2021 Mazda 6 Kuro Edition. Surprisingly Pleasant

Overview

2021 Mazda 6 Kuro

2021 Mazda 6 Kuro Edition is new for 2021. Mazda’s midsize sedan may look under the radar and may get lost between the successful SUV’s the 100th-Year Old company offers. However, the Mazda6 is a great choice for sedan buyers. It is not the newest model in the very competitive sedan segment. however, subjectively speaking this sedan has a somewhat timelessly beautiful design that ages gracefully.

Mazda introduced the Kuro Edition with exclusive colours and styling features as part of the 2021 model range. Honestly, the Polymetal Gray paint colour of our tester was not so appealing to me and I would prefer the “famous” Soul Red Crystal metallic which is much more associated with the brand.

The Mazda 6 starts at $27,550 for the entry-level GS. Other trim levels are the GS-L at $31,650; and the GT at $34,950. The Kuro Edition costs $37,950 and based on the GT, second range-topping Signature at $39,500.

All models come standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. New for 2021, the GT and higher trim levels include wireless Apple CarPlay, a novelty for Mazda.

2021 Mazda 6 Kuro: Engine and Powertrain

The 2.5L, Skyactiv engine with dynamic-pressure turbo delivers between 227 and 250 horsepower depending on the fuel selection

The Skyactiv engine family is Mazda’s engineering success going back to one decade ago.

Skyactiv is a brand name for a series of technologies developed and built around conventional internal combustion engines that increase fuel efficiency and engine output. It now goes beyond the engine and includes also transmissions, body, and chassis. The main goal is to have an engine that has the best of both worlds: Gasoline and diesel.

The Skyactiv-G, under the hood of our tester, is a family of direct injection petrol engines. The engine compression ratio is increased to 14.0:1. To reduce the risk of engine knock at high compression, residual gas is reduced by using 4-2-1 engine exhaust systems implementing a piston cavity and optimizing fuel injection. In addition, combustion duration is shortened by intensifying air flow, increasing injection pressure, and using multi-hole injectors.

It features an all-aluminum construction with chain-driven dual overhead camshafts with VVT and gasoline direct injection; with direct ignition, it meets ULEV emission standards. Skyactiv-G engines for the North American market have a lower compression ratio of 13:1 allowing them to operate on standard instead of premium fuel with an approximate 3-5 percent reduction in torque and fuel economy.

It is much worth noting that Mazda is developing the internal combustion engine (ICE) in an era where so many manufacturers are trying to go all-electric fast. Mazda has a clear vision that we will live with the ICE still for a while. It is worth noting that autos contribute 12 percent to global emissions. In other words, if all ICE vehicles would go all-electric overnight, the reduction in greenhouse gases would only be 12 percent only. Automobiles are not the scapegoat for global warming.

Our tester had the 2.5L, 4-cylinder engine with a dynamic turbo, mated to a 6-speed automatic. This engine generates 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque on premium fuel. The output is reduced to 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque on 87-octane fuel. This flexibility is another nice feature of the current Skyactiv technology.

2021 Mazda & Kuro: Interior

As soon as you enter the cabin, it is apparent that Mazda’s strategy to become a premium brand is working well. The quality of the craftsmanship and the materials that surround you are simply impressive. The attention to detail is also a testament to Mazda’s passion to build better automobiles. You may consider yourself driving a luxury car at a very affordable price.

The head and legroom are generous for a midsize sedan with a sleek design. The trunk

Almost excellent craftsmanship with high quality, soft-touch materials elevates Mazda to a premium status

The instrument cluster is not the latest, not a show of digital screens. The layout is comparable to the best. It is easy to read without distraction and calling the additional information is at your fingertips.

Very legible instrument cluster with digital (in the middle) and analog indicators

The infotainment system with the control button in the centre console is the best solution in our experience. You do not have to touch the screen but can control the main functions, such as navigation, audio or phone just by turning and pressing the main button or by pressing the individual buttons. The screen layout may look a bit small and outdated by design, but it does the job. The only minus is the voice recognition system. It is not up to today’s standards and Mazda definitely has to work on that. The system did not have a clue when I spelled an Ontario address despite several attempts. In the end, I had to pull over and key in the address.

The head and legroom are generous despite the sleek and sporty design. The cargo volume is 416 litres and can accommodate the needs of four people also for long drives.

2021 Mazda 6 Kuro: Driving Impressions

It is not a secret that at least for a decade, Mazda puts particular emphasis on the driving pleasure of its vehicles. And our Mazda 6 Kuro does not disappoint.

The 6 drives greatly. It is sporty, the steering is responsive and the harmony between the engine and the six-speed transmission is perfect. We are glad that Mazda did not repeat the mistake of adopting a CVT transmission that would kill the character and the driving pleasure. The cabin is very quiet even at highway speeds and we noticed that Mazda paid utmost attention to this aspect. Wisely so, since the elimination of cabin noises is a prerequisite of a luxury driving experience. On twisty roads, the car behaves responsively and makes you feel like driving a smaller car. Occasionally on bad surfaces, I wished the car had smaller and more comfort-oriented wheels.

2021 Mazda 6 Kuro: Fuel Consumption

After our one-week test drive in the city and on the highway, we came up with an average of fewer than 11 litres. This is economical for a midsize sedan with the traditional ICE.

19-inch black metallic wheels are standard with the Kuro trim

 

2021 Mazda 6 Kuro: Pricing and Specifications

The Mazda 6 Kuro is very-well equipped. The price is justifiable and competitive for this level of driving experience. And you know, the long-term reliability of a Japanese car is already standard. For details of pricing and specifications of our tester, please see the table below:

2021 Mazda 6 Kuro

For more detailed information, please visit: http://www.mazda.ca

Mazda celebrates its 100. anniversary this year. You can read more about it in our review article on Mazda 3 at the link below:

https://www.autoandroad.com/2020/09/2020-mazda3-sport-gt-awd/

2021 Mazda 6 Kuro: Conclusion

The Mazda 6 is a surprisingly pleasant choice if you want to have a premium vehicle without a premium price.

Article and photos by Varol McKars