Mom Central received a Mazda Mazda6 for a week-long test drive in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed here are our own.
When I moved to Chicago two and half years ago, I made the scary decision to give up my car. Not since I was 17 years old, had I lived without a mode of transportation at my fingertips. But, knowing I would rarely be within a few minutes walk to a train station or bus line made the decision relatively easy.
And I haven’t looked back since! That is until this past November when I had the chance to test-drive a Mazda Mazda6 for a week. The team at STI warned me that I’d fall in love with the car, which was short listed for 2013 Motor Trend car of the year, but I had no idea how right they would be.
When the Mazda6 arrived outside my apartment, I instantly fell in love with the sleek and sporty design. Even on that dreary November day, the Blue Reflex paint made the car pop compared to all the other ones on my street. Perfectly complimenting the exterior were black leather seats and small pops of sliver accenting the console and doors.
Bags packed, I left the next morning on a long weekend road trip to Wisconsin, which gave me the chance to understand how the Mazda performs in every situation – from rainy highway travel to city traffic.
From the moment the keyless entry unlocked my door (the most amazing feature for Moms who never have a free hand or any woman with a huge bag) you understand that technology truly drives this vehicle. Every element – from the built-in navigation system and seamless Bluetooth integration to the steering-wheel-mounted controls and memory settings on the seats – is there to make your driving experience better, easier, smoother, and more comfortable. After four days of exploring “the Badger State,” stopping everywhere from the Cheese Castle to the Jelly Belly jelly bean factory, I honestly don’t know how I’d go back to a car without all of these amazing features.