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Mazda's entry in the midsize category doesn't try to deliver all things to all buyers. Instead, the sedan couples the company’s SkyActiv technology and KODO design language, to create a family car that’s athletic, economical, and stylish, as well as practical. For years, Mazda has been promoting the sporty nature of nearly all of its models, and that description is undeniably true of the Mazda6.

What's New for 2017

Addition of Mazda’s exclusive G-Vectoring Control as standard equipment is the foremost news for 2017. Additional sound-absorption material has been added, too.

Mazda Connect, which integrates Bluetooth, USB pairing and diagnostic controls into a 7-inch touchscreen color display with control knob, infotainment is newly standard on the Sport model with manual shift. Smart City Brake Support, automatic headlights, and rain-sensing wipers now are standard on the Touring model. Grand Touring trim adds some active-safety features: lane-keep assist, traffic sign recognition, and high-beam control. A Premium Package that includes regenerative braking is newly optional for the Grand Touring.

Choosing Your Mazda Mazda6

Mazda has done quite a good job of keeping the selection process simple. All Mazda6s contain the same 2.5-liter SkyActiv-G engine, which develops 184 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and 185 pound-feet of torque at 3,250 rpm. Additionally, all models come only with front-wheel drive.

The only actual drivetrain option is the choice between a six-speed manual transmission or an automatic (also with six speeds). The base Sport and mid-range Touring trim levels are available with both, while the top-rung Grand Touring comes only with automatic.

Fuel economy with automatic is estimated at 26 mpg in city driving and 35 mpg on the highway (29 mpg combined). Manual shift lowers the estimate to 24/34 mpg (city/highway) and 28 mpg combined.

Once you’ve decided on a transmission, you simply need to survey the three available trim levels to pick the equipment list that you prefer:

Sport

The Sport starts at $22,780 (destination included) with the six-speed manual transmission, but jumps to $23,830 for an automatic-equipped model. Standard features include an electronic parking brake, cloth upholstery, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, pushbutton starter, rearview camera, six-speaker audio with CD player and HD radio, 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, cruise control, and dynamic stability control. Both manual and automatic-transmission models now include Mazda Connect.

Touring

A Touring with the six-speed manual transmission starts at $25,030 and rises to $26,080 with the automatic. This trim level adds to the base equipment a dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-way power driver’s seat, rear vents, 7-inch touchscreen, 19-inch aluminum wheels, keyless entry, leatherette seating, Standard safety features include blind-sport monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

Two option packages are available for the Touring sedan. The Bose/Moonroof/Satellite Radio Package, available only on models with the automatic transmission, adds $1,325 to the base price. This is required if you also want to add the $1,425 Touring Premium Package, which comes with automatic LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, adaptive front lighting, auto-dimming inside and driver’s rearview mirrors, HomeLink, and heated front seats.

Grand Touring

Topping the range, the Grand Touring model checks in at $31,530. This trim level adds such step-up amenities as perforated leather seating, a navigation system, head-up display, lighted grille, LED foglamps, six-way power passenger seat, dark alloy wheels, paddle shifters, radar cruise control, and a rear lip spoiler. Standard safety equipment includes lane-keep assist and traffic sign recognition. Laminated front side windows help keep the Grand Touring quiet inside.

The new $2,500 Premium Package for Grand Touring trim includes i-ELOOP regenerative braking with active grille shutters, rear outboard seat heaters, a heated steering wheel, Nappa leather seating surfaces, LED accent lighting, black headliner, and leather-wrapped steering wheel.

With i-ELOOP installed, fuel economy is slightly better, estimated at 27/35 mpg (city/highway), or 30 mpg combined. For the 2016 model, the EPA had issued a considerably thriftier estimate for a Mazda6 with i-ELOOP: 28/40 mpg (city/highway), or 32 mpg combined.

CarsDirect Tip

Basic Mazda6 handling virtues come with any of the three trim levels, but the differences in amenities are considerable. There’s quite a jump in price between the Touring and Grand Touring trim levels. If you can live without leather seating, a Touring with the two option packages could be a worthy compromise.

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