2017 Lemon Aid New Car Reviews - Mid-size

The mid-size segment, while not as important as it once was, still serves those seeking no-excuses room and comfort for four adults. Many former mid-size buyers have downsized into the larger compacts now available, while others have migrated to compact CUVs that offer similar passenger space and greater cargo versatility.

Other than the 2018 Camry which will not be available until the summer of 2017, there are no new vehicles in this segment for 2017 and FCA, having ended production of the Chrysler 200, have abandoned the segment. 

The four-cylinder cars in this class deliver a pleasing blend of performance and fuel economy. They are as quick as many six-cylinder cars in this segment were a decade ago. V6 engines, once popular in this segment, have virtually disappeared; often replaced with turbo fours that are easier to package and yield lower fuel consumption figures in U.S. Government fuel consumption tests, if not in real life. 

Active safety, including active cruise control, lane departure and collision warnings, are becoming more and more prevalent on cars in this segment. 

A note about mileage: The APA is now using the Canada EnerGuide figures as they were available at the beginning of the model year. 

Chevrolet Malibu  Hyundai Sonata  Subaru Legacy  Toyota Prius 
Chrysler 200  Kia Optima  Subaru Outback  Toyota Prius V 
Ford Fusion  Mazda 6  Toyota Camry  Volkswagen Passat 
Honda Accord  Nissan Altima     

2017 Chevrolet Malibu

 

NEW

 

 

What’s new
A Teen Driver feature lets parents monitor the use of their vehicle. Nine-speed automatic transmission is new to the 2L turbo model for 2017.

Comments
Shunned by buyers, the undersized 2013-2016 Malibu was replaced by this all-new model that grew to about the same size as the successful 2008-2012 model. Despite an overly busy front end, styling is contemporary and at least as attractive as other cars in its segment.
The cabin reprises the twin-cockpit design theme used since 2008, and is fully competitive in terms of style, fit, and finish. Rear legroom, which was a significant shortcoming of the previous Malibu, is quite generous due to a much longer wheelbase. The front seats are supportive but the rear seat is mounted a touch too too low for adult comfort.
A 160 horsepower 1.5L turbo four will replace the previous normally-aspirated 2.5L four. GM states that the new smaller engine, mated with a six-speed automatic, will be as quick as the old one, due in part to a 135 kilogram weight loss for the new car. Small-displacement turbo engines flatter the U.S. government fuel economy tests, but the real-world reduction in fuel consumption is likely to be modest at best, and the more complex engine may increase service and repair costs. A 2L turbo four is optional once again, but it is now mated to a nine-speed automatic instead of the six-speed used previously. 
The Chevrolet Malibu hybrid powertrain employs a 1.8L four-cylinder gasoline engine and electric motors to produce 182 total system horsepower that is sent to the electrically-driven front wheels. The powertrain delivers good performance and fuel economy, but the 1.8L four-cylinder engine is surprisingly loud, especially when compared with the very quiet engine used in the Volt offered by the same company. Typical mid-size car intenders may find the Malibu's very firm ride and prominent road noise disappointing.
Powered by a 1.5L turbo four sending power to a six-speed automatic transmission, the Malibu accelerates well, is refined and cruises quietly. The ride of the conventional 1.5L Malibu is more absorbent than it was on the hybrid variant but road noise is high for a vehicle in this segment. Pleasantly weighted steering and solid braking. 

Pricing
Equipped with air conditioning, a power group and Bluetooth, the base Malibu is a good deal for aound $22,000. Migrating up to the LS trim level is a bit expensive, even when you take into accogunt is extra content including alloy wheels, a rearview camera and a thicker windshield and front side windows meant to enhance refinement. The LT trim updgrage is exceptional value. The Premier range topper is a bit expensive but it does include a wealth of equipment as well as the more powerful 2L turbo engine and a nine-speed automatic transmission. The True North Edition allows buyers to skip the big 2L engine while enjoying the luxuries that are part of the Premier model. The Leather and Convenience package contains the bulk of the more desirable features of the North Edition but for less money. Offered only a single trim level equivalent to the LT, Chevrolet charges about $3600 more for a hybrid than it does for a 1.5L Malibu with similar equipment. Good value leasing. 

Reliability
Not rated. All new car. Free oil changes (up to four changes, based on oil life monitor in the car) for two years or 40,000 kilometers.

Specifications


Body Style:  4SD  

Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
1.5L-4 T (160 HP), 1.8L-4 H (182 combined), 2L-4 T (260 HP) 

Transmissions: 6A, 9A,
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  8.8L/100 km.
Highway Fuel Economy:  6.5L/100 km.
Active Safety Features: Available blind spot, rear cross-traffic, lane departure and forward collision warnings. Available lane kee assist and adaptive cruise control with auto brake.

Additional airbags:  Knee airbags for both front occupants and side airbags for outboard rear passengers.

Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/160,000
Current Generation Debut:  2016
Country of Origin:  United States

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 


2017 Chrysler 200

 

 

 

 

What’s new
Production of the 200 has ceased and FCA has abandoned the market segment.  

Performance
The 3.6L V6 delivers thrilling performance along with a stirring soundtrack when pushed hard, but feels sluggish in normal driving as the nine-speed automatic transmission strives to attain the highest gear possible to flatter U.S. fuel-consumption tests. The transmission keeps revs low and in a rev. band that promotes an annoying resonance from the exhaust system. The 200’s steering is nicely weighted and geared but lacks any feedback whatsoever. The 200 feels very well planted on the road and has a good ride-handling compromise, but rough roads generate squeaks and clunks from the suspension. Wind noise is well suppressed and Chrysler has done a fantastic job at quelling road noise. Massive front windshield pillars and a high rear deck line hamper outward vision. The gauges on our 200S test car were visually marred by little fingers extending into the instruments from their perimeters, as well as almost unreadable dark blue markings on the important even numbers like 40, 60, 80 and 100 km/h. Normal driving speeds of the speedometer were crammed into about half the dial, with the rest of the space devoted to readings up to 280 km/h as well as a script reading “speedometer” on the outer edge of the dial. The tachometer had a similar identifier on it, which should really be changed to “tack-ometer” because of its vulgarity. Our 200 was equipped with Chrysler’s touch screen system which is easy to use and one of the best in best in the business. The climate controls, also used in most Chrysler products, work well enough. The touch screen has to be used for air distribution as well as seat heaters and the heated steering wheel. Gears are selected by a rotary dial, which is great for packaging but is not as intuitive as a conventional gear selector.
The combined leather-cloth upholstery combination, which had blue and black leather bolsters and black cloth centre panels, was attractive enough, but the blue-toned wood trim in the cabin was nauseating to most APA drivers. The 200S’s front seats are comfortable, deeply padded and with large side bolsters, held drivers well without pinching. The rear seat itself is comfortable enough but legroom is very limited for this class of car. The centre console intrudes into the rear passenger foot space leaving little room for a centre passenger. Avoid the sunroof option as it exacerbates an already tight headroom issue on the 200. Ingress/egress is reasonable up front but the severely sloping roofline leaves those entering the rear seat wondering what to do with their heads. The multi-function centre console borders on wizardry with enough combined storage space to please even the most determined hoarders. Competitive trunk space

Comments
The 200 is based on the same variable architecture that underpins the Dodge Dart and the Jeep Cherokee. Despite looking very compact, the 200 is actually bigger outside than the substantial-looking Toyota Camry. The familiar FCA 2.4L four and a 3.6L V6 hook up to the nine-speed automatic transmission that is working its way through Chrysler’s lineup. All-wheel drive is optional on V6-powered 200s. Lacklustre sales of the current 200 has led FCA head honcho Sergio Marchionne to stop 200 production and abandon the market segment.  

Pricing
The Limited trim level represents very good value. Compared with the 200 Limited, the 200S offers larger wheels, firmer suspension and a sportier look overall, for about $1000. The 200C trim upgrade includes about $4000 worth of equipment ofr only $2200. The all-wheel drive system, package with the V6 engine, costs $5500 on the S and C trims.  

Reliability
New car, not rated. The 3.6L V6 engine, nine-speed automatic transmission and this new version of the small-wide Fiat-Chrysler platform are all unproven. 

Specifications


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
2.4L-4 (184 HP)*, 3.6L-V6 (295 HP) *

Transmissions: 9A 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  12.8L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  8.7L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Blind spot and rear cross traffic and adaptive cruise control,forward collision warning with auto brake, lane departure and lane keep assist, are all optional.
Additional airbags: knee airbags for front occupants
Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2015
Country of Origin:  United States

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 


2017 Ford Fusion

 


 

 

What’s new
Mid-cycle remake for the Fusion went on sale as a 2017 model in mid 2016. Minor exterior styling and cabin trim updates, including a revised centre console with a rotary dial gear selector. Blackberry designed SYNC3 replaces the previous Microsoft-derived interface. A new Titanium trim level as well as a high-performance V6 Sport trim that combines a 2.7L V6 turbo and all-wheel drive, join the lineup this year. The V6 Sport uses the active suspension system employed in the Fusion-related Lincoln MKZ.  The 2017 Fusion is equipped with an auto stop/start apparaturs. Lane keep assist and pedestrian detection added to the active safety suite available on the Fusion.  

Performance
Equipped with a 1.5L turbo four hooked to a six-speed automatic transmission, the Fusion delivers solid acceleration, is flexible and refined on the open road, but sounds coarse and feels lethargic in city driving. In a group test that included the four-cylinder versions of the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima, the Ford was notably slower than the two Japanese-branded cars. The Fusion's six-speed automatic transmission functions well but was a tad reluctant to kickdown when requested. Nicely weighted and geared steering. The ride-handling compromise reflects careful development and is in keeping with the Fusion's mission as a large family hauler. Solid brakes. The swoopy styling, especially the swept back windshield pillars, restricts outward vision. The turbo fours in the Fusion use more fuel in real-world use than their official fuel consumption figures would indicate. With fresh modern design and attractive materials, the Fusion’s cabin is a success. The interior is fronted by an attractive dashboard containing what has become Ford's universal gauge package featuring a conventional speedometre flanked by changeable electronic displays. The instrumentation works well enough but the universal nature of the shared components diminishes the individuality of the various vehicles in Ford’s lineup. Comfortable seats ally with sufficient cabin space to allow for four (or five in a pinch) adults to contemplate a long journey. However, like most recent Fords, interior space is not generous given its substantial exterior dimensions. Big trunk, but the small trunk lid makes loading awkward.
The Fusion was rated third in a three car APA road test, behind the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima

Comments
Most Fusions will be powered by a four-cylinder engine. Two turbo fours, a 1.5L with 181 horsepower, a 240 horsepower 2L four, as well as a 175 horsepower normally-aspirated 2.5L four, are offered. New for 2017 is the Ford 2.7L V6 turbo that produces 275 horsepower and a whopping 350 lb.-ft. of torque. A conventional six-speed automatic is the sole transmission available on non-hybrids. All-wheel drive, standard on the V6 Sport and Titanium trim level, is optional on the 2L SE. Two hybrids are offered. A conventional hybrid twins a normally-aspirated 2L four with an electric motor to create 188 combined horsepower; with a plug-in "Energi" model employing the same hardware but its lithium-ion batteries can power the car in full electric mode for the first 43 kilometres, after which the car reverts to "conventional" hybrid operation.

Pricing

The base S trim has enough equipment to be acceptable but it is hard to find at dealers. The SE trim is the gateway to a number of worthy options and is available with the proven, normally-aspirated 2.5L four. The 1.5L turbo four offers six additional horsepower for $1050. Moving from the 1.5L turbo to the 2L turbo on the SE trim is priced at $2350 with the 201A package, all-wheel drive is a $2000 option. The Titanium, Platinum and Sport trims are overpriced. The hybrid SE base model is priced $4500 more than a 2.5L SE. The Energi plug-in hybrid costs $5500 more than an SE hybrid but is available with a substantial rebate in Ontario and Quebec, but Ontario buyers can expect to wait at least four months for their cheques. 

Reliability

Rated average. Some expensive failures of the 2L turbo four. Unproven 1.5L turbo. The 2.5L is the best engine choice.

Specifications


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants:  2/3

Engines: 1.5L-4 T (181 HP)*, 2L-4 T (240 HP), 2.5L-4 (175 HP)*, 2L-4 H and Energi  (141 HP gasoline, 188 combined), 2.7L-V6 T (275 HP) 

Transmissions: 6A*, CVT 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive*, all-wheel drive                            

City Fuel Economy:  10L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  7/L/100 km
Active Safety Features
Available blind spot, rear cross traffic and lane departure warnings and lane keep assist. Intelligent cruise control with frontal collision alert and pedestrian detection 
Additional airbags: knee airbags for front occupants
Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000, 5/180,000 hybrid components
Current Generation Debut:  2013
Country of Origin:  Mexico, United States

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 


2017 Honda Accord

 


What’s new
Honda has added a new high-value SE trim line for the last year of the current Accord. After sitting out the 2016 model year, the Accord Hybrid returns.  

Performance
Hooked up to CVT, the Accord sedan's 2.4L four furnishes quick, eager and smooth performance. Honda's CVT, unlike many others, minimizes high-rev operation to such an extent that few drivers will be aware that the Accord is equipped with a CVT unless they hammer the throttle. The Accord accelerated neck and neck with the Nissan Altima, both of which were considerably faster than the Ford Fusion 1.5T they were tested against. Previously, the Accord handled a bit more crisply than the Toyota Camry, but the 2017 Camry is surprisingly Accord like. Nicely weighted and geared steering. Strong brakes with good pedal feel. Engine and wind noise are subdued, but Honda's traditional downfall, pronounced road noise is joined by prominent road grit pinging off the underside of the Accord. A high driving position and large windows provide a level of visibility seldom enjoyed in modern cars.
The hybrid model combines brisk performance with very good fuel economy, but the small 2L four works hard to provide minor increases in speed and sounds annoyingly fussy in typical driving.
The Accord's cabin is fronted by a gauge package pulled right out of the previous CR-V. The instrument cluster is easy to scan. A large screen, for the rear-view camera in all models and the navigation screen on fancier variants, dominates the centre of the dashboard. Below the main screen is a separate touch screen controlling audio source and station selection, as well as a conventional volume knob. The all-button climate controls reside in a narrow strip between the radio screen and the multi-function control knob on navigation-equipped cars that dominates the main centre stack of the dashboard. While the Accord's cabin is fashioned from mostly attractive components, the (except for the headliner) all-black cabin that is paired with most exterior colours is oppressively grim in appearance. Faux alloy trim is particularly well done. Though the Accord's cabin may look grim, with big, comfortable seats and acres of space, it is one of the most comfortable cars in its segment. Trunk space is on the small size for a car this big.

Comments
Power for most Accords stems from a direct-injected 185 horsepower (189 in the Sport trim level). Except for the EX-L sedan trim level, which is only offered with the CVT, all the 2.4L Accords are offered with a six-speed manual transmission. An optional 278 horsepower 3.5.L V6 can be hooked up to a six-speed automatic transmission in sedan and coupe body styles, but the latter offers a six-speed manual as well.


Pricing

Priced at just under $26,000 with automatic transmission, the Accord LX sedan is nicely equipped and includes most of the features the majority of buyers are looking for. Moving up from the LX to the SE trim level is excellent value and includes the Honda Sensing safety system. The Sport model and EX-L trim upgrades are great value if you want the equipment they offer. The range-topping Touring trim level is very expensive for the content included.

The V6 engine upgrate will set buyers back aroung $3500 on the EX-L and around $3000 on the Touring trim. The hybrid version of the Touring is priced $3310 higher than a conventional 2.4L Touring sedan. Only the Touring trim of the coupe is comparable to the sedan, with a supplement for the coupe being $400 with the 2.4L and $800 for the V6. Good value leasing.

Reliability
Above average reliability predicted. Unproven CVT transmission with a few reports of transmission failures and unsolvable issues.  

Specifications


Body Style:  4SD*, 2CP
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
2.4L-4 (185 HP*, 189 HP Sport)  3.5L-V6 (278 HP)

Transmissions: 6M, CVT*, 6A 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  8.72L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  6.6L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Available forward collision, active cruise control, collision mitigation braking, lane keep assist and lane departure warnings.

Additional airbags: None

Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2013
Country of Origin:  United States

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 


2017 Hyundai Sonata

 

 

 

What’s new
Packaging changes are about all that is new for the 2017 Sonata. 

Comments
The Sonata's cabin has abundant soft-touch surfaces, attractive materials and looks chic. Though the dashboard contains a near-intimidating number of buttons, they are logically arrayed, segregated into separate audio and climate functions and quite easy to deal with. Big, clear gauges with crisp graphics. The front and rear seats are very comfortable. The Sonata is lower than many competitors and ingress and egress can difficult for the older, prosperous types who would consider the Sonata. Large trunk.
According to Hyundai, the Sonata's platform is all-new and incorporates advanced steels for greater rigidity, safety and driving precision. The Sonata is powered by the same normally-aspirated 2.4L four and 2L turbo that have been used for many years. In APA testing, the new Sonata is smooth and quiet. Hyundai’s six-speed automatic shifted gears smoothly and responded particularly well in city driving. Observed highway fuel economy of under 7L/100 km is impressive for this segment, as is range, which, according to the trip computer, promises around 850 kilometres on a full tank. The performance delivered by the base 2.4L four renders the 2L turbo superfluous. The 2L turbo is very fast when pushed but feels pedestrian in typical driving and has a distinct exhaust resonance around 1500 rpm. Advanced safety equipment such as Forward Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control with stop and go capability, Blind Spot and Cross Traffic monitors, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision warning and Lane Change Assist, are available. The Blind Spot Monitor and Adaptive Cruise Control perform well.
Roughly 10,000 Sonatas were sold in Canada last year, compared with the 14,000 to 15,000 examples of the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry that were sold in 2016. In a recent APA four car group test, the Sonata was rated very closely behind the top-rated Camry, with the Mazda 6 and the now defunct Chrysler 200 trailing the two top cars by a wide margin.

Pricing

Well-equipped GL base model. GLS and Limited trim upgrades are very good value. The Sport Tech trim is priced to reflect the value of its additional content. The Ultimate turbo is very good value as it includes the more powerful 2L turbo four and about $1000 worth of features for around $1600. Poor value leasing this year. Hybrids: The Limited trim upgrade is priced to reflect the value of its additional content; with the Ultimate trim level being very good value. Equipment variances between the conventional Sonata and hybrid versions make it impossible to determine the value of the Sonata's hybrid components. The hybrid Limited is priced to reflect the value of its contents but the Ultimate is good value. The plug-in version of the Sonata hybrid is priced $6500 higher than the Ultimate trim level of the conventional hybrid. Hybrid leasing is not worth considering. There are substantial rebates available from Quebec and Ontario for the plug-in hybrid but Ontario issues rebate cheques at a glacial pace. 

Reliability
Predicted reliability is Above Average. The previous Sonata avoided the decline in reliability that affected some other Hyundai models built since 2010. Have the rear brake calipers dismantled, cleaned and lubricated annually to postpone expensive repairs down the road. The direct injection engine is prone to accumulating carbon deposits; an air intake and fuel injection cleaning (two related services) are fairly expensive, but recommended every three years to avoid an eventual and even more expensive de-coking of the cylinder head. The suspension on the 2011-2014 generation car can develop clunks starting at around 100,000 km due to worn rubber components front and rear. The durability of the suspension components on the new car is unknown.

Specifications


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
2.4L-4 (185 HP)*, 2L-4 T (245 HP), 2L-4 H (154 HP gas and 38 kW electric; 50 kW electric for plug-in) 

Transmissions: 6A* 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  9.4L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  6.7L/100 km
Active Safety Features:
Available forward collitsion, blind spot, rear cross traffic and lane departure warnings as well as active cruise control with auto braking.
Additional airbags: Driver's side knee airbag
Warranty: 5/100,000. Hybrid: 8/160,000 on all hybrid system components.
Current Generation Debut:  2015
Country of Origin:  United States

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 


2017 Kia Optima

 

NEW

 

 

What’s new
Standard heated seats, leather covers for the steering wheel and shift lever and a myriad of minor trim updates are new for 2017, as is a new hybrid model.

Comments
Riding on a new platform, the second-generation (in Canada, third in the U.S.) Optima is a stylistic evolution of its breakthrough predecessor.
The cabin is fronted by a somewhat 80s-themed dashboard that features clear gauges and logical controls. The front seats are comfortable, with a supportive rear seat replacing the uncomfortable, oddly-shaped perch used previously. Cabin materials are significantly more luxurious than before and the interior is now genuinely plush.
Two mainstream engines, a normally-aspirated 2.4L and a turbocharged 2L, will power most Optimas. A 178 horsepower 1.6L turbo four is new as is a hybrid model that combines a 2L gas four with an electric motor for a total system output of 192 horsepower. Transmissions include a six-speed automatic for 2L and 2.4L cars; with a seven-speed dual clutch automated manual transmission featured on the 1.6L turbo model.
Available active safety equipment includes blind spot and rear cross-traffic warnings, active cruise control and forward collision detection with autonomous emergency braking that can bring the vehicle to a complete stop if it detects a collision.

Pricing
The base LX trim level is nicely equipped and will suit the needs of midsize bargain hunters. The LX+  and EX trim upgrades are bargains. The EX Roof and EX Technology models are priced to reflect the value of their additional content. When the extra features that are part of the SX Turbo trim are accounted for, the value of the turbo engine is roughly $1000. The SXL turbo range-topper balances price and content precisely.
Reliability
Good reliability predicted on the 2.4L normally-aspirated four. Average reliability predicted for the two turbocharged engines.

Specifications


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants:  2/3

Engines: 1.6L-4 T (176 HP), 2L-4 T (247 HP), 2L-4 H (192 HP combined), 2.4L-4 (185 HP)
Transmissions: 6A 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  9.6L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  6.8L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Blind spot and rear cross-traffic warnings, active cruise control and forward collision detection with autonomous emergency braking.
Additional airbags: Driver side knee airbag
Warranty: 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2016
Country of Origin:  United States

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 


2017 Mazda 6

 


 

 

What’s new
Mid-cycle update for the 6 includes comprehensive sound abatement measures with revised weather stripping, more sound insulation and thicker front door glass (dual pane on the GT). Other cabin updates includes revised gauges, a heated steering wheel on GS and GT trims and a new Premium Package on the GT. Navigation is standard on all 6s but the GX for 2017. The Mazda I-ACTIVESENSE active safety suite now includes pedestrian detection.

Comments
The 6’s 2.5L four delivers is flexible and delivers good urge and acceptable refinement. The six-speed automatic transmission works unobtrusively and is particularly smooth in stop-and-go traffic, where other automatic transmissions can turn indecisive. The manual transmission allies a smooth clutch and a crisp, short-throw gearchange. The comprehensive update for the 6 this year has kept the crisp handling but improved ride, brake feel, steering and overall refinement. Small windows translate into limited outward visibility.
Despite substantial exterior dimensions, the 6’s cabin space is noticeably less roomy than the Accord, Camry and Sonata. Elegant conventional gauges are set in an attractive horizontally-themed dashboard that features an aftermarket-looking stuck on infotainment screen. The 6’s cabin design, assembly quality and the rich look of its interior components are all impressive at this price point. Audio quality was very good on the GT model driven. Large, but shallow trunk is accessed through a small aperture.

Pricing
Good value GS trim level. The GS Luxury package is priced to reflect the value of its content but is not that much cheaper than the comprehensively equipped GT. The GT Premium package, with unique faux alloy trim and Nappa leather, is expensive for the money asked. The GT Technology package features a number of active safety features but Mazda charges more money for the equipment than competitors do. Good value leasing.  
Reliability
Not rated due to insufficient sales. Average reliability is predicted. Mazdas generally develop a few more problems than similar cars from Honda, Hyundai or Toyota. Unlimted mileage warranties and a seven year warranty for rust perforation.    

Specifications


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
2.5L-4 (184 HP)*

Transmissions: 6M, 6A* 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  9.1L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  6.7L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Laser cruise control, lane departure warning and collision warning with auto stop optional on GT trim level

Additional airbags:  None
Warranty: 3/Unlimited, 5/Unlimited
Current Generation Debut:  2014
Country of Origin:  Japan

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 


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