I had the privilege of driving the 2017 Mazda6 Grand Touring Edition courtesy of Mazda and DriveShop USA for the past week. All opinions are my own and no other compensation was received.
Save Money, Stay Warm and Stay Safe with the 2017 Mazda6 Grand Touring Edition!
We like to take day trips but we hate having to fill up with gas every time we head out. So we headed out to give the Mazda6 Grand Touring Edition a workout and see if this is a vehicle that we could live with.
The Mazda6 Grand Touring Edition is not only a sporty, sleek looking vehicle but it is also voted the 2017 Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS and gives you a comfortable ride while holding tight to the road. The Soul Red Metallic is my favorite color but there are many other colors available to choose from.
Below are my favorite features and why it makes the list for the top choice and why it should be your next vehicle.
Staying Warm in the 2017 Mazda6 Grand Touring Edition:
With most of the country having freezing temperatures this year, including us in Florida, it’s nice to have a car that helps you stay warm. Of course they all have heat in them, but that’s not what I’m talking about. The 2017 Mazda6 Grand Touring Edition has heated seats in front and back in addition to a heated steering wheel and heated side mirrors.
I’ll be honest that I never used to be a fan of leather seats mainly because they feel really cold when it’s cold outside. With the heated seats, that isn’t an issue anymore. There are very few vehicles that offer the heated seats in the back, so no one has to sit on a cold seat ever again.
When the freezing weather and snow hits, always be sure to remove the snow from your car including all windows, taillights and headlights, but the heated mirrors are sure to make sure they don’t get covered up again while driving.
Saving Money with the 2017 Mazda6 Grand Touring Edition:
You’re probably wondering how you can save money with it. The estimated gas mileage is 27/35 with the Premium Edition. Of course it’s going to depend on how you drive but I was averaging 32 mpg.
With the price of fuel these days, it’s so nice knowing that you don’t have to stop for gas every day or even every couple of days. It boasts a SKYACTIV®-Drive 6-Speed automatic transmission with sport mode.
The sport mode gives you a tighter feel of the steering wheel and holds the road so you aren’t drifting especially when going around corners or curves. It wouldn’t be a challenge taking the Mazda6 up some curvy, winding mountain road. Just hit the button and you’re ready to go.
Staying Safe with the 2017 Mazda6 Grand Touring Edition:
These would actually be my main reasons for choosing the Mazda6 as a daily driver, teen driver or senior driver vehicle. I already mentioned that it is the IIHS 2017 Top Safety Pick+ and I can easily see why.
It comes with a heads up display which shows you how fast you are going, the current speed limit, the distance to the vehicle in front of you, upcoming stop sign and if there is a vehicle in your blind spots so you never have to take your eyes of the road. Brilliant!!
There are also flashing lights in the side view mirrors as well as a chime letting you know there is a vehicle in your blind spot which protects you from an accident while switching lanes or if you start to drift. The Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist are wonderful features to have.
The Mazda6 Grand Touring Edition also has a Smart Brake Support (SBS) with Collision Warning. Luckily, I didn’t test this feature out but I feel reassured that it has this.
It also features a leather wrapped, heated steering wheel with controls for hands free calling, cruise control, and more so you can keep your eyes on the road.
Additional Features on the Mazda6 Grand Touring Edition:
In addition to the important features that I mentioned above, there are also some other features that I’m excited to tell you about.
- 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar adjustment and memory settings as well as a 6-way power-adjustable passenger’s seat.
- Power sliding glass moonroof.
- LED headlights with Auto leveling.
- Bose® Centerpoint® Surround Sound Audio System with 11 speakers.
- Alarm system.
- Rain sensing variable-intermittent windshield wipers.
- Mazda Navigation system with live traffic updates. (Let’s you know where traffic is backed up so that you can take detour if need be.)
- Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry.
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
- Maintenance Screen that let’s you know when you need service.
- Exceptionally Large Trunk Space.
- SMS text message audio delivery and reply.
- Infotainment system voice command.
- Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio streaming.
So, how did we like it on our day trip? We loved it. Comfortable, stylish, beautiful sound, and would make a perfect vehicle for anyone. So perfect in fact that my son owns a Mazda6 and feels it’s the perfect vehicle to protect and chauffeur my grandchildren around in.
These are just a few features that I truly love. The Mazda6 starts at $21,945. This particular vehicle lists for $34,695. Be sure to check out your local Mazda dealer to see what vehicles are available.