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2016 Mazda MAZDA6 Walk Around


This latest-generation Mazda6 is quite handsome. It follows Mazda’s Kodo design language, which aims for an athletic, dynamic look.

A curving, trapezoidal grille with stretched horizontal lines make the car appear wide, not tall like the big-mouthed Mazda3. Wraparound headlights and fog lights with geometric housings suggest athleticism.

From the side, the prominent nose looks almost shark-like. Deep, flowing creases over the front fenders continue into the front doors. The A-pillars are pushed back, which biases proportions rearward and aids driver visibility. Bright trim is used sparingly. Standard 17-inch alloy wheels look substantial, and the optional 19s on higher trim levels look even better.

Interior

The 2016 Mazda6 interior has been redesigned and upgraded with better quality materials. On the 2014 model, we noted some of the plastic trim had a generic parts-bin look. It’s now more attractive, with tastefully coordinated materials, more bright trim. Soft-touch materials are used in most of the places driver and passenger are likely to touch.

The new dashboard has sweeping lines that wrap around a new 7.0-inch infotainment screen placed in the center on models so equipped. An electric parking brake takes less space and cleans up the design of the center console. Climate controls have been redesigned, with a more pleasing layout and design.

The standard audio system found on the Sport trim is adequate but nothing special. The 11-speaker Bose setup is a much better choice for audiophiles.

The cockpit of the Mazda6 is centered around the driver. In front of the driver is a trio of gauges that are simple and easy to read. Visibility is good all around, especially in front with the pushed-back of design with the A-pillars. Headroom and legroom are on par with the class.

The rear seats can accommodate a six-foot-tall passenger without any knee cramping or head bumping.

With 14.8 cubic feet of cargo space, the Mazda6 has slightly less cargo capability than do the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, and Toyota Camry. Still, the long, deep layout accommodates plenty of luggage and gear.

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