Let me start by saying I love Mazda. I love the brand, the vehicles they make and what they stand for. Mazda’s design team does an incredible job making beautiful machines for the mass market to enjoy, and they drive very well. Even their interiors are punching far above their class, and deserve every award they get. The 2018 Mazda 6 is right up there with the best of them.
With that all said, there is a bit missing from Mazda. While I appreciate what they do for their cars, they need a performance car. Mazda’s new slogan is “Driving Matters” which is pretty in tune with what the brands cars and SUV’s project. However, a brand that makes vehicles that look the way Mazda’s do, and with a slogan like “Driving Matters”, it is a shame the most HP you can get from the factory is 227 HP from the CX-9. I think I definitely speak for everyone when I say: We need to see a powerful Mazda.
The 2018 Mazda 6 will be a fantastic car, but will not fill the performance car gap. It might be another year or more before we see the elusive 2018 Mazda 6.
The exterior will stay unchanged through the 2018 model year, which is totally fine. The Mazda 6 is one of the best looking sedans on the market, especially at its price point. A number of sources point to Mazda creating a Mazda 6 coupe or four door coupe, but this is largely speculation. However, Mazda is continuing to move toward a more premium line up and offer more luxuries than ever. This transition could cue in a number of new models that may include the Mazda 6 coupe.
From the rear, the 2018 Mazda 6 is just as lovely to look at. Dual tips always look great, the stance is dynamic and the roof line is just cool. Even though the 2018 Mazda 6 has a 184 HP output, it is delivered like 240.
We see the Germans making 240 HP easily out of their 2.0L turbo four’s, so I think we should expect at least 220 out of the Mazda 6 being a “drivers car” and all.
Something cool to note is the fact that Mazda is going to be the first automaker to offer HCCI engines in 2018. This technology uses compression to ignite fuel instead of a spark, which adds up to even better fuel economy. Apparently this allows better performance as well, so maybe we’ll see a 2018 Mazda 6 with 200 HP.