Review and Test Drive: 2018 Mazda Mazda6 Signature

By Paul Riegler on 17 September 2018
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The new 2018 Mazda Mazda6 is confusing. While we do love Mazda – and have appreciated how all Mazdas seem to share a common DNA in handling, à la BMW – we weren’t fully prepared for the makeover that Mazda has bestowed on the Mazda6, giving it the aura of an entry-level German luxury sedan.

While it is merely the beneficiary of a mid-life refresh, it looks like a new model. Even before one opens the driver’s door one is greeted by a new grille, the wing motif, a redesigned fascia with fog lamps integrated into the headlights, and new taillights.

Step inside and soft, rich materials abound. The 8” central display is positioned atop the dash in a manner reminiscent of BMW (yes, this will be a recurrent theme), the dash is sleek and sophisticated, the seats, comfortable.

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Dual-zone automatic climate control is standard, the rear portion of the cabin is inviting. Passengers entering the dark sedan repeatedly refused to believe they were in a Mazda.

There isn’t much you can add to the Mazda6 Signature except the elegant Machine Gray Metallic paint for $300, which our Mazda came dressed in. The Signature includes heated and ventilated power Nappa leather seats, navigation, a head-up display, heated leather steering wheel, auto-dimming mirrors, USB ports in the rear of the cabin along with AC vents, heated rear seats, 19” wheels, automatic high beams, adaptive radar cruise control, collision warning, lane keeping assistant, a rear- and front-view camera, blindspot monitoring, and an 11-speaker Bose sound system.

But that’s only the beginning.

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