2017 Mazda 6 Walk Around

The Mazda6 is lean from every angle, with sinewy lines that are almost Italian. It has muscular front fenders and an arched coupe-like roofline. In its class, only the Ford Fusion gets as much attention. The grille boasts the same winged design as Mazda crossovers, while the tail is finely detailed.


The trim quality is high and the sculpting tasteful. The sweeping dash is crowned by the bright new seven-inch infotainment display screen. For 2017 a color TFT screen replaces the previous monochromatic gauges.

There’s impressive interior space, with good leg room and knee room even in the rear, although the roofline does cut into rear passenger headroom. The split rear seats fold forward for more room, and the trunk has an average 14.8 cubic feet but a wide load opening.

The seats remain excellent, whether upholstered in cloth, leatherette, standard leather, or the Nappa leather that’s on the Grand Touring, with heated rear seating available in a Premium package that upgrades the Nappa leather.

It’s not as quiet inside as a luxury car. Visibility was improved in the last redesign with use of high-strength steel in the roof pillars, allowing them to be narrower. The standard Mazda Connect infotainment is quick enough, but its control device is balky and the mapping isn’t as good as that on some of its rivals.

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