Safety, space and stability make the Mazda6 stand out
Both wagon and hatch versions continue to be marketed in other regions overseas. And besides, one has to admit that Mazda does have a very appealing range of SUVs and crossovers in North America to serve buyers here who need more people and load-carrying capabilities.
The Mazda6’s does have a very large trunk and the rear seat back folds down (with a 60/40 split) to create impressive luggage space. In fact, Mazda6 packs in an impressive 469 litres of storage room, a lot more cargo space than any direct competitor.
A European feelThe entire car has something of a European feel and ambiance about it. This should come as no surprise, considering that Mazda designs the car at Oberusel in Germany.
The current Mazda6 was developed specifically for the North American market and is built at Flat Rock, Michigan, a plant Mazda shares with the Ford Motor Company.
Behind the wheelWe found the car great fun to drive, with handling that would shame many a sports car in the hands of an experienced driver.
The steering is nice and light while not being devoid of “feel.” The car is very flat and stable on tight turns. Simply put, there’s something very reassuring about the way it handles itself on the road.
We’ve tested several Mazda6 four-cylinder models since their launch, and none of them have suffered from any rattles and squeaks. This car is no different; it is obviously very well put together. It has a solid, quality feeling about it. Much of this aura comes from close attention to the texture of materials used in the cabin and outstanding paint job. After all, quality is so often all about the details.
Although the car has sold well in Canada, it probably deserves even wider popularity and a much closer look by business buyers—especially those who feel that once they’ve tried a Camry and an Accord, they’ve pretty much tried everything.