2014 Mazda 6 i Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
I found the seats very hard and the front seat positions limited. When on medium to long drives I would get out of the car limping.
The GPS never worked probably, but even if it had I found it difficult to use and read.
The mileage wasn't near the rating for highway driving.
The car is also a little under powered.
The electronics all seemed a little off.
The base car is probably very good value.
I wrote to Mazda and didn't get a response. I finally just dumped the car after about 8 months of driving.
Spacious trunk. Mileage good although not as high as expected from rating.
I love the car's looks. I named my car "Big Red" after a former neighbor, a zaftig redhead.
I love the great mileage - right now avg = 33.5, but I've done better. I got the auto trans and the rear view camera and the fog lights - all of which I am happy with.
My car stands out in a sea of white, gray, silver, black Hondas, Altimas, etc.
Just gorgeous. I now see they will introduce a coupe: wow!
I know this can't be right, but every once in a while I'll see a lexus or an infinity or even a maserati and I laugh. "You paid what?"
A little more horse power.
More bolstering in seats. Adjustable arm rest.
Fix the completely crap Ipod interface (which I never use). I plug into AUX jack. I actually should get a discount for that. It's terrible.
Follow up to the three month post. Still very happy with the car. Pleasure to drive, easy on the eyes and at the pump. Made it through a South Texas summer and would prefer cloth over leatherette seats--they get pretty warm and don't breathe. That would have meant the Sport vice Touring trim, which would have removed the COMAND knob (which I play with but don't really use). I would have been OK with that since the Sport Auto includes the backup cam, which has turned out to be really nice. The smaller wheels wouldn't have been a deal breaker. Averaging about 31.5 in mixed driving.
Cross traffic warning, handling, engine/transmission are well matched, covered drink holders in console, legible gauges, easy to use controls
More/better interior storage (this is a repeat from earlier post), like bigger pockets in the door to hold a CD case, slightly higher center armrest, cut down with wind noise (noticeable above 50-55 mph)
The Mazda 3 arrived after the 6 and has had who knows how many infotainment updates, yet the 6 still hasn't had one in North America, and as a result a lot of the features run into problems (like playing songs not associated with the title displayed, dismally slow connectivity times).
Mine has had transmission problems since I bought it, with many appointments and now resolution.
The interior bits (especially the tilt steering adjustment) have started vibrating on even smooth roads.
rear brakes clunk when releasing.
Poor sound insulation.
However, it handles nicely and gets pretty good fuel economy.
easy off tcm
attractive interior and exterior
Move tach to the right side of the gauge cluster so you can see it while shifting. (obviously designed as a left hand drive)
better quality exterior paint, this stuff is like tissue paper... that rusts.
Secure interior pieces better.
I have had it for a year now with 15k miles and it has its good and bad points. The fuel mileage was a major factor in my choice but also wanted performance and drivability. Generally with a 4 cylinder you a lack the torque and power that you normally get with a V6. I am happy with what Mazda had achieved with this high compression 2.5 liter DOHC. Nice is being able to run on regular gas unlike the competitors who are using 2.0 liter turbo to get the same result. The fuel mileage is excellent averaging over 34 mpg under 60/40 highway/city driving. I figure every fill up and comparing against the electronic display with similar results. The six speed AT with manual override is awesome.
Pros: Fuel economy , reliability, exterior styling, performance and some of the safety features including the backup camera.
Cons: Ride comfort - requires crawling over those speed bumps, interior noise due to wind noise emanating from window frames, USB player lacks memory, does not retain settings and periodically rejects flash drives. Also the LDWS sometimes gets annoying. As a lease I am considering purchase. Tire replacement is costly for anything over 17" and most manufacturers do not offer a mileage warrantee. The added electronic and safety features are nice but after the first 3 years you are on your own
Ok so here are my two cents: Leatherette seats are just a gimmick, no advantage over the basic cloth and less of a sweat factor. USB player needs work and since everything is integrated into the steering wheel you stuck with it. Override for the LDWS - Lane Departure Warning System. Please Mazda fix the wind noise!