The 2018 Mazda 6 has undergone some minor plastic surgery. Now it's back with a new facelift ahead of a full redesign in a few years. The Japanese automaker has introduced the CX-9's 2.5-liter turbocharged SkyActiv engine into the Mazda 6. Interestingly, this engine boasts of cylinder deactivation technology. The vehicle comes with a new interior, improved front styling, exterior tweaks and minor chassis. Yet it still maintains the striking silhouette of the previous year. The Mazda 6 is a mid-size sedan that is easy to park thanks to its surround-view multi-camera visibility system. It also has a set of active safety technologies that will surely impress anyone in the market for a new car.
Which features are available in the 2018 Mazda 6?
The base Sport trim level of this midsize sedan boasts of some standard features like 17-inch alloy wheels, blind spot warning, keyless entry and rear cross-traffic alert. The mid-level Touring grade comes with standard features like low-speed automatic emergency braking, heated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, navigation with a 7.0-inch touchscreen, dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights and 19-inch alloy wheels. The Touring Premium package boasts of an eight-way power driver's seat as well as leather upholstery. The driver also has an option of moonroof and Bose premium audio system.<br><br>The high-end Grand Touring trim features plenty of standard features; they include paddle shifters, LED grille lighting, driver's seat memory, head-up display and a six-way power passenger seat. It also comes with active safety features such as lane keeping assist, automatic emergency braking (that performs at highway speeds), adaptive cruise control and high beam assist. The GT Premium package is the only option of the Grand Touring trim; it comes with Nappa leather upholstery, heated outboard rear seats, regenerative braking and heated steering wheel.
What's new in the 2018 Mazda 6
Apart from the upgraded engine, the Japanese automaker has also introduced a new high-end Signature trim and a fresh interior chassis that offers a better ride. The vehicle oozes "Mature Elegance" thanks to its new grille. This mid-size sedan comes with Soul Red Crystal paint color and fresh 17-inch and 19-inch wheel designs. Standard LED headlights dress the front of the car and paint which stretches low in the fascia.<br>The fresh features in the interior include ventilated front seats, wider front seats, a stretched dash as well as more comfortable back seats.
Does this vehicle come with any special tech features?<br>
Some of the available technological features include: 7-inch reconfigurable gauge display on higher trims, full-speed Radar Cruise Control with stop and go capability, a 360-degree view monitor, new 8-inch Mazda Connect infotainment display as well as windshield wiper de-icer and heads-up windshield display.
Who are the competitors of the 2018 Mazda 6?
This is the third time that this sedan has been upgraded in the last five model years. Mazda has improved this year's model so that it can remain competitive in the market. The completely revamped powertrain, a new interior, and refreshed looks should be enough to keep the 2018 Mazda 6 in a good position when it goes face to face with the redesigned Toyota Camry and the all-new Honda Accord.