Long Term Updates
Date: August 2018
Ever since the 2018 Mazda6 arrived on our lot, it’s been hard to get the keys. It seems like someone is always driving it. In fact, we’ve already put 31-hundred miles on it during it’s first month.
The new turbocharged SKYACTIV-G 2.5T I4 produces 227-horsepower on regular… and fits right in with our enthusiastic driving preferences. The 6-speed automatic is quick. Steering is precise with good feedback. The suspension is sporty tight while comfortable on long trips.
Headroom is a little snug for one of our taller drivers, but that’s often a sacrifice with a power moon roof.
So far we’re averaging 31.2 miles per gallon. That’s already better than the EPA combined of 29 and we think it’ll go up from here.
Date: October 2018
We’re just back from a long road trip in our 2018 Mazda6. The 11-hundred mile trek took us south to Tennessee… then over the mountains for some hiking in North and South Carolina. A 4-day 18-hour round trip was a good way to get to know this sporty sedan. Interstates along the mostly rural route get boring, but the eager I-4 turbo and smooth shifting 6-speed automatic kept it interesting. The Adaptive Cruise Control expertly adapted to the changing traffic speeds throughout the trip.
The driver-oriented cockpit is quiet, with plenty of legroom, and we never tired of the newly redesigned seats during this long haul.
After lots of highway driving, we’re now averaging 26-point-6 miles-per-gallon on regular. At 3 months the odometer is already approaching 7,000-miles, as this Mazda6 reminds us how pleasurable a well-designed family sedan can be.
Date: November 2018
Our 2018 Mazda6 midsize sedan is a popular choice around here for long road trips. A recent trek towards the Midwest helped push the odometer to 11-thousand miles or so. Extended hours behind the wheel add to our appreciation for the newly redesigned seats, quiet cabin, comfortable yet sporty suspension, and advanced safety features.
Since driving matters most to us, we love the liveliness of the 227-horsepower SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter turbo I4 and the quick shifting 6-speed automatic.
One driver was frustrated by not being able to release the trunk using the exterior release button while the car is parked but still running.
In that situation it will release with the key fob nearby, or using the dash trunk release switch on the dash.
All those highway miles are keeping the mpg’s up to 27.4… which is not our best showing… but above the government’s combined rating.
Date: December 2018
This 2018 Mazda6 mid-size sedan remains a popular choice among our drivers… even after 7-months and 13,000 miles. The 227-horsepower from the SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter turbo-4… and responsive 6-speed automatic still generate praise.
The Mazda6 continues to offer the most engaging drive in its segment; there's no denying that. The new turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is a big reason why we think this is the drivers mid size. Plus, our infotainment system received an update to include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which are quickly becoming a must-have feature.
Short trips or long… fast or slow… the new suspension remains athletic and comfortable. So far we’re averaging 28.1-miles per gallon. But the most recent period reached 33.3, our best tally yet. No wonder this “6” rates a “10” with us.
Date: January 2019
It’s hard to keep track of our 2018 Mazda6 as it seldom sits still. Almost 15-thousand miles have quickly zoomed by in this sporty midsize sedan.
Winter’s chill has set in, but with a 227-horsepower turbocharged I-4, quick shifts, and sporty suspension, trips both long and short remain something to look forward to.
Even after 7-months, the only complaint has been snug headroom for drivers over 6-feet tall, mostly because of the power moon roof. But everyone finds the comfortable and nicely supportive front seats perfect for every outing.
Even though colder temps impact fuel economy, we’re still averaging a fine 27-point-5 miles-per gallon, slightly better than the government’s combined rating. With front-wheel drive winter traction is also better than expected, so we see many more cool miles ahead for this Mazda6.
Engine: 2.5 liter