I gathering dual Mazdas behind to back, from a small MX-5 Miata to a estimable Mazda6 sedan, so you’re removing a twofer today. Here goes:
2018 MAZDA MX-5 MIATA
A non-car man once asked me, with scorn in his voice, “What does ‘fun to drive’ mean?” He was implying that a term, that we use all a time, is foolish and vague. If usually we could have handed him a pivotal to a Mazda MX-5 Miata and said, “Here. Get in. Go for a drive. When we lapse you’ll be a chairman who knows accurately what ‘fun to drive’ means.”
The really fun-to-drive Mazda MX-5 Miata was entirely redesigned in 2016 to emanate a new chronicle that weighs less, goes faster and has a some-more polished interior than a effusive model. For 2017, customary blind mark monitoring and behind cranky trade warning were total to one of a trim levels. The 2018 indication is a carryover, nonetheless some discretionary facilities are newly available.
My tester was a Club trim with a soothing automobile tip that is manually operated. Dropping a tip and pulling it behind adult takes small to no effort. Someone with a prolonged adequate strech can work it single-handedly while seated inside a car.
The MX-5’s zesty 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine produces 155 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. For those who don’t mind blank out on all a additional fun supposing by a six-speed primer transmission, an discretionary six-speed involuntary is available. But that seems like such a travesty, a abating of this small roadster’s sharp-witted spirit.
Fuel economy ratings are good: 26 mpg city and 33 mpg highway with a primer transmission, and 26/35 mpg with an automatic.
Several inches of sleet fell and stayed around in East Snohomish County during my exam week, and a MX-5 Miata with a front-engine, rear-wheel expostulate pattern would have had an engaging time perplexing to get adult my prolonged ascending driveway. Except for one thing: Bridgestone Blizzak tires. Those tires couldn’t have supposing some-more traction if they were throwing silt in front of themselves as they rolled along.
The Blizzaks do impact steering feel, highway sound and fuel economy, though not by much, and when a choice competence be not pushing a fun-to-drive Miata, those effects are a nonissue.
2018 MAZDA MX-5 MIATA CLUB
Base price, including end charge: $30,045
Price as driven: $35,240
2017 MAZDA MAZDA6
The Mazda6 is a midsize sedan with gentle seating for adult to 5 people. There are 3 trim levels: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring.
My tester was a Grand Touring model, whose energy comes from a 184-horsepower four-cylinder engine producing 185 lb-ft of torque. It comes with a six-speed involuntary delivery and a dual make a sharp pair. Acceleration is quick and smooth, rigging changes imperceptible.
Fuel economy is another boon: 27 mpg city, 35 mpg highway, and 30 mpg combined.
Nice things inside a Mazda6 Grand Touring’s atmospheric and still cabin embody an eight-way energy driver’s chair with lumbar, a six-way energy chair for a front newcomer (both seats are heatable), a 7-inch touchscreen display, 11-speaker Bose audio complement with HD and satellite radio, and prudent construction regulating peculiarity materials.
Exterior lights are LED and haze lights are enclosed among a Grand Touring’s customary equipment.
Blind mark monitoring, behind cranky trade alert, line depart warning and line gripping support are on a prolonged list of customary reserve features.
The infotainment complement is blessedly designed with a control dial in a core console for people like you-know-who, who are not smitten of touchscreens. The touchscreen nuts can equivocate a control dial and usually poke divided during a shade if that creates them happy.
Trunk distance is usually bashful of 15 cubic feet, with a vast opening that creates a loading and unloading of vast objects a snap.
An discretionary Grand Touring Premium Package on my tester adds exhilarated behind seats, a exhilarated steering wheel, splendid interior trim and more.
The Mazda6 sedan has a luxury-like float on a highway though being a vast snooze on circuitous roads. Good on Mazda for pulling that off so well.
By a way, it also snowed while we had a Mazda6 though it too was versed with those Bridgestone Blizzaks and their spectacle traction. So, we was usually contemptible it didn’t sleet harder since we do adore a cold white things and wish we had it some-more mostly around here.
2017 MAZDA MAZDA6 GRAND TOURING
Base price, including end charge: $31,570
Price as driven: $34,695
Mary Lowry is an eccentric automotive author who lives in Snohomish County. She is a member of a Motor Press Guild, and a member and past boss of a Northwest Automotive Press Association. Vehicles are supposing by a manufacturers as a one-week loan for examination functions only. In no approach do a manufacturers control a calm of a reviews.
The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata interior has seating for two. The soothing tip of a Club automobile indication is operated manually. (Manufacturer photo)
The 2017 Mazda6 midsize sedan delivers a luxury-like float on a highway though being a backroads bore. (Manufacturer photo)
Meticulous construction and peculiarity materials intensify a 2017 Mazda6 interior. (Manufacturer photo)