Facelifted 2018 Mazda6 goes on sale in April with a $21,950 base price

That makes it $5 cheaper than 2017 and 2017.5 models

Mazda USA has released pricing information for the facelifted 2018 Mazda6 sedan ahead of the model's U.S. market debut next month. The sedan carries an almost unchanged MSRP of $21,950 (excluding $890 destination) compared to the 2017 and 2017.5 models, despite packing more standard and available features, as well as a quieter and more comfortable on-board experience.

Customers have five trim levels to choose from: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, and Signature. The base model comes with an upgraded version of the Skyactiv-G 2.5 engine which Mazda describes as smoother and quieter than before.

Delivering 187 hp and 186 lb-ft (252 Nm) of torque, the four-cylinder unit can be had with a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional Skyactiv-Drive six-speed automatic gearbox with Sport Mode.

When paired with the automatic, the engine comes standard with cylinder-deactivation technology. Standard equipment for the Mazda6 Sport is generous and includes 17-inch alloys, LED headlights and taillights, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, rearview camera, Mazda Connect infotainment system with a new eight-inch display screen, remote keyless entry, push-button start, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, and much more.

Standard safety technologies include Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Smart City Brake Support. Furthermore, when equipped with the available automatic transmission, the Mazda6 Sport can be had with the i-ACTIVSENSE package, which adds Smart Brake Support, Lane-Departure Warning, adaptive Mazda Radar Cruise Control, Lane-Keep Assist, High Beam Control, automatic on/off headlights, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

The 2018 Mazda6 Touring starts at $25,700, while the Grand Touring trim is priced at $29,200. Besides packing more standard features, Grand Touring models also feature the newly-available Skyactiv-G 2.5T engine as standard. The turbocharged four-cylinder unit makes 250 hp and 310 lb-ft (420 Nm) of torque from just 2,000 rpm.

Higher up in the range, the Grand Touring Reserve costs $31,700, while the range-topping Signature can be had from $34,750. The 2018 Mazda6 Signature offers premium features such as Parchment or Deep Chestnut Nappa leather seating surfaces, Japanese Sen wood interior accents, gilded UltraSuede NU with coloring inspired by Japanese kimonos, and much more.

READ MORE: Our in-depth review of the European-spec 2017 Mazda6 Skyactiv-G 2.5 AT6

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