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I am happy with my purchase and recently traded in my 2016 Mazda 6 GT for a 2018 Mazda 6 GT Reserve. So much nicer to drive and the Turbo was worth the trade in.. and everyone has a accord.
I heard Mazda retuned the suspension for 2018 model. Can you comment on what differences you feel? Is there less body roll?
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The 6 GT-R also includes 19" wheels (vs 17" on the Accord), ventilated seats, NAVI, rear heated seats, and a few other features. IMO the 6 GT-R is the sweet spot for the 6 for performance, value, and features. If you're looking at price and go with the Accord 1.5T, you'll get a CVT transmission.

Most importantly, the way the 6 feels is amazing. Buttoned down. Solid. Handling is spot on. In comparison tests the Mazda Signature was only a few ticks behind the Accord Touring but the Mazda did it with more narrow tires; fuel economy/ride oriented tires, and does not have the Accord Touring's adjustable suspension... showing how well Mazda tuned the chassis. From what I've read and experienced, off the line acceleration isn't too impressive, but where you need it - passing, starting from a rolling stop, typical driving situations - the 6 has it where it matters most.
I wholeheartedly agree with this post! Very nicely said.

I drove the Accord 2.0T a couple times before going back to another 6. The Accord does have the 6 off the line, but if it's between an Accord or 6 on a two-lane stretch of road that's merging into one lane, I'd much rather have the 6. The overtaking/passing power of the 6 is simply astonishing, and the Accord simply can't keep up.

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...and everyone has a accord.
Reason enough for me... lol

I'll put it this way: if you want a solid, reliable, Point A to Point B transportation device, pick the Accord. If you simply love to DRIVE, whether it's to the grocery store or cross-country on a road trip, and the sight of a curvy stretch of road makes you smile instead of cringe, get the 6!
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I was extremely critical of the 2018 6 refresh. Initially it felt a bit soft and too isolated. Now that I've owned it for a few months I'm totally sold on the changes that Mazda made. The car strikes a great balance between luxury and sporty. It really feels like an Audi or BMW rather than a mid-sized Japanese car. For the money it really has no competition for people who live in the real world. IMO

Both the Honda and Toyota feel cheap and look uuuugaleee IMO. This car feels and drive more German.

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There have also been reports of the 10 speed transmission being rather clunky in low speed driving.
That reminded me of my test drives with the Accord and TLX. The 9 and 10 speed transmissions might help generate good EPA and performance ratings, but they really felt cumbersome on the test drives. I got into situations where the transmissions didnít seem to know what gear it wanted.

And driving with the paddles (Accord 2.0T or TLX donít offer the manual stick shift option with the push button trans console), it was a pain having to flick up or down 2, 3, or 5 gears at a time. Mazda has refined the hell out of the SkyActiv transmission. The 3+ years Iíve driven with the 6speed (including 3 years with my 2016) it is always in the right gear, holds a lower gear while going down hill or around a corner, shifts quickly and smoothly....

I tend to use the paddle shifters to get engine braking and a quick flick or 2 works with the 6. The Accord and TLX was like clicking castanets.

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I was extremely critical of the 2018 6 refresh. Initially it felt a bit soft and too isolated. Now that I've owned it for a few months I'm totally sold on the changes that Mazda made. The car strikes a great balance between luxury and sporty. It really feels like an Audi or BMW rather than a mid-sized Japanese car. For the money it really has no competition for people who live in the real world. IMO

Both the Honda and Toyota feel cheap and look uuuugaleee IMO. This car feels and drive more German.

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Totally agree for the money the Grand Touring Reserve is a ultimate value rivaling the German brands.

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I heard Mazda retuned the suspension for 2018 model. Can you comment on what differences you feel? Is there less body roll?



In regards to the body roll.. I've owned the car for about 8 weeks now and do notice a little more body roll when turning on the highway.. even with the OEM Falkens. My previous car 2016 Mazda 6 GT with BF Goodrich Comp 2 a/s's felt more nimble than my 2018 when sharp turning. But then again this is the first turbo application on the Mazda 6 so I assume because of the added weight there is more body roll.. Regardless I am very satisfied since I am coming from a 2016 Mazda 6 GT.

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I heard Mazda retuned the suspension for 2018 model. Can you comment on what differences you feel? Is there less body roll?



In regards to the body roll.. I've owned the car for about 8 weeks now and do notice a little more body roll when turning on the highway.. even with the OEM Falkens. My previous car 2016 Mazda 6 GT with BF Goodrich Comp 2 a/s's felt more nimble than my 2018 when sharp turning. But then again this is the first turbo application on the Mazda 6 so I assume because of the added weight there is more body roll.. Regardless I am very satisfied since I am coming from a 2016 Mazda 6 GT.
Well, that’s dissapointing to hear. Does it ride nicer than the 2016? Maybe corner more directly around mild bends? Mazda just works on softening the suspension with each generation of the 6, and while they do a pretty good job of maintaining a sporty feel you can definitely feel the added body roll when pushing the car harder.
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I am happy with my purchase and recently traded in my 2016 Mazda 6 GT for a 2018 Mazda 6 GT Reserve. So much nicer to drive and the Turbo was worth the trade in.. and everyone has a accord.


How fair was the dealership with the trade in valuation?


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I Feel less body roll in my 2018 mazda 6 signature comparing to my 2015.

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In our First Drive of the new model, I compared its handling to that of a German luxury sport sedan. It's got the same feeling of solidity and graceful body control that companies like BMW and Mercedes-Benz are famous for—but at an as-tested price of just $36,140, which would barely get you in the door of a luxury dealer.
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I Feel less body roll in my 2018 mazda 6 signature comparing to my 2015.

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In our First Drive of the new model, I compared its handling to that of a German luxury sport sedan. It's got the same feeling of solidity and graceful body control that companies like BMW and Mercedes-Benz are famous for—but at an as-tested price of just $36,140, which would barely get you in the door of a luxury dealer.
I’d compare it more to BMW’s chassis tuning. It’s more involving and has better feel than a benz.
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