It’s been almost two weeks now since my new pal Tom delivered a 2016 Mazda 6i Grand Touring to my door. One thing I really appreciate is the friendliness of the delivery people. They are not afraid to give the car to a dog, and they take all the time I need to explain the important features of the vehicle to me.
You have to admit just looking at the 2016 Mazda 6i, it has luxury written all over it! It is truly a beautiful mid-sized sedan, especially in my favorite color soul red! The racing red should also be a clue as to all the fun you will have driving it!
I noticed on the back were the words, “SKYACTIV-G“, but I had no idea what that meant. Being a curious hound, I decided to bring this baby into the garage and have a look under the hood. I’ve never looked under a hood before, but this one sure seemed clean, neat, and orderly! After doing some sniffing around, I found out this “SKYACTIV-G” has something to do with efficiency which gives this Mazda 6i about 15% better gas mileage. While cruising on the highway, I did get around 39 mpg which I think is awesome!
This sedan is not only stunning out the outside, the interior is as well! The leather trimmed sport seats are not only nice to look at, they are super comfy, heated, and very adjustable! The dashboard is fancy looking, and super modern with blue tooth and the MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment system that lets you control and customize your Mazda’s features, connections and entertainment through the Commander control or a few paw taps on the seven inch touchscreen.
The steering wheel gives you control over many features including bluetooth, stereo, menu, and shifting. The center console has the Commander control dial which functions as a mouse, allowing you to maneuver around the seven inch color display screen while the car is in motion. The screen is touchscreen as well, but only when the vehicle is stopped. I really liked the navigation display. It was real easy to see where you are and where you need to go, and it shows the distance to the nearest food and gas.
We are used to riding in an SUV, but for just Bailie and I there is enough space to ride in the backseat of the Mazda 6i. Our seat cover fit perfectly, and our seat belts worked fine as well.
The backseat area has several options. The middle armrest folds down and has a cup holder. There are anchors on the back ledge if you would like to secure items. The seats all fold down, or they fold down as one or two seats giving you plenty of length if you would like to transport something long. All three headrests come off too.
With a sharp looking car like this, you probably would like to hit the road and take a ride out to a ski slope or sledding hill.
I bundled up and loaded our sleds into the trunk area of the Mazda 6i. Since the seats can be folded down, it was no trouble getting even my longest sled loaded into the car. Did I mention, you don’t need the key to start or open the car? Just tuck it into your pocket and you are good to go! No need to take your mittens off in the cold to fumble with keys.
The Mazda 6i is a nice safe car too! It has a blind spot monitoring system, including rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning system, smart brake support, and a rearview camera. These are great features especially for short drivers like me. I felt pretty safe cruising in this car!
Mazda also made some design improvements in the 2016 model including a new grille, fog light surround design, and two new colors – Sonic Silver and Titanium Flash.
Overall, this was a super fun, sports car like car to drive. I really enjoyed racing around town in it, and getting great gas mileage was just an added bonus. What did I not like about the car? Really only one thing bothered me. I did not like the Active Driving Display pictured above. I couldn’t see any real benefit from having it, and my instinct was always to push it out of the way.
Time for you to head over to your Mazda dealer and check out a 2016 Mazda 6i Grand Touring. If you are looking for a luxurious mid sized sedan that is a lot of fun to drive, this could be your car! Zoom zoom! Bailie and I are out of here! #DriveMazda
Disclaimer: My GBGV Life did not receive any monetary compensation for this review. My GBGV Life was given a Mazda 6i Grand Touring to drive for a week to write a review. The opinions in this review are of My GBGV Life and not influenced by any outsider. My GBGV Life will receive no additional benefits for talking about the product or company.