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Auto review: Mazda6 sedan gets updates for 2019, including advanced safety technology

Emma Jayne Williams, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

Published in Automotive News

The first Mazda6 rolled out in 2003, continuing the previous Mazda 626 midsize-sedan line.

For 2019, it's been thoroughly reworked under the sheet metal, offering a refined experience befitting of a more-expensive car, even though prices begin under $24,000.

This car is designed with the driver in mind and with a commitment to providing a premium driving experience and an active approach to safety, with advanced safety technologies.

For the first time ever in a Mazda, for 2019 the Mazda6 now has as standard the entire suite of i-Activsense safety and driver-assisting technologies.

"Mazda Premium" principles complement the human-centric design and engineering to build readily affordable vehicles capable of competing in a class above, with unparalleled craftsmanship, design, and technologies.

Five trims are available, each model building on the previous: Sport, $23,800; Touring, $25,400; Grand Touring, $29,500; Grand Touring Reserve, $32,000; and Signature, $35,100 -- the model I drove.

 

Grand Touring models and above have a newly available turbocharged SkyActiv-G 2.5-liter turbo four-cylinder engine. Cylinder-deactivation is standard on the 2.5T engine in the Sport and Touring models with automatic transmission.

The exterior features a new front grille, new 17-and 19-inch wheel designs, standard auto-leveling LED headlights with integrated fog lights, LED front and rear signal lights, windshield wiper de-icer on Grand Touring Reserve and Signature models, new automatic heated power-folding side mirrors (auto-dimming driver's side), and newly available Soul Red Crystal exterior paint ($595).

A redesigned interior features seats with high-density, vibration-absorbing urethane foam. There are ventilated front seats in Grand Touring Reserve and Signature, and authentic interior materials in the Signature including Nappa leather, UltraSuede Nu and Japanese Sen Wood.

The Signature model now has a reconfigurable 7.0-inch gauge display and a new 360-degree View Monitor with front and rear parking sensors.

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