Mazda makes great cars. They are reliable, their design is one of a kind and they are affordable. Overall, each person should own Mazda at least once in his life. The 2018 Mazda 6 must follow the same path and must meet high expectations. If we know that all Mazda cars look better and come with more equipment than their rivals, 2018 Mazda 6 will probably have an impossible mission.
This, the mid-size car has a lot of advantages in its sleeve and it is already appreciated and expected. Here we will try to reveal all the improvements and modifications the new car brings on the market. Yes, it also looks great and it is reliable.
Design and exterior of 2018 Mazda 6
If you are expecting a completely different car, you will treat this like a bad news. As a matter of fact, Mazda decided to use the same exterior. For all of us who were more than just satisfied with the previous model, this is truly an advantage. The 2018 Mazda 6 is just right when it comes to the looks. It is elegant, it is well-made and it has plenty of minor additions which simply make it even better.
LED daytime lights are large and perfectly implemented into the front part of a car. At the back, we still have dual exhaust pipes, but the engines aren’t suitable for providing extraordinary sound. We will explain this fact later on.
The 2018 Mazda 6 looks like more expensive cars and it certainly doesn’t come with severe drawbacks. The exterior is appreciated due to the fact it looks elegant when you want to, but add a small spoiler at the back, or larger wheels and you will get a sedan which looks like a sports car. It is enjoyable looking at the car while moving and it is certainly a nice thing keeping it in the garage.
There are a few facts we must include here. First of all, the 4-door version is already known and we will discuss it. However, Mazda revealed some speculations that the coupe version will be available as well. 2018 Mazda 6 in coupe version would be a stunning car and we hope the car manufacturer will make us happy by designing this version.
The sports version or 2018 Mazda 6 in Mazda Speed 6verison will probably be released in the following year. That car is going to be amazing. Imagine the powerful engine paired with this design. Until then, all of us will have to be satisfied with the standard version.
Inside a cabin of new Mazda 6
The interior of the 2018 Mazda 6 is a masterpiece and it is actually better than some, more expensive models have to offer. All the materials are high-quality, there are no cheap solutions and everything is the place it should be. The steering wheel is nice to hold and it is just the right size. The only drawback is the central display. It is too small and competitor models have better alternatives. Nevertheless, there is available HUD as an optional extra.
Seats are comfortable and they can accommodate 5 passengers without an issue. Even taller people will enjoy the seats and headroom. Other than that, 2018 Mazda 6 comes with air conditioning with 2 zones, navigation, superior sound system and infotainment system.
Overall, passengers will enjoy a medium amount of luxury and be able to maximize the practicality of the car. Don’t get us wrong. The interior isn’t perfect nor anything so special, but it is above the average.
It is a well-known fact that Mazda makes extraordinary interiors, so the new Mazda 6 isn’t any different. Their designers were able to make an interior which is an entire generation ahead of other car manufacturers. For everyday rides, the 2018 Mazda 6 will put a smile back on your face.
The new Mazda 6 will maintain the same trim levels. The first ones are Sports models. They come with push-start button, Bluetooth, Mazda Connect system and a rear-view camera. This is the base and the most affordable version. In addition, it also has 17-inch wheels.
Touring versions are medium range and they offer certain additions such as leather, better seats, and dual-zone air conditioning, besides the all the features the base models have. Blind spot detection, Mazda’s Smart City Brake Support and larger, 19-inch wheels are included as well. The price is going to be at least $2.000 higher and expect to pay for automatic transmission $1.000 more than for manual one.
Grand Touring trim level is the most expensive and the most advanced. Besides all the aforementioned features, it also comes with a head-up display, lane alert with automatic steering, LED lights which follow the steering wheel position and Bose sound system. Obviously, Mazda added several other safety features and comfort-related advantages to the premium trim model.
2018 Mazda 6 would be the most popular in higher trims, due to the fact it is an affordable car and those, optional extras can truly make a difference. Anyway, even the base model comes with most, essentials drivers and passengers need.
Engine and performances
While we were impressed with all other aspects of the 2018 Mazda 6 we aren’t with the engine capabilities. The only engine, available at the moment is 2.5L with 185HP. On one side, it is sufficient. It will do 35/26mpg and it is the agile engine. Still, we expected something better. Cars from Germany already have up to 240HP from 2.0L engines and they are also economical. Mazda could do better and reach at least 220HP.
Anyway, the 2018 Mazda 6 is made to be economical and a suitable car for the everyday commute. As such there are no V6 engines in the offer nor fire-breathing performances. With the mentioned engine, you can expect 140mph top speed and 0-60mph acceleration in 7.5 seconds, if you choose automatic transmission. With manual one, Mazda 6 reaches 60mph in 8.1 seconds. Basically, these are decent performances and most of the potential buyers wouldn’t need anything more, but we hoped to see at least 155mph number.
For 2018, Mazda will reveal some of the first engines on the market, known as HCCI units. Basically, they use compression in order to ignite the fuel and air mixture, which suggests they don’t use the spark plugs. Advantages of this technology are better fuel economy and probably cheaper maintenance at the beginning. Still, in a case of engine failure, repairs may be more expensive than usual. 2018 Mazda 6 is going to be one of the first cars with the HCCI engines.
Transmissions, on the other hand, are stunning. Future owners can choose between 6-gear manual and automatic versions, where manual is just perfect. It is paired with the engine we described, so you will need to change gears more often, getting the most from the powertrain.
Release date and the price
2018 Mazda 6 will hit the market at the beginning of 2018. It is a desirable model, so we don’t believe the launch date will be postponed. At the beginning, only the engine we mentioned, the interior specifications we described and the performances shall be available. Mazda 6 coupe and different engines may be available in late 2018 or even 2019. It isn’t known when a new Mazda Speed 6 will be available, but some speculations say it will be launched in 2019. We believe that this car will be replaced in 2019 with a completely new model.
The price starts at $21,000 and it will reach around $25,000, depending on options and transmission. Prices for the coupe and other versions are not known at the moment, but they will be significantly higher than for the sedan version.
Main rivals of the 2018 Mazda 6
Mazda 6 has plenty of rivals. Just some of them include Chevrolet Malibu, Volkswagen Passat, Hyundai Sonata, Honda Accord and Ford Fusion. It is impossible to make a clear difference between all other models, but almost all of them have more engines in the offer, compared to a single unit Mazda has prepared.
2018 Mazda 6 is a great, slightly improved version of the older car. We liked the design and the interior, which affect the comfort and the ride capabilities. As an everyday sedan, this car is probably the best choice in the class. Affordable price and low fuel consumption made it a great vehicle.