Quick Test: 2016 Mazda 6 Touring Revistied

A few weeks ago, Mazda dropped off a shiny new, updated-for-2016 Mazda 6 Touring sedan in Soul Red- and it looked amazing. Would it be enough, though, to make me look past the previous Mazda 6’s shortcomings?

The last time I drove a Mazda 6, it was the new-for-2014 Mazda 6 GT fitted with the SkyActiv-G 2.5L with AT and i-ELOOP. That was supposed to be Mazda’s lightweight, efficient response to other brands’ heavier, more complicated hybrid offerings. Despite loving the car’s looks, balance, and handling, its inability to deliver on the company’s fuel economy claims and an infuriating infotainment system made me hate it. That love/hate relationship let me to call my review of the car “bi-polar”, and the car’s hefty $32,845 as-tested sticker price forced me to suggest that Mazda 6 buyers that were head-over-heels in love with the car’s styling to opt for a less-expensive model and give the flagship GT a pass.

This new car? Wow- did Mazda ever get this thing right!

 

2016 Mazda 6 Touring | They Fixed the Interior


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The newly updated interior from Mazda replaces the old “shrouded” infotainment system with a new Bose satellite radio that looks like a tastefully docked iPad. The new system is simpler, more intuitive, and played against my tester’s “sand leatherette” interior in a way that was both modern and tasteful- even the center-console mounted “mouse” was decent, with sufficient haptic feedback to make it usable while driving.

The only downside to the 2016 Mazda 6 interior I could find was the heads-up display. Projected onto a sliver of plastic directly in the view of the driver, I could not find a way to get it to center, or go away. It was a cheesy gimmick, but- in the grand scheme of things- not one that was unforgivable.

 

2016 Mazda 6 Touring | Final Thoughts


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This version of the 2016 Mazda 6 isn’t pushing or selling fuel economy the way the “40 MPG” i-ELOOP version I drove in 2014 was. As such, the 29-30 ish MPG I saw in my week of driving the car seemed totally acceptable, even if it wasn’t particularly impressive. With a starting price of $23,945– almost $10,000 under my 2014 tester!- however, the newly updated 2016 Mazda 6 Touring is definitely worth considering …

That’s especially true if, you know, you actually like driving!

 

Original content from Gas 2.

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.