We were recently provided the opportunity to drive the 2014 Mazda6 iGrand Touring for a week. This was such a fun car to drive that also comfortably fit my family of four!
We love to take family trips up into the mountains as often as we can. My husband loves to fish and my 3 year old daughter loves to tag along. We usually drive up either highway 34 or 14 to fish the Big Thompson or Poudre rivers. These are beautiful, winding, two lane roads. If you have ever driven down one, especially in traffic or behind people with out-of-state plates, you know it can be quite frustrating and hard on your brakes. With the 2014 Mazda6 iGrand Touring, it was actually an enjoyable experience.
The 2014 Mazda6 iGrand Touring comes with a 184-hp, SKYACTIV-G 2.5L engine with a choice of SKYACTIV-MT 6-speed manual or SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed Sport automatic transmission. What I really appreciate is the automatic transmission has a manual shift mode. Coming down the mountain it was so helpful to be able to shift into manual mode! This version also gets 28/40 MPG which I was impressed with.
Not only does the 2014 Mazda6 iGrand Touring drive and handle spectacularly, it also looks great inside and out. The standard cabin tech includes TomTom navigation, a full array of digital audio sources, and three control scheme choices.
One of the biggest challenges for me is finding a mid-sized sedan that offers enough “leg room” in the rear seat to allow for my son’s infant carrier to fit safely behind the drivers seat. Many times it will fit when I am driving, but the minute my husband adjusts the seat (and he isn’t super tall) the seat hits the carrier which is not proper car seat use. We didn’t have that problem with the 2014 Mazda6. I also really love the second-row air vents on the aft end of the middle console. This makes it so much easier to cool my kids down on hot summer days (especially when I am driving a red vehicle with black leather interior). Another convenient feature of the back seat are the dual cup holders ~ one located in each of the door pockets and also on the top of the center armrest.
Lastly, the huge trunk also deserves a mention. You can go on a large grocery shopping trip and still have room to spare. I think it would easily hold luggage for four adults and it had plenty of room for my stroller and other baby gear.
Priced from $20,990 for the basic model to $29,695 for the Grand Touring package, the Mazda6 is in the same ballpark as the similarly sized Ford Fusion and Nissan Altima. If you are in the package for a mid-sized sedan I would definitely recommend checking out the 2014 Mazda6.