Mazda6 a strong presence in competitive sedan market

Every once in a while you get the behind the wheel of a car and think to yourself, ‘they got this right!’

I had that thought as I was driving home from Mazda with my latest tester, the 2017 Mazda6.

It’s a four-door sedan that does just about everything right. It looks good on the inside and outside and features all the safety devices Canadian drivers are asking for.

My tester for the week was the Mazda GT, which featured a six-speed manual transmission.

The 2017 Mazda6 is a strong presence in the four-door sedan market.

I’ll venture more than 90 per cent of vehicles sold in Canada feature an automatic transmission but there is just something about a manual transmission that gives you better control of the car.

Today’s cars that feature shifter paddles on steering wheels as an option are a pale comparison to the real deal.

Maybe it’s the clutch or that feeling when you pull the shifter into fourth, or fifth gear, but driving a stick just makes you smile more when you are behind the wheel. Read more...

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08 Jan 2017

By Mike Johnston