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Rankings & Research

The 2019 Mazda Mazda6 ranked #5 in Midsize Cars. Currently the Mazda Mazda6 has a score of 8.6 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 51 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 8.0
Safety: 9.9
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2019 Mazda Mazda6 Review

The 2019 Mazda6 ranks in the top third of the midsize car class. Although it has a below-average predicted reliability rating, its lively performance and peppy turbocharged engine option help make it a strong contender in the segment.

Pros & Cons

  • Athletic handling
  • Strong turbocharged engine option
  • Premium cabin materials
  • Subpar predicted reliability rating
  • Some infotainment controls can be finicky
  • Some rivals have roomier rear seats

New for 2019

  • Six-speed manual transmission discontinued
  • More safety features now standard
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto now available

Is the Mazda6 a Good Car?

The 2019 Mazda6 is one of the most athletic sedans in the midsize car class. Sharp, responsive steering and confidence-inspiring road grip help make it a blast to drive and a delight on twisty roads. Although its base engine is nothing special, the available turbocharged engine gives the Mazda6 the power to match its handling. However, this Mazda has a subpar predicted reliability rating, and many rivals have roomier rear seats and easier-to-use infotainment systems.

Should I Buy the Mazda6?

Though it’s a lively and nimble car, the Mazda6 isn’t the only athlete in its class. The Toyota Camry – yes, really – is another agile performer, and it has a better predicted reliability rating. Another rival, the Honda Accord, offers a roomy cabin and more trunk space than the Mazda6. Shoppers who want to stick with Mazda vehicles might also consider SUVs like the two-row CX-5 or three-row CX-9, both of which pair agility with more cargo room and available all-wheel drive.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Mazda6?

Mazda redesigned the Mazda6 for the 2014 model year. However, most shoppers will want to stick with a 2018 Mazda6 or newer. For 2018, Mazda refreshed the Mazda6, giving it revamped exterior and interior styling, a turbocharged engine option, and more standard and available features, including an 8-inch touch screen, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a 360-degree camera.

For 2019, Mazda introduced Apple CarPlay and Android Auto availability and made a few driver aids standard, such as forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control. Additionally, the six-speed manual transmission was discontinued. Unless the newly available smartphone integration or more standard safety features are important to you, consider going with the otherwise identical 2018 model, which will likely cost less.

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We Did the Research for You: 40 Reviews Analyzed

Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make car shopping a breeze. You'll find everything you need to know about the Mazda6 in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data like fuel economy estimates and cargo space dimensions with professional evaluations from 40 automotive sources. This Mazda6 review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2014 and includes 2019.

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How Much Does the Mazda6 Cost?

The 2019 Mazda6 has a starting MSRP of $23,800. That’s about average for the class. The Touring trim's MSRP starts at $26,400 while the Grand Touring retails for $29,500. The Grand Touring Reserve has a base MSRP of $32,000, and the range-topping Signature trim starts at $35,100. That’s about average for the starting MSRPs of high-end trims in this segment.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Mazda dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Mazda deals page.

Mazda6 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Mazda6 or Toyota Camry?

The Toyota Camry is one of the best new midsize sedans you can buy. Both the Camry and Mazda6 are fun-to-drive cars, but the Toyota has an available V6 engine stronger than anything you’ll find in the Mazda. Additionally, the Camry’s base engine is more fuel-efficient. Add to that the Camry’s slightly larger trunk (in all but the base trim) and higher predicted reliability rating, and it’s easy to see why it’s the better vehicle. The cherry on top is price: The Camry’s starting MSRP is only around $150 more than the Mazda6’s. In fact, we named the Camry our 2019 Best Midsize Car for the Money for its combination of quality and value.

Which Is Better: Mazda6 or Honda Accord?

The Honda Accord is another great choice. It has two eager turbocharged engine options and a ride quality that deftly balances comfort and litheness. Its cabin materials are top-notch, and the Honda has a larger trunk and more rear-seat legroom than the Mazda. It’s more fuel-efficient too. On the other hand, the Mazda6 is a smidge more athletic. Both are great vehicles with similar base prices, so choosing one is a matter of preference.

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Mazda6 Interior

How Many People Does the Mazda6 Seat?

This sedan seats five people on standard cloth seats. Upgrades include power-adjustable, heated, and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, synthetic leather seats, and genuine leather upholstery.

The front seats are roomy, providing plenty of head- and legroom. The rear seats have a good amount of headroom too, though critics are divided regarding back-seat legroom.

Mazda6 and Car Seats

For securing child safety seats, the Mazda6 has two complete sets of LATCH connectors on the rear outboard seats. The rear middle seat has a single tether anchor, and a lower anchor can be borrowed from each side. The whole setup is easy to use, which is why the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it the highest rating of Good+.

Mazda6 Interior Quality

This Mazda has an upscale cabin. Premium materials and excellent build quality make it feel a little like a luxury vehicle.

Mazda6 Cargo Space

With 14.7 cubic-feet of space, the Mazda6 has a typically sized trunk for the class.

Mazda6 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the Mazda6 include an 8-inch touch screen, smartphone integration via Aha, Pandora, and Stitcher, a USB port, Bluetooth, HD Radio, and a six-speaker stereo. A navigation system is available, as are an 11-speaker Bose stereo, satellite radio, two additional USB ports, and, for the first time, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

Using the infotainment system is generally simple, but some functions are hidden beneath a long list of menus. Though there is a nominal touch screen, it only functions as one while the car is parked; while in motion, it requires a rotary dial to operate.

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Mazda6 Performance

Mazda6 Engine: From Good to Better

Standard in the Sport and Touring trims is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 187 horsepower. The other trims have a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 227 or 250 horsepower, depending on which type of gasoline you use. All models come with a six-speed automatic transmission. The previously available manual transmission has been discontinued.

Both engines are capable, though the turbocharged engine feels more energetic and delivers brisker acceleration. The automatic transmission shifts seamlessly.

Mazda6 Gas Mileage: Typical

This sedan gets an EPA-estimated 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. With the turbocharged engine, fuel economy drops to 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. All those estimates align with many rivals.

Mazda6 Ride and Handling: Spirited Fun

Mazda vehicles are known for being agile, and the Mazda6 is no exception. Nimble, poised, and lively on the road, it has little trouble conquering twisted terrain. A smooth ride helps keep its occupants comfortable too. Front-wheel drive comes standard.

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Mazda6 Reliability

Is the Mazda6 Reliable?

The 2019 Mazda6 has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Mazda6 Warranty

The Mazda6 is covered by a basic warranty lasting three years or 36,000 miles and a powertrain warranty lasting five years or 60,000 miles.

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Mazda6 Safety

Mazda6 Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Mazda6 perfect five-star ratings in frontal crash and side crash tests and four stars in rollover tests for an overall five-star rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not crash tested this sedan as of this writing.

Mazda6 Safety Features

The entry-level Sport trim has forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control as standard equipment.

Available driver aids include front and rear parking sensors, a 360-degree camera, adaptive headlights, a head-up display, and traffic sign recognition.

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Mazda6 Dimensions and Weight

The 2019 Mazda6 is about 16.1 feet long. It has a curb weight ranging from 3,443 to 3,580 pounds.

Where Is the 2019 Mazda6 Built?

Mazda builds the Mazda6 in Japan.

Which Mazda6 Model Is Right for Me?

Mazda offers the Mazda6 in five trim levels: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, and Signature. The lower trims have a four-cylinder engine, while Grand Touring and above trims feature a turbocharged four-cylinder. All have a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. Shoppers after the stronger engine should start their search with the Grand Touring trim. If you’re content with the base engine, consider the Touring trim for its added tech and comfort features.

A navigation system ($400) and rear parking sensors ($475) are available in all but the top-level Signature trim, where they come standard. Remote start is available throughout the lineup for $550. Otherwise, there are no major packages offered in any trims.

Mazda6 Sport

The base Mazda6 Sport has an MSRP of $23,800. Standard equipment includes the Mazda Connect infotainment system, an 8-inch display, Pandora, HD Radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, a six-speaker stereo, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, cloth seats, and alloy wheels. Several safety features come standard too. These include lane keep assist, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and Smart City Brake Support and Smart Brake Support, which function like forward collision warning with low-speed brake assist and pedestrian detection.

Mazda6 Touring

With an MSRP of $26,400, the Touring trim adds Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, two rear-seat USB ports, synthetic leather seats, heated front seats, a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, proximity keyless entry, a moonroof, and larger alloy wheels.

Mazda6 Grand Touring

The Grand Touring starts at $29,500 and comes with the turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This trim builds off the Touring’s equipment list, adding an 11-speaker Bose stereo, satellite radio, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Mazda6 Grand Touring Reserve

The Grand Touring Reserve (MSRP: $32,000) gains leather upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a six-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, adaptive headlights, traffic sign recognition, and a head-up display.

Mazda6 Signature

The Signature trim retails for $35,100 and comes with just about everything you can get in this Mazda, including navigation, upgraded leather seats, a heated steering wheel, front and rear parking sensors, and a surround-view parking camera.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Mazda dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Mazda deals page.

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The Final Call

Sharp handling and a capable turbocharged engine option help make the Mazda6 one of the most spirited entries in the midsize car class. Comfortable inside and sporty outside, it’s a great pick. However, this is a competitive segment. Many rivals have better predicted reliability ratings, larger trunks, more rear-seat space, stronger base engines, and more intuitive infotainment systems.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The 2019 Mazda6 midsize sedan is so good it could be from a premium marque. While acknowledging that taste is subjective, we think the Mazda6 has a style about it that sets it apart from rivals like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Now, we’ve reviewed the versions of this car more than once. … But after almost a year of not driving any sedans, to me, the car felt like a revelation. Maybe not the kind of, fall-to-your-knees driving dynamics that turns casual owners into rabid enthusiasts, but the kind that serves as a reminder as to why sedans deserved their past dominance of the automotive market." -- Jalopnik
  • "The 2018 Mazda 6 aspires to more than mere family-sedan duties. Sure, it has a big interior and competitive fuel economy, but on top of that it adds an upscale design and a focus on driving enjoyment. The Mazda 6 has offered these attributes for some time now, but Mazda is doubling down as other top automakers are trying a similar approach. For 2018, that means broad improvements to the Mazda, with refinements in how it looks, drives and feels." -- Edmunds (2018)


Expert Advice

Last Updated: June 27, 2019

Slow Sales: The Mazda6 is one of the slowest-selling options in the midsize car class in 2019. The sales-powerhouse Toyota Camry is outselling the Mazda6 almost 13 to 1. So far this year, Mazda6 sales have fallen 23.4% relative to the same period last year.

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