2019 Mazda 6 Turbo: FULL REVIEW + DRIVE | So Much Luxury, So Much Torque!
What's. Going on YouTube. So, mid-size sedans are generally, becoming more and more stylish, as time goes on but honestly, Mazda has been in the game long before. The rivals Connor this. Is a car that still turns heads especially coming. Off the significant, refresh that it received just last year of. Course as always we want to give a special shout, out to our friends, at Paul, Miller Mazda, for, providing us with this beautiful, crystal, blue metallic Mazda, 6 and if. You're in the market for any new Mazda be, sure to stop by their dealership, or visit, them via their website which we provided a link to in the video description. So. What that stuff said let's, see if the 6 is still one of the best offerings, in the class. So. As always starting, off with the exterior styling, the mazda6, remains, a really, sharp looking sedan. Like. I already mentioned, it was refreshed, just last year so those updates, carry over like, the large mesh grille underscored. By thick chrome trim, this. Design does carry over across all the models except, on the high-end signature, which uses a gunmetal, grey finish instead. Matching. With the grille the headlights also have a premium, design and they are fully led across all the trims plus. If you go for the GT reserve or signature, you will also have auto dimming abilities, as. Far. As the back again, nothing significant. Has changed, but, you will notice that the font used for the badging, has been updated, to the latest version that, debuted, on the Mazda 3. Other. Than that all models will continue to have dual chrome exhaust outlets. And very, premium full LED taillights. But. Overall the Mazda 6 has always been a looker, and especially. After the Refresh last year it looks a whole lot more expensive than, it really is. Now. One of the other things that really make the design pop are these large wheels. They. Are 19-inch dark, finished alloys which, are surprisingly, standard, on all with the very base model. The. Sport instead comes, with gray 17-inch, alloys, and then, there is a little bit of differentiation, for the Grand Touring reserved and signature, which get a brighter silver, finish. Now, heading on up to the mirrors starting, on the Grand Touring level, you'll get heating and auto dimming abilities, however. Every, six has blind spot monitoring, with rear cross-traffic alert, and. Is. Speaking of the safety systems, this is the biggest change for 2019. The base, sport trend now includes, the entire eye active, safety sense package, meaning. That the whole lineup, now has standard, emergency braking with pedestrian detection. Adaptive. Cruise control Lane. Keeping Assist and auto high beam headlights, this. Makes it one of the few mid-size sedans that give you all the safety systems standard. Finally. Ending things at the fuel tank every, six has a 16 point four gallon fuel tank which, is good for ranges of 476. Miles, with the standard, engine and. 443. Miles with this turbo. Premium. Fuel is recommended, for the turbo but regular can be used if you're fine with a little power reduction. Well. That's it for the exterior, so, now let's check out the luxurious, cabin, and see if anything has changed in there. So. When every mazda6 besides, for your based or trim you're gonna have their smart entry system, with. Their typical smart. Entry key fob not the newest, version, that came out of the industry. As. Far as getting inside the vehicle there is not a sensor, behind the handle so you're just gonna press the button to unlock. All right so checking off the cabin, or the 2219, mazda6, but. Of course since this can't it just came off of a refresh you're not gonna see many changes but. It continues to have a very premium design. Now. As far as mid-size sedans go Mazda actually has an unusually, high number of interior, combinations. You can get this car in, so. Starting, with your base sport that's going to come with cloth seating in black or sand, colors and then, when you go up for the touring, or the Grand Touring which is what we have you're going to be upgraded, to this leatherette seating in those same two colors.
Now. When you go up to the Grand Touring reserve that's going to get you to real leather in, parchment, or black, and then. When you go up to the top in signature, that's going to give you further upgraded, napa leather which is very premium and, that's going to be in parchment or a special. Deep chestnut. Color. Now. Turning over here to your door trim it is very upscale across Holland the trims regardless, of which one you choose um, so you've got nice, leather trimming here on the armrest as well as above it with a beautiful color contrast, stitching it, is self touch along the top and then you have a faux a luminal, trim here on the Grand Touring. So. As the windows all four of them are one touch automatic. Heading, down here to your seat all but your base model are going to come with power seats. However, if you go for the Grand Touring or the Touring you're going to be missing the lumbar, support. And. Then like I was saying this is leatherette but. It's really really nice love the red it definitely does a convincing, job and. They give you an attractive stitching, design even here on you know one of the lower, level models. Like. I was saying the interior, of the mazda6 is mostly unchanged, which is a good thing because it has one of the most luxurious, cabins. In the class for sure it, is backed up are very nice materials, so you have soft touch plastic, across. All of your upper parts and then, as you move down you, have really, nice, leatherette, trim with stitching, all through here as well as through this entire, Center part definitely. Really classes. Things up a lot now, if you go for the signature, this would be switched out for a upscale, suede. And. Then even down here along your lower areas, you've got more of that leather red trim with the color contrast stitching, and everything. Fist together really really solidly, in that typical, Mazda way. Now. Across every trim you will find standard, push-button start. And. When you press it you will find this eight inch display fire up it, does work with both the controller and with, touch though. It is speed limited, to five miles per hour. All. Right now what we're looking at here are these standard, gauges these come on the vast majority of the trims however, the new digital gauges they come on the signature, only, unlike. In the mazda3 where it's actually standard, across the board but. Nevertheless these are nice-looking gauges, definitely have a sporty, look with your tachometer, center mounted speedometer, and then, over here you have a multi-function. Display which you can scroll through some, basic information, but. It definitely looks nice. In. Addition, to that you. Would have a head-up display, if you had the Grand Touring Reserve or, the santur obviously, we don't have it since this is the mid level Grand Touring. Now. Coming back to the steering of course it is electric power assistant and, Mazda has nicely included, this leather wrap steering wheel, across all the trims even the base model. As. Far as your buttons these are your standard audio phone, and voice buttons and. Then on this side you have your adaptive cruise control buttons. Another. Nice touch is rain sensing wipers are, standard on all that the very base models so that's definitely actually.
A Rare feature to even find in this class. Now, as far as the wheel itself it is manually, tilt and telescoping, and it will also be heated on the grand touring reserve and the signature. Now. Moving on to interior, storage the, mazda6 does fine for itself though it is a little bit smaller than the camry Natick or. Starting. Out with your center console, here you can just raise this up and as you can see you have a small, but nicely appointed storage. Bin, it is pretty deep and there is the felt lining down the bottom. Also. Inside you'll find two, of your USB ports, including the one where you plug in your phone for Android, auto or apple carplay and then, you also have a 12-volt outlet. Ivan. From that we have a sliding, little. Tray in here this, reveals your two cupholders and. Then. The very front you, have another pretty large bin definitely, a great place or stinking of fog. Now. Unlike some of the competition, Mazda has stuck with a traditional, shifter so it's very easy to use I'm just going to pull back for driving you can bump over here to the left is shift manually. Additionally. If you get one of the models, equipped with the turbo engine you will also find standard, paddle shifters. Putting, into reverse you will find a standard, backup camera, across the lineup, this. Does not have active, trajectory, however, if you go for the signature, trim you, now have the ability to get a 360. Degree, camera system which is a very nice touch for this class. And. Then back behind the shifter you will find your electronic. Parking brake as well as your brake hold feature and then. This really nice metal, toggle to go between your sport and your normal modes. Now. Next to that you've got some very out es clicking, controls, here so this is your Mazda Connect control knob which what. Like I already mentioned you use this when you're moving above 5 miles an hour to control the main display and you do have some shortcut buttons around it and, then. Next to it you have your audio control, now. On the Grand Touring and up you. Get the upgraded, Bose sound system it. Is 11, speakers, and. Then the base models, have 6 speakers so let's go ahead and sample, that Bose audio system. I. Have. To say I'm definitely very impressed, by the sound quality of this system. I'm, moving on up beyond that another kind of Audi s looking thing is your dual zone automatic climate control this is standard across the board and, you've got these really nice knobs, here to adjust the temperature as well, as physical, buttons for all the rest of the things you don't have to dig around in the display or anything like that. Additionally. On your touring, and up you're going to find three-stage heated seats and you, will find three stage ventilation, if you go for the GT reserve or the signature that's. A feature that's really uncommon. In the class. But. Anyways now that brings us up here to our Mazda Connect, system this, is the older style system but we'll go ahead and take a look all, righty so since Android, auto and apple carplay are the big news this year we're just gonna go ahead and start off there.
You, Plug your phone in you via the USB port, to the smart, USB. Port which is in the center console, and then, when you do that you have access to either Android auto or apricot apple carplay like I just said I do. Want to mention of course that this is a touchscreen. While. You are moving, at under five miles an hour you're allowed to touch this otherwise, you have to use the Mazda controller down here on the center console, and then, this is where you find your apps like your Android auto and apple carplay as well, as your Sirius, XM, travel link apps which. It gives you weather parking, and traffic. But. Anyways that's pretty much all I'm going to cover and of the Mazda Connect system however. We do have a detailed, tech video available if you want to learn more about it a link. To that is provided, in the video description. All. Right so moving on from that you will find an auto dimming mirror on the GT, and up, with. Your home link universal, remote however, it is worth noting, that if you go for the signature you're gonna have the fancy, or frameless, design. And then, I am surprised to say that all that the very base trim come with this power moonroof so. It's a very nice touch as you can see it as your standard size unit, now, and you do have a little wind buffer up there. But. All in all I have to say Mazda, is continuing, to kill it here in interior design. This, cabin, simply, just feels a class above it feels a lot more premium, than what you expect, for. A midsize, sedan and I especially like that Mazda brings the premium features and the upscale design down to the lower trims, so you don't have to spend a fortune to, have this upscale ambience. But. Anyways now I'll go ahead and, hand it off to my brother to finish up the rest of the cabin. All. Righty so coming around to the rear seat of the 2019. Mazda, 6 you, are gonna find a good amount of space for its class it's. Technically, rated a 39, inches of rear legroom and 37, inches of rear headroom which, does place it behind some of its main competitors like, the Honda Accord a Toyota Camry however, it is pretty class competitive, overall. Now. Turning over to the door trim it is a super, nice door trim especially, for this class of vehicle should, have a leather wrapped armrest, all the way through here with stitching and it has even leather wrapped above that and a soft touch material, on the upper portion now. You do have a nice door handle as well as a fully automatic window, and down, below that you have some bottle storage. Now. Let's see that self is of course a beautiful design this is really supple leather and you do have color, contrast, stitching going all the way through here. Now. Here in the center area you will find these standard vents across all but the very base model, and you, would also find heated, rear seats on the Grand Touring reserved and higher now. Coming. Over here to the central armrest does. Fold down nicely, you, have cupholders in the end as, well as a little storage cubby that also includes, two small charging USB ports, on the touring trims and higher. Now. Up top you do have some dome lighting as, well as.
A Nice headliner and it's a strip and cut hook. But. Overall like I was saying this is behind some of its major competitors in, terms of space but behind your seating position you are definitely not going to have any issues so I probably have about. Maybe. About a foot of space between my knees and the seat back and my feet can easily, slide up under the seat, now. You've been with this scooted all the way back I. Can. Still fit very comfortably back, here with several inches of legroom to spare. But. Overall this mazda6 is where seat is an awesome, place to spend time you, have every feature you could ever want back here it's very comfortable and it really just has a premium ambience. Now, coming around to the trunk all you have to do to open it is locate this little button under the lid and. It will open right up. Now. Once inside the mazda6 is trap you are gonna find fourteen point eight cubic feet of space which. Is once again behind major competitors, like the Camry and a cord however. It's still plenty of space for almost anybody's, needs so, you do have plenty of room back here as you can see we have a tripod as well as a camera bag and there is plenty of room to spare, now. It is also finished really nicely so we do have a carpeted floor board and if. You look on the floor you'll find a spare tire, and. Your cargo hinges are covered now in addition to that your seats do fold 60/40. Split. Let. Me over to your passenger, sees that same lovely design and on, this model it is manually, adjusting, but, if you opt for the GT Reserve or, the signature Transit is six way power. Now. In front of the passenger you, will find very abnormally, nice materials, for its class to, have a nice leather padded area, in front of it it's, a beautiful trim as was a pen a dashboard and down. Below that you will find a nicely sized glove box that, is dampened. We. End up top you have a Sun Visor at the mirror, and light and. It does also detach it, has an extension in the end. But. Anyway guys that sums of all the rear areas, of the mazda6. It's not so we get it on the road and see how that turbo engine performs. All. Right so let's go ahead and talk about the power trains. Now. Of course as you all know starting. Last year, they, added a turbo, engine much. Demanded, and that. Is in the majority of the trams actually, so on this Grand Touring gradually reserved and the signature, you're going to have the 2.5. Litre turbocharged. Four-cylinder. Engine oh and. It produces pretty good power at 250. Horsepower and, 310. Pound feet of torque so definitely a very torque, rich engine. Now. If you go for the lower to trim sport or touring, you're gonna have a two and a half liter four-cylinder. Engine just without the turbo I mean, that's gonna make 187. Horsepower and 186. Pound-feet of torque which, is pretty much class competitive. Regardless. Of what energy issues, you're only gonna have front-wheel drive for now so, if you want all-wheel drive you actually have to go down to the smaller Mazda, 3 since that now has the all-wheel drive system, and. We, have a six-speed, Automatic, transmission so. That's the only powertrain, changed for 2019, is that now the six-speed, manual transmission. That used to be in the sport, trim has, now been eliminated so now you go straight to the automatic, sport as the base model, lastly. As typical, for SKYACTIV, engines, fuel, economy is pretty good so. With your base engine you're gonna get 26, city 35, highway, 29 combined, and then. Going, up to this turbo model is gonna penalize you just a little bit 2:23, city 31, highway, 26.
Combined. Which. For, the turbo model actually compares favorably, to the Accord, turbo. But. Anyways, now. Let's go ahead and take this out on the road. All right so first accelerating. In the 2019. Mazda, 6 turbo. It's definitely impressive on the power front like I already, mentioned it's a very torque, rich engine, so you're really going to feel that power. You. Down. Low in the power band you're. Gonna get it right off the line and, the. Definitely, launches, with. Some pretty. Serious thrust. Yeah. Definitely, if. You. Don't think that the turbo engine is a benefit, you, you. Will want to get behind the wheel I know it's not a huge power increase, but the torque flight crew is mentioning is going, to make you definitely, feel that increase. Of. Course I'll go ahead and talk about the, handling. Since that's, my. Favorite thing about Mazdas, Mazda just does they. Just do their staring and handling just so well, you know it really adds. To the premium vibe because this is the type of handling. Setup that you expect in something, that's a lot more expensive and. You. Know here you are and just, a mainstream, vehicle and you've, got in. Addition to having the really nice cabin, you've got the upscale driving, as well to the handle you're just so precise. So, balanced. It. Just really has great feel. Yeah while this car definitely has, a lot, of power. You. Will definitely notice that increase over to something normal, and. Everyday. And. Just riding along here, I do want to mention, in. Addition to, this car having those. Awesome, driving dynamics, as Drew was talking about earlier this. Car has a absolutely. Fantastic. Ride quality. You. Know it really to go along with the, luxury. Ambience, of this car you, know inside, and out you, know it also rides, extremely. Luxuriously, you, know I mean when you hit up on that you really don't feel it in. These seats are extremely, comfortable and it's just a very hushed cabin you know it reminds me of a German luxury vehicle, and that's a great thing. Now. Let's talk about the transmission. Now. At six feet it is, down. On gears versus, the competition for, the most part. But. It is actually very smooth, it. Seems pretty responsive, as well you. Know in, this class you got choice, of several different types of transmissions, you know some of the competition, does have an 8-speed automatic however. A lot of the competition goes, with a continuously. Variable transmission. And. I. Would. Definitely prefer to, have this 6-speed Automatic transmission over. Continuously, variable transmission, get more of that traditional feel, it. Is more responsive. We. Do also have manual, shifting ability, and palette shifters which we'll try out in just a second. One. Two the manual mode. The paddles. It. Does a pretty good job it's, maybe. A little bit slower than the, best. Like. Most responsive, paddles but I, don't. See much of a penalty in terms of, you, know because this is as we discussed I mean the six-speed automatic makes it a little bit of an older transmission, so. When, you have some been older transmission, that, could be a concern that the, paddle. Response will be a little slower but I'm, not noticing anything that's going to bother you when you're cruising. Along. But. Overall I. Continue. To be really really impressed by the way that the mazda6 drives, you. Know this is a car that, really. Doesn't seem like you're sacrificing anything. You, know you, have a cabin, that stands out to the best and the segment it's a very upscale even here on this one that's only thirty thousand dollars that is you know considered pretty much middle range for a midsize sedan nowadays, so. We, have this really upscale cabin really, upscale vibe and then. We have driving, dynamics, which just a really. Uncommon for the class especially. When it comes to the steering I am. Just as, always incredibly, impressed by Mazdas commitment, to make.
Something Both. You, know drive and handle. Well you know it feels like it strikes a really. Fantastic. Combination. Of, both luxury, and. Really. Good driving, dynamics. So. Now let's go ahead and discuss the pricing, of this 2019, Mazda 6 now. You're going to find a little bit of a price increase on all of the trim levels this year and, that is most concerning, the Sport trim which is the base trim so. That starts at twenty three thousand eight hundred dollars for 2019 which, is up eight hundred and twenty five over last year mostly. To due to the new safety equipment, being standard, equipped equipment. Now and. If you want to go for the touring model which is an X ring up that's going to be twenty six for the. Grand Touring which, is what we have is twenty nine five the. Grand touring reserve is thirty two thousand, and then, finally you have the uber luxury signature. Trim and that's going to start at thirty five thousand, one hundred dollars now. Mazda doesn't really do options, or anything like that so, we do have just have the destination, charge for. Nine twenty and that, brings the total for this particular, model as equipped at thirty, thousand, four hundred and twenty dollars, which. I would definitely, like to mention is a value. For the segment this. Cabin, feels extremely, nice, and this. Is only thirty and a lot in the class can go all the way up to like forty thousand and you're really not sacrificing. And the turbo yeah exactly you have the turbo engine as well so this is kind of comparable, to like a v6, option and maybe a camera or something and that's going to bring you in at a lot steeper of a price point. Well. Guys we've enjoyed watching this in-depth look at the 2019. Bust a six Grand Tour please. Hit those like and subscribe buttons if you haven't already and, we'll catch you next time is he seeing for more of the latest automotive. You.