Editors' Page: 2016 Mazda Mazda6

By KBB.com Editors on November 16, 2015 10:39 AM

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, that kid is the Mazda6. 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 updated-for-2016 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 centered around a new grille.

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 2016 Mazda6: "Its sporty suspension, light-yet-strong body and excellent braking ability make for an engaging and enjoyable sedan."

One of the Best

Thanks to its impressively low projected out-of-pocket expenses, the current-generation Mazda6 took home last year's 5-Year Cost to Own award for Best Midsize Car.

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 bump highway fuel economy to 40 mpg. 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 2016 Mazda6 enters the market right around $22K for the base i Sport variant, and a loaded i Grand Touring can crack $34,000 when combined with the $2,180 GT Technology 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.

2016 Mazda6: Inside and Out

 

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.

 

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