Mazda 6 all the way for someone who has family.
Although the 3 is like a little go-kart, the 6 is still a Mazda and Mazdas are all excellent fun to drive. This car may not *feel* as nimble as a 3, but it handles pretty dang nice for a car its size.Thank you for the quick responses! Thing is, I have driven small and nimble cars my whole life, so stepping up to the bigger Mazda6 necessitates extra thought.
1. What kind of deals/incentives am I looking at? I will be buying in December, during which time dealers are trying their best to move cars off their lots. If someone can give me an MSRP and an actual price range, that would be great (don't worry, I will not hold you to that estimate, lol.). I am looking at a 2016 Mazda6 GT with a meteor gray exterior and parchment interior.
2. Any idea if the GT Mazda6 comes standard with illuminated grill? Or do I have to up it to the Technology Package?
I know were not suposed to talk about it but...the 6 is still a Mazda and Mazdas are all excellent fun to drive.
Shhhhh! Not supposed to talk about that!I know were not suposed to talk about it but...
The illuminated grill comes standard on the 2016 Grand Touring, with or without the GT Tech Package. It is available as an add-on with the Touring I believe.As far as I know, the illuminated grill is an addon even for the Grand Touring. The grand touring doesn't quite come with every possible luxury, and I would expect the illuminated grill to not be stock - but I could be wrong.
I currently own a Mazda3. However, it is on its last legs, burning oil like crazy, and I plan on getting a new car by the end of this year.
Question: which model should I opt for: the Mazda6 or the Mazda3?
I've driven both, and here are my thoughts:
1. Driving: The Mazda6 felt bigger than the Mazda3, which reflected in the driving dynamics. The Mazda3 felt a bit more agile, a bit more powerful.
2. Looks: I personally think that the Mazda6 wears the Kodo design language the best. The Mazda3 seems like it needs a bit more sheet metal. However, the Mazda3 does have the appearance package, which, I think, makes it looks noticeably better than the Mazda6.
3. Size: I am 5'9", and I felt that the Mazda6 was a good size for me. But the Mazda3 fit like a glove. However, my wife preferred the roominess of the 6. Also, as someone who would like to start a family in the coming few years, perhaps the Mazda6's size would be better.
4. Options: The Mazda6 appears to come with a lot of goodies as standard. However, the Mazda3 needs a ton of features added on to come to the same level. I am considering the Grand Touring versions of both models, and feel that the GT Mazda6 offers better value. Also, considering that at that level they both cost nearly the same, I think the Mazda6 offers more car for the same money.
So, thoughts? Mazda3 or Mazda6?
I don't have that problem much with my 6, but I also have a MT so I can keep the engine revving at mid-range to get the torque I need. Can't say how it'd be with an auto.Hey guys, I hate to be one to beat the dead horse, but I noted that a number of you didn't feel much of a difference in terms of performance between the 3 and the 6. Does that include the 3s? I'm starting a much better paid job that's a bit further away, and so I'm upgrading from my 2010 6i touring. Though I love that car, I have two "issues" with it:
1. Though for a N/A 4 banger it is quick, I'm tired of other econoboxes nowadays being able to kick my butt from a dig. I recently had a chick being a real pain in the butt in a '15 Altima walk all over me getting onto a freeway, and recently having driven a few 6-ish second to 60 cars, my 6 is definitely feeling dated.
2. Gas mileage is average, at best. I'm getting around 25-26 with mixed 30% city and 70% highway driving. My new job will be putting me about ten miles further out, so I'll be driving about 45 minutes each way vs my 35 minutes I'm currently doing.
I've always been a firm believer in supporting companies that do things right by putting money where my mouth is, and now that I can afford it, I would LOVE to support Mazda with how far they've come as a small car company. As such, I've been stuck between a 3s GT and a 6GT. Realistically, budget isn't much of an issue, as I'm also considering an ATS with the 2.0t, which is about 5k more than the 6GT, but I don't know that I'd be as happy putting my money in that as I would be in a Mazda. I don't have a family yet, and am not considering one for a number of years, so size isn't TOO much of an issue, as even at my height (6'), test driving the 3 wasn't as uncomfortable as I thought. And needless to say, driving dynamics are important to me, as Mazda taught me with the test drive of my current car
Sorry for the long post, I've been following your forums since I got my 6i four years ago, and now have enough of a reason to reach out
If one of your top 3 requirements are acceleration performance then the 6 isn't your car, it's not slow but not quick either.I'm tired of other econoboxes nowadays being able to kick my butt from a dig. I recently had a chick being a real pain in the butt in a '15 Altima walk all over me getting onto a freeway, and recently having driven a few 6-ish second to 60 cars, my 6 is definitely feeling dated.