control the system. I had the navigation system added as an option. It's an easy-to-use system and includes free updates for 3 years. I'm using it and loving it. There are some options as to which information you see on your dash control, but I would like to have a little more available there. However, the video screen has everything I could want. The back-up camera is good. I like the blind spot warning system. I love how you have settings control over most everything, including volumes of each thing (Nav, Audio, warning beeps, etc) I've got a USB flash drive loaded with music, my iPod, and my phone all connected at same time, easily switching from one to another with the controls right by my right hand. It also has HD radio, so I'm getting the additional local radio stations as well, which offer more variety and have a lot fewer commercials. Using Pandora through my phone has been great, and Aha!, which I was not familiar with, offers a huge number of stations to choose from. (This in place of iHeart radio) The sound quality using Bluetooth is much better than I would've expected. Finding something you love at any moment is always possible, and I didn't even go for the Sirius/XM option. Don't really need it, but it is an option for those who want it. The keyless entry is a great feature. I like the option of having it lock automatically upon walking away. Never need to take my keys out of my pocket. I'm a little leery of the keyless start, if, and when it ever doesn't start, but it's convenient now. At least you can open the door with a physical key hidden in the key fob. The sound system is good, but not great. The Grand Touring has upgraded Bose sound, which I wish I had. I've ordered and added a few aftermarket extras, like chrome inserts, and so forth. (I definitely recommend the steering wheel pieces, fog lamp eyebrows, and especially the console tray insert, for storage.) I am now a huge Mazda fan. Hoping I stay so over the next few years. If you're looking for an affordable, stylish, fun-to-drive mid-size sedan, you have to at least check it out. I think it's the one to get. I'm glad I did."
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