2019 Mazda6 Signature: A Great Mid-Size Sedan
A Review of the 2019 Mazda Mazda6
The Mazda Mazda6 comes from a land of cool inventions. A land that is responsible for giving us the bullet train, karaoke, and most importantly the Umbrella Tie. Japan is known for creating some really revolutionary things and the Mazda6 is no exception. From the heated wipers to scanning road signs and projecting them on your display, to the authentic Japanese touches, the Mazda6 is a cool car. Let’s get into it, starting with a little history.
Some Cool History
Mazda has some pretty cool history. As you may or may not know it is based in Hiroshima, Japan. You also may or may not know that the U.S. bombed Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945. Now here’s where things get weird. It was Mazda’s founder, Jujiro Matsuda’s birthday and he was downtown getting a haircut. He got his haircut at 7:30 AM when the barbershop opened, beating out another customer for the first spot in line. Forty-six minutes later, the A-bomb was dropped, killing over 60,000 people, including two of his sons. And where was it dropped? Fifty yards away from Matsuda's barbershop. Had he slept in just a little longer or not Zoom-Zoomed out of there, he might have been included in that statistic. The first Mazda6 came to us in 2003, it most likely got the name Mazda6 because it replaced the Mazda 626. Continuing the weird Ford/Mazda overlap, the Mazda-d esigned platform used for the Mazda6 is shared by Ford’s Fusion and Edge.
The second generation took over in 2009 and lasted until 2012. Interestingly in 2011, it was recalled for a fuel-line defect. What was the defect you ask? Apparently, it was prone to having yellow-sac spiders nest in the fuel line. The solution? Drive the car into a quarry of course and never look back. It would be recalled again in 2014 for this same reason. For 2014 there would be another generation of Mazda6, this is set to expire in 2021 . In 2018 the third generation received a facelift bringing new looks, driving assists, new trims, and it was Mazda’s first vehicle to get both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
This 2019 Mazda6 comes with 19” alloy wheels and its paint color is Soul Red Crystal Metallic.
2019 Mazda6 Trims
2019 Mazda6 Engines
This comes with the 2.5L Turbo and a 6- Speed Automatic, no more manual transmissions offered. It comes with Mazda’s SkyActiv-G, which refers to the car’s engine, transmission, body, and chassis. It minimizes fuel consumption while increasing performance. This uses things like higher compression ratios, exhaust scavenging, and a lot of other high-level engineering techniques.
What it’s like to drive
All around, the Mazda6 is a pleasant car to drive, it feels well built, there's almost no road noise and it's fun. The 2.5T offers more than enough power and thankfully is coupled with a fantastic transmission and steering that is very responsive. If that's still not enough, the paddle shifters and sports mode will make it even more enjoyable. It rides like a dream, one couldn't ask for more, soft over bumps and tight in the corners.
The Mazda6 comes with a lot of features to hopefully keep you from kamikazeing it into a telephone pole. Features such as adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, blind-spot indicators, and a heads up display. It also scans traffic signs and displays them on the dash, taking away another excuse if you get pulled over. It has auto high beams as well as an adaptive front lighting system, which means your headlights follow the direction of your turn. To keep you from running people over it comes with advanced smart city brake support with pedestrian detection. In addition to the backup camera and front and rear parking sensors, it comes with a 360º view monitor four camera view. Best yet, if you still manage to crash it, it received an IIHS top safety pick plus, so you’ll probably be good.
The inside of the Mazda6 has a comfortable feel. The seats have soft Nappa leather and the driver seat is adjustable in eight different ways, whereas the passenger is adjustable in six ways. For the cold winter months, you get a heated steering wheel as well as heated seats. For the summer months, you get a nice cool-bottom with ventilated seats. I’m not done talking about the seats just yet, they also have memory. No this does not mean the seat remembers who farted in them, rather it adjusts to the preset driver positions that you program in.
It comes with an 8” Infotainment system with 11-Speaker Bose and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, as well as Mazda Navigation for the Signature trim. It comes with a moonroof, which frankly should be a little larger. As well as a frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror, which looks very unique and has a built-in garage door opener. It has auto-leveling headlights, which make sure your lights are always illuminating what you need to see, the road, instead of blinding other drivers. It comes with a really cool feature on the windshield wipers. Underneath the front wipers, there’s a heating element, which is useful in the winter months. The wipers get even cooler, not only are they heated but they are also rain-sensing. Also, to avoid someone taking off your mirrors while parked along the road, the car automatically folds them in for you.
The Mazda6 pays homage to its Japanese roots. For example, Sen wood is available in the Signature trim. This is the same wood used in the taiko drum, used in a lot of Japanese ceremonies. Mazda also likes using Japanese culture for its marketing. For example, they say that Mazda has Jinba Ittai, which is the connected feeling of driving. They also throw around the word Kodo which is Japanese for the soul of motion. That’s right, we’re cultured here at Kinney’s Reviews.
2019 Mazda6 Signature Interior
Cargo & Rear Seat Space
The rear seats are roomy enough to fit your kids no matter how large. The seats are comfortable as well as heated. For the dysfunctional family that doesn’t look up from their devices, there are even two USB ports, so they don’t have to ever risk HuMaN iNtErAcTiOn. The trunk leaves you enough room for any grocery store run or family vacation. It has levers to drop the rear seats from the back, which can come in handy.
Mazda6 Vs. Honda Accord
The Honda Accord is a good competitor for the Mazda Mazda6. They’re both from Japan, they’re similarly priced, and they’re both mid-size sedans. Check out the video below for my review of the Accord.
Here's what I liked about the Accord:
- It was more spacious in both the rear seats and also in the cargo space department.
- The Accord felt faster and got better gas mileage.
Here's what I liked about the Mazda6:
- I preferred the Mazda6's interior and infotainment system.
- I really liked the way the Mazda6 handled, not that the Accord handled poorly, but the Mazda6 was my winner.
Neither are predicted to be too reliable by JD Power with the Mazda receiving a 2.5/5 versus the Honda's 3/5. Between the two I would have to pick the Accord but it's certainly not a landslide win.
Mazda truly makes cars that are fun to drive, which makes it less surprising that it’s the only Japanese manufacturer to ever win Le Mans. The Mazda Mazda6 is meant to be a mid-size sedan that’s luxurious enough to take your business associates to lunch, spacious enough to haul the kids around, and fast enough to give the working parent a little bit of joy in their otherwise mundane life. Amazingly, the Mazda Mazda6 does all of these very well. It truly is a versatile car. Not only does it give you all of this versatility, but it also gives you Jinba Ittai, and that alone is worth the price tag of about $35k. However, the Accord is my winner for the mid-size sedans that I've reviewed thus far. That being said if you can get a Mazda6 for the right price, it's a great choice.