2018 Mazda 6 – The Turbo Lands at Last

2019 Mazda 6

Mazda had already promised a turbocharged four-cylinder would be available on the refreshed 2019 Mazda 6, and the company delivered.

Upper trims gain the 2.5-liter turbo four, while the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter remains on lower grades. Mazda promised an announcement on specs closer to the on-sale date in the spring of 2018.

Mazda may not have listed figures for the 6’s Skyactiv-G 2.5T during the model’s unveiling at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, but the engine makes up to 310 lb-ft of torque and 250 horsepower in the CX-9 crossover.

It’s unclear if there’s any change to the base engine’s power numbers, but Mazda does add cylinder deactivation for the 2018 model year.

If saving the manuals matters to you, be prepared for mixed feelings – you can still get a stick with the base engine, but it appears to be (six-speed) automatic only with the turbo mill.

Mazda made no mention of a diesel, at least not that I heard.

2019 Mazda 6

Key standard or available features include LED headlights that integrate fog lamps, a 360-degree camera, a 7.0-inch gauge display, an 8.0-inch infotainment screen, heads-up display, cooled front seats, and radar cruise control.

The chassis bracing and body are reinforced, as is the sheetmetal around the rear-wheel wells.

The most noticeable change on the outside is the new grille, and the painted surfaces extend lower on the body. Seventeen- and 19-inch wheels are available.

Changes are more pronounced on the inside, where Mazda claims only the steering wheel and some minor trim pieces carry over.

Snap judgment: This should make for a 6 that offers a little more power – enough to better compete with the Accord and Camry – while continuing to reign as one of the best-looking and better-handling cars in the class. Whether that’s enough for buyers to stop ignoring the 6 remains to be seen.

[Images © 2017 Forest Casey/The Truth About Cars]