Mazda MAZDA6

Mazda MAZDA6

About Mazda MAZDA6

The 2016 Mazda6 may not have the massive market share of best-selling rivals like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, but in the competitive midsize sedan market, it still stands out. True to Mazda's "Zoom-Zoom" boasts, the Mazda6's calling card is its athletic nature. Among the 11 family sedans comprising this segment, the Mazda6 is arguably the most fun to drive. Its 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine isn't a powerhouse, but it is remarkably fuel-efficient. Rather than relying on brute force, the Mazda's dynamic performance is enabled by its light weight, impressive cornering ability, and a satisfying 6-speed manual transmission for do-it-yourselfers. Stylish design is also part of the Mazda6's appeal, but its 5-passenger interior can feel somewhat confined.

2016 Mazda MAZDA6
What's new for 2016?
2016 Mazda MAZDA6

Now two years into its current generation, the 2016 Mazda6 receives an updated interior that includes a larger 7-inch touch screen, a sport mode on automatic transmission models, and an electronic parking brake. Exterior revisions include a new grille and available LED headlights.

2015 Mazda MAZDA6
What's new for 2015?
2015 Mazda MAZDA6

The 2015 Mazda6 carries over with only minor changes. A new Bose/Moonroof/Satellite Radio package is offered on the Touring model, while one-touch up/down windows with backlit switches are added to the base model.

2014 Mazda MAZDA6
What's new for 2014?
2014 Mazda MAZDA6

The 2014 is all-new is the truest sense of the term. Not only is the body shape utterly new, so too are the engines, transmissions and virtually every mechanical bit.

2013 Mazda MAZDA6
What's new for 2013?
2013 Mazda MAZDA6

There are no major changes for the 2013 Mazda6 sedan.

2012 Mazda MAZDA6
What's new for 2012?
2012 Mazda MAZDA6

There are no major changes for the 2012 Mazda6 sedan.

2011 Mazda MAZDA6
What's new for 2011?
2011 Mazda MAZDA6

Mild enhancements for 2011 include a new headlight and fog light design, along with a new 17-inch alloy wheel. Upgrades inside include a new steering wheel and premium trim accents on the center instrument panel. Grand Touring models receive a Multi-Information Display, Bluetooth controls and a rearview camera as standard equipment, while the Touring model receives Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio in its standard menu.

2010 Mazda MAZDA6
What's new for 2010?
2010 Mazda MAZDA6

A new Touring Plus model is added to both the i and s trims and includes a power moonroof, ground illumination, Bluetooth connectivity, Blind Spot Monitoring System and anti-theft alarm. Sadly, the lovely six-speed manual transmission option for the Grand Touring has been dropped, although still available on the lesser equipped SV, Sport and Touring trims.

2009 Mazda MAZDA6
What's new for 2009?
2009 Mazda MAZDA6

The 2009 MAZDA6 has been completely redesigned from the ground up. Changes go beyond the cosmetic, with two new engine choices, a host of near-luxury like amenities and dimensions that place the MAZDA6 at the top of its segment. By offering the four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission in the Grand Touring trim, Mazda does not penalize drivers who prefer the fuel-efficient four-cylinder over the pricier V6. The new Mazda MAZDA6 is so good that about the only thing we'll miss from the previous generation is the funky five-door hatchback model.

2008 Mazda MAZDA6
What's new for 2008?
2008 Mazda MAZDA6

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.

2007 Mazda MAZDA6
What's new for 2007?
2007 Mazda MAZDA6

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.

Consumer Reviews

Great Value/ Great Car

By on Tuesday, October 4, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

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

"We are on our 3rd Mazda and we also lease a 2013 Accord that I can use as a comparative benchmark. I really like both cars, the Accord is a little smoother and quieter, but the Mazda has better handling chassis and I like the transmission better. The Mazda represents an unbelievable value as we were able to get into our base sport model for $19k before taxes and fees, we actually leased it with the intention of buying it at the end because of the $1750 lease incentive offered. I prefer the 17 inch rim/tire combo of the sport model for NE roads, but you do give up a little performance which is compounded by the A/S Kumho tires that came on the car which are noisy and are clearly "touring" tires. I forget the model of the tire, but I had looked them up on Tire Rack and they were not rated well which is surprising because my last Mazda6 came with some nice Michelin's. I will admit that the 19 inch wheels on the higher models do look nicer than my 17's, but at least the 225/55/17 tires are still beefy enough to not distract too much from the appearance of the car. Handling wise, the chassis feels very confident on the highway and on back roads, you can definitely tell the tires are the limiting factor in terms of grip and road feel. Performance wise, the motor is adequately powerful and I would describe it as "swift". My only gripe is that the max RPM is set 500-1000 RPMs less than I would expect. The motor seems to be tuned more towards low end torque, which is fine for everyday driving but a little disappointing for a car with sporting intentions. The transmission is excellent in auto mode, it is very responsive to throttle inputs and swaps gears very nicely. In manual mode, it is little slow to respond to gear change requests and it is easy to hit the rev limiter. Interior wise I find the car very comfortable and very driver-centric, which I like very much. The standard cloth interior is attractive and seems like it will hold up well. Infotainment wise, it has everything expected in a modern car as well as a nicely placed touch screen. I was able to negotiate and get the Navigation chip installed for an additional $400.00. The Navigation screen is a little busy and takes some getting used to, it also does not re-direct based on traffic. Even so, it is still way better than a window mounted unit. Overall, it is a heck of a lot of car for the money and we are very pleased with our selection. If you want a poor man's BMW, then look here. If you want an import that rides more like a Buick, go look at the Accord or the Camry."

8 people out of 8 found this review helpful

This may be the best car I've ever owned

By on Saturday, December 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

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: "Name it. Not enough space to list all the pros"

Cons: "Not many come to mind"

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

"I love this car. Had it for just over a year and have put plenty of miles on it. It's great for both day-to-day commuting and long trips, and I can't say that I have a bad thing to say about it. Highlights: -Looks great -Nice pickup for a 4 cylinder engine -Handles like a Mazda...zoom, zoom -Comfortable seats and plenty of interior space -Spacious trunk -Safety features are top-notch -Audio system is top-notch -Driver controls are intuitive and easy to use Stuff that you may not appreciate from a showrooom view or quick test-drive -Convenience of having the controls in the center console can't be overstated. Being able to adjust audio volume, navigate the main display, change stations, etc. without having to reach to the dash will spoil you. -The Heads-Up display is fantastic. This should be a required feature of every car...like seat belts. It seems like a nice-to-have gadget, but it's WAY more than that. -Gas mileage is as good as advertised. I have a bit of a lead foot, and tend to "get up to speed" quickly...and I'm still getting about 28 mpg around town and almost 40 on long trips...and it's NOT a hybrid. Two (minor) bad points 1. It could use a bit more in terms of interior compartments. I don't need a lot of that, but I could see where people would want more places to put stuff 2. If you drop something in the crack between the front seat and center console, be prepared for a struggle. My daughter dropped her iPhone down there, and it took us almost 10 minutes to fish it out (after pulling over and getting a flashlight)."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Mazda owner for life

By on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 450

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
10/10

Pros: "reliable, affordable, beautiful"

Cons: "I miss my turbo"

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

"This is my 3rd Mazda. I had a 2001 Protege 5, traded it on a 2008 Mazdaspeed 3, and just traded it in on a 2016 Mazda 6. I have never been dis-satisfied with Mazda and this car is no different. Beautiful, drives great, and affordable. Not to mention reliable! If you are on the fence about getting this car, jump on over to the Mazda side and you will NOT be disappointed!"

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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