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2018 Mazda MAZDA6 KBB Expert Review

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By Scott Oldham -- Contributing Editor

More fun to drive than many of its rivals, the stylish 2018 Mazda6 is a standout in the midsize family-sedan class. Mazda’s flagship sedan offers a sporty driving experience, fuel-efficient engines, an upscale interior and top safety ratings. For 2018 the Mazda6 gets a revised look, a new more powerful 250-horsepower 2.5-liter turbocharged engine, a retuned suspension for a more comfortable ride; wider, more comfortable seats; and improved infotainment features. With these important improvements the new Mazda6 is better equipped to compete with such popular rivals as the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima. A 6-speed automatic transmission works with both engines, but Mazda still offers a manual transmission with the base 184-horsepower 4-cylinder to satisfy enthusiasts. Four trim levels are available, with prices starting around $22,500.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you’re looking for a stylish and well-equipped midsize family sedan with top safety ratings, fuel-efficient engines and a well-earned reputation for reliability, you’ll like the new 2018 Mazda6. Buyers also appreciate the Mazda’s fun-to-drive dynamics and its upscale interior, which now features wider, more comfortable seats.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Its trunk isn’t as large as some of its rivals, and some may find the Mazda6’s rear legroom to be a little tight. Also, Mazda does not offer a hybrid or an all-wheel-drive version of the Mazda6. Hybrid shoppers should check out the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry hybrids. For all-wheel drive look at the Subaru Legacy and Ford Fusion.

What's New for 2018

For 2018 the Mazda6 is heavily revised with an updated exterior, a new more powerful 250-horsepower 2.5-liter turbocharged engine, a retuned suspension for a more comfortable ride; wider, more comfortable seats; an 8-inch infotainment display, and a 360-degree-view monitor. Ventilated seats are now available as is Radar Cruise Control with stop-and-go capability. 

Driving It Driving Impressions

Mazda’s entire lineup has earned a reputation for exceptional driving dynamics and the 2018 Mazda6 lives up to the those expectations. This year Mazda has retuned the sedan’s suspension for improved handling and a smoother ride, and the results are impressive. The Mazda6 is more fun to drive than before, with class-leading cornering capability, but its ride is now far more refined. The standard 184-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine is powerful enough for most buyers, but the newly available 250-horsepower turbocharged engine finally gives the new Mazda6 sports sedan acceleration and passing power. The engine, which is shared with the Mazda CX-9 SUV, is smooth with plenty of torque off the line and an entertaining punch at higher rpm. The 6-speed automatic transmission has fewer gears than many in the class, but it’s responsive and a good match for both engines, plus it has a Sport mode. And the Mazda’s steering is a favorite in the class, with just the right amount of assist and plenty of feel.

Favorite Features

For 2018, this advanced cruise-control system is available on the new Mazda6. It not only maintains a safe predetermined distance from the vehicle ahead, it works at all speeds and features stop-and-go capabilities so it’ll apply the brakes and accelerate for you in heavy traffic conditions.

The new 2018 Mazda6 is the brand’s largest and most expensive sedan and it has received the highest safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Mazda6 has earned 5 Stars from NHTSA and a rating of Top Safety Pick+ from IIHS.

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