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Calling Current Owners!! Post a Review!

To all current owners:

Post a list of pros and cons of the 2014 Mazda 6 now that you've been driving it. Make sure you post what models/packages you have, and list all the little delights/annoyances.

I will be purchasing soon since I've been offered invoice pricing, but I've never bought a vehicle so close to release and with so few reviews of the American model.

One important thing for me: road noise/ride quality. I do a lot of high speed driving as I have a long highway commute and it's important I have a car that's quiet and smooth at high speeds (67-72mph). Comment on this if you can! Thanks so much
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They are too busy enjoying the car
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Ok, so for the 12 days I have been driving this car here is my pros and cons.

Car: 2014 Mazda 6 Touring with Tech Package

Pros:
Excellent interior layout
Leatherette is an excellent alternative to leather
excellent feel to the steering wheel
navigation knob for the stereo in front of the cup holder
Pandora App is a nice addition
When backing up, the system warns you of cars comming in your path
Bose stereo is excellent and crystal clear almost alone worth the extra for the tech package.
Blind spot assist works excellent
Accelleration on low end is great
Acceleration on high end is also great
The 2014 Mazda 6 handles like a sports car around sharp turns
While driving this car you also feel like you are in a luxury car.
very low noise.
Passenger seat retracts all the way down (flat) so the passenger could easily sleep during long trips.
You would never believe that you are in a fuel efficient vehicle.
excellent trunk room
plenty of room in back seats even with front seats all the way back.

Cons:
They are not free
It may be difficult to find the right package with the right color at the right price at this point in time.
The review sites have not given this car the praise that it deserves.
Not looking forward to replacing the 19" tires down the road
Bluetooth feature could be better if you didn't have to go through so many steps to make a phone call (hit talk button, "phone call", response... "who whould you like to call", "john smith on mobile", response..." would you like to call john smith on mobile", "yes", response... "press pickup to call john smith on mobile", press pickup button). They really should make that process much shorter. if you just hit the phone button, you have to listen to a tutorial each time before you can say "call john smith on mobile".
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Bluetooth feature could be better if you didn't have to go through so many steps to make a phone call (hit talk button, "phone call", response... "who whould you like to call", "john smith on mobile", response..." would you like to call john smith on mobile", "yes", response... "press pickup to call john smith on mobile", press pickup button). They really should make that process much shorter. if you just hit the phone button, you have to listen to a tutorial each time before you can say "call john smith on mobile".
Could have swore I read something in the manual about pressing one of the buttons when the voice starts giving tutorials that let's you skip all of it if you know what you want to say.
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Could have swore I read something in the manual about pressing one of the buttons when the voice starts giving tutorials that let's you skip all of it if you know what you want to say.

Wouldn't happen to know which one of those buttons it was do you? That would be great.
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Awesome review Chomley, thanks! I'm really glad you like the leatherette seats cuz it was the only thing I haven't seen or tested. The blind spot assistance: I'm a little confused about what this is. Cuz it's not blind spot monitoring, that's only in the GT right?

I can't wait to get my Touring w/Tech definitely will post pics and a review!
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^ Touring with tech comes with the blind spot monitoring.

Chomlee - thank you, perfect review! What color outside/inside do you have? I'm wondering if I like the white or black leatherette better..
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^ Touring with tech comes with the blind spot monitoring.

Chomlee - thank you, perfect review! What color outside/inside do you have? I'm wondering if I like the white or black leatherette better..
Wow I didn't even see that, for some reason I thought that only the GT got it, so that's awesome! According to Mazda's website it comes stand on the Touring, so you don't even need the Tech upgrade. Loving all these nice features this car has!

I noticed the BSM on the Fusion I tested, but I didn't give it much attention, because I assumed it was the same and thought it was only for the GT model. But can you elaborate on the BSM system? It is automatically on correct? I think I noticed a switch to turn it off on left of the steering wheel when I was in the GT. Also does it just light up a LED on the side mirror when something is there or is it also an audio warning as well?

Dark - Personally I would shoot for Black interior especially if you have kids just because white is hard to keep white after awhile. Although technically the interior color is called sand.

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I'm taking a 8 hr trip this weekend in my Meteor Gray Touring model (no tech pkg) so i'll be posting a review as i'm coming up on a week with the car.

To answer your question though, the BSM basically lights up a icon in the rear view mirrors when there is a vehicle in your blind spot. For example if a car is in your blind spot in the right lane, the icon will light up in the right mirror. In addition, if you put your blinker on in the direction where a vehicle is in your blind spot, you will get an audible alert and the icon in the mirror will blink.
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