2017 Mazda Mazda6 Buyer's Guide

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Starting Price: $23,830 (with automatic transmission) | Build

Above Average: Terrific road manners, attractive styling, interior materials quality

Below Average: Less rear-seat legroom, lack of powertrain options

Consensus: Good-looking and fun to drive, but more practical options exist

It's as Practical as Any Other Midsize Sedan, Just More Fun

You know that Hollywood cliché with the quiet kid who's constantly overlooked until he saves the day with some heroic skill no one suspected he had? Well, the Mazda Mazda6 is that kid. Constantly dwelling in the shadows of heavyweights like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, the athletic Mazda6 is now fighting its way into the spotlight with renewed vigor. The Mazda6 boasts wonderful road manners, an efficient and modern powertrain with an improved automatic transmission, a quieter cabin with a new technology package, and gorgeous looks. Also, G-Vectoring Control, designed to reduced steering corrections, was added for 2017.

A Driving Force

The Mazda6 is among the best-driving midsize sedans even though it doesn't offer V6 or turbo power. From our full review of the 2017 Mazda Mazda6: "...the majority of family sedan buyers will opt for standard 4-cylinder engines, and as such, Mazda's 184-horsepower 2.5-liter will meet most expectations. When more zip is really needed, switching to Sport mode (automatic transmissions) usually does the trick. Where the Mazda6 excels is in handling. It can take a corner like few other mainstream midsize sedans."

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Sky What?

More a philosophy than a feature, Skyactiv refers to engines, transmissions and design working together to improve efficiency and performance at once. The Mazda6's Skyactiv engine, for instance, features direct injection, a stratospheric 13:1 compression ratio and available trick technology like the i-ELOOP energy regeneration system that helps improve highway fuel economy. The Mazda6 is indeed among the most fun and most efficient midsize sedans you can buy, thanks in large part to Mazda's Skyactiv approach.

Cost of Entry

The 2017 Mazda6 enters the market under $23K for the base i Sport variant, and a loaded Grand Touring can crack $35,000 when combined with the $2,500 Premium Package (which includes the mpg-enhancing i-ELOOP energy regeneration system). Build and price a Mazda6 to your liking, and we'll give you a Fair Purchase Price that reflects real-world selling prices updated weekly and adjusted for your area.

More Midsize Sedans

Even if the Mazda6 is sounding like the midsize sedan for you, be sure to visit our Midsize Sedan Buyer's Guide before making your final decision.

Photo Gallery: Mazda Mazda6 Inside and Out

 

Video: Mazda Mazda6 Review and Road Test

 

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