Vehicle2014 Mazda 6 i Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
ReviewI have deep buyer's remorse. I agree with most of fawning reviews concerning the car's style and how it drives. But oh how I wished I'd examined it more carefully for practical lifestyle needs, when I went for that test drive. Subsequently, I was bummed to discover the only way to open and then lock the doors and trunk is to dig my key set with the key fob out of my pocket, rather than pushing a little button.
A couple days later I was shocked and mortified to discover that I cannot secure my identity papers or anything in the glove box or the trunk, because there's no valet system whatever--not even a key. I live in Los Angeles, and now I cannot valet, without removing a bunch of things?
Best FeaturesLove the way it looks. That's why I bought it. I like the sound of the engine. Performance seems fine--I like the stiff feel. I haven't had it long enough to assess the mileage.
Worst FeaturesSee the first part of the review. Some things you don't pick up on a single test drive. For example, I find it quite uncomfortable getting in and out of the car. In comparison to the Altima I had previously (one trim level up from the stripped down model has the smart key and valet system, etc.) there is much less storage space inside the Mazda6--much less. The interior usability is not good, not well designed. Finally, at least in Southern California, it was hard to lease this car at a decent price, vis a vis other cars in its class at the exact same MSRP. Do your research--thoroughly. I waited till the last minute.
on 05/19/14 15:58 PM (UTC)
Sorry - I hadn't noticed that the Mazda 6 referenced in my previous comment is a 2006 model. I just find it surprising that something as simple as valet lockout would be dropped.Report it
on 05/19/14 14:07 PM (UTC)
There is indeed a valet security system in the Mazda 6. You really should read the manual sometime: http://forum.mazda6club.com/mazdaspeed6/177790-ms6-valet-key.html#post2460526Report it
on 02/07/15 18:08 PM (UTC)
To personatech -- you're the one who needs to read things more carefully, like the stuff you comment on. The car I reviewed is a 2014 (2014) i Touring -- not the Grand Touring. There is no [non-permissible content removed] valet system of any kind for this car. I called the dealer, and I called Mazda. You cannot lock the glovebox or the trunk.Report it
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