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2008 Mazda MAZDA6

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2008 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. Few companies understand 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 2008 Mazda MAZDA6 is in the same market category as the Hyundai Sonata and Toyota Camry, but offers a much more flavorful driving experience, not to mention a wide and varied lineup that includes a four-door sedan and five-door hatchback. 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 2008 Mazda 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 2008

For 2008, a tire-pressure monitoring system is made standard, while Touring trims receive a Bose audio system and the i Sport models receive new 17-inch alloy wheels. Sadly, the wagon model has been dropped from the line up.

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.

2008 Mazda MAZDA6 Details
2008 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

The sleek MAZDA6 stands in stark contrast with the rest of the midsize family sedan field. Its sensuous body shape, striking 17-inch alloy wheels and prominent grille make a definite performance statement. 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.

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, tire pressure monitor, 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 17-inch wheels. Choose the MAZDA6 s and receive a potent V6 engine, a six-speed manual transmission (Sport only) and some other features. Grand Touring models include automatic climate control, automatic transmission, 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: 21/29 (manual), 21/28 (automatic)

3.0-liter V6
212 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
197 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25 (manual), 18/25 (automatic)

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2008 Mazda MAZDA6 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 943 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

A few changes and it's rated 10

By on Monday, July 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,100

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Good handling, very reliable"

Cons: "Interior problems w/ headliner and seat bolstering"

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

"Very disappointed in the headliner, which began sagging after 5 years. That is a very common problem with 2005. Also, lumbar support on the driver's seat is bad. Car becomes quite uncomfortable on trips over 100 miles. Otherwise, the car has been absolutely perfect."

1 person out of 4 found this review helpful

Never had any problems

By on Saturday, July 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Very reliable during the 60,000 miles I've driven"

Cons: "none"

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

"I've only had to do routine maintenance to this car. It's never needed any repairs in 7 years and 60,000 miles. It has convenient, small storage spaces (for sun glasses, etc.) in several places near the driver's seat. Really like this car."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Mazda-6, Loaded-My 4th Mazda-6-& Best Car made

By on Thursday, June 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 93,046

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive, dependable,"

Cons: "Has a small dent where my daughter backed into me"

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

"This is my 4th Mazda-6, handles effortlessly, handles snow, ice, rain like it was made cold weather. Design perfectly, It's color is pebble-sand, (may look silver, taupe, gray) I've never had a problem & just recently replaced the first hose due to wear, it had never broken down or left me stranded. I've not been able to find another, It has all the bells & whistles, will keep it or one like it forever."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

This has been my best car.

By on Sunday, June 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

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

"Other than the normal repair, upkeep, this is has been the best car I have ever owned. I have had 3 Hondas and 1 Acura, however, I am looking for another Mazda."

2 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Loved this car

By on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun to drive, no mechanical issues 150K miles"

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

"Sporty, fun to drive, yet perfect for everyday, Performed well under all road conditions and got great gas mileage. This car made several cross-country trips and had no issues with just regular maintenance for well over 150K miles. A few cheap plastic interior parts, but to be expected in this class. Compared to the current mazdas, quality, performance and road feel of this model blows the new ones away. This was my 2nd Mazda, drove the protoge before this and that also lasted 10+ years and over 200K miles with no major issues. Driving the new CX5 now and sadly, I doubt it will make it to 100K, feels so cheap. Like they say, they just don't make things like they used to. I was sad to have to say goodbye to her. The 6 was a fantastic, fun car."

14 people out of 21 found this review helpful

Best car a guy could ask for.

By on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 106,100

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: "Excellent in all areas."

Cons: "Isn't not awesome."

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

"I've had this car since 2006, and I have to say it has been a privilege to own. Even after almost 10 years, this car is reliable, fun to drive, safe, comfortable, and practical. I've had no problems whatsoever with it: no breakdowns, it has never died on me, no accidents, and no major repairs. This is the best car I have ever owned by far."

10 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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