2010 Mazda 6 GT-V6
3.7L V6 272 HP with 6 speed Automatic transmission
Comet Grey with Black Leather
The mid size sedan segment in Canada is busy, competitive, with some great offerings from various manufacturers. Telling friends and associates that we were getting a Mazda 6, the reply was almost unanimous "Why not a Mazda 3?".
Seems the Mazda 6 flies under the radar screen.
This version of the "6" is new from last year, it is larger and roomier. From our perspective the styling is appealing, especially the front fender flares, the rear exhaust openings, the roof line.
The interior is pleasing with good fit and finish as well as materials for the price segment. Black is the only color available in the GT rendition; yes there are wide swaths of plastic. The rear seat has good leg room, center armrest, and folding seat back which is a universal feature of all mid size sedans. The technology interface is what you expect, including a touch screen. The Bluetooth with audio profile will play the song library from your iPhone on the sound system. Yes...its a cool feature! Our tester had Navigation, and Satellite radio, with an impressive sound from the Bose speakers.
The round gauges of the instrument panel are illuminated in red which is different. The leather wrapped steering wheel, key less entry, push button start, Xenon headlamps, automatic climate control, blind spot exterior mirrors are all cool features of the GT-V6 version.
All the safety elements are present, from air bags, ABS brakes, traction and stability control.
In a market segment with awesome offerings, and all manufacturers using the same play book. What sets the Mazda 6 apart?
The "Wow Factor" of this car is the performance, the handling, the driving dynamics. If you are looking for a sedan that is responsive, and inspires spirited driving look no further; the Mazda 6 will bring a smile. The V6 has good power and torque, the 6 speed automatic is seamless, while the suspension, steering, brakes, encourage you to enthusiastically use the engine power. Its a pleasant surprise for a mid size sedan!
On our habitual broken pavement stretch of road, which is more broken at this time of year, the car is very solid, holding its composure, while inspiring confidence. Do we have to tell you that our favorite twisting road is an absolute joy with this car.
The MSRP of this tester with the Navigation system is $39,290 its the upper echelons of the price scale for a mid size sedan, which might give some prospects a moment of pause, to reflect on the price. Be assured that the on road performance of the car is good value for the money!
The warranty is 36 month and 80,000 kms for the entire car, with 60 months and 100,000 kms on the powertrain.
The fuel economy rating is 8.0L highway and 12.1L city per 100 kms.
For a 36 month lease at this time the rate is 5.9% with a conservative 39% residual.
The Mazda 6 is the hidden jewel of mid size sedans with a strong enthusiast/sporting character. If you are seeking a sedan with a compelling fun factor make a point to experience the Mazda 6.
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What's your favorite part/bit about the 2010 Mazda6? Anything you would like to see different?
The handling, the power, the responsiveness of the car is impressive. For some reason being a sedan you do not expect the car to be so agile. Keeping in mind that we had the GT-V6 version. Its a sport sedan! The Bluetooth Audio Profile is cool.
To see different...the interior could use softer materials to improve the tactile feel and touch.