Great looking car, lots of tech, good mileage too; but need more power.
written on 08-27-2014
i Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
I got the 2015 Mazda 6 Grand Touring in red, black leather interior with contrast stitching, Tech package and with mats, bumper applique etc. MSRP was $33.4k, got it for $30.7k and leased it for $370/mo with no down for 3 yr/15k lease. Now to the actual review of the car. The car just looks gorgeous and I always wanted a red car. The engine is under-powered, but the i-eloop gives great gas mileage (40% hwy/60% city = 33 mpg). The ride is a little harsh, especially for people in the back, the 19" low profile tires are overkill in my opinion. Interior materials are top notch, seats comfortable and Bose sound system is good too. Steering is a little light for my liking but its smooth.
I love my 2015 Mazda 6 Grand Touring with ieloop. Great handling and very responsive. Tons of safety features, which won me over. The Mazda 6 is very comfortable and gives you somewhat of a sporty feel. Touch screen is a little dated but all in all a fantastic car with great gas mileage without being a hybrid. I chose this car over the Mercedes CLA250. It's absolutely exceptional with huge trunk space. Test drive one and you will see for yourself.
let me say this. IF you are a larger person like me and over 6 foot tall SKIP THIS THING. this was made for little people under 6 feet tall. A large person will have a heck of a time getting in or out via ANY door. things have started rattling a wee bit by the drivers door i tightened some screws and have not heard much more after that. The dealers paint stick for minor oopsies simply does not match the color at all. you can shake the plastic pen for 20 minutes it will still be a dark silver. The 6 speed manual transmission has a serious issue the dealer will not look at. it makes a shuttering sound on take off, and yes i can drive a standard transmission, i drive a semi at work with 9 gears high and low ranges. i wonder if that is why it was so cheap? Do they know something and do not want to deal with it?? No matter, in a few weeks they will not have a choice. as i will FORCE them to take it apart and look at it. The BIGGEST complaint i have is the after effects of oil changes. i use mobil 1 0w20 the grade that is demanded by MAZDA. Here is where it gets weird after the oil change the car uses more gas than it did before i changed the oil?? SAY WHAT?? yes it is true. seems to be the longer you run the oil the better the fuel economy gets. told you it was weird. i am going to try the mazda oil from dealer next service and see what happens, it does have moly in it and mobil 1 does not. At least research showed nothing on it. Also the book is wrong with fluid capacities. it states 4 quarts of oil without filter change 4.25 with filter change. a 5 quart bottle leaves me down .25 quarts so that is wrong what the book says. lastly, MAZDA what is the deal with the price of the OEM tires on this thing?? SERIOUSLY $245.00 EACH. there is a version with exact same specs and exact same manufacturer that is $100 less!!! overall i would not buy another mazda 6 to small for my size.
After 2 years plus of ownership the car had zero mechanical or electrical issues plus Gas mileage is great but when it comes to wear and tear you can tell that it was built with cheap materials and the quality control was marginal. Going over bumps and u can hear noises just like in a 10 year old car . The paint is easily chipped and the cabin trim shows a lot of wear and tear even though I take good care of the car. Resale value is below average. I give it a C grade. This is a beautiful affordable sedan. It has character and the ride quality is not bad even with the 19" wheels. It looks and feels upscale inside a out. I got it with the Sunroof and Bose package which is a must for this car. The Stereo sounds amazing. The car feels safe and stable.
I was down to the 2 sportiest and reliable sedans- Accord vs Mazda6. I wanted a manual and unfortunately the Accord Sport only comes in gray and black. I saw the Soul Red 6 and fell in love. The Accord had a more spacious cabin- the 6 has more dramatic style which cuts out space- but I'll deal with it- rather stand out on the road and not be another suburban middle-aged man driving an Accord or Camry (no offense). It drives like a sports sedan- lots of fun. Manual shifter is amazing and excellent MPG's. Engine has a nice tone to it- more of a growl than a typical 4 cylinder engine. The ride is firmer- but I love it because it handles better- that's the trade-off.