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Comfortable Carpool Sedan: Mazda 6 Grand Touring

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Does carpooling require a minivan or SUV? As a mom of three kids, I always thought that I needed a full-size SUV to be a part of a carpool. I put the 2016 Mazda 6 Grand Touring to the test for one week and found that I could manage to carpool and drive the kids around town with comfort in a mid-size sedan.

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The first thing that my kids noticed was how smooth the ride was in the Mazda 6 Grand Touring. Our full-size SUV is bulky, and my passengers can often feel almost every little bump on the road, but that was not the case with the Mazda 6. The ride was so smooth that my kids were able to work on their studies while driving the long commute to their school and sporting events.

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Not only was the ride smooth enough for my kids to work on their school work in the car but there was also plenty of space where the kids didn’t feel cramped. The backseats were formed where children are comfortable and not “shoulder to shoulder” even with one of the kids riding in a booster seat. The Grand Touring seats are leather trimmed with driver seat power lumbar support and front heated seats to keep mom warm and comfortable on those cold morning drives to school.

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When driving a car full of kids around town, there are always distractions. From a toddler melting down to a teenager singing along to their favorite rap song, there is never a dull moment in a mom’s car. The Mazda 6 Grand Touring has all the amenities that moms need not have any added driving distractions. Everything that I needed to manage incoming phone calls, music and cruise control was right on the steering wheel. Plus, I found that I didn’t even have to look at the dashboard to watch my speed with the active driving display.

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The most important feature that I look for in a car to drive with my children is safety. The Mazda 6 Grand Touring has 3-point seat belts, latch child safety anchors, smart city brake support, tire pressure monitoring system, blind system monitoring system, and 4-wheel disc brakes. I noticed that the road was kept well lighted giving me an added sense of security when driving home late one evening from Los Angeles. The car features auto on/off LED headlights, adaptive front lighting system, LED daytime running lights, LED fog lights and LED combination taillights.

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While safety is my number one priority in a car, it is the sound system that is a deal breaker for my teenagers. My little musical mavens tested out the sound system everywhere we went, and it got their seal of approval. Their second most important car feature has enough plugs to charge all of their devices. There were multiple USB plugs and power outlets. We were able to have four cell phones and one of the kids Chromebook charging all at once while driving the Mazda 6 Grand Touring.

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I couldn’t forget to mention the amazing gas mileage. I was able to drive back and forth to LA twice from Orange County plus a couple of rounds of carpool all with one tank of gas. I was able to go 389 miles with just one tank of gas, and it cost me less than $50 to fill-up – a big different from the $150+ fill-ups with my full-size SUV!

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The 2016 Mazda 6 Grand Touring that we drove had a total MSRP of $34,120. The exterior color was “Soul Red” with the interior “Parchment Leather.” The car comes with a five-star side crash front and rear seat rating with a four-star rollover rating. Experience the Mazda 6 Grand Touring at your closest Mazda dealer location.

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One Comment

  1. Thanks Shelby! I’ve been thinking about buying the Mazda 6. Great info!!

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