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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 Significant About This Car?

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 953 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

So far the nicest car I've owned

By on Saturday, November 07, 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."

7 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Great Vehicle for Student and Commuter

By on Friday, October 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 170,627

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Reliable, Fuel Efficient, Fun to Drive"

Cons: "Interior not as durable"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I bought this vehicle used with around 100K miles and I have driven it to nearly 200K. It only gave me issues with the alternator and I believe that is because a custom cd player was installed and the wiring was not done correctly. Other than that it took me through last few years of college in NY and through a daily 60+ Mile (roundtrip) commute for over 4 years with no major complaints. The interior wasn't as rugged and durable as I would have liked but I am rough on my cars so I should have known better. Great overall"

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Fast, Crisp handling, low maintanance

By on Monday, October 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 216,455

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great wear factor"

Cons: "Turning radius could be tighter"

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

"I've put over 200,000 miles on this car and not spent much on replacement parts. I am now ready to change front axles. I'm taking out the original ones. Great car. The only drawback is the turning radius"

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

good,fast,fun car enjoy the rest of the review!

By on Monday, October 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 172,286

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "good reliable fast and fun and cheap"

Cons: "some cheap interior plastics here and there"

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

"Hello all KBB readers! My car is a 2004 Mazda 6 with a 2.3 4 cylinder sport pack. This car is very reliable haven't had any major problems which shows excellent reliability and strength. also this car delivers the power and torque excellently. Now, it only makes 160 horse power and 158 foot pounds of torque but unlike its competitors such as the Nissan Altima and our American friend the Ford Fusion which weighs around 3500 pounds. The Mazda on the other hand only weighs 3000 pounds. So it puts the power down excellently and the short gearing helps with that also. So now lets talk about the cars speed. With the car having the 4 speed tip tronic auto the car will do 0-60 in roughly 8 seconds, and will do a top speed of 131. Well its no Bugatti but I will say the power and torque is very, well ample. And this car is amazing around town and meant to be great on the daily commute. Also the price for what you are getting is amazing. You can find a good condition 2004 Mazda 6 with a 2.3 4 cylinder and an automatic or a manual for 2-3000 dollars. So in conclusion the 2004 Mazda 6 2.3 sport is a car for a person who needs a practical, reliable, strong, fast,fun and inexpensive 4 door sedan. So I hope this review was helpful!"

8 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Excellant vehicle

By on Sunday, August 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 77,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "good value, fun to drive, nice apparance"

Cons: "Paint had three blotches appearl."

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

"Have owned this vehicle since 2008, when I purchased had 6000 miles, now has 77,000. Recently had new brakes installed (first time) also had drivers side arm rest recovered. Paint has had three blotches appear (about size of softball. However mechanically has been outstanding with no problems. Had alignment year ago and that is basically all I have done to this vehicle. Car has plenty of power, gets good gas mileage, in short has been a superb car."

30 people out of 33 found this review helpful

Great car even with high miles

By on Monday, August 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 142,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Handling, sporty look inside and out. Reliable!"

Cons: "Trunk space....."

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

"I bought this car with 131k miles. It has been driven in harsh Michigan/Upstate New York winter weather. Handled okay but with all weather tires would have been great. It's now at 142,000 miles and I'm trading for a Honda Accord. No problems with this car whatsoever just need some more room."

13 people out of 16 found this review helpful

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