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2021 Mazda Mazda6 gets Apple CarPlay, Carbon Edition options

Mazda has made few changes to the Mazda6 for 2021.

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The 2021 Mazda Mazda6 will get a few tweaks for the 2021 model year but mostly remain unchanged. It will start at $24,325 and arrive at dealerships in September. That price is a few hundred dollars more than the 2020 price.

The Mazda6 will continue to be offered in five trim levels: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, and Signature. There is also a new Carbon Edition.

The base model Mazda6 Sport is powered by a standard 2.5-liter engine that delivers 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift and Sport modes. Front-wheel drive is standard.

2021 Mazda Mazda6 The Mazda6 Carbon Edition is new for 2021.Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

The Mazda6 Sport comes standard with a host of safety features including adaptive cruise control with stop and go, Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection, Smart Brake Support with Collision Warning, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, and blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

The Mazda6 will now come standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, displayed on an 8.0-inch infotainment touch screen. Inside the cabin are also a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth phone and audio pairing, two USB inputs, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, cloth seats, dual-zone climate control, push button start, remote keyless entry, and electronic parking brake.

LED headlights with auto-leveling, LED taillights, and 17-inch gun metal aluminum alloy wheels are also standard.

Upgrading to the Mazda6 Touring ($26,925) adds leatherette-trimmed seats, heated front seats, six-way power driver's seat with manual lumbar support, Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry System, power moonroof, 19-inch gun metallic aluminum alloy wheels, two rear seat USB charging ports and rear air conditioning vents.

Bumping up to the Mazda6 Grand Touring ($30,025) installs a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine that generates a robust 250 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque. In addition to a new badge on the tail indicating the turbocharged engine, this trim level model gets wireless Apple CarPlay, an 11-speaker Bose audio system, SiriusXM satellite radio, auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink, headed side mirrors with driver's side auto-dimming functionality, and paddle shifters.

The Mazda6 Grand Touring Reserve gets even more premium ($32,525). It comes with a head-up display, adaptive front lighting system, black or Parchment leather-trimmed seats, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, automatic power folding door mirrors, windshield wiper de-icer, eight-way power and memory driver's seat with power lumbar support, and six-way power passenger's seat. Traffic Sign Recognition is available with the optional navigation system. This model rides on 19-inch bright silver finish aluminum alloy wheels and has a rear lip spoiler.

The Mazda6 Carbon Edition ($32,800) special edition builds on the Grand Touring Reserve model adding Polymetal Gray exterior paint, gloss black rear lip spoiler, gloss black door mirrors, and 19-inch black metallic aluminum alloy wheels. The interior has red leather seats with black cross stitching and black hairline interior accents on the dash and door panels. The dash and center console armrest add red stitching.

The top-trim Mazda6 Signature has a gunmetal grille. Inside there is Parchment or Deep Chestnut Nappa leather upholstery, adorned with authentic Japanese Sen wood and gilded UltraSuede interior accents. A 360-degree monitor with front and rear parking sensors, 7.0-inch reconfigurable driver's information display, navigation, SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link subscription, a black headliner, auto-dimming frameless rearview mirror with Homelink, and LED ambient lights are standard in this trim level.

Buyers will pay a premium for some of the available paint colors in any trim level. The Soul Red Crystal Metallic costs $595. Machine Gray Metallic is $495 and Snowflake White Pearl Mica is $395.

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The CX-5's styling is sharp and clean.

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Crossovers have clearly become the family vehicle of choice. Minivans and large sedans are far less common than they used to be as buyers opt for the relative plushness and more generous space offered by utility vehicles. That's not a bad thing, but many people will find the increasing levels of sameness in the crossover market to be off-putting.

Thankfully, Mazda is here to help keep things interesting. Its CX-5 takes a different approach than its rivals. Where vehicles like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V focus on comfort and efficiency over almost everything else, Mazda managed to jam in loads of vehicle feedback and engagement. Behind the wheel, the crossover feels and sounds much more alive and responsive than its competition. Jumping out of a larger vehicle and into the CX-5 felt like a shock at first, as the Mazda's steering wheel delivers real, actual feedback and transmits a picture of what's going on underneath the vehicle, which is something not often seen outside of expensive performance vehicles.


2021 Mazda CX-5 The CX-5's cabin is more upscale than its rivals. Mazda


Engaging Powertrains

The CX-5's base four-cylinder engine is fine, but the turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is where things start to get interesting. It bumps the standard mill's 187 horsepower to 250 and gives off a pleasing turbo whine under heavy throttle. It pairs almost perfectly with the six-speed automatic transmission and delivers surprising power and torque. My test vehicle's all-wheel drive gave the CX-5 a surefooted feel, and from experience I can say that it's worth the added cost if you live anywhere with legitimate winter weather.

There are a few tradeoffs that come along with the CX-5's level of driver engagement, largely related to interior space and noise levels. While the Mazda's cabin is comfortable and is in no way low-rent, a great deal of wind, road, and drivetrain noise make their way into the vehicle at all times. You could argue that this is just another expression of the CX-5's connection with its driver, and you'd be right in some cases. At many times, however, such as when taking the kids to school or just running to the grocery store, it gets tiresome. Your five-year-old won't care about how good the steering feel is when they have to keep asking you to crank up the volume on their podcast story. The noise level is most noticeable around town with the constant stop and go of traffic.

The other main drawback with the CX-5, at least for families (like mine) that don't travel lightly, is interior space. Thanks to its curves and beautifully sloped roof, the Mazda's cargo hold is not as spacious as some of its rivals, such as the Volkswagen Tiguan, Honda CR-V, or Toyota RAV4. That dramatic shape also makes the rear seat feel tighter than it reads on paper, but thanks to a friendly ride height and large rear door openings, parents will have no issues with loading kids in car seats.


2021 Mazda CX-5 A sloping roofline can make rear-seat headroom challenging for taller people.Mazda


Great Tech and Safety

Mazda bumped the CX-5's infotainment screen size from 7.0 to 10.3 inches across the board for 2021, but there's no touchscreen here. Instead, the system is controlled using a rotary dial and volume know that are mounted behind the gear shifter in the center console. It's a responsive and fairly straightforward process to use and control the system, but scrolling through long menus or trying to wade through several options using the rotary controller becomes tiresome and distracting at times.

The 2021 Mazda CX-5 was named a Top Safety Pick + by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). That award is due in part to the crossover's excellent performance in crash tests, but also comes thanks to its long list of standard advanced driver aids. All models get a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, lane departure warnings with lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, a smart brake support system, and high beam control. My top trim tester also got a driver attention alert system, front and rear parking sensors, and a 360-degree monitor.

It's hard to ignore the quality, value, and fun that the CX-5 brings to the table, even considering how good its competitors have gotten. With a price tag that maxes out under $40,000, the Mazda's driving experience and plush interior should put it at the top of shoppers' lists. Its few drawbacks don't spoil the overall package, and only really present a problem for families of four or more – like mine. Those people, myself included, should be shopping for a slightly larger vehicle, anyway, and for them, there's the Mazda CX-9.


2021 Mazda CX-5 The CX-5 is one of the most fun-to-drive crossovers on sale today.Mazda

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The F-Type P450 cars replace the P300 and P380 as part of the Jaguar lineup.

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Two new versions of the Jaguar F-Type are on the horizon. New versions of the model have been created to further the car's luxury proposition and both are powered by a roaring V8 engine. The new P450 variants replace the P300 and P380 models currently in the lineup. Jaguar is keeping the F-Type R around.

2022 Jaguar F-Type P450

The 2022 Jaguar F-Type P450 will be available as a coupe or convertible in P450 RWD or P450 R-DYNAMIC AWD grades. All varieties come with a 444-horsepower supercharged V8 under the hood that achieves 428 pound-feet of torque. An electronic active differential is standard. In all configurations, the car gets from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 177 mph.

2022 Jaguar F-Type P450 The car has received minor exterior updates from the 2021 model.Photo courtesy of Jaguar

In a nod to its suburban buyers, the F-Type has a Quiet Star mode that allows a more subtle roar out the back side of the car upon startup. Drivers who don't care about keeping quiet can switch the car in to Dynamic mode and let the rumble out.

Each F-Type P450 rides on 20-inch wheels, has larger brakes than traditional F-Type models, and has the switchable exhaust. Double J-Blade daytime running lights feature up front while new slender rear lights allow the body of the car to speak for itself.

Buyers who get the F-Type P450 R-Dynamic AWD get bespoke badging; a gloss black front splitter, side sills, valance, and venturi; auto-dimming, power- folding, heated door mirrors with memory; and 20-inch Style 6003, split-spoke, gloss Dark Grey with Contrast Diamond Turned Finish Wheels.

2022 Jaguar F-Type P450 The interior sports a refined appearance.Photo courtesy of Jaguar

Monogram stitch patterns on the car's seats and interior accents in Windsor Leather and satin-finish Noble Chrome enhance the interior. Additionally, there are "Jaguar Est.1935" markings on the center console finisher, glovebox release button surround, and seatbelt guides. Six-way electric power seats are standard on F-Type P450 RWD, while F-Type P450 R-Dynamic AWD adds 12-way electric memory front seats, electrically adjustable steering column with memory, Delta Aluminum Center Console, and R-Dynamic branded metal treadplates as standard equipment.

A 12.3-inch driver information display is standard.

F-Type P450 is available in 11 standard exterior colors, and can be ordered in over a dozen custom SVO paint finishes. It starts at $69,900 for the P450 RWD Coupe and $79,900 for the R450 R-Dynamic AWD Coupe.

2022 Jaguar F-Type R

The F-Type R is the pinnacle of the Jaguar lineup with torque on-demand all-wheel drive, Jaguar Intelligent Driveline Dynamics control technology, a double wishbone front and rear suspension, and electric power-assisted steering.

It can get from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 186 mph thanks to its 575-horsepower supercharged V8 engine. All-wheel drive is standard.

This model starts at $103,200.

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