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Rankings & Research

The 2018 Mazda Mazda6 ranked #5 in Midsize Cars. Currently the Mazda Mazda6 has a score of 8.5 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 44 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 7.9
Safety: 9.8
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2018 Mazda Mazda6 Review

The 2018 Mazda6 finishes in the top half of our midsize car rankings. Though it isn't perfect, this Mazda delivers performance that few sedans can match and features a well-built interior.

Pros & Cons

  • Agile and fun-to-drive
  • Powerful available turbocharged engine
  • Upscale interior
  • Comfortable, supportive seats
  • Low predicted reliability rating
  • Rivals have roomier rear seats

New for 2018

  • New available turbocharged engine
  • Base engine gains cylinder deactivation technology
  • Revamped trim lineup
  • New dashboard design and improved interior materials
  • Several new standard and available features

Is the Mazda6 a Good Car?

Yes, the Mazda6 is a good car. It handles incredibly well, rides smoothly, and thanks to its new available turbocharged engine, has an inspiring powertrain to really let its athleticism shine through. Inside, the Mazda6 looks great and feels upscale. The front seats are comfortable, and there are some tech features anyone can appreciate. There are a couple things holding this sedan back from a top-tier class ranking, however: It has a poor predicted reliability rating, the base engine is underwhelming, and some competitors have more rear-seat and cargo space.

Should I Buy the Mazda6?

The Mazda6 is a great choice if you want a fun-to-drive sedan. With one of the lowest base prices in the class, it's also a decent value. However, there are some great vehicles in the midsize car class, so don't just buy the first car you come across. If you like the Mazda6, you should also check out the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Mazda6?

The 2018 Mazda6 is part of a generation that began with the 2014 model year. In years past, each new Mazda6 model gained a few new features, but that was about it. For example, the 2016 model got standard Bluetooth and a larger infotainment screen, while the 2017 model added the MazdaConnect infotainment system and a rearview camera to the standard features list.

For 2018, however, Mazda refreshed the 6, so it sees several changes. The base engine (when equipped with the automatic transmission) now has cylinder deactivation technology. There's finally an alternative to the base engine as well – a 250-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder. The 2018 model also gets improved interior materials, two new trims, and new standard and available features, including heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, an 8-inch touch screen, lane keep assist, a surround-view camera, traffic sign recognition, and more.

It is possible for you to save money by shopping for a used Mazda6 – potentially thousands. Just know that you won't get the benefits of the vehicle's refresh. If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 Mazda6 review to help you decide if you can live without the 2018 model's many updates.

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How Much Does the Mazda6 Cost?

The Mazda6 carries a starting price of just under $22,000. Few class rivals have lower base prices, though several midsize cars start at under $24,000, so it's not like the Mazda6 is way less expensive than a typical midsize sedan. The top trim, the Mazda6 Signature, starts at $34,750, which is an average price for a top-trim midsize car.

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?

Fresh off a redesign, the Toyota Camry is making a run at being the perfect midsize car. Believe it or not, the Camry might be a better all-around performer than its Mazda rival. The Camry has more-powerful engines, gets better fuel economy, delivers a smooth ride, and tackles winding roads with verve. It has an attractive interior, two rows of spacious seats, and slightly more trunk space than the Mazda6. The Camry has more standard driver assistance features than the Mazda and a much higher predicted reliability rating. The Toyota is the clear choice here.

Which Is Better: Mazda6 or Honda Accord?

The Honda Accord is another midsize car that's redesigned for 2018, and like the Camry, it finishes right at the top of the class rankings. The Accord may not be quite as fun to drive as the Mazda, but it's in the conversation. It also gets better gas mileage. Inside, the Accord is quiet and comfortable. The rear seats are more spacious than almost every rivals', and the Accord has roughly 2 more cubic feet of cargo space. The Honda offers a lengthy list of standard and available features, including things like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto that you can't get in the Mazda6. The Mazda is a good car, but the Honda is a great one.

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Mazda6 Interior

How Many People Does the Mazda6 Seat?

This Mazda sedan seats five people. Up front, you'll find plenty of head- and legroom and seats that remain supportive and comfortable even on long drives. The rear seats are comfortable and have decent headroom, but some people will wish for more room around their knees and feet.

Mazda6 and Car Seats

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors.

Mazda6 Interior Quality

The Mazda6's cabin looks and feels upscale thanks to its sleek design and heavy use of top-notch materials.

Mazda6 Cargo Space

Though some competitors come with larger trunks, the Mazda6 still gives you nearly 15 cubic feet of cargo room, which is about average for a midsize sedan. That's enough space for nearly a dozen shopping bags, and the wide trunk opening makes it easy to load items.

Mazda6 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the Mazda6 include dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a six-speaker audio system, HD Radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, and the MazdaConnect infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen. Available features include a moonroof, two additional USB ports, an 11-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, and navigation.

The infotainment system is something of a mixed bag. The interface is intuitive, but some functions are buried several layers deep, so it can take time to learn where everything is located. The screen is big and easy to see, but it only functions as a touch screen while the car is parked; while in motion, you have to use the rotary control dial. Unlike many competitors, this Mazda doesn't offer Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone connectivity.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

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Mazda6 Performance

Mazda6 Engine: Try the New Turbo

The Mazda6 comes standard with a 187-horsepower base engine that feels weak at times, though it has plenty of power for most driving situations. For a more enjoyable drive, upgrade to the new-for-2018 turbocharged four-cylinder, which puts out up to 250 horsepower and delivers much more potent acceleration.

Mazda6 Gas Mileage: About Average

The Mazda6's gas mileage falls in line with what many midsize sedans earn. It gets 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway with its base engine and 23/31 mpg city/highway with the turbo-four. Still, compared to the most fuel-efficient nonhybrid midsize cars, like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, the Mazda6 will cost you an extra $100 to $200 per year in gas money.

Mazda6 Ride and Handling: Setting the Standard

Few, if any, midsize cars can provide the all-around driving quality that the Mazda6 does thanks to its agile handling and cushioned ride. Whether you're driving to work or itching to have a little fun on a vacation drive, this sedan is up to the task.

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Mazda6 Reliability

Is the Mazda6 Reliable?

The 2018 Mazda6 earns a predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power. That's below average for the industry, and it's one of the worst ratings in the class.

Mazda6 Warranty

The Mazda6 is backed by a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Mazda6 Safety

Mazda6 Crash Test Results

The 2018 Mazda6 earned a five-out-of-five-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It also earned a Good rating (the highest possible) in every Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash test.

Mazda6 Safety Features

Standard active safety features include a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and Mazda's Smart City Brake Support, which helps prevent rear-end collisions.

Available features include rain-sensing windshield wipers, forward collision warning, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, advanced Smart City Brake Support, a head-up display, traffic sign recognition, a surround-view camera, and adaptive headlights.

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Which Mazda6 Model Is Right for Me?

You have five trim choices when picking out a Mazda6, but the Grand Touring and Grand Touring Reserve are the two you want. Both feature the more exciting turbo-four engine, and both have a great array of infotainment features. The Grand Touring Reserve comes with a few more comfort and active safety features, but it also costs about $2,500 more than the Grand Touring.

Mazda6 Sport

The Sport carries a base price of $21,950. It features a 187-horsepower four-cylinder engine, a six-speed manual transmission, and front-wheel drive. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a six-speaker audio system, HD Radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, Smart City Brake Support, and the MazdaConnect infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen.

You can add an automatic transmission (which also gives the engine cylinder deactivation technology) for $1,050. The i-Activsense package ($625) adds adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, and more. You can also add rear parking sensors for $475.

Mazda6 Touring

The Touring starts at $25,700. In addition to the Sport trim's features, the Touring comes standard with a six-speed automatic transmission and cylinder deactivation for the engine to improve fuel economy.

Other standard features include a moonroof, leatherette upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, two additional USB ports, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and advanced Smart City Brake Support. There are no packages for the Touring, but you can add rear parking sensors for $475.

Mazda6 Grand Touring

The Grand Touring has a starting price of $29,200. The Grand Touring comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, an 11-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, and navigation. There are no packages for the Grand Touring, but you can add rear parking sensors for $475.

Mazda6 Grand Touring Reserve

The Grand Touring Reserve starts at $31,700. Standard features include leather upholstery, a power-adjustable passenger seat, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats a heated steering wheel, a head-up display, traffic sign recognition, and adaptive headlights.

There are no packages for the Grand Touring Reserve, but you can add rear parking sensors for $475.

Mazda6 Signature

The Signature has a starting price of $34,750. The Signature comes with Nappa leather upholstery and a surround-view camera. There are no packages for the Signature, as it comes standard with every feature you can get in this Mazda.

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

The 2018 Mazda6 sees a refresh that includes a number of changes from the 2017 model. This Mazda still delivers a comfortable, high-quality interior and one of the best driving experiences in the class. It's a solid buying choice, but the midsize car class is full of solid buying choices, so check around before you sign on the dotted line.

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

  • "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
  • "More fun to drive than many of its rivals, the stylish 2018 Mazda6 is a standout in the midsize family-sedan class. Mazda's flagship sedan offers a sporty driving experience, fuel-efficient engines, an upscale interior and top safety ratings. For 2018 the Mazda6 gets a revised look, a new more powerful 250-horsepower 2.5-liter turbocharged engine, a retuned suspension for a more comfortable ride; wider, more comfortable seats; and improved infotainment features. With these important improvements the new Mazda6 is better equipped to compete with such popular rivals as the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima." -- Kelley Blue Book


Expert Advice

Last Updated: April 18, 2019

Decreasing 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 12 to 1. So far this year, Mazda6 sales have fallen 8.1 percent relative to the same period last year.

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