2017 Mazda6 Buyer’s Guide

2017 Mazda6 Exterior

Let’s face it, some sedans are boring–but not the redesigned 2017 Mazda6. It combines the safety, reliability, and practicality of a sedan with the fun, athletic handling of a sports car. In addition to the fun ride, this sedan has comfortable seats, extensive safety features, and plenty of cargo space for all your river gear.

If the 14.8 cubic-feet in the trunk just isn’t enough for your gear, fold down the 60/40 rear seatbacks to expand your cargo space. The Mazda6 is also perfect for families – two of the five seats have LATCH child safety seat anchors and upper tethers make car seat installation easy. And there are plenty of premium features like leather seats, heated steering, and a moonroof – all below the price point of the competition.


Mazda6 Interior

Bored on commutes and long journeys? The Mazda6 has plenty of features to keep you entertained while driving to DC, Virginia Beach, or around downtown Richmond. The MazdaConnect infotainment system includes:

  • A 7″ full-color touch-screen
  • A commander control for easy access
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • SMS text message audio delivery and reply
  • HD Radio
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming capability

Listen to favorite songs on the 11-speaker Bose sound system by syncing your phone. Don’t worry, it won’t kill your phone battery – the 2 power outlets allow for multiple devices to charge at once.


The powerful 2017 Mazda6 packs 184 horsepower in its 2.5 liter four-cylinder engine. Some critics complain about the single engine option, but it has all the power you’ll need in your choice of manual and automatic transmissions. Reviews mention it’s athletic build, sharp cornering, and strong brakes – outranking every rival with its sporty handling. With 35 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg in the city, you’ll rarely need to stop for gas.

The 2017 Mazda6 comes with G-Vectoring Control which calculates optimal engine torque to improve overall stability when turning. For smoother performance, it adjusts power and shifts the vehicle’s weight with detailed calculations.

Mazda stands by the 2017 Mazda3 with the following programs:

  • 3-year/36,000-mile “Bumper-to-Bumper” Limited Warranty
  • 5-year/60,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty
  • 3-year/36,000-mile 24/7 Roadside Assistance Program


2017 Mazda6

The 2017 Mazda6 starts at $21,945

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Mazda6 Safety

The Mazda6 has 5 star front and side crash ratings and a four star rollover rating to keep your family safe in the event of an accident. The rearview camera comes standard with all models and the range of optional features are impressive. For starters, adaptive front lights turn 15 degrees ahead of you while turning, improving night visibility.

You no longer have to worry about drifting from your lane on the winding interstates. The lane departure warning will alert you to drifts and lane keep assist will help you stay in your lane when you do not act. If you change lanes on purpose, blind spot monitoring will keep you safe.

On long journeys, we all want to use cruise control. When approaching another slower vehicle from behind, the Mazda6 uses adaptive cruise control to change speeds without ever hitting the brakes.

Another optional system identifies and responds to traffic signs – especially helpful with the ever-changing construction on Broad Street and elsewhere in our ever-growing city. If someone in front of you stops abruptly, the Mazda6’s Smart City Brake Support applies brakes to help prevent a collision.

The Mazda6 Vs Other Sedans

Mazda6 or Subaru Legacy

Thinking about Subaru Legacy and Mazda6? Both sedans are priced similarly, having similar safety ratings, and have the same sized engine, but which has better performance? The Mazda6 outranks the Legacy in both torque and horsepower and gets better gas mileage too. For a reliable sedan with sporty handling, you get the most bang for your buck with the 2017 Mazda6.

Mazda6 or Ford Fusion

Want a Focus on an engine that gets similar performance to the Mazda6? You’ll need to pay extra. While the Fusion does have engine upgrades for purchase, its base engine is weaker that then the Mazda6. In addition, the sporty models of the Ford Fusion have a lower fuel economy– 32 mpg compared to the 35 mpg of the Mazda6. While both sedans may be reliable, you clearly get a better value with the Mazda6.

Mazda 6 or Toyota Camry

While the Toyota Camry beats the Mazda6 in predicted reliability, that rating comes at a cost. The Camry is more expensive and notably less fuel efficient than the Mazda6. Also, the Camry lacks the sporty handling of the Mazda6 that makes for something more than the usual boring sedan experience.

Test Drive the Mazda6 at Whitten Brothers Mazda in Richmond

What’s stopping you? Advanced safety, performance, and technology come together in the 2017 Mazda6 to make it best in class. This sporty sedan is waiting at Whitten Brothers Mazda for you. To schedule a test drive or to ask questions about the Mazda6, contact Whitten Brothers Mazda today.

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