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Mazda 6: UpLevel the Daily Carpool

Mazda 6 from their website

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.

Mazda 6 from their websiteMaybe 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.

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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

interior back 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 drivewaySarah Auerswald is the co-Founder of MomsLA.com.


Sarah Auerswald (598 Posts)

Sarah Auerswald is the CEO and Co-Founder of MomsLA. She writes about life in LA while raising her 2 sons and is the founder of MarVistaMom.com. She was an English Major at Brown University, and yet nowadays feels free to ignore grammar rules anytime she wants. Like Now. She's married, uses a Mac, and grew up in Hawaii.

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