The changes amount to different option combinations, rather than entirely new features, and are likely intended to make Mazda’s mid-sized sedan a more enticing value proposition in a competitive segment that includes a revamped Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Hyundai Sonata.
The Mazda6 Sport—the base trim in Mazda parlance—will now come standard with blind-spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alerts that before were only available on higher trims. Similarly, navigation and heated seats now trickle down from the top-of-the-line Grand Touring to the mid-levelTouring trim.
According to the report, the added standard and lower-end availability of the features doesn’t come with a corresponding hike in pricing, meaning the base price of $22,820 (including destination) remains intact.
The changes are in addition to an automatic emergency braking system that functions up to 19 mph and is optional plus a full-speed automatic emergency braking system that's standard on the top-tier Grand Touring model. The latter enables the Mazda6 to claim an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating, which uses automated driver aids as a barrier to entry.
The Grand Touring trim starts at $31,570, though the price can climb as high as $34,370 after options.