Thursday, January 12, 2017

Home for the Holidays: The 2017 Mazda 6 GT #DriveMazda

Isn't the 2017 Mazda 6 GT beautiful!?! It has been a long time since I've driven 
anything that doesn't carry a small army of people and it was so fun! I love that it was 
easy to park in small spaces, I love the smooth drive thanks to the  
Skyactiv Technology and I LOVED the Soul Red Metallic paint job and the 
19-inch alloy wheels. It was the perfect vehicle for me to zip around town to get 
ready for Christmas and my daughter's 8th birthday and all the family the that came to 
town for her big day.

Like the other Mazda vehicles that I've had the chance to test drive, the Mazda 6 GT 
also has the advance keyless entry system that unlocks when the key is in 
proximity and you put your hand on the handle. I appreciate the easy of opening the 
door when  you have a wiggly toddler, groceries and diaper bag in hand. It's so nice 
not to have to fish the key out of my purse. I just get close, put my hand in the handle, 
pull and POOF! it's open! I couldn't believe all the rear trunk space in the Mazda 6 GT
My 11-year-old climbed in and was like - "Look, Mom! I can fit in here!" He really could! 
And he's not a small child. I had no trouble loading the stroller, groceries, last minute 
Christmas gifts and umbrellas and jackets for all the rain we've had this last month.

Since we're a family of five that used to driving a minivan and having plenty of space for
the "don't touch me"s that happen with kids, I was worried that a four-door car would
have my older two belly-aching. However, the Mazda 6 GT was so nice and roomy 
inside. My husband is even picky about the front passenger leg room and he got in and
said, "Wow, this has really great space." And it really does! That's my not-your-average
11-year-old behind the driver's side seat and look at all his leg room! My seat is all the
way back and the seat isn't smashing his knees.

Here's the back seat with no on inside so you can see how roomy it looks. The leather
trimmed sport seats were nice and cushy and I loved the parchment color. In the GT
model you even get heated seats in the back! It was chilly over the holidays and my
middle child really appreciated that she could have a heated seat too! The control for
the heated seat is in the middle drop down console. 

During the holiday break there were SO MANY MORE people on the road and in the
parking lots doing their last minute shopping and preparation. So I really appreciated
Smart City Brake Support that helps detect objects ahead of you when traveling 
between about 2 and 18 mph. It prepares your vehicle by adjusting the brake pads 
closer to the disc and if you don't take action, then the brakes are automatically applied.

When we took one last visit to Knott's Berry Farm before our annual passes expired, I
appreciated the Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring that helps detect objects in your 
blind spot and alerts you with a chime and a light. The Mazda 6 GT's 184 
horsepower 4-cylinder engine had great acceleration and pick-up I did found the 
engine noise loud at start up, but it seemed to settled down once it was all warmed up. 

The Active Driving Display is still my favorite feature that Mazda offers for the
Mazda 6 GT.  Just like in the 2016 Mazda CX-9 It displays out in front of you as you 
drive  and lets you keep your eyes on the road. It gives all your safety warnings, your 
speed, the speed limit, and you navigation directions. I would love to see all makes and 
models have this option in the future. It really feels like a Jetsons kind of technology and
I think it helps keep your focus on what matters, driving! 

I also have to admit the heated steering wheel was pretty fantastic! I know that I
don't have many days of the year when it's needed here in Orange County, but I used
it every day during my test drive and it was so cozy and such a nice touch to the luxury
of the Mazda 6 GT. I thought the dashboard display and console were beautiful. The
7-inch color touch-screen display has been present in each of the other 
Mazdas that we've test driven for Drive Shop and I think its crystal clear picture is 
easy to use.

We took the Mazda 6 GT to our favorite neighborhood for Christmas lights and we got
a lot of "oohs and ahs" for it's gorgeous exterior. The LED headlights with 
auto on/off  were bright and made it easy to see when driving at night. We even 
opened up the power moon roof to make the experience all that more exciting and 
fun. And of course we blasted the Christmas music thanks to the  
Sirius Satellite Radio and amazing Bose sound system to keep get us in the mood.

The 2017 Mazda 6 GT has an MSRP of $34,530. It was a pleasure to drive and I think
it would be perfect as the primary vehicle for a family of five or smaller that isn't
interested in driving an SUV or a minivan. It would also make a great second vehicle
for commuting with its 30 MPG city and 35 MPG highway fuel economy
The one thing I did miss was an audible alert when your are backing up and get too 
close to an object. There is a back-up camera and the picture is beautiful in the 
7-inch monitor, but it's missing the warning sound that I would expect a vehicle of 
this caliber to have.

Be sure to check out my video review on my YouTube Channel and let me know what
your favorite thing is about the 2017 Mazda 6 GT



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