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I think the 17" wheels, versus 19" wheels, may be problematic with the Mazda6 turbo (though you state it as a preference versus a must). The latter (turbo) is on the higher trim levels that automatically give you 19" alloys. As for me, I would go for the Turbo because I believe it has upped the game considerably, for the Mazda6.
The Mazda6 turbo is a well-balanced (overall) car that handles well, accelerates well, is quiet (in this latest 2018 rendition) and just overall, is a really nice and reliable car. The engineers favour simple solutions and generally the car is pretty easy to work on and has given very few reliability concerns.
I can tell you that the Mazda6 Turbo handles very well, and has a very well integrated turbocharger that emphasizes bottom and mid-range power. I took several cars (last Saturday) on a Mazda-sponsored driving event, and I was totally surprised at the prowess with which the Turbo tackled lane-change, serpentine section, braking; I liked it better than their newest car - the Mazda3 2.5 Sport (5 door) 6AT FWD variant. Of course I liked the Miata's the best, hehe.
Incidentally, Mazda's capability of turbocharging a direct-injected vehicle is pretty obvious to a number of folks here, in that compared to the Honda Accord (certainly, the 1.5 turbo... and possibly the 2.0 turbo) the Mazda does NOT dilute the motor oil (with fuel) as the Honda products appear to do (obviously not purposely). Mazda controls pinging, pre-ignition, etc... with a better mix of ignition retard, some fuel enrichment, and keeping the engine cool... than does Honda - who appear to liberally richen the mixture as well, to quell these tendencies, resulting in serious motor oil fuel accumulations, viscosity reductions, oil life compromises.
Good luck in your choice.
Vancouver, BC Canada
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