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Mazda 6: UpLevel the Daily Carpool

The 2017 Mazda 6 is a plush ride, perhaps normally seen being driven by a Tech Startup C-Suite-level dude, but I got to test drive one for a week, and let me tell you: the carpool kids from Middle School liked it as much as I did.

Maybe this car was meant to cruise up PCH and take its passengers to fancy parties, but that’s not on my usual agenda, so I used the car to drive my kids to and from school, hit up Costco and the supermarket, and generally run a few errands. Not exciting. But real life.

carpool mom in the Mazda 6

And Real Life is sure nice in a comfortable car, there’s no denying that.

The car has all the great bells and whistles, of course: navigation, entertainment console, back-up camera, and heated seats, front and back.

interior front seat Mazda 6

I’ll note that a car salesman once tried to sell me on the Heated Seats in a car I ultimately did not buy on one of the hottest days in Southern California history, and from that moment on I felt that heated seats were the silliest, least utilitarian extras one could have on a car outside of the great state of Minnesota. But then the climate changed a bit, we’ve had a fairly cold, wet Winter here, and suddenly: Heated Seats are not so bad.

Speaking of climate change, the Mazda 6 is known for its fuel economy, getting a respectable 30 mpg average, and has earned a 5-star safety rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The model I drove, the 2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring, is priced at $34,530 and is what car salesman might refer to as “fully loaded.”

As I said, I didn’t take it out for a spin on the Autobahn, and I wouldn’t even pretend to know what “torque” is or why I should care, but I loved driving this car. It was comfortable, I felt safe in it, and like I said: great for the carpool.

mazda 6 in my driveway

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Linda Neer

Saturday 29th of April 2017

Like the Mazda 6 GT. Hope transmission is greatly improved since 1994

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