Experienced by Adrian McQueen
Photography by Adrenaline Lifestyles
The Mazda6 is also known as the Mazda Atenza in China and Japan and has been produced since 2002. It replaced the Mazda Capella and was also commonly known in other major markets as the Mazda 626. This has always been considered one of Mazda’s best vehicles to drive as well as being budget friendly. I was excited that my review had come up to test out this one out.
I love the design of the 2020 Mazda6 Signature. Upon first look I was immediately drawn to the machine grey metallic paint and larger gunmetal front grille. Standard LED running lamps make sure that you can see the road in front of you, as well as being visible to all incoming traffic. The rear also had new taillights and a rear lip spoiler. The dual exhaust is setup nicely alongside a fresh set of 19-inch alloy wheels. The general profile and wheel design show off a cleaner shape. The sporty look has enough accents to definitely put a luxurious feel to it.
The Parchment Nappa leather and Japanese Sen Wood trim in the interior screamed elegance. There is an 8-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support and a 6-way power front passenger seat. The Nappa leather-trimmed sports seats are wider than before and are heated and ventilated. The rear seats are a 60/40 split fold-down rear seat. This helps out securing more space for cargo. The rear seat armrest also has cup holders for the passengers.
The 2020 Mazda6 Signature has an intuitive infotainment system. The interior has a few discreet buttons, the infotainment controller, and a steering wheel and standard instrument cluster. The Signature package has navigation, a head-up display, auto-dimming mirrors, a heated steering wheel, rear-seat USB ports and AC vents, heated rear seats, an 11-speaker Bose sound system, adaptive front lighting system, rain-sensing windshield wipers, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go traffic capability, collision warning, lane keeping, a rearview camera, and blind-spot monitoring. The redesign also includes a Dual-zone automatic climate control is standard, as is the 8.0-inch infotainment screen, a 7.0-inch configurable LCD instrument cluster display and a 360-degree camera system.
The 2020 Mazda6 Signature comes complete with a SKYACTIVE-G2.5T turbocharged engine. The turbocharged, inline-4 engine, with 227 hp and a whopping 310 lb-ft of torque delivers nicely. The engine/transmission combination drives excellently, with strong pull in almost every condition. It has paddle shifters and a race-orientation manual shifter slot, which all respond quickly, as well as a speedy Sport mode.
The ride is smooth, handles corners beautifully and brakes with tremendous force. The suspension includes new shocks with internal rebound springs, new geometry, and a hard-mounted steering rack. It soaked up the bumps in the road, the ride was calm. The steering is quick and precise. The six-speed auto cruises on that turbo torque and is just enough to get off the line and just as vigorous when passing a slow driver on the highway. I get pleasure of out driving, and Mazda met my expectations.
The Mazda6 is extremely competitive in gas mileage to the Accord or Camry. With 23 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg combined, I felt that Mazda truly made this a priority. My wallet highly enjoyed the time spent with the Mazda6. I would recommend the 2020 Mazda6 Signature for those in the market. The model tested comes in at $36,620. After experiencing this vehicle on the highway, in the city, in the mountains and on winding curvy roads, it solidified my respect and admiration to the redesigned 2020 Mazda6 Signature. Enjoy the photo gallery.