If you’re a savvy consumer who likes to gather information, but also likes the auto-buying experience to be free of gimmicks, check out the 2015 Mazda6 at your Greater Pittsburgh Area Mazda dealer. Mazda North America recently released the pricing structure on the model, so now you really can make an informed decision before you ever hit the showroom. But you really have to get behind the wheel of the Mazda6 to see how it handles, before you make any final decisions.
While the design changes to the 2015 Mazda6 are minimal, engineers have made some nice additions to maintain the mid-sized sedan’s competitive place in the market this year. The company has also found a way to reconfigure its packages adding even more value to a mid-sized sedan that was already a great value in the 2014 model year. The 2015 Mazda6 is available in seven exterior colors and two interior colors.
“The mid-size sedan is the bread-and-butter of the automotive industry, a vehicle that finds its way into nearly every driveway and garage in America,” says Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North America Operations. “And consumers are savvier than ever, able to gather information with the swipe of a finger. So we had to offer a vehicle that was free of gimmicks and empty promises but delivers on all the expectations shown on paper, and the Mazda6 does just that, if not more.”
The 2015 Mazda6 is available in three trims: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. It features the SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter gasoline engine, a robust powerplant producing 184 horse power at 5,700 revolutions per minute and 185 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,250 revolutions per minute. The engine is paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission.
Fuel economy for the 2015 Mazda6 is rated at an estimated 37 miles per gallon on the highway by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency when equipped with a manual transmission. Choose the automatic transmission, and you’ll get one mile per gallon better on the highway.
The Mazda6 is also available with something the company calls the i-ELOOP, which is a regenerative braking feature. Mazda’s i-ELOOP can jump the numbers to an EPA estimated rating of 40 miles per gallon on the highway, while upgrading city driving fuel economy significantly as well. Be sure to ask your dealer about this feature.
The entry-level Sport trim, with prices starting at $21,190, comes equipped with a manual transmission and many standard features, including a push-button start, air conditioning with a pollen filter, a tilt-and-telescopic adjustable steering column, steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise control functions, a multi-information display with a trip computer, auxiliary/USB input connections, cloth-trimmed sport seats, a six-way manual driver’s seat with manual lumbar support, 60/40-split fold-down rear seats, a leather-wrapped parking brake, shift knob and steering wheel, daytime running lights, auto-off halogen headlights and 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels.
New standard equipment includes power windows with one-touch up/down operation for all windows and illuminated power-window switches on all doors.
Mazda6 Sport, when equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission, begins its price at $22,895. Added features on this trim include Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio connectivity, HD Radio Technology, Pandora internet radio, audio menu voice command, a radio broadcast data system, E911 automatic emergency notification, SMS text message receipt and delivery, a 5.8-inch full-color touch-screen display and a rearview camera.
The mid-level Touring trim includes all of the features of the Sport model paired with a manual or automatic transmission. The manual lists at $23,845 while the automatic’s pricing begins at $24,845. Standard features for the Touring trim include 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels, as well as a six-way power driver’s seat with manual lumbar support, dual-zone auto-climate control with rear seat vents, leatherette-trimmed sport seats and a multi-function commander control display.
A blind-spot monitoring system and rear cross-traffic alert are standard safety components. A new standard convenience feature for 2015 is Mazda’s Advanced Keyless Entry.
A new optional feature for 2015 is the Bose/Moonroof/Satellite Radio Package for an additional $1,325. It includes an 11-speaker Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound system with AudioPilot, a power moonroof with a one-touch open/close feature and SIRIUS/XM satellite radio with a four-month complimentary subscription.
An available Touring Technology package costs an additional $1,550 and can be ordered only with the Bose/Moonroof/Satellite package. It adds a TomTom technology-based navigation system with real-time traffic updates. Also included are auto on/off headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink, an auto-dimming exterior driver’s side mirror, and heated exterior side mirrors.
The package also includes Mazda’s Smart City Brake Support. SCBS is a pre-crash avoidance safety feature that reduces front collisions when traveling at speeds between two and 19 miles per hour. The system makes the brake pedal more responsive in dangerous situations, and if a driver fails to react at all, it will then activate an automatic braking function.
The Grand Touring trim is Mazda6’s highest level. It adds to the previous equipment features, including the Bose/Moon/Satellite package and Touring Technology offering. Stickers start at $29,895.
Added features include a Platinum Silver finish to the 19-inch alloy wheels, a rear lip spoiler, bi-xenon HID headlights with auto leveling, LED daytime running lights, halogen fog lights, leather-trimmed sport seats with variable-setting heated front seats, an eight-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support, a four-way power front passenger seat, steering-wheel paddle shifters, an alarm system and an adaptive front-lighting system.
All Grand Touring models are equipped with an automatic transmission. The Grand Touring Technology Package is available for an additional $2,089. It adds radar cruise control, forward-obstruction warning, a lane-departure warning system, high-beam control and active grille shutters.
The Mazda6 is one of the premier mid-sized sedans on the market. It also offers a lot of features and excellent fuel economy for the money. If you’re looking for solid transportation, a low cost of ownership and plenty of value in a mid-sized sedan, the Mazda6 should be on your test drive list.