2018 Mazda 6 TFL Expert Buyer’s Guide – Now You’re Playing with Turbo Power

2018 Mazda 6 TFL Expert Buyer's Guide
2018 Mazda 6 Grand Touring. [Photo: Mazda]

Grand Touring: From $30,090 (+$3,500 over Touring)

The Grand Touring used to be the top trim level for the Mazda 6, but now it’s effectively the mid-range model. For your extra $3,500 over the Touring trim, you get the most powerful engine: Mazda’s 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. That engine makes 250 horsepower on premium fuel, or 227 on regular (87 octane). On either fuel, torque figures remain the same, at 310 lb-ft.

Other additional equipment to the Touring trim includes heated exterior mirrors, an auto-dimming exterior mirror on the driver’s side, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink. You also get paddle shifters for the six-speed automatic transmission, an 11-speaker Bose audio system, and a 4-month trial subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio.

All other equipment from the Touring trim carries over. On the exterior, that means automatic headlights, Radar Cruise Control, Smart Brake Support, Lane Keep Assist, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and LED lights all around. Inside, you still get Mazda’s 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display, only now its augmented with an 11-speaker Bose system. You still get dual-zone climate control and leatherette-trimmed, heated front seats. This time, navigation comes standard, whereas you have to pay extra for the SD card on Sport and Touring models.

Like the Touring, there are no extra packages on the Grand Touring. You have to spend $2,5o0 and upgrade to the Grand Touring Reserve trim to get more features.