2009 Mazda Mazda6 i Grand Touring Review – Watch CNET’s Video Review

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The good: The Mazda6 i Grand Touring has an list of standard cabin and tech. Standard Bluetooth calling and audio streaming are big The peppy engine really when paired with the transmission.

The bad: The clutch is very light and has a vague point. Voice command is to use without knowing exactly to say. The lack of iPod or USB seems like a huge

The bottom line: For 2009, the Mazda6 i Grand Touring has into a formidable competitor in the sedan market, though its array of cabin tech is by a few glaring omissions.

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2009 Mazda Mazda6 i Touring Sedan

As you approach the Mazda Mazda6 i Touring, your walkway is by the Welcome Lighting on the underside of the mirrors. Don’t bother the smart key out of your pocket, a touch of the door handle unlock the vehicle. Don’t futzing with the headlamps or wipers either, it’s

Just settle into the leather-trimmed seats, press the button to bring the peppy to life, and you’re off.

For the Mazda6 has grown in both and ambition. When viewed the front or rear quarter, midsize car has bulging fenders, a low and a sweeping roofline, which it look absolutely sporty. when viewed from the its slab-sided profile belies its size.

No longer can detractors about the 6’s diminutive compared with the Toyota and Nissan Altimas of the midsize segment, because the Mazda6 has in nearly every dimension.

On the road

The Mazda6 looked the car part, with its 17-inch and windswept looks. However, the Mazda6 with vigor is a bit driving a sports car with a control, as we learned on a twisty road east of the San Francisco Bay

The soft suspension causes the to move around quite a bit turning hard, which the responsiveness of what otherwise like a fantastically engineered Compounding the driver/road disconnect is the large sedan vague and superlight clutch pedal, its questionable engagement point. We found ourselves sliding all the wide, poorly bolstered seats.

Clearly the big 6 was out of its element on the twisties, but we reached the highway on our way back to the garage, the Mazda really into its stride.

The Mazda6’s soaked up the bumps and cracks of the that is Interstate 580–a that rattles even crossovers–in Oakland, Calif. The was smooth and quiet allowing the Bose premium audio to shine. Over long turns, the Mazda6 didn’t as much body roll as it did and felt absolutely planted for blasts.

As we neared the city, we found ourselves in bumper to commuter traffic. Suddenly, we the light clutch as we inched without tiring our left leg out The 2.5-liter inline-four cylinder has enough low-end torque to the sedan along at low speeds minimal fuss.

The blind spot monitoring assisted us in confidently weaving traffic when an opening itself.

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By the time we’d the Mazda6 for the night, we’d all but the sedan’s back road and gained an appreciation for its highway and excellent cabin quality.

In the

The Mazda6 i Grand Touring comes with one configuration for the trim: black plastic black leather seats.

The that makes up the dash is a soft plastic that’s pleasing to the eye and to the touch. The center and lower dash are accented by an glossy faux-wood that we decide whether we liked it.

We’re not sure if this is to be wood. In fact, we’re not sure if we like it.

The center of the in our tester was dominated by a 7-inch display where the audio and DVD-based navigation system are The screen is bright and big, but the leave much to be desired, when viewing the map. The of the screen aims the display up and from the driver, annoyingly glare in direct sunlight.

The can be tilted, but only further thus increasing the glare.

the system supports voice we stuck to using the touch for the bulk of our input because finicky voice recognition requires very specific to perform actions. Including prompts telling us what the wanted to hear would go a way toward increasing the system’s

Behind the touch screen is a CD player with MP3 playback part of an optional 10-speaker premium audio package. where your MP3 journey with the Mazda6, unless you an A2DP-enabled Bluetooth MP3 player or phone. The Grand Touring level of the Mazda6 includes as a standard feature. We were pair our T-Mobile Shadow for hands-free calling and audio in one fell swoop.

Once we were given limited over playback from our (only play, pause, and forward and back). Our phone broadcast track information, so the system was unable to display or artist information.

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