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2007 Mazda MAZDA6

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2007 Mazda MAZDA6 Review

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The most horrible day in a driving enthusiast's life is when he or she realizes it's time to trade-in the beloved coupe for a traditional family sedan. No company understands this angst better than Mazda, which is why it created a fun-to-drive four-door family sedan with racy good looks and a budget-friendly price tag. The Mazda Mazda6 is in the same market category as the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, but offers a much more flavorful driving experience, not to mention a wide and varied lineup that includes a five-door hatchback and a wagon model. Although not as roomy inside or as large outside as the Camry, the Mazda6 is a more satisfying daily driver, with more than enough room to accommodate a family of four.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need the practicality of a midsize sedan, but you'd really like the driving involvement and performance characteristics of something with more personality, the Mazda6 makes for the perfect compromise.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The Mazda6 is not as spacious as many of its competitors. Front-seat headroom is about an inch less than in the Toyota Camry and Volkswagen Passat and almost two inches shy of that in the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima.

What's New for 2007

For 2007, all Mazda6 cars receive anti-lock brakes (ABS), traction control and side-curtain airbags as standard equipment. A new trim level, the Sport VE, is offered on both the four-cylinder i and six-cylinder s models.

Driving the MAZDA6
Driving Impressions

The thoughtful ergonomics of the Mazda6's interior, with the tilt and telescoping steering wheel, multiplicity of seat adjustments and variable lumbar support, make finding a comfortable driving position quite easy....

... Once settled behind the wheel, you can enjoy the exceptional driving experience.

The Mazda6 turns into corners with the level of response and precision you would expect from the best sports sedans; this is the kind of car that can have you searching for the long way home. The rear suspension is what Mazda calls "E-Type" and, in addition to contributing to the excellent handling, it also eliminates the conventional rear strut towers that intrude into the cargo areas of other designs.

Smart Hatchback Design
The five-door's clever design offers the functionality of a hatchback with the profile of a sedan.

Standard Tilt/Telescopic Steering Wheel
We appreciated the standard tilt/telescopic steering wheel with touch controls.

2007 Mazda MAZDA6 Details
2007 Mazda MAZDA6 photo Interior

As is becoming typical of Mazda products, the interior appearance, functionality and quality of materials is quite good. The door panels alone are lessons in design and assembly precision, with overlapping shades, differing textures and fabrics and tasteful chrome. The instrument panel is highlighted by a wide center stack, with a nickel finish, that contains the large knobs for the audio and climate functions. A narrow readout atop the dash displays information for the sound system, CD and outside temperature. The instrument cluster is composed of an oversized speedometer and tachometer flanked by the fuel and temperature gauges, all backlit in a constantly glowing, easy-to-read deep red light.

Exterior
2007 Mazda MAZDA6 photo

The sleek Mazda6 stands in stark contrast with the rest of the midsize family sedan field. Its sensuous body shape, striking alloy wheels and prominent grille make a definite performance statement, as do its racy 17-inch alloy wheels. The five-door models add versatility without interfering with the car's attractive appearance, disguising the hatchback so that it appears to be a conventional rear window and trunk lid. The sporty wagon looks as though it could easily compete with such premium wagons as the Audi A4 and Volvo V50.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Mazda6 i is powered by a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine with a five-speed manual transmission, and includes air conditioning, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), traction control, front side-impact airbags, front and rear side-curtain airbags, front and rear cup holders, rear defroster, illuminated keyless entry, cruise control, power windows, auto-off headlamps, dual power mirrors, AM/FM stereo with CD, split folding rear seat, tilt/telescopic steering wheel with touch controls and 16-inch wheels. Choose the Mazda6 s and receive a potent V6 engine, a six-speed manual transmission (except wagon), 17-inch alloy wheels and some other features. Grand Touring models include automatic climate control, leather seating, heated front seats and a 200-watt Bose audio system with a six-disc MP3-compatible CD changer, subwoofer and seven speakers.

Optional Equipment

Options vary by trim level and include an in-dash six-disc CD changer, power glass moonroof, heated mirrors, fog lights, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, a rear spoiler and several other packaged and individual features. An option exclusive to the Grand Touring is Mazda's voice-activated navigation system.

Under the Hood

Considering its modest displacement, the 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine of the Mazda6 i is a strong performer, but only when operating in the higher engine speed ranges. Fuel economy and a lower price are the primary reasons to choose the four-cylinder alternative. Enthusiasts will want the 3.0-liter V6, which features improved low-end torque, more power and a smooth, quick response. The V6 can also be matched with the slick-shifting five-speed manual, an uncommon feature among V6 sedans in this market segment.

2.3-liter in-line 4
156 horsepower @ 6500 rpm
154 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/32 (manual), 24/31 (automatic)

3.0-liter V6
212 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
197 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/27 (manual), 20/27 (automatic)

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2007 Mazda MAZDA6 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 958 Ratings for the 2003 - 2008 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Great reliable fun sporty sedan

By on Tuesday, May 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, sporty, reliable, good value."

Cons: "6 cylinder V6 has cooling issues on rear side."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car has been very reliable over the 13 years I have owned it. The only engineering flaw I found is that the engine is mounted transversely in a small engine compartment and rear spark plugs are not easily servicable. The heat on the rear side of the engine has caused a few of the coils on the spark plugs to fail causing a reduction in power. Fortunately, 5 cylinders still would work and get you through to the repair shop, but the repair is costly since they need to remove the valve covers to get to the rear facing spark plugs (and rear facing coils). Overall though, the transmission (manual) and clutch has been flawless. The electrics have only had minor issues (cooling fan heat sensor issue). The suspension has had no issues in 13 yrs. Tires last from 30 to 45000 miles depending on rubber softness you like. There is some road noise but it isn't too objectionable. On the pro side, the car handles very well and predictably with great cornering ability and little body roll. I've replaced the front brake pads only once and the rear pads are original (pretty long lasting). I would highly recommend Mazda as they seem to make quality durable vehicles. This is my second Mazda and my family owns three at this point. I am probably going to buy a new Mazda since this one has been pretty good."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

This is my first car, pros and cons

By on Wednesday, April 20, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 104,500

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "great price, easy to drive"

Cons: "value less, not reliable, poor interior"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"I bought this car because it was cheap and looks good. The tricky part is the mileage of the car 101000. The reason is that you need to change a lot to make it run smooth. I have done with transmission oil and coolant system, not yet with fuel deposit, it may not be necessary. The car has poor interior with noisy parts when moving around. Chairs are not really comfortable. On the highway, it was less balance."

9 people out of 24 found this review helpful

Hard to replace this car

By on Thursday, April 7, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 156,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, reliable, smooth drive, nice styling"

Cons: "Burns through a little oil, rusts easily"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my 04 V6 5 speed manual at 130,000 miles. This one's fully loaded with every option. And this car is something else. It really is a drivers car; the perfect smooth shifting, the continuous availability of power all throughout the rev range (V6 at least), smooth drivability, and reliability, I have such a hard time even trying to compare most new vehicles that I've driven with my 6s. I've only had to do routine maintenance. Actual parts replace in the 26,000 miles I've had this car: lower engine mount and front lower control arm. For the time this car was made, the design to me is flawless. People continue to ask me if it's a newer car only for them to be shocked when they find out it's 12 years old. If this car did not have the typical surface rust build up under the rear wheel wells (I try to keep it under control but Michigan winters...), this car would exceed the shine it has. For how sporty I continue to drive it, it never ceases to amaze me in the characteristics I listed above."

9 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Irreplaceable

By on Friday, April 1, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Joy to drive, joy to hand wash"

Cons: "Wide turn radius"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

My Redfire 2007 Mazda 6s Freshly Detailed

"This is a driver's car, as close to the ultimate driving machine as you can get, at any price. I leased it, then bought it at the end of the lease I loved it so much. With Ford owning 33% of Mazda at the time, a sophisticated solid lifter 4-cam V-6 and a silky smooth 6-speed automatic both built at Ford Motor Company plants in Ohio and with final assembly in a joint Ford/Mazda assembly plant in Michigan, it felt good to own as a Ford employee. Driving this car is a joy. Driving dynamics are tuned to perfection, acceleration is exhilarating at any speed, and the engine sound produces an adrenaline rush. The transmission shift quality has finesse ahead of it's time. It will upshift if you just think about it. It will hold speed on a downgrade by automatically downshifting just by lifting off the gas. After 9 years and 75,000 miles, I can't bear to replace this beautiful sporty sedan."

8 people out of 14 found this review helpful

My Redfire 2007 Mazda 6s Freshly Detailed

reliable vehicle

By on Monday, March 7, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have had this car since 2008, I bought it used with about 20K miles. It is at 100K and it runs great. No issues with engine nor transmission (it's automatic). Unfortunately it is already showing some rust in wheel bases (mostly rear driver's side) and some discoloration of plastic moldings on outside. I do hope it'll run another 100K as I hate shopping for cars."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

So far the nicest car I've owned

By on Saturday, November 7, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
5/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I love the look of the car. The fog lights are a nice touch. Plus the black interior with the dark orange, back-lit instrument display, reminds me of a BMW or an Audi. Cruising at highway speeds is possibly my favorite feel. The E-type multi-link suspension makes you feel like your floating. When you want to drive fast you can do so comfortably. The handling is quick and responsive and you feel everything on the road through your fingers on the wheel. Best part? Buying it wont break your bank account. Drawbacks: low-end torque and transmission response at 1st gear is a little disappointing. Lastly, the seats are pretty uncomfortable on long trips (I've done several 300mile roadtrips--always fun)...and I do wish the seats were better. Even with the drawbacks: I love this car and still love driving it 4 years after purchase."

20 people out of 33 found this review helpful

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