Auto review by Veeno Dewan
The Mazda6, a four door- mid – sized sedan now in its third generation. It carries on from a mid-cycle refresh in 2018 with new front and rear fascias, new headlights and taillights and an upgraded interior. The Mazda6 is still an incredible looking car, despite few major changes to the exterior over the years. It looks lithe, athletics and sleek – a lesson some automakers could learn in how to make cars that look timeless and unfussy.
In terms of powertrains, two 2.5-litre Skyactiv-G four-cylinder engines are available: one normally aspirated, one turbocharged. Both are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that drives the front wheels. Mazda Canada offers five available grades. The entry: GS, GS-L and GT) come standard with the non-turbo 2.5-litre mill with 187 hp / 186 lb-ft of torque, while the top two, the Kuro Edition (As rested), and Signature)models receive the more powerful Skyactiv- Dynamic Pressure Turbo, 2.5-litre turbo with 227 hp / 310 lb-ft torque. 93 3 octane fuel increases turbo engine to an impressive engine to 250 hp / 320 lb-ft. Transmission for these top tier models includes the Skyactiv-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift mode, Drive selector switch and paddle shifters.
The Kuro Edition is a new arrival for 2021 and, for an extra $3,000 over the GT model adds the 2.5-litre turbo engine along with a host of black painted trim items, including: mirror caps, and 19-inch wheels, Kuro Edition unique grille treatment, Signature wing grille surround with darkened finish and more. The Kuro is also distinguished by a wonderful Garnet Red leather interior that includes soft touch panels in the dashboard, centre console and doors finished with decorative stitching. Our sleek Polymetal grey tester also featured: 10-way power driver’s seat, including power lumbar support, 6-way power front passenger’s seat, Memory driver’s seat with 2 memory setting, Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob with red accent stitching and black and red interior accents with contrast raised red stitching details. The MAZDA6 Kuro edition as tested starts at Starting MRSP- $37,950 plus options, freight and PDE for a total price of $40,000.
Standard equipment on the Mazda6 Kuro also includes : an 8-inch infotainment display with embedded navigation, premium 11-speaker Bose audio system, wireless Apple CarPlay, LED lighting, G-Vectoring Control Signature colour touchscreen display with Mazda Connect, HMI Commander, Bose® premium sound system with 11 speakers, wireless complimentary 5-year subscription), meter-set with 7” digital LCD display, 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat with memory function, , heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, and windshield-projected colour Active Driving Display.
Safety is high with: Traffic Sign Recognition System, Adaptive Front-lighting System, 360° View Monitor, Mazda Radar Cruise Control with stop-and-go function, Smart Brake Support, Pedestrian Detection, Forward Obstruction Warning, Lane Departure Warning System, Lane-keep Assist System, High Beam Control, Smart City Brake Support, Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert
The garnet red leather seat and trim really sets off the cabin which spacious enough for five occupants. Trim, fit and finish is uniformly high with a rich inviting look and feel. The contrasting stitching, color coordinated trim and floor mats make this look like a car priced a good $10-15 00k higher than priced – it is that refined. The interior design is typically sporty, but restrained. The seats in all quarters are very comfortable and roomy. Not much too complain about – all the creature comforts and technology you could want is present. A 416-litre trunk capacity offers decent enough luggage space.
On the road, the Mazda6 is an entertaining fun to drive car. The 2.5-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder offers fast urgent acceleration, press the sport mode button and there is a more brisk responsive throughout the rev range for a somewhat sharper throttle response, and the six-speed automatic hold revs slightly longer between upshifts. Meanwhile a manual mode with paddle shifters allows for a more dynamic driver engaged performance
The Mazda6 feels agile, and well balanced. Steering is a stand out, it feels light, but not loose at low speeds and then nicely tightens and firms up at higher speeds. The Mazda6 ride also remains pleasantly smooth over road imperfections. Fuel economy is rated at: 10.0 / 7.5 / 8.9 L / 100 km city / highway / combined. To sum up – the Mazda 6 is amongst the top in it segment. It look beautiful and has an easy fluid driving nature. The Kuro edition is well worth the money for its opulent cabin and equipment levels. A 60 thousand dollar car for $40,000 – You can’t go wrong! Highly recommended.
2021 Mazda6 Kuro Edition: Price: $37,950 base, plus PDE an taxes