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Among other midsize sedans, the 2021 Mazda 6 has style to spare and continues to highlight driving enjoyment and interior quality. Take a top-level Signature trim, for example, and it'd be pretty easy to pass off as an entry-level luxury sedan from the likes of Acura or Lexus. The rush of power from the 6's available turbocharged engine is pretty addictive too.

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But this generation of Mazda 6 is entering its seventh year or production. Many rivals, such as the Kia K5, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, have considerably fresher designs. And if your priority is getting a comfortable and relaxed ride, you might want to look elsewhere. But overall that's a minor trade-off to get what is otherwise a sleek and appealing sedan. Read the categories of our Expert Rating below to get our full in-depth evaluation on this year's Mazda 6.

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Join him as he samples how it drives on the road and track, and keep watching to find out what makes this new Mazda 6 different from its competitors in the midsize sedan segment.","name":"2018 Mazda 6 Review","transcript":"SPEAKER: Thanks to trucks and SUVs, midsized sedans are no longer the King of sales. But some car makers aren't taking that lying down. The thoroughly redesigned Mazda 6 features a more elegant and mature design [INAUDIBLE] all around. Now its exterior styling is a little more subtle, but we feel the interior, by far its stand out feature, punches far above its weight. How does it compare against industry standards like the Camry and the Accord? Lets go and find out. At the front of the 6, Mazda both made the front end more aggressive and subtle at the same time. Let me explain. They've calmed down the signature wing, which is the trim piece that connects the two headlights together, and they moved the fog light into the headlight, cleaning up the whole front end. But they've kept the angular design that the Mazda 6 was known for. The new 19 inch wheels look bigger than they really are, because they've been designed so that the spokes go all the way up to the tire and are available on the top three trims. Bottom two trims get the more traditional 17 inch wheel. The back end of the car receives the same styling cues as the front, a flatter signature wing that connects the two taillights and larger exhaust tips to make the car look more sportier. But more importantly, let's take a look at the inside of the car where the big changes are. So here on the inside is where you are going to see the most differentiation. The previous Mazda 6 had a much more monolithic and vertical center console, whereas this generation is wide and expansive. There's not a lot of buttons in the middle like the old car. Instead, all you have is HVAC controls. And then down here, you have the controller for the infotainment system. Clearly, they're drawing design cues from other luxury car makers, and the material choices reflect that as well. On the signature trim, you have suede on the dash. You have leather seats and wood trim pieces all around. Unlike other car makers, they want you to really use the control knob for all the functions. Well there is a touch screen, it only works when the car is stopped. And also, to improve connectivity with the car, there's a big seven inch display right on the dash. And in fact, if we turn on the car, you can't really see the borders of it. It kind of blends in with the rest of the dash, and it displays things like your trip settings, your economy. Driver assisted navigation functions as well Another cool feature of the digital dash display is the ability to cycle through different modes. Now that's not particularly unique to the 6. But what is unique to the 6 is that you can turn it all off and have a very simplified view of your dash. Previous Mazda owners will also notice that there is no more flip up glass for the head up display. Instead, it's all integrated and projects directly on the windshield. When you add all these pieces up, you get a much more mature interior versus the old car. It's one that we really appreciate, and it's a design direction that we feel is going the right way. While the interior is all new, the chassis is still based off the old 6, which brings us to one issue that some may have a problem with, and that's the back seat. Definitely Camry and Accord have a larger backseat than this car. Now it's usable for most adults, but you're going to be missing a few inches of knee room that the other competitors have. And now for my favorite part, let's see how it drives. Another way Mazda engineers tried to increase the level of luxury in the car is by reducing ambient noise, road noise, and wind noise. And in fact, they did a lot of changes to the body to do that. Now on a twisty road like this, you won't really notice it too much, just because you're having a lot of fun driving, right? But on the highway, that translates into a lot more calmer ride. Now it's not noiseless, especially on these 19 inch low profile tires, but the noises that do come in the car are much more subdued, and lower in frequency, which doesn't really grate on your ears as much. Another unique attribute about the new six are these seats. Now they've been recontoured, and the feature new material so that little bit denser, and more comfortable. But the profiling of material has been changed so that your pelvis fits into the little nook back here, reducing the need for bolstering. Now on the signature trim car, you still have adjustable lumbar support, and two position driver memory. So you and a co-owner, or a friend, or your partner can share driving duties without messing too much with any of the adjustments. But one thing that will take your mind off of the interior is the drive dynamics. Now the 6 has always been a fairly good handling car, and this new one is no different. In fact, Mazda went through great lengths with the suspension to give it a little more comfort on choppy roads like this, without losing any of its pitch or roll stability. What that means is when you fling it through corners, the car stays flatter, and doesn't rock your head front, back, and side to side. In fact, amongst the midsize sedan segment, Mazda 6 is probably one of the better handling cars out there. But what good is all this suspension if you don't have the power to match with it, right? Well, with this 2.5 liter turbo charged engine, producing three 310 pound feed of torque, and 250 horsepower, the power is there right when you need it. On this twisty road, it doesn't take much to get the car pulled into the corner, in fact. In fact, you have to be careful not to give it too much throttle, and get some torque steer through the wheel. Now torque steer is where one wheel has a little bit more grip than the other, and it will send a little bit of feedback through the wheel to let you know, hey, maybe you need to back off a little bit. Sending the power to the front wheels is this six speed transmission. Now there's paddle shifters so you can shift manually if you'd like, but frankly, it's just fine in automatic. In fact, there's a sport mode, which only works through the transmission, that holds gears longer, and makes down shifts more aggressive. But frankly, even in regular automatic mode, the computer has enough flexibility to make the shifts more aggressive on his own where you might not even use sport mode. Now some of the Mazda 6's competitors have gone to eight and nine speed transmissions, so the Mazda 6 may seem archaic with six speed. But with such broad torque coming from the engine, and good gearing from this gearbox, Mazda didn't feel like they needed to invest in a transmission with even more gears. Now what's the result of that? Well, the car stays in gear longer, so it's not shifting as much. So you get a more consistent pull as you're accelerating down the road. On top of that, when you downshift, it's not downshifting three or four gears. It's usually just one, and it puts it right in the sweet spot for you to have a very strong acceleration coming out of a corner. Frankly, we haven't noticed any issues with it and we think it's a great idea. Not bad. While at the track, the Mazda didn't generate the numbers we felt like it could achieve when we were driving down the road. It accelerated from 0 to 60 MPH in 6.7 seconds. While not absolutely praiseworthy, it's certainly satisfactory as both 0 to 60 and quarter mile times put it right between the base engine and option engine equipped versions of the Camry and Accord. There are steering changes as well. The steering rack is mounted directly to the subframe. No bushings. What that means is you can feel the grain of the road. And we're going over these little ribbons in the road, and I can feel them through the steering wheel. On top of that, the steering rack has been calibrated to give it very good weight and heft. Some people might find it a bit too heavy, but anyone who's driven a sports car will be right at home. How do all these changes translate? Well frankly, wonderfully. The car is uniform through the corners. You can pitch it in hard and the car stays very composed. It doesn't matter if it's small little bumps like what we're feeling now, or larger bumps like that. The car never gets upset. You can drive this car far faster than the speed limit would suggest you can, and have no problems doing it. Now obviously, we suggest you keep with the law, but it's nice to know you can if you needed to. Surprisingly, turning isn't as aggressive as I thought it would be, but that's not such a bad thing. It follows through really well, meaning once I do get the right amount of turn inset, the car doesn't really deviate from that. And I can control it with the throttle and the steering wheel so that I can kind of manage my understeer very well. With the changes to the suspension, the steering rack, the Mazda 6 has nothing to worry about maintaining its position as the sportiest mid-size sedan on the market. Sure, its heavy steering and suspension may draw away some potential buyers. But it's torquey engine, subtle exterior, and stand out interior are more than enough for it to compete against the traditional favorites, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. But what Mazda has done with the signature trim elevates the 6 away from those two into the luxury segment. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below. To see more videos like these, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and check us out on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And don't forget, you can always find out more information on our website, Edmunds.com.","thumbnailUrl":"https://media.ed.edmunds-media.com/non-make/ot/ot_8141907_175.jpg","contentUrl":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ad8aTseAYo","uploadDate":"2018-06-16"}]

2021 Mazda 6

MSRP range: $24,475 - $35,900
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MSRP
$25,930
Edmunds suggests you pay
$24,366

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2021 Mazda 6 Review

  • Stylish interior and exterior design
  • Comfortable and supportive front seats
  • Entertaining handling
  • Strong acceleration from available turbocharged engine
  • Doesn't ride as comfortably as other sedans
  • All-wheel drive isn't available
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard
  • Carbon Edition appearance package debuts
  • Part of the third Mazda 6 generation introduced in 2014
  • Among other midsize sedans, the 2021 Mazda 6 has style to spare and continues to highlight driving enjoyment and interior quality. Take a top-level Signature trim, for example, and it'd be pretty easy to pass off as an entry-level luxury sedan from the likes of Acura or Lexus. The rush of power from the 6's available turbocharged engine is pretty addictive too.

    But this generation of Mazda 6 is entering its seventh year or production. Many rivals, such as the Kia K5, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, have considerably fresher designs. And if your priority is getting a comfortable and relaxed ride, you might want to look elsewhere. But overall that's a minor trade-off to get what is otherwise a sleek and appealing sedan. Read the categories of our Expert Rating below to get our full in-depth evaluation on this year's Mazda 6.

    EdmundsEdmunds' Expert Rating
    Rated for you by America’s best test team
    The Mazda 6 pulls off near-luxury quality thanks to its impressive ride comfort and smart attention to detail. But its greatest trick is that it's simply a joy to drive. Sedans aren't typically dripping with charisma. This one has plenty to spare.
    The Mazda 6 is one of the best-handling midsize sedans you can buy. We came away thoroughly impressed with the way it turns into corners and stays composed over bumps in the road. It also has excellent steering, offering a hefty weight at low speeds that blends into accurate feedback as you push the car. This is the best it gets.

    The optional turbocharged four-cylinder engine is also strong and makes plenty of power off the line. The thrust peters out as you get up to highway speeds (or beyond), but this isn't much of an issue for a family sedan. The transmission, even though it's behind the times with only six gears, shifts quickly and smoothly.
    The front seats are firm and contoured enough to prevent you from moving around during hard driving, yet they're comfortable on long-range cruises. Our test car also came with much-appreciated touches such as leather trim and ventilation. The standard dual-zone climate control takes some time to cool the cabin, but it's quiet and simple to operate.

    Here's the downside: The Mazda 6 does not have a plush ride. Its sport-tuned suspension prioritizes driving thrills over comfort. The 6 is a bit stiff compared to competitors, but it's not punishing. Otherwise, the cabin is calm and well insulated, save for a little wind and road noise on the highway.
    Getting in and out is easy thanks to wide-opening doors. Tall-torsoed rear passengers may have to duck their heads due to the 6's sloping rear roofline, but otherwise getting into the back isn't a problem. There's plenty of legroom and headroom up front. Rear passengers will notice less legroom than the Accord or the Camry offers, but average-size folks should find the space comfortable.

    Most functions have multiple access paths, but the central control knob is used for everything. It's easy to operate and allows you to keep your eyes on the road. The steering wheel controls are numerous and kind of fiddly, and we wish the touchscreen didn't have a lockout feature while in motion.
    Adaptive cruise control works well and is able to bring the Mazda 6 down to a stop when necessary. The statuses for the adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning and front crash mitigation are visible through the optional head-up display, giving the driver additional situational awareness.

    Mazda's available navigation system works well in conjunction with voice control and the control knob, but some functions are nonintuitive, such as menu-based zooming when in map mode. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration is standard.
    Most buyers won't take issue with the 14.7-cubic-foot trunk, though it's not tops in cargo capacity in the class. You can fold the 60/40-split rear seats, but the only releases are in the trunk. Interior storage space for small items is sufficient.

    If you've got small kids to haul around, Mazda provides four recessed lower car seat anchors and three upper tether points. The lower anchors are located under plastic covers and could get lost easily. They're also a bit of a tight fit.
    We tested the 6 with its optional turbocharged engine. When the 6 is so equipped, the EPA says to expect 26 mpg in combined city/highway driving. This is an average figure for a midsize sedan with an upgraded engine. We easily matched that on our mixed-driving 115-mile evaluation route, getting 27.8 mpg with our test car.
    Mazda has achieved its goal of creating a borderline-luxury sedan at an affordable price. The Mazda 6 has excellent fit and finish, especially in the leading Signature trim. It has a refined design, taut execution and a composed ride — a combination rarely found at this price. As a bonus, it's one of the most fun models in its class to drive.
    Mazda 6 has taken a midsize sedan and injected it with style and personality. In one of the auto industry's most competitive classes, the Mazda 6 offers charisma and finesse that instantly stand out.

    Which 6 does Edmunds recommend?

    It's one of the more pricier versions of the Mazda 6, but we think the Grand Touring Reserve is the way to go. Not only do you get the more powerful turbocharged engine, but the Reserve adds leather seating surfaces, adaptive headlights, a head-up display, and ventilated front and heated rear seats.

    Mazda 6 models

    The 2021 Mazda 6 comes in six trim levels: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, Carbon Edition (new for 2021) and Signature. All are front-wheel-drive. Highlighted standard features include:

    Sport
    Gets things going with:

  • 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine (187 horsepower, 186 lb-ft of torque)
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • 17-inch wheels
  • LED headlights
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Push-button start
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • 8-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • Every Mazda 6 also comes with these driver aids:

  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection (warns if a front impact is imminent and applies the brakes if you don't respond in time)
  • Blind-spot monitoring (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)
  • Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)
  • Lane keeping assist (steers the Mazda 6 back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)
  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Mazda and the car in front)
  • Rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle behind you is about to cross your vehicle's path while you're in reverse)
  • Touring
    Adds some nice-to-have features, such as:

  • 19-inch wheels
  • Sunroof
  • Heated front seats
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Proximity key entry
  • Rear air-conditioning vents and two USB ports for rear passengers
  • Grand Touring
    Ups the Mazda 6's performance and luxury with:

  • Turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder (227 hp and 310 lb-ft with regular gas, or 250 hp and 320 lb-ft with 93 octane)
  • Driver's side dimming and heated outside mirrors
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • 11-speaker Bose audio system
  • Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters
  • Wireless connectivity for Apple CarPlay
  • Satellite radio
  • Grand Touring Reserve
    Dresses up the Mazda 6 with:

  • Unique 19-inch wheels
  • Adaptive headlights (swivel as you turn the steering wheel for better illumination in curves)
  • Chrome exterior trim
  • Trunk-mounted spoiler
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • Driver-seat memory settings
  • Power-adjustable front passenger seat
  • Head-up display (displays important information in your sight line onto the windshield)
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated outboard rear seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Carbon Edition
    Similar to the Grand Touring Reserve but has:

  • Special gray paint
  • Black-painted wheels and exterior trim
  • Red leather seating surfaces
  • Contrasting interior stitching
  • Signature
    Tops the range with extra luxury and safety features, such as:

  • Dark gray exterior trim
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Upgraded leather upholstery
  • Wood and faux suede interior trim
  • Navigation system
  • 360-degree camera system (gives you a top-down view of the Mazda 6 and its surroundings for tight parking situations)
  • Rear automatic braking (brakes if sensors detect an imminent collision with an object behind the vehicle)
  • Driver attention warning (issues an alert if sensors determine you are becoming fatigued)
  • I always wanted a Mazda 6 Grand Touring. I finally bought a brand new 2021 Mazda 6 GT, and now I suffer heavily from buyer's remorse. The engine is underwhelming with a 0 to 60 time of 7.1 sec. There is a lot of torque from this bad boy, but it is all bark and no bite after first gear. It feels heavy and unsporty. I am 6 ft. tall and I have trouble getting in and out of the vehicle without heading my head once or twice. Once I survived the initial entry point, I feel like a giant with the top of my grazing the ceiling. The infotainment system looks like 2010 tech. The rear camera is terrible. I like the center knob near the shifter. After you get used to it, it becomes intuitive and quite safer than touch screen, but that's the height of the excitement. Other than that, this car makes me sad. I already have thoughts of how I am going to trade in this vehicle for something else (Kia Stinger?).

    2021 Mazda 6 video

    SPEAKER: Thanks to trucks and SUVs, midsized sedans are no longer the King of sales. But some car makers aren't taking that lying down. The thoroughly redesigned Mazda 6 features a more elegant and mature design [INAUDIBLE] all around. Now its exterior styling is a little more subtle, but we feel the interior, by far its stand out feature, punches far above its weight. How does it compare against industry standards like the Camry and the Accord? Lets go and find out. At the front of the 6, Mazda both made the front end more aggressive and subtle at the same time. Let me explain. They've calmed down the signature wing, which is the trim piece that connects the two headlights together, and they moved the fog light into the headlight, cleaning up the whole front end. But they've kept the angular design that the Mazda 6 was known for. The new 19 inch wheels look bigger than they really are, because they've been designed so that the spokes go all the way up to the tire and are available on the top three trims. Bottom two trims get the more traditional 17 inch wheel. The back end of the car receives the same styling cues as the front, a flatter signature wing that connects the two taillights and larger exhaust tips to make the car look more sportier. But more importantly, let's take a look at the inside of the car where the big changes are. So here on the inside is where you are going to see the most differentiation. The previous Mazda 6 had a much more monolithic and vertical center console, whereas this generation is wide and expansive. There's not a lot of buttons in the middle like the old car. Instead, all you have is HVAC controls. And then down here, you have the controller for the infotainment system. Clearly, they're drawing design cues from other luxury car makers, and the material choices reflect that as well. On the signature trim, you have suede on the dash. You have leather seats and wood trim pieces all around. Unlike other car makers, they want you to really use the control knob for all the functions. Well there is a touch screen, it only works when the car is stopped. And also, to improve connectivity with the car, there's a big seven inch display right on the dash. And in fact, if we turn on the car, you can't really see the borders of it. It kind of blends in with the rest of the dash, and it displays things like your trip settings, your economy. Driver assisted navigation functions as well Another cool feature of the digital dash display is the ability to cycle through different modes. Now that's not particularly unique to the 6. But what is unique to the 6 is that you can turn it all off and have a very simplified view of your dash. Previous Mazda owners will also notice that there is no more flip up glass for the head up display. Instead, it's all integrated and projects directly on the windshield. When you add all these pieces up, you get a much more mature interior versus the old car. It's one that we really appreciate, and it's a design direction that we feel is going the right way. While the interior is all new, the chassis is still based off the old 6, which brings us to one issue that some may have a problem with, and that's the back seat. Definitely Camry and Accord have a larger backseat than this car. Now it's usable for most adults, but you're going to be missing a few inches of knee room that the other competitors have. And now for my favorite part, let's see how it drives. Another way Mazda engineers tried to increase the level of luxury in the car is by reducing ambient noise, road noise, and wind noise. And in fact, they did a lot of changes to the body to do that. Now on a twisty road like this, you won't really notice it too much, just because you're having a lot of fun driving, right? But on the highway, that translates into a lot more calmer ride. Now it's not noiseless, especially on these 19 inch low profile tires, but the noises that do come in the car are much more subdued, and lower in frequency, which doesn't really grate on your ears as much. Another unique attribute about the new six are these seats. Now they've been recontoured, and the feature new material so that little bit denser, and more comfortable. But the profiling of material has been changed so that your pelvis fits into the little nook back here, reducing the need for bolstering. Now on the signature trim car, you still have adjustable lumbar support, and two position driver memory. So you and a co-owner, or a friend, or your partner can share driving duties without messing too much with any of the adjustments. But one thing that will take your mind off of the interior is the drive dynamics. Now the 6 has always been a fairly good handling car, and this new one is no different. In fact, Mazda went through great lengths with the suspension to give it a little more comfort on choppy roads like this, without losing any of its pitch or roll stability. What that means is when you fling it through corners, the car stays flatter, and doesn't rock your head front, back, and side to side. In fact, amongst the midsize sedan segment, Mazda 6 is probably one of the better handling cars out there. But what good is all this suspension if you don't have the power to match with it, right? Well, with this 2.5 liter turbo charged engine, producing three 310 pound feed of torque, and 250 horsepower, the power is there right when you need it. On this twisty road, it doesn't take much to get the car pulled into the corner, in fact. In fact, you have to be careful not to give it too much throttle, and get some torque steer through the wheel. Now torque steer is where one wheel has a little bit more grip than the other, and it will send a little bit of feedback through the wheel to let you know, hey, maybe you need to back off a little bit. Sending the power to the front wheels is this six speed transmission. Now there's paddle shifters so you can shift manually if you'd like, but frankly, it's just fine in automatic. In fact, there's a sport mode, which only works through the transmission, that holds gears longer, and makes down shifts more aggressive. But frankly, even in regular automatic mode, the computer has enough flexibility to make the shifts more aggressive on his own where you might not even use sport mode. Now some of the Mazda 6's competitors have gone to eight and nine speed transmissions, so the Mazda 6 may seem archaic with six speed. But with such broad torque coming from the engine, and good gearing from this gearbox, Mazda didn't feel like they needed to invest in a transmission with even more gears. Now what's the result of that? Well, the car stays in gear longer, so it's not shifting as much. So you get a more consistent pull as you're accelerating down the road. On top of that, when you downshift, it's not downshifting three or four gears. It's usually just one, and it puts it right in the sweet spot for you to have a very strong acceleration coming out of a corner. Frankly, we haven't noticed any issues with it and we think it's a great idea. Not bad. While at the track, the Mazda didn't generate the numbers we felt like it could achieve when we were driving down the road. It accelerated from 0 to 60 MPH in 6.7 seconds. While not absolutely praiseworthy, it's certainly satisfactory as both 0 to 60 and quarter mile times put it right between the base engine and option engine equipped versions of the Camry and Accord. There are steering changes as well. The steering rack is mounted directly to the subframe. No bushings. What that means is you can feel the grain of the road. And we're going over these little ribbons in the road, and I can feel them through the steering wheel. On top of that, the steering rack has been calibrated to give it very good weight and heft. Some people might find it a bit too heavy, but anyone who's driven a sports car will be right at home. How do all these changes translate? Well frankly, wonderfully. The car is uniform through the corners. You can pitch it in hard and the car stays very composed. It doesn't matter if it's small little bumps like what we're feeling now, or larger bumps like that. The car never gets upset. You can drive this car far faster than the speed limit would suggest you can, and have no problems doing it. Now obviously, we suggest you keep with the law, but it's nice to know you can if you needed to. Surprisingly, turning isn't as aggressive as I thought it would be, but that's not such a bad thing. It follows through really well, meaning once I do get the right amount of turn inset, the car doesn't really deviate from that. And I can control it with the throttle and the steering wheel so that I can kind of manage my understeer very well. With the changes to the suspension, the steering rack, the Mazda 6 has nothing to worry about maintaining its position as the sportiest mid-size sedan on the market. Sure, its heavy steering and suspension may draw away some potential buyers. But it's torquey engine, subtle exterior, and stand out interior are more than enough for it to compete against the traditional favorites, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. But what Mazda has done with the signature trim elevates the 6 away from those two into the luxury segment. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below. To see more videos like these, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and check us out on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And don't forget, you can always find out more information on our website, Edmunds.com.

    2018 Mazda 6 Review

    NOTE: This video is about the 2018 Mazda 6, but since the 2021 Mazda 6 is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.

    Edmunds Road Test Engineer Calvin Kim had the opportunity to test-drive the new 2018 Mazda 6. Join him as he samples how it drives on the road and track, and keep watching to find out what makes this new Mazda 6 different from its competitors in the midsize sedan segment.

    Features & Specs

    Base MSRP
    $24,475
    MPG & Fuel
    26 City / 35 Hwy / 29 Combined
    Fuel Tank Capacity: 16.4 gal. capacity
    Seating
    5 seats
    Drivetrain
    Type: front wheel drive
    Transmission: 6-speed shiftable automatic
    Engine
    Inline 4 cylinder
    Horsepower: 187 hp @ 6000 rpm
    Torque: 186 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
    Basic Warranty
    3 yr./ 36000 mi.
    Dimensions
    Length: 192.7 in. / Height: 57.1 in. / Width: 72.4 in.
    Curb Weight: 3437 lbs.
    Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 14.7 cu.ft.

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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite 6 safety features:

    Adaptive Front-Lighting System
    Turns the low beams in conjunction with your steering inputs to help you see through turns at night.
    Smart Brake Support
    Warns you if a front impact is imminent and applies the brakes automatically to mitigate the effects of a collision.
    Traffic Sign Recognition System
    Reads and relays traffic sign information to the driver on a head-up display so you're always aware.

    NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

    Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
    Overall
    5 / 5
    Driver
    5 / 5
    Passenger
    4 / 5
    Side Crash RatingRating
    Overall
    5 / 5
    Side Barrier RatingRating
    Overall
    5 / 5
    Driver
    5 / 5
    Passenger
    5 / 5
    Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
    Front Seat
    5 / 5
    Back Seat
    5 / 5
    RolloverRating
    Rollover
    4 / 5
    Dynamic Test Result
    No Tip
    Risk Of Rollover
    10.3%

    IIHS Rating

    The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

    Side Impact Test
    Good
    Roof Strength Test
    Good
    Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
    IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
    Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good



    Mazda 6 vs. the competition

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    Mazda 6 vs. Honda Accord

    Long considered the benchmark for a midsize sedan, the Accord combines a spacious, high-quality interior with good fuel efficiency and a comfortable ride. While its handling isn't as engaging as the Mazda's, the Accord is relatively fun to drive. Honda's base engine is more powerful, but Mazda's upgraded turbo engine makes considerably more torque than the Honda's optional motor. You won't go wrong with either sedan.

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    Mazda 6 vs. Kia K5

    Kia's newcomer took no time in dethroning the Accord as our pick for best midsize sedan. It has a comfortable interior with modern technology and a terrific warranty. Both the Kia and the Mazda offer head-turning styling. If you value a sporty driving experience, we'd suggest the Mazda even if that means it won't ride quite as well as the Kia.

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    Mazda 6 vs. Volkswagen Jetta GLI

    If you can forgo a little interior room, the sporty Jetta GLI is a good performance match for the Mazda 6. Its turbocharged engine makes good power and, like the Mazda, it's one of the few sedans that's a real joy to drive down a twisty road. But the Jetta falls behind the Mazda when it comes to interior quality.

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    26 compined MPG,
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    front wheel drive
    Displacement
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    114.5 cu.ft.
    Wheelbase
    111.4 in.
    Length
    192.7 in.
    Width
    72.4 in.
    Height
    57.1 in.
    Curb Weight
    3582 lbs.

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