Before I start I am not dissing the car, this is the best car I have even driven, and I love it to death.
I paid 30,000 for a 2018 Mazda 6 GT. After owning it for 2 months, I've noticed Mazda cut some corners on the vehicle, and some of these things really shouldn't have been done.
This car is extremely good at cornering and the 3k-5k rpm range is very satisfying coming from a family sedan. Car has one of the best interiors in the class range. Interior is Audi-esq, super nice.
But here is some of the features and Mazda cut corners on and you question why they did this on a 30k car.
1. Fake LED light bars. MULTIPLE fake LED light bars.
On the GRAND Touring model, the headlights-DRL are not the same as the Reserve model or the Signature model. Instead your headlights have a big silver chrome cutout of a fake LED DRL, which doesn't light up. Which makes NO sense at all, your headlight doesn't have the signature halo ring light, which almost EVERY single Mazda 6 has, even in previous generations.
And to make things a little cheaper, the trunk LEDs. Yep they are also fake and don't turn on. It's not an LED light, its a piece of silver light strip, shaped to look like LED light bars.
The Price Sticker clearly lists your car having, LED Headlights and Combo break lights. Which is 100% true, but they do not look any close to what you expected from 2018 LED lights.
This makes your car feel like it has no soul almost.
On a $30,000 car, which isn't a base trim, these basic options shouldn't be cut out, or even cut out at all.
The Halo rings are literally the cars signature.
You can get REAL modern DRL in cheaper cars such as the 2016 Rav4, 2016 Suburu.
You can buy the "Higher End" headlights for $1,300 EACH online. What a joke.
2. Apple car play and Android Auto.
It's 2018, we really shouldn't have to ask for this. And to have some of your customers pay for this basic option is such an insult.
And to make some buyers feel bad, some Model 6 have ACP/AA installed before they buy it. I have seen a 6 Sports with ACP/AA which starts at 21k, while some Signatures models doesn't have this feature.
3. Passenger side seats and manual adjust. Okay this is one i really don't understand. In the 30k GT model, the driver side is power adjust, but the passenger side isn't.
Man these such simple options really shouldn't cut out from the car at all. These features are what gives this car a soul, and to stand out from the Toyota XSE and the Honda Accord.
Can't believe they did this on a Grand Touring trim.
It is understandable in the base two trims, but not on this trim.
This is a extremely elegant and subtle car, but it lacks some very basics things that almost every 2018 car has.
The reason i don't call these features because these should be the standard, to have fake LED light bars in a 2018 car from Japan is almost an insult, when other competitors do none of that.
I have a 17GT with premium package (nappa leather w/piping, black headliner, heated steering, and i-loop) and couldn't be happier. I need leather seats because I wear skirts a lot and found the fake stuff uncomfortable on my legs during a test drive and knew it wouldn't work for me. I do think the synthetic looks good though. I feel guilty because I try to live cruelty free, and research the treatment of any animal products I eat. I'm human and have my selfish issues, I just couldn't stand the sticky leg feeling. I LOVE the black headliner and will have a hard time if I ever have to go back! The black makes everything, especially the moonroof, pop. Some say it seems cave like, but not for me, everything but the windows disappear. I tend to have cold hands so the heated steering wheel is awesome.
I'm the opposite, I feel spoiled by all the little details in my car. IMO, this car is awesome! It's not just the luxuries, those are nice, but I love driving it and I used to hate driving. It's very important for buying new 6s to research the change in trim levels. My interior is gorgeous IMO. In an 18' I would need to buy the Signature to get all the little luxuries I admit I do enjoy. I'm frugal so I won't buy new. I bought one slightly used by a dealer and sold to an internet sight that gave me an amazing deal. It had 2000k miles, but I'm the first individual owner so have almost the full warranty. The one thing I'd really like is a larger moonroof, that's about the only thing I can think of that I wanted, but couldn't get with a Mazda6. The full parking sensors and turbo in an 18' would be nice, but I cannot stand having a car depreciate so much just driving it home so wanted a 17'. It's starting to fade, but it still smells new. Ahh... the sweet smell of outgassing chemicals...