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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,
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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,
Cheers, John
Enjoy your new ride!
Have to agree with you about the CVT transmission. Have had many Nissans over the years, but got away from them when they went to the CVT.
The new Maxima is a loaded car with really nice interior, but that damn CVT and outdated front end.
New Mazda 6 has best looking front end over most any car, especially the butt ugly noses of the Camry, Accord and Maxima.
I thought the new Alpha front end looks good from photos, but saw one on road yesterday and not so much. I can always spot a handsome Mazda.
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Congrats on your new ride, you've got great taste (I have the Soul Red Crystal with Deep Chestnut Nappa leather interior in the Signature trim!) The smell will dissipate with some additional mileage, and I agree with your other comments about the excellence of the new 6 over the competition. I've also had the LCD screen fail to come up a couple of times and similarly a restart resolved the issue. One time I thought it wasn't on but noticed that it actually was just very dimly. I suspect it's a software issue that only occasionally fails in its boot process. Compared to some of the software problems I've read about in the new Accords and Camrys which shuts down the engine or transmission this glitch seems relatively minor! That's really the only issue I've had with mine coming up on 1000 miles. The new Mazda6 is a very refined vehicle and competitive with many significantly more expensive models.
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Hey hey, I've been on here with the GT Reserve as well!
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Hey hey, I've been on here with the GT Reserve as well!
I didn't forget you... lol

It just seems there's a lot more Sigs lately.

Well, now there's at least 3 GTR's.
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Haha, I did notice that. Mazda's research was spot-on stating that the majority of their customers opt for the more fully loaded trims for their new car purchases.

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I wanted to buy the Reserve but it didn't have the 360 camera or the parking sensors. I would've rather given up the two-tone napa leather seats on my Sig any day had the Reserve included these two basic things.

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