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Base Sport Manual Review

I would seriously consider the base Mazda6 Sport with a manual if I could just get heated seats and a sunroof. I don't care at all about the other differences.

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I wouldn't even care about the heated seats. Just the sunroof by itself would be enough to swing me back over.
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Note that the manual transmission Sport trim (available only in the USA as a 6MT car... no longer available in Canada ) does not have the cylinder de-activation that the automatic transmission variant of the non-turbo engine has. That is either an advantage, or a disadvantage, depending on your point of view. Me, I like simple, stupid - I would rather NOT have cylinder de-activation (as for me, it is not yet proven to result in no engine wear ramifications for the de-activated cylinders).... It does save some gasoline, though.

Speaking of the savings of fuel, I think the Energy & Natural Resources fuel economy test in Canada (and possibly the EPA fuel economy test in the 'States) un-naturally lowers the reported fuel economy of manual transmission cars... as it arbitrarily makes the test driver shift gears at certain rpm's (i.e. the test regime). This is unlike what you would typically do if you drove the car normally. Contrast that with the automatic transmission variant, the automatic is left to its own devices. What this means, for instance, is on a down-gradient slope (i.e. going down hill) - normally driving, you would shift your manual transmission to a higher gear, earlier, than the Fuel Economy testing regime would have you shift. It would by contrast make you shift gear at a certain rpm, notwithstanding what the shift-light tells you to do.

This is my understanding, but I cannot vouch that it is correct.

Oh, BTW, I was ' kinda worried that the 6MT car no longer would be available in Canada for MY 2018... That's what spurred me to get my '17 GX model, 6MT (my GX is similar to "Sport" trim - but it does not have leather wrapped steering, but DOES have four heated cloth seats, rear camera, heated mirrors, rain sensing wipers, federally mandated daytime running lights).

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Personally, I'd roll up my own windows if it meant keeping a stick!
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Personally, I'd roll up my own windows if it meant keeping a stick!
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Anymore left-over '17.5s maybe? Glad I picked up mine in manual Touring trim when I did, but still no moonroof as those were autos version optioned availability only. I did get front heated (pleather) seats with drivers side powered over the sport's cloth and manual adjustments plus some other goodies that I've been enjoying, such as the 19" wheels/tires and auto climate, but the stick is the best (no) option. Mazda did roll a lot of options from the previous Touring in the '18 sport, but would be nice to have some options there for sure.
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That's the reason why i got my 2015 at such a good price. It's like manual transmission or better yet driving stick is almost like a lost art.
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It's stupid that a Sunroof wan't an option for the Touring model or that a Manual wasn't offered in the Grand Touring. It's a lose lose situation.
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Personally, I am glad my 2017 Touring did NOT have a sunroof. My 2 previous cars had sunroofs and I opened them maybe once a month in the spring and fall. For me, a sunroof was not important. They are one more source of exterior noise and one more thing to break.

However, I really wish I could have added the lighting and adaptive safety packages. Neither were available with the manual transmission.

As long as packaged trim levels exist, people will always wish for a slightly different mix of options.

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The sunroof subtracts about a half-inch of headroom (may or may not matter to you) and adds complexity and maintenance risk. If the headroom doesn't matter and you actually USE it, then good. I never used mine in my Jetta so I didn't miss the cost or complexity on the "6" at all; as far as I'm concerned it's simply a cost-add on a car and yet provides me no value.

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