NEW FOR 2016:

-All models get an updated interior with standard heated rear seats, HMI commander with seven-inch touchscreen, second USB port, and an electric parking brake.
-GS trim loses its standard fog lights
-GT adds a unique front bumper and grille with signature grille illumination, LED head- and foglights, active (head-up) driving display, and an electric front passenger seat height adjustment
-GT technology package adds autonomous emergency braking

Mazda’s mid-size sedan model gets a significant update for 2016 that brings refreshed styling, and new tech and safety features to help it live up to the ‘flagship’ label the brand has attached to the car.

Trim levels remain the GX, GS, and GT designations used on other Mazda models, all powered by a 2.5L four-cylinder gas engine making 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque. Mazda is unique in this segment for making a manual transmission the standard choice in every trim, so stickshift drivers aren’t stuck with a base model.

GX trim starts with 17-inch alloy wheels, body-coloured door handles, power-adjustable and heated side mirrors with integrated turn signal repeaters, automatic headlights, LED taillights, tailpipe finisher, six-speaker stereo with CD player and two USB ports and an auxiliary input, Bluetooth, seven-inch touchscreen display with HMI commander, steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, trip computer, air conditioning with manual climate control, power windows with one-touch up/down, keyless entry and trunk release, push-button start, electric parking brake, front and rear reading lights, two 12-volt power outlets, exterior temperature display, heated front and rear outboard seats, six-way manual driver and front passenger seats with driver lumbar, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, and tilt-and-telescopic steering.

The only option available to GX buyers is the automatic transmission.

GS trim adds dual-zone automatic climate control, rear-seat heater ducts with temperature control, intelligent keyless entry, backup camera, leather-trimmed steering wheel and shifter, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and illuminated visor-mounted front vanity mirrors.

GS models can be optioned with the automatic gearbox (which adds paddle shifters in GS and GT trims), and a luxury package adds leather seats, eight-way power driver’s seat with lumber, navigation, and a sunroof.

GT trim builds on the GS optioned with the luxury group, and adds 19-inch wheels, 11-speaker stereo, adaptive (steerable) LED headlights with automatic levelling, grille illumination, LED foglights, LED interior lighting, auto-dimming rearview mirror and auto-dimming driver’s side mirror, two-position driver’s seat memory, six-way power front passenger seat, and head-up display.

A GT Technology package adds satellite radio, autonomous emergency braking, radar cruise control, forward obstruction warning, high beam control, lane departure warning, and the i-ELOOP regenerative braking system.

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