One of my favorite parts of my job is getting to test drive new cars and seeing how they can fit for families. Often times I’m given SUV’s and minivans to drive. While I love those for my family of 5, sometimes it’s nice to get a fun mid-sized car to change it up. I was pleasantly surprised how comfortable the Mazda 6 Grand Touring was when I got to drive it for a week last month.
Having all boys means we travel with a LOT of stuff every day. Backpacks, laptops, toys, sports equipment, etc. We also are always on the go. I added it up the other day. I’m in the car about 3 hours a day, and that’s just for school drop-off/pick-ups. Then add in errands, lunch dates with friends, the essential Starbucks run, taking kids to playdates and activities. I practically live in my car. Because of this I’m very particular in what features I love. My top 3… safety, technology, slick look. The Mazda 6 Grand Touring had it all.
There are a few features I need a car to have for safety besides the obvious airbags and anti-lock brakes. My favorite thing in the world is Blind Spot Monitoring. I don’t know how I lived without this feature before. The Mazda 6 has this as well as Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The car lets you know when a car is beside you while driving and when in reverse, not only has a rear camera, but will alert you when a car or kid or someone is approaching from either side. GENIUS. Love this so much for backing out of my driveway because we are on a fairly busy neighborhood street.
We also ended up getting a FOOT of snow in Denver the week I was driving this car unexpectedly. We were supposed to get maybe an inch or two, but a FOOT of snow fell upon us. The Mazda 6 I was driving was equipped with Blizzak snow tires. This car handled like a dream with the snow, ice and then wet sloppy roads once everything was melting. I never once worried about slipping or sliding. I was surprised that a mid-sized car, not an SUV, would perform this well in the snow. I always assumed SUVs were better in weather, but this car changed my mind.
Since I’m in the car for hours a day, I need a decent media system. I want killer sound to blast my favorite music and a pretty display so I can easily see what song is playing, the band and oh yeah, navigation and all that other stuff. But let’s be honest. I’m in it for the music. I listen to music 24/7 so I want the sound in the car to be amazing. The Mazda 6 had HD radio, Pandora, SXM and more. It had a Bose Centerpoint surround system with 11 speakers that came standard on the Grand Touring model I was driving. I was in heaven. The display was bright and very user friendly. Even my youngest was able to navigate around the 7 inch touch screen display.
3. It’s so pretty!
I mean, seriously. The headlight display was so slick and the entire look of the car was very sleek. When driving it to one of the boy’s schools, a dad stopped me and asked if it was a high end (i.e. super expensive) car. I told him it was the 2016 Mazda 6 and his jaw dropped. He couldn’t believe how affordable the car was considering how slick and fancy it was with the exterior and interior features. I drove the Skyactive model with great gas mileage (28 city, 40 highway) and the sticker price on the car was under $35,000. It had the look and feel of a luxury car without the sticker shock!
I’m used to driving a new car for a week and giving it back, but this was the first time I really didn’t want to. I say that with a lot of cars, but this one I totally meant it. The next day, when I got back in my own car, I missed the Mazda. I drive a luxury SUV as my own everyday car, yet I was still thinking about the gorgeous sedan I had given back the day prior. It was the perfect fit for my lifestyle, family and spunky attitude.
disclosure: I was loaned a vehicle for my honest review. No monetary compensation was given and the thoughts and opinions are mine and honest. Thank you DriveShop for the opportunity!