Mazda announces model and package prices for the midsize Mazda6 sedan.

2017 Mazda Mazda6 Grand Touring front fascia

Mazda Mazda6

Let's get this over with. If you don't enjoy driving a great handling 4-door with the looks to match, you won't get what the Mazda6 is all about. Because despite the fact that, as a midsize sedan, it thus suffers from much of the company it keeps in this segment, the Mazda6 is every bit the drivers car every Mazda is. This means it eschews the plush, pillow-like wallowing endemic to most midsize sedan species in favor of a firmer ride, sharper handling as well as a more communicative steering wheel and brake pedal.

This being the case, it has been a favorite around these parts since it made its first appearance on this side of the Pacific at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto show.

2017 Mazda Mazda6 Grand Touring front 3/4 view

2017 Mazda Mazda6

Based on the same SKYACTIV platform that underpins both the CX-5 crossover and Mazda3 hatchback and sedan, the 2016 model year saw a mild freshening to the Mazda6's exterior including a new front grille and optional LED headlamps for the Grand Touring trim level. Bigger changes were made to the interior that included a new dashboard, center stack and console, a freestanding 7-inch center touchscreen display mounted above the center stack, an electronic parking brake on the console and the brand's Mazda Connect infotainment system.

2017 Mazda Mazda6 Grand Touring rear 3/4 view

For the 2017 Mazda6, buyers of the entry-level Sport model no longer have to choose an automatic transmission to receive Mazda Connect, as manually-equipped models now come with this feature.

While the mid-level Touring trim remains unchanged, the top-tier Grand Touring model receives a number of upgrades. New on all Grand Touring models is a full-color Active Driving Display and a 4.6-inch, full-color TFT meter display. When equipped with the Premium Package, buyers can now choose Nappa leather seating surfaces with contrast-color piping.

2017 Mazda Mazda6 Grand Touring front seats

Finally, new for all 2017 Mazda6 models is the brand's G-Vectoring Control (GVC). The system uses the engine in conjunction with the steering, throttle inputs and suspension to provide sharper chassis control and reduce the need for steering corrections, especially during cornering.

Like the 2017 CX-9 and MX-5 Miata RF, Machine Gray Metallic (late availability) will be featured as a new premium paint color, joining the extra-cost Soul Red Metallic and Snowflake White Pearl Mica across the Mazda6 range.

2017 Mazda Mazda6 Grand Touring headlight detail

2017 Mazda Mazda6 prices and availability

Mazda's latest midsize offering goes on sale nationwide this September with 2017 Mazda6 prices as follows:

Mazda6 Sport, 6-speed manual transmission: $22,780
Mazda6 Sport, 6-speed automatic transmission: $23,830

Mazda6 Touring, 6-speed manual transmission: $25,030
Mazda6 Touring, 6-speed automatic transmission: $26,080
Touring Packages:
Touring BOSE/Moonroof/Satellite Radio Package (6AT only): $1,325
Touring Premium Package (Requires Bose/Moonroof/Satellite Radio Package): $1,425

Mazda6 Grand Touring, 6-speed automatic transmission: $31,530
Grand Touring Package:
Grand Touring Premium Package: $2,500

Premium Paint Colors:
Machine Gray Metallic (late availability): $300
Soul Red Metallic: $300
Snowflake White Pearl Mica: $200

MSRP includes $835 for destination and delivery ($880 in Alaska) but no additional taxes or fees.

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