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Newbie 2018 Mazda GTR owner
Been reading postings on this forum for unfiltered customer feedback on the new 6T (thank you all!) for the last few months and thought I’d provide some additional feedback to any pontential buyers out there. I cross-shopped the 6 against the new 2.0T Accord EX-L and Civic EX-L and decided on the 6. The new Accord is a beautiful and pretty fast car but just didn’to seem as sporty as the 6. It felt like a big wide car around me and I didn’t care for the high beltline. The Civic was excellent in all aspects except the CVT - I like the feel of distinct gears (coming from a 2011 Mustang GT manual) but, at 65, have decided to retire from the clutch pedal. The CVT just felt spongy and artificial to me despite the fact that it’s probably comparable to the Mazda 6 for acceleration.
I picked up my Soul Red 2018 Mazda 6 Grand Touring Reserve yesterday and have put around 60 miles on it. A wonderful car so far. Solid, quiet, torquey, super comfortable. I smell the shipping coating (cosmolene?) when I first start it up but it dissipates quickly once I start driving. Only bug so far is the LCD screen failed to go on on one start while I was out running errands but it returned after a restart. The drivers seat wasn’t love at first sit for me but after s few adjustments and done time behind the wheel, it feels great. Love the seat cooling! The LCD interface/ consol dial is fine/ user friendly. Software seems pretty simple/ intuitive. Bose found is so-so using FM and Satelite radio, USB a little better.
Handling is fantastic! I’m going to hold off on critiquing the engine until I’ve exceeded +600 miles and a tank or two of 91 octane (no 93 in CA) but so far it seems plenty powerful for passing, hills, potential teenage launches.
So far I absolutely love this car. Luxurious, handles like a dream, good road feel but comfortable. Techy but user friendly. The soul red color is a weird choice for me to be driving. I’ve always driven invisible colors (silver, white, charcoal grey metallic) and my new candy apple red ride has all the visual subtlety of Big John Masmanian’s ‘41 Willys drag gasser circa 1964 Lion’s Drag Strip (I was there...). The black interior is a really nice combo with this red. On the other hand, it’s really easy now to find my car in the big parking lot at Target! I’ll try to post a few pics if I can figure out how to do it. I welcome any questions or comments. Thanks for reading,