Midyear Update: 2017.5 Mazda 6

By Matthew Keegan

2017.5 Mazda 6

Mazda 6 makes a case for the midsize sedan segment.

2017.5 Mazda 6 in fast-departing daylight.

Manufacturers typically adhere to model years except when they don’t. A case in point is the 2017.5 Mazda 6, a midsize sedan benefiting from light changes put in place too late for the 2017 model year, but months before the 2018s arrive.

2017.5 Mazda6

The 2017 Mazda 6 already offered a few changes of note, including a new steering wheel design and an available heated steering wheel, heated rear seats and Nappa leather-trimmed sport seats. Further, Mazda also upped its optional safety features to bring in lane keep assist on the top trim model along with traffic sign recognition.

The mid-year changes include blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert with the base Sport model along with available leather seating surfaces and an 8-way power driver’s seat on the mid-grade Touring model. Could the changes have waited until the 2018s rolled out? Perhaps. But, in an ultra-competitive (and shrinking) segment, Mazda likely realized the changes were timely and prudent.

2017/2017.5 Mazda 6

2017.5 Mazda 6

No matter, what you have in the Mazda 6 is a stylish, front-wheel drive midsize sedan with room for five. Available in three trims — Sport ($21,945.$22,995), Touring ($24,195/$25,245) and Grand Touring ($30,695) plus $875 for destination — this Mazda is one of the few models left offering a manual transmission.

Thus, the prices reflected here are for the manual followed by the automatic for the first two trims. The Grand Touring offers an automatic transmission only. By the way, the prices for the mid-year model are unchanged from the 2017s.

Exterior and Interior Features

2017.5 Mazda 6

I’ve long admired the 6’s looks, one of the more fashionable models in a segment once dominated by dull, boring sedans. The look could just as easily be applied to a sports car and it is — the Mazda MX-5 Miata offers a similar visage with its gaping grille, athletic shoulders, and sinuous lines. The Mazda 6 stretches that canvas to its proper size and adds a raised rear deck to round out the expression.

Standard exterior features include automatic halogen headlights and running lights, LED taillights, power side mirrors, 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels and bright finish dual exhaust outlets. Options include LED lighting, high beam control, adaptive front lighting, LED fog lights, heated side mirrors, rear spoiler, and 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels.

2017.5 Mazda 6

Inside, you’ll find a cabin that’s open, well organized, and clean. My test Grand Touring model had all the amenities you’ll find in this segment, including white leather seats. The cabin is one of the largest in the segment and you’ll also find a spacious 14.8 cubic-foot trunk. A 60/40 split-fold bench seat extends the storage area.

Standard interior features include keyless entry with push-button start, a tilt and telescopic steering columns, power windows and door locks, cruise control, cloth seats, and air conditioning. Options are many and include a heated steering wheel, Go to the full article.

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