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So here's my review.

I took my 6 on a trip over the weekend from MD to SC--about 520 mi each way. Mostly highway. I got the avg fuel economy up to about 33mpg. Not sure how accurate it is, but I will say I only used one tank of gas each way. Biiiiig improvement over my CTS. Car drove excellent. The seats, although firm, were comfortable throughout the trip. I have the black leatherette, as I purchased the touring model.

I've read some reviews speaking of the lack of power. My previous car had 304 hp. For me to feel as though im not missing much power says a lot. Passing power was always there on the highway. The downshifts, whether sport shifted or automatic, are soooo smooth. Anytime i needed to pass on the highway I was able to effortlessly. If i was in a rush I would put the car in 4th or 3rd and the power was there. Hard to believe its only around 180 hp in this car. I discovered the kickdown button at the bottom of the gas pedal's travel as well :D

I've mentioned it before, but I love hitting curves in this car. It grabs the ground and STICKS. I lose confidence and slow down way before the car starts to break. I never loved on/off ramps so much before I got this car lol.

Gripes:

The radio sucks!
Let me clarify. The sound is fine.
However the ipod/pandora connection is mediocre at best. Im hoping its just my car and that I can go get it fixed. However, these are the problems i'm having:

Pandora - Pandora takes a while to connect. Once it does, it'll work for a little before problems start. Either it'll just stop mid-song and say pandora error. I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and say maybe I was riding through an area with no cell service. The other issue is that if I try to skip a song, more often than not, i'll get a pandora error freezing the entire pandora app. To get music to play again, i have to close the app on my phone and restart it.

Ipod - Ipod works ok. However I have 2 issues. One, the iPod always starts at the same song (the first song on your ipod in alphabetical order)no matter what your were playing last. Two, if you cut the radio off while the ipod is playing and cut it back on, you have no ipod connection. I have to disconnect the usb and then plug it back up to access my music. This is very inconvenient.

I hope i have a faulty system and this isnt how they are designed. Please tell me if you guys are having similar problems.

On the other hand, I'll take these problems vs. mechanical issues ANYDAY.

I'm still a happy 2014 6 owner!
 

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Anyone else have any of the issues yesimizz describes? How's Pandora and iPod?
Can't speak to Pandora as I have yet to set it up. The Bluetooth music works fine from my IPhone. My small gripe is when you turn on Sirius radio,there is a slight delay until it turns on which I never had with XM on my Acura. It's not a big deal but figured it should be mentioned.
 

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I can second yesimizz's sentiments about the radio. You can tell that it is the part of the vehicle Mazda cared about the least. The sound is fine but the screen's graphics are dated as well as the functionality. I have the touring with the Command Center knob and it's kind of useless because you still have to touch the screen for certain menu items. Unlike yesimizz though, my Pandora works fine. Instead, it's my iPhone 5 that I have issues with. Sometimes it will take forever to load and then when it does, it takes a while to get to the music you want if you have a large library. Also, the voice commands are a little drawn out but I may need to read up on it more. My brother has a new Camry and that system isn't much better. I have driven many 2013 Accords, Fusions, Imprezas, TSX's, IS 250s and they all have their infotainment faults.

In closing, it is something that you will get used to. The rest of the car is so superb that you won't mind once you've had it for a couple of days. Also, bravo to Mazda for putting the USB connector in the center console. You can connect your device and close the lid, no wires hanging around, unlike the Accord.

Yesimizz, have you tried the text message function?
I dont think my phone supports it. I have a Galaxy Nexus. The text message tab is greyed out on my screen. It downloaded my phone book, but recent calls only show calls made or received while in the car. No fault to the car, i think these issues are just as a result of not having the latest device.
 

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I've had my 2014 6 (Touring plus Tech) now for almost 800 miles, so here are my observations:

PROs
1. Styling - just the right amount of brightwork on the car. My friends think it looks like a Jag concept.
2. Drivetrain - very smooth. Surprising amount of power
3. Command knob - like the BMW iDrive, I now rarely have to touch the screen - and that was something that really irritated me when I was looking at the 13 Fusion and its terrible MyTouch interface.
4. Leatherette seats - comfortable and seems very durable
5. BLIS - Blind Spot monitoring. Much nicer system than the Fusion. If you signal a lane change, the BLIS system will alert you with a sound as well as the icon in the mirror that there's a car in your blind spot.
6. Rear-parking assist. Engages the BLIS icons and sound if there's cross traffic while you're backing up - again nicer than the Ford Fusion's version of the rear parking assist.
7. I love the sculpting of the dash. To me, it's very Germanic/BMW-like
8. Again, love the nice touches of brightwork in the dash - the automatic shift knob looks like a manual, the gauges have chrome trim.
9. LOVE the BOSE stereo - a lot cleaner and deeper sound than the Sony Premium system in the Fusion
10. I just installed Pandora on my iPhone 4S and am enjoying the sound and variety. I have unlimited data plan, but I am curious if there's a data charge since it seems to be it'd be very intensive. I have not had any problems with Pandora, but learned to start the app on the iPhone before getting into the car. Pulling the car out of the garage and then turning on Pandora on the 6's dash will 'synch' it up properly. I've also listened to Youtube via Bluetooth in the car, and it sounds great.
11. Mileage - still averaging 28 mpg in the city.
12. Chasis seems very tight and rigid. Very quiet on most road surfaces

CONS
1. Navigation - I've had to hard reset twice now. I used to have a Garmin, so I'm not used to the Tom-Tom interface
2. Rain sensing wiper mode - seems the wipe interval is unpredictable. We've had a little rain so far, and it works, but not at a speed that makes sense, so I've either pulse-wiped, or turned it on low.
3. Interior is very dark with the black leatherette and no sunroof on the Touring model. Would have liked to have had the lighter color seats.
4. Still waiting for my dealer to let me know about any factory-style or factory-recommended door moldings to provide some protection against dings.
5. The driver-side air vent's chrome trim casts a reflection on the driver door window.
6. Road-noise - while the car is quieter than my previous car (2010 Fusion), on certain rough roads, the 19" wheel/tire combo is a bit noisy. Some people have comment about extra sound insulation, but I think when I'm ready to change a set of tires, there'll be quieter tire recommendations.
7. Lack of cubby holes and storage beyond the center armrest and 2 front cup holders.
 

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Sounds pretty reasonable. Consistently heard negative responses for the navigation. I appreciate the insight on the interior color feeling dark. Also, maybe the wiper function could be more tuned to more persistent rain instead of light sprinkling?
 

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I have the touring with the option package. I've been driving it only 4 days but I love it. A little background I was using a cadillac escalade as a daily driver. I have had many fast and "real" fast cars over the years porsche, an mr2 that ran the quarter in the high 11's a supra that had over 350rwhp and weighed about 2600lbs. I also still have a cadillac srx and a custom 8 series bmw in the garage.

I would like to say that the 6 really sticks to the ground around corners sweeping on ramps etc. The downshifts and the accelleration are so smooth you don't notice it. I love the blind spot monitoring the leatherette seating I can hardly tell the difference. This car gets looks....

Pandora does take a little time to connect but if i connect through my aux cable there is no delay. the mpg is getting about 30 to a gallon based on what I can tell. overall i am very happy with this car it's going in for window tinting and debadging on saturday
 

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Yes I have a touring no tech the iPod deal suck that it starts at the first song. Also if u got to FM radio u have to unplug from USB to get it to work. Sound is nice on car but I will be adding a sub for sure..
 

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I will be getting exactly the same thing Jet Black Touring with Tech Pkg. I loved the car during my test drives. I always look over my shoulder when switching lanes. But the BSM will be a nice help so I know if I should even bother looking cuz the BSM says there is someone there. I know the GTs Forward obstruction Warning is in the front badge area. I would double check before debadging. I am proud of the car I drive so badges will stay on for me :) I will tint it 20% all the way around though.
 

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I will be getting exactly the same thing Jet Black Touring with Tech Pkg. I loved the car during my test drives. I always look over my shoulder when switching lanes. But the BSM will be a nice help so I know if I should even bother looking cuz the BSM says there is someone there. I know the GTs Forward obstruction Warning is in the front badge area. I would double check before debadging. I am proud of the car I drive so badges will stay on for me :) I will tint it 20% all the way around though.
Oh i am very proud of the car the debadging is more of a visual think. I think the car looks sleeker or "cleaner" without the badges. even my 8 series was debadged. it's all personal preference.
 

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Yes I have a touring no tech the iPod deal suck that it starts at the first song. Also if u got to FM radio u have to unplug from USB to get it to work. Sound is nice on car but I will be adding a sub for sure..
I'm not sure if mine is different because I have the tech package but I can keep my usb plugged in and switch from radio to my mp3 player or phone without unplugging.
 

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Re IPOD - connect via Bluetooth. Had no problems with it continuing from where it left off. Have noticed though if your IPOD has been powered down, (not sleep mode) then it starts from the automatic song list. If that has occurred just need to set IPOD to what you want, before connecting to Bluetooth.
 

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I've had my M6 2014 GT for about 5 days now, and put in about 300 miles so far on it and the tank is only half way down. Not bad, not bad at all!

Drive-wise, it is impressive! The acceleration is great, and the car hugs the road very well. It does have stiff suspensions, so you will feel the bumps on the road but the noise is much less than in the previous generations. I've played with the manual shift mode a little bit only, its been rough snowy weather the past few weeks here so getting some quality (safe) zoom time has been difficult. Sadly, I ran over a nail a couple days ago, putting one tire on the disabled list (can't patch it since the nail isn't on the tread). Finding a replacement tire is impossible at this point since no one has it in stock yet (not even the dealership I bought the car from).

Moving on, the interior is impressive, nothing wrong on the inside. I actually find the commander switch very useful, but I do agree with some professional reviews that they could have done away with the switches next to the navigation screen and made the screen larger to fill the void. Everything else is well done, seats are comfy, controls on the steering wheel are easy to remember (after about 5 minutes of fiddling).

A more thorough review will be given once I get that tire replaced...
 

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I've had my M6 2014 GT for about 5 days now, and put in about 300 miles so far on it and the tank is only half way down. Not bad, not bad at all!

Drive-wise, it is impressive! The acceleration is great, and the car hugs the road very well. It does have stiff suspensions, so you will feel the bumps on the road but the noise is much less than in the previous generations. I've played with the manual shift mode a little bit only, its been rough snowy weather the past few weeks here so getting some quality (safe) zoom time has been difficult. Sadly, I ran over a nail a couple days ago, putting one tire on the disabled list (can't patch it since the nail isn't on the tread). Finding a replacement tire is impossible at this point since no one has it in stock yet (not even the dealership I bought the car from).

Moving on, the interior is impressive, nothing wrong on the inside. I actually find the commander switch very useful, but I do agree with some professional reviews that they could have done away with the switches next to the navigation screen and made the screen larger to fill the void. Everything else is well done, seats are comfy, controls on the steering wheel are easy to remember (after about 5 minutes of fiddling).

A more thorough review will be given once I get that tire replaced...
Sorry about the tire, but at least it's not worse than that. Thanks for the review, I like the extra info! I feel as though I need to take another test drive cuz I can't wait until my car arrives, lol. I do live in the NW snowbelt area and I test drove in some slush, but nothing really bad. The car did great with the stock tires in the little slush there was. I was wondering how it feels on stock tires in the snow and how much snow you got? Snow tires don't concern me immediately because spring is on its way, but I would like to know how they did so I know whether I really need snow tires or if they are decent enough.

I agree that Mazda should have dropped the buttons on the sides of the NAV, they seem redundant when you have the commander switch there. I also would have preferred a Garmin over a Tom Tom Nav, but it's better than what I had before, which was my phone.
 

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Sorry about the tire, but at least it's not worse than that. Thanks for the review, I like the extra info! I feel as though I need to take another test drive cuz I can't wait until my car arrives, lol. I do live in the NW snowbelt area and I test drove in some slush, but nothing really bad. The car did great with the stock tires in the little slush there was. I was wondering how it feels on stock tires in the snow and how much snow you got? Snow tires don't concern me immediately because spring is on its way, but I would like to know how they did so I know whether I really need snow tires or if they are decent enough.

I agree that Mazda should have dropped the buttons on the sides of the NAV, they seem redundant when you have the commander switch there. I also would have preferred a Garmin over a Tom Tom Nav, but it's better than what I had before, which was my phone.
I did drive on semi-slick roads with the car and it held the ground pretty well. The tires on the GT are a bit wider so that helps. They are all-season tires, and for the little time I've driven on them they did good. You probably can hold off on getting snow tires, on the count that the winter season is winding down in about a month or so.
 

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I did drive on semi-slick roads with the car and it held the ground pretty well. The tires on the GT are a bit wider so that helps. They are all-season tires, and for the little time I've driven on them they did good. You probably can hold off on getting snow tires, on the count that the winter season is winding down in about a month or so.
Wider tires help in dry conditions. Narrow tires are best for slick/wintry weather. They distribute the load over a smaller area, resulting in more weight per area, thus better traction.
 

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Wider tires help in dry conditions. Narrow tires are best for slick/wintry weather. They distribute the load over a smaller area, resulting in more weight per area, thus better traction.
Thanks for clarification. I didn't know much about tires until I ran into this ordeal :p.
 
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