After this year is done, the Mazda 6 will be no more - for now, at least. The range consists of six models: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, Carbon Edition, and Signature. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine powers all models. The Sport and Touring use the naturally aspirated version, while the rest of the range adds a turbocharger to the mix. A six-speed automatic transmission and FWD are standard across the range.
All models get LED lights, alloy wheels, and an eight-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. On the safety side, it comes with active cruise control with stop and go, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist, and lane departure warning.
High-end models get leather seats, power-adjustable front seats with heating and ventilation, and a surround-view camera system.
The Carbon Edition is a new addition to the range, and it also happens to be our pick of the lineup. This model has a gloss black front grille, black wheels, and a black rear decklid spoiler.
The price of the Mazda 6 begins at $24,475 for the Sport, increasing to an MSRP of $27,075 for the Touring specification. From there, the Grand Touring will cost you $30,175 and the Grand Touring Reserve has a $32,675 sticker price. The Carbon Edition retails for $32,950, while the top-spec Signature starts at $35,900. These prices exclude the $995 destination charge in the US.
Mazda doesn't really do packages, primarily because of a wide selection of models and almost all of the driver-assistance features being standard. There are a few standalone options available, though. An SD card navigation system is available for $400, and a rear lip spoiler costs $350. The only worthwhile addition we can see is rear parking sensors, adding $500 to the price of Mazda 6 models not already equipped with this feature.
Now in its final year, Mazda introduced the ultimate 6. The Carbon Edition has all of the features you want, and adds a few nice model-specific touches. It's based on our previous model recommendation, which is the Grand Touring Reserve. Its list of standard equipment includes auto-dimming side and rearview mirrors, steering-wheel-mounted paddles, an 11-speaker Bose surround-sound system, a color head-up display, power adjustment for front seats, ventilated front seats, and heated front and rear outboard seats.
The Carbon Edition's special touches include a gloss black grille, 19-inch black alloy wheels, and a Polymetal Gray Metallic hue. The contrast between the body color and the wheels is superb. On the inside, you get red leather seats, giving the interior a much racier vibe. With its sporty aesthetics and the turbocharged engine, this model is a genuinely sporty midsize sedan.
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