2017 Mazda 6 i Grand Touring-More Luxury & Better Control

The 2017 Mazda 6 i Grand Touring sees a few minor improvements. The 2017 model doesn’t look any different from before. It’s still the same attractive sedan we know and love, however we see a few minor updates.

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2017 Mazda 6 i Grand Touring

The 2017 Mazda 6 I Grand Touring is a sleek and fun car. If you are in the market for a sedan without the hefty price tag for all the bells and whistles, this may be your next car. With a MSRP starting at just $30,695 this is an extremely affordable sedan option.

New Interior Features

The 2017 Mazda 6 may not have changed on the outside, but the interior, has been given a myriad of small updates. Let’s take a look at the changes a little more closely.

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  • New steering wheel with heated element: Ya’ll it was cold in Maryland while I had the car and I LOVED this. Warm hands make me happy
  • Nappa leather with contrast piping: Oh the leather, it’s so soft and lovely.
  • Heated Rear Seats: My kids couldn’t get enough, they are always yelling it’s so cold back here. Not in the 2017 Mazda 6 i grand touring.
  • More Noise Reduction added: So I wouldn’t know the in’s and outs of this but the 2017 is much more quiet on the interior. So clearly Mazda heard consumers complaints,and fixed it.
  • LED accent lighting

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Safety Updates

Safety is key when it comes to the Mazda 6 and the 2017 has been updated with a few new features. The NHTSA gave the 2017 Mazda 6 a five-star overall safety score (out of a possible five stars).

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  • Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring: yeah this is necessary when you live out here in the country, cause we got deer and they come at you like a ninja!
  • Lane-Keep Assist: So my husband tried to cross the lanes and trick the car but it never worked, it would shake and put us back in the lane. This is a safety feature I love seeing how I live in the land of two lane roads.
  • Seat Memory: Don’t you hate when someone drives your car and messes your settings up? No more of that because it remembers your seat position.

Performance Updates

Mazda has SKY-ACTIV technology under the hood. One engine is available in the 2017 Mazda 6, a 2.5-liter I-4 rated at 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the Sport and Touring trims while a six-speed automatic is optional on the lower grade models and standard on the range-topping Grand Touring variant.

The 2017 Mazda 6 gains G-Vectoring Control, which helps minimize the need to make steering corrections on the road. This system connects the steering and powertrain control for more direct and natural steering response. I found it easy to control and in the rain could feel the shift forward so the vehicle gripped in slick conditions.


Available features include a rearview camera,  Bluetooth connectivity, leather upholstery, navigation with a seven-inch touchscreen, heated front seats, a head-up display, keyless entry/start, a Bose premium audio system, 19-inch alloy wheels on Touring and Grand touring trims, LED headlights and fog lights, a power adjustable driver’s seat with memory, and blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert.


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What I Didn’t Like

No car is perfect, because it is judged by the consumer and we all have different needs. This isn’t an ideal car for families. With a small amount of room in the back seat you can’t take it on road trips that’s for sure. Another thing we noticed, no charge ports in the rear–it may not matter to some people but it was one of the first things I picked up on. While a small back seat and no USB ports seems minor, to a Mom that’s a big deal.

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The 2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring is extremely functional and offers a ton of luxury. Offering 27 mpg city,35 mpg highway; 30 combined it is easy on the purse when it comes to filling up. If I was single in the city I would definitely be driving this–my Michael Kors bag would look great on the passenger seat.

Thanks to Mazda and Driveshop I was able to have this car for a week–all opinions are my own. You can’t buy honesty


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1 thought on “2017 Mazda 6 i Grand Touring-More Luxury & Better Control

  1. I have the 2016 6 grand touring . The problems that I have are there seems to be no way to write to Mazda with small easily changed fixes. The memory buttons for the seat settings would be much more functional if they were tactile differences from setting 1 to setting two. If the display screen were set up more toward the driver than the middle, it would be safer you would not have to take your eyes off the road to look at it, and there are many settings that you cannot access by feel, only by looking at it. The book that comes with it is poorly set up and it is very difficult to look up functions, especially if you don’t use them often. That book is written by engineers for engineers. The wheels on the 2016 were a bronze. Now they are a mottled flaking mess, after only 6,000 miles or so. I hope they have replaced this. One major problem I have is that the night driving lights are set with a light pattern that is too short and they tell me this cannot be adjusted. When driving a curvy hilly 2 lane road at night, I have to hold the high beam switch against the steering wheel . Hand cramps result and less control over the steering. I have all the geezer alarms on the car, they are wonderful. You cannot rely on muscle memory to guide you to the right settings while you drive, you have to take your eyes off the road to change any settings. On a long turnpike stretch for example, I wanted the radio volume down and the navigation voice volume up. Need your eyes and attention to do this, but I missed my turn off in unfamiliar territory because of this. It would be helpful if there were access to a current weather in real time, but there is a temp gauge for outdoors. The daytime dials have very little contrast so are difficult to use in daytime. The low tire warning noise lights up in yellow on the dial, but it is hidden from line of sight by some levers on the steering wheel. The first time this happened I was doing 70 on the expressway. I didn’t know what it was, the noise certainly got my attention, I pulled off to the side and read my manual, which said not yo drive on the tire at all. I was 20 miles from a gas station. It was good weather and daylight but I missed my appointment, the time it took to get off in unfamiliar territory and find a station and get enough air to get back on the road made the difference: the navigation software was not up to date or reliable, even after 2 updates. They wanted to charge me $100 for the second update. They told me I could do the update from my home computer. False. iMac no longer has the same interface as Mazda, I tried to buy a converter but could not find one compatible, it was old technology on a new iMac.. The dealer finally agreed to do it, they said it would take 4 hours. It took less time than that, and they were pleasant. I hope that some of my concerns have been addressed in the 2017 6.

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