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2013 Mazda MAZDA6

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2013 Mazda MAZDA6 Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.9

Roughly the same size as the Honda Accord and Hyundai Sonata, the 2013 Mazda6 wears an aging design whose styling has held up well over the years. With lines inspired by the now-defunct RX-8, the Mazda6 definitely isn't a ho-hum family sedan. Unfortunately, the Mazda6's powertrain and communication technology hasn't kept pace with the competition - just look inside a Blue Link-equipped Hyundai Sonata if you need proof. The more affordable models are powered by a tepid 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, while the upper-end S trim gets a proper dose of power from a 3.7-liter V6. Handling, always a Mazda strength, is good on this sedan, but EPA highway fuel economy of 30 mpg fails to impress.

You'll Like This Car If...

If exterior styling is a key consideration when purchasing your next family sedan, the 2013 Mazda6 should definitely strike a chord. A firm suspension, tight steering and powerful V6 backup the car's sporty attitude.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Those who care more about mobile connectivity and high-tech toys than driving pleasure won't find much to like here. Such drivers might be better off in a Ford Fusion, Kia Optima or Chevrolet Malibu.

What's New for 2013

There are no major changes for the 2013 Mazda6 sedan.

Driving the MAZDA6

Driving Impressions In the 2013 Mazda6 sedan, you'll find a family 4-door that melds the best attributes of a luxury car with the spirit of a sport coupe to...

create a very un-family-like sedan. The 2.5-liter engine that's standard on i trims (Sport, Touring and Grand Touring) is responsive with one or two people on board, but becomes sluggish with a full complement of passengers. The 2.5-liter's performance cannot match that of the newer, more powerful 4-cylinder engines, such as in the Kia Optima. If you value performance, the best choice for the Mazda6 remains the 3.7-liter V6. Coupled to a 6-speed automatic with a manual mode and Mazda's well-tuned suspension, the V6 has the power to motivate the Mazda6 while still returning decent, but not best-in-class, fuel economy. This, in the final appraisal, is a mid-size sedan with sporting ambitions, although its size and engine/transmission lineup fall decidedly on the side of comfort over performance.

6-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION
Although available only on the i Sport trim, Mazda still offers a manual transmission in a mid-size, volume-targeted sedan, and it shall be celebrated. Happily, not only does Mazda still provide the ability to shift manually, but it equips its 6-speed manual with one of the very best linkages.

KEYLESS START AND GO
Not having to fumble with a key fob to gain access, or worry about finding the ignition slot at night, is the entire purpose behind this option. Simply keep the remote fob on your person and the Mazda6 allows you entry.

2013 Mazda MAZDA6 Details
Interior

Mazda's Mazda6 sedan for 2013 shuns the cluttered, over-designed dashes of many newer cars in favor of a simple, more elegant look. The dash uses large rotary knobs for the ventilation controls and soothing red backlighting for the gauges and steering wheel controls. The quality of the materials and their applications is first rate, as are the exceptionally supportive front seats. There's a feeling of great space inside the Mazda6, although headroom for the rear-seat passengers is lacking. Unfortunately, the Mazda6 doesn't offer any form of telematics (think GM's OnStar) or infotainment system (think Ford's SYNC). The 2012 Mazda6 doesn't even offer an iPod interface.

Exterior
2013 Mazda MAZDA6 photo

The 2013 Mazda6's front fender design is clearly derived from the discontinued RX-8 sports car, which is in no way a bad thing. The sleek sedan profile and long swept-back C-pillars give it a coupe-like stance that is faintly reminiscent of the new class of 4-door luxury coupes, such as the Mercedes-Benz CLS. With the exception of the base model's 16-inch wheel covers, we think Mazda offers some of the most attractive wheels in the segment. The Mazda6's aggressively-raked windshield, sloping rear window and smooth side panels look good and contribute to reduced aerodynamic drag.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2013 Mazda6 i Sport has a smoothly-responsive 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and 6-speed manual transmission. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, power windows and door locks, remote keyless entry, cruise control, an AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with auxiliary audio input jack, Sirius Satellite Radio and Dynamic Stability Control with traction control.

Optional Equipment

Moving up from the i Sport to the i Touring trim level adds 17-inch alloy wheels, 215/55R17 tires, fog lights, 8-way power driver's seat, leather-trimmed steering wheel, in-dash 6-disc CD changer and Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio features. Going from the "i" to the "s" trim level adds the 3.7-liter V6 engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission; the V6 is rated at 272 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. Options for the Grand Touring include navigation, keyless entry and start, HID headlamps, heated side mirrors with driver's-side auto-dimming function and rain-sensing wipers.

Under the Hood

If the standard 2.5-liter, 16-valve 4-cylinder engine in the 2013 Mazda6 provides zoom, then it's left to the optional V6 to supply the zoom-zoom. Although not stellar, Mazda's base engine does a very respectable job of motivating the Mazda6, delivering 170 horsepower and 30 miles per gallon on the highway with the manual transmission. The 3.7-liter V6, available only with the automatic, adds just over 100 horsepower while being rated at 27 miles per gallon on the highway. If you value handling balance over outright acceleration, note that the 2013 Mazda6 V6 sedan outweighs the 4-cylinder version by 250 pounds, and most of that weight differential is over the front wheels, so the 4-cylinder version might be expected to be slightly more responsive to steering inputs.

2.5-liter inline-4
170 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
167 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/30 mpg (manual); 21/30 mpg (automatic)

3.7-liter V6
272 horsepower @ 6,250 rpm
269 lb-ft of torque @ 4,250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27 mpg

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2013 Mazda MAZDA6 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 196 Ratings for the 2009 - 2013 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

I'VE OWNED MAZDA RX7's,626's,Millenia's and MAZDA6

By on Sunday, June 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 39,600

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "CR REPORTS IT AS ONE OF THE TOP BEST SEDANS;AGREE!"

Cons: "POOR SEATS......POSSIBLE MELTING DASH"

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

"My Mazda 6 I touring 170 hp is more than enough power for any condition...very quick and super regular gas milage. The seats lack long trip comfort. MY ONLY COMPLAINT: My M6 HAS A MELTING DASHBOARD! Due to the small number of complaints MAZDA CORP has received;they will not recall or repair the condition,since it is out of the 36,000 mile warranty! A really good car."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

This car is low maintanance, reliable, great value

By on Friday, June 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 94,000

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
10/10
Comfort
9/10

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

"Have had car since new and has not let me down once. Nothing to do with this car so far except oil changes, air filter, spark plugs and tires. Muffler is still there at 94,000. Breaks great. Love manual shift for hills."

Driver's car that's practical and reliable

By on Monday, June 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 108,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun, very reliable, practical, manual available"

Cons: "road noise, factory tires lack grip"

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

"I bought my Mazda 6i Sport new in 2009. I needed a roomy, reliable, affordable, and relatively efficient car, but being an enthusiast, I refused to buy an automatic or anything that wasn't fun to drive. The 6 fit the bill. It's neither fast nor underpowered, but the chassis loves a good twisty road workout, especially with good tires. The factory 16" tires were apparently designed for low rolling resistance and do not have the grip to do justice to the chassis. 18" aftermarket wheels and UHP tires make a huge difference. The body doesn't roll much, the steering is direct, and the car responds to throttle adjustments. The shifter is direct with light but positive throws, and snicks through the gears with little effort. The ratios are close and somewhat short--great for enthusiastic driving, but I wonder if a taller 6th gear would improve highway mileage. 3000-4000 RPM on the highway does mean I don't often have to downshift, and the engine is smooth enough that it's not intrusive. At 6'2", I have plenty of room, and can comfortably fit in the back without moving the driver's seat forward. Controls are well laid out, and the seats are supportive and comfortable, even on 500-600+ mile days. The car has been extremely reliable: Besides normal maintenance, very little has gone wrong: -The low beam headlight bulbs burn out more quickly than I'd expect, and are a pain to change (you have to remove a panel and reach up through the wheel well; you can only access the high beams through the hood). -I had to replace the clutch pedal assembly to get rid of an annoying squeak, but the clutch itself still works well. -I had a few rattles fixed when the car was under warranty. Besides normal maintenance, that's it; nothing else has gone wrong in over 100,000 miles. Here are the other downsides to the car: -As another commenter mentioned, the air vents tend to blow warm air when the air conditioner is off. I often put the windows down when the outside air is in the upper 50s. The A/C itself could be stronger, but given enough time, it does make the cabin comfortable when it's hot outside. Also, it would be nice to have vents for the back seat passengers. -There's a fair amount of road noise, which becomes intrusive on textured pavement. There's very little wind noise and the engine is fairly quiet. -More power would be appreciated, especially with a load and/or at higher altitudes. It feels fairly quick in 1st and 2nd gears and adequate in most situations. The engine isn't particularly special; it doesn't rev quickly or sound great, although it's fine for a family sedan. -Gas mileage ratings are considerably lower than some new cars in its class. If memory serves, it was rated at 20/29 city/highway. I usually see 26-28 in mixed driving and 30-32 with mostly highway driving. With mostly in-town, short trips, it's usually 24-26. Overall, I'd highly recommend this car to buyers looking for a sports sedan without German prices and ownership costs, or for anyone looking at mid-sized sedans. Six years in, people still occasionally comment on the styling, and some think it's a new car. I didn't buy it for the looks, but it doesn't hurt that it's aging gracefully."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Sporty car, great ride, great value.

By on Friday, June 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 91,000

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, very reliable."

Cons: "Could use a little more sound dampening."

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

"Mazda simply makes high quality and fun to drive cars with great reliability. The motors have timing chains, not belts that have to be replaced at great expense every 80k miles or so. The chasis is sport tuned, rides firmly but comfortably and has very little body sway in curves. Everything is intuitively laid out in the cabin and cockpit. The climate control system works quite well and changing the cabin filter is a breeze. The motor has good power with the 2.5 4-cyl. and does not leave you lacking for power on the interstate highways. I have averaged around 28 mpg during my 90,000+ miles of ownership. The best part is the steering which has great feel and feedback and keeps you pointed straight down the road. You can't go wrong with a Mazda.....this is our 3rd one."

Love my car!

By on Saturday, May 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 57,000

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Everything - fun to drive and looks great!"

Cons: "Eats tires but that could be my fault!"

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

"Handling, power, looks, features - this car has everything I need and want. Mine is black with black rims and is a beautiful vehicle. This the second Mazda I have owned and I will buy Mazda again whenever I am looking for my next car. I have had no issues with the car at all!"

Fun car to drive, min.maintenance, priced right

By on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 89,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "A car that stays longer then you do!"

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

"Great car, #2,#3 etc. Moderately priced. Give your 16 y.o. a car on next year's worldwide Kid's Day. You will rock their world at least until they get in college!!!!"

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