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Let me start by saying that the all new Mazda6 is one place you can not and will not feel old, or disconnected from technology.
I have always had a love for new technology, or gingerbread as my hubby calls it, in my cars. It is a large part of the reason I never would commit to a car and always chose to lease. Just so I could get to the new and next without all the strings attached.
I remember being a kid and getting all kinds of electronics for birthdays and Christmases. Never even having to read the package to know how to get it going and start playing with my stuff.
But I also remember putting my parent's electronics together or hooking them up because for some reason it always seemed it took them so long to figure that stuff out.
And now, I am them. Sometimes.
While embarrassing as it is, I will tell you that technology sometimes gets the best of me. I love it, but it takes me a little more time or a nudging from my teen to know about or even care about all the new things that the market has to offer.
But I have to admit that when I had the chance to drive the new Mazda6 Grand Touring, the technology kinda blew my mind. And even made me feel a little less old.
I was back to my extra cool, hair blowing in the wind self in no time. More like the twenties version of Kenya Rae. Felt kinda good too!
Some of the things I loved about the new Mazda6
In dash push button start
I am a little embarrassed to tell you that it took me a good 7.5 minutes to figure out where the start button was on this car. I have driven push button before. But normally the push button is in the typical ignition spot on a car.
Not this one!
The ignition button was in the dash in eye’s sight. And had it been a snake it would have most certainly bit me.
Easily accessible controls
No longer reaching to the dash while driving to control the radio and navigation. The Mazda6 gives the driver full access to control right in between the driver and passenger seats just beneath the gear stick.
This was a game changer for me. While riding with my toddler in the car and tending to his demands and music requests, it was so easy to change the song or even quickly mute the volume to hear what he was saying.
Being able to insert my destination right there was pretty dang nice too!
Front and Rear Heated Seats
While I have seen this in SUV’s before. This was my first time seeing it in a car.
Having the option to heat the seats in the rear is a nice feature. Particularly, when the weather is cold like I am use to back home. Giving the kiddos, or your adult rear passengers the option to warm up before the car heat fully kicks in is a nice feature.
Push Button Parking Brake
No more pulling hard or pushing down with your foot to activate your emergency parking brake.
In the Mazda6 you activate it at the simple push of a button.
My home has a driveway on a decline. So when I park, I always activate my parking brake. I have to admit it was a little weird just pushing the button and being done.
In Dash Notification Screen
Saving the best for last. This is one I have yet to see elsewhere.
The Mazda6 offers a flip up, in dash notification screen that gives you essential information. Your speed, along with the current speed limit displays there while you are driving.
It also alerts you to upcoming stop signs with the traffic sign recognition, and navigation cues when using the navigation functionality.
The screen is clear and functions as a projection style so that it does not interfere with your line of sight while driving.
This was super nice and a great feature to have. It is the true definition of “Gingerbread”.
These are my top five favorites about the new Mazda6. I didn’t even mention the Sport mode driving, which allows you to feel like you're driving a stick, with an automatic. Taking me back to my early college days.
And the decked out pipped interior.
The model I had, was off white with a dark grey piping. With my little ones, I could never have purchased that. But it was nice to feel like a grown up for a week.
While I m be getting older, as long as there are fly cars like this one out there, I will never really get old because this is technology that I love staying connected to.
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