It could be easy to forget how fierce the competition was between midsize sedans a few years ago, and just how good those cars became. Crossovers and trucks might dominate the market these days, but there are still some exceptional midsize sedans that are worth serious consideration. Phoenix Mazda shoppers will find the 2019 Mazda6 is one of the very best out there right now. And that's because the latest version boasts stunning styling inside and out, tons of standard features, and a strong turbo-four engine. It also represents great value for money.
There are five trim levels to choose from in the 2019 Mazda6 lineup when you check it out at a Phoenix Mazda dealership, and there are two engine options. The trim levels start with the Mazda6 Sport and then go onward to the Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve and the Signature. The Sport and Touring variants have a 2.5-liter inline-four engine under the hood producing 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. The entry level Sport comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, but the optional six-speed automatic is standard with every other version of the 2019 Mazda6.
Last year, Mazda introduced a new turbo-four into the Mazda6 lineup, and that engine is the standard unit found in Grand Touring trim and higher. When the Mazda is run on regular gasoline, the turbocharged powerplant puts out 227 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, but using premium gasoline increases output to an even more impressive 250 hp.
Mazda is obviously very serious about the way its cars look, and the 2019 Mazda6 is such a stunning design, it puts a lot of luxury midsize sedans in the shade. In the midsize sedan segment it's rare for a base model to come standard with 17-inch alloy wheels and LED headlights, but they're part of a package here that makes the Mazda look sensational even in its most basic form.
This is a pretty long car for a midsize sedan, and that's good news as far as interior space for passengers is concerned. Only the Sport trim comes with cloth upholstery. Touring and Grand Touring models get synthetic leather, Grand Touring gets real leather, and the Grand Touring Reserve gets an even higher quality soft leather.
As well as those 17-inch alloys and LED lights, the entry-level Mazda6 Sport also gets standard dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker sound system with Bluetooth connectivity, a USB input and an impressive 8.0-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system. Grand Touring Reserve models start to resemble luxury models, thanks to real leather seats that are cooled in the front, a memory driver’s seat and a heated steering wheel. Of course, the Signature goes even further down that luxury route with the likes of Nappa leather seats, upscale Ultrasuede trim, a black headliner and a 7.0-inch TFT digital instrument cluster.
Every 2019 Mazda6 is packed with the latest safety technology, with every trim higher than the Sport coming with standard full-speed automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and active lane control. Ratings for 2019 aren’t in yet, but last year the NHTSA gave the Mazda6 a full five-star rating for overall safety, and the IIHS named it a Top Safety Pick model.