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2013 Mazda Mazda6 Review

The 2013 Mazda6 ranks in the middle of its class. It has sporty handling and a crisp interior, but low safety ratings and merely average reliability prevent this used sedan from ranking higher.

Pros & Cons

  • Responsive steering
  • Upscale interior
  • Subpar fuel economy
  • Firm ride




Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 8.0
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2013 Mazda Mazda6 Overview

Is the 2013 Mazda6 a Good Used Car?

A used 2013 Mazda6 is a fair option if you’re shopping for a previously owned midsize car. It has an upscale cabin and some of the sportiest driving dynamics in its class. However, it’s not very comfortable to drive over rough pavement, and it trails class rivals in fuel economy and crash safety. There are better options for a fun-to-drive family sedan, such as the 2013 Honda Accord.

Used 2013 Mazda6 Performance and Interior

The Mazda6 has two engine options. Mazda6 i models have a four-cylinder engine with 170 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive are standard; a five-speed automatic transmission is available. Mazda6 s models have a V6 engine with 272 horsepower and a six-speed automatic transmission. The four-cylinder provides ample pep for city and highway driving, and both transmissions earn praise for their refinement. However, this engine’s fuel economy is low by class standards: 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The V6 surges the Mazda up to speed with gusto, but gas mileage drops even further to just 18/27 mpg city/highway.

The Mazda has truly athletic handling. Its steering is responsive and feels nicely weighted. The brakes slow the car confidently, and the sedan’s taut suspension keeps it stable through turns. Still, these crisp driving dynamics don’t translate to a supple ride. The car feels jittery over rough pavement, and the suspension doesn’t soak up jolts from bumps or potholes very well.

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The Mazda6 is a four-door sedan with seating for five. The front seats are supportive and nicely shaped, and they provide generous head- and legroom. The rear seats are similarly cozy, but headroom is rather limited for taller passengers. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The Mazda6 has 16.6 cubic feet of trunk space, which is quite roomy by class standards. The rear seats can fold in a 60/40 split to accommodate larger items.

The Mazda6’s dashboard has a sweeping design and mostly high-quality materials. A simple button arrangement makes it easy to adjust the climate and audio controls as well. That said, models with the available navigation system aren’t as user-friendly. This touch screen feels low-tech compared to others in this class. There are also a few too many dashboard buttons, which can complicate simple tasks. The 4.3-inch display is a better setup (standard in Grand Touring models).

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Used 2013 Mazda6 Prices

The price of a used 2013 Mazda6 ranges from about $10,100 for a Sport model to $14,700 for a V6 Grand Touring. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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This overview includes fuel economy estimates, reliability ratings, crash test scores, and much more. We've also researched 46 Mazda6 reviews to help you decide if the 2013 Mazda6 is the right car for you.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Mazda6?

The Mazda6 has average reliability, earning a score of three out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the Mazda6?

The 2013 Mazda6 has disappointing crash safety ratings. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it a score of Good, the highest available, for side impact and moderate overlap front crash safety. However, the sedan received an Acceptable score for roof strength and small overlap front crash safety, and only a Marginal score in rear crash safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Mazda five out of five stars for rollover safety, four stars for overall and side impact safety, and only three stars for front crash safety. The 2013 Mazda6 is available with a rearview camera and a blind spot monitoring system.

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Is the 2013 Mazda6 the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 Mazda6 marks the final model year of the sedan’s second generation. There were no major changes between 2011 and 2013, so you can save money by shopping for 2011 and 2012 models without sacrificing many of the 2013’s features. That said, you may want to consider a 2014 Mazda6 as well. This fully redesigned model offers better fuel economy, a luxe interior, and more-advanced safety features.

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Which Used Mazda6 Is Right for Me?

Mazda offers the 2013 Mazda6 in four trims: Sport, Touring, Touring Plus, and Grand Touring. The base Mazda6 Sport model has satellite radio, a CD player, an auxiliary input, air conditioning, cloth upholstery, cruise control, power windows, and remote keyless entry.

The Mazda6 Touring adds Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, fog lights, and alloy wheels. The Touring Plus trim adds a power moonroof and blind spot monitoring. The Grand Touring trim adds a 4.3-inch display screen, a rearview camera, a Bose stereo, dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, and heated seats (front). Available features are mostly limited to Gran Touring models only; they include rain-sensing wipers, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and a 7-inch touch-screen navigation system.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned Mazda6. For each certified pre-owned vehicle, Mazda extends the original limited powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited vehicle warranty. To qualify as CPO, each vehicle must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mazda warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Mazda6 and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Mazda6 or 2013 Nissan Altima?

The 2013 Nissan Altima is more fuel-efficient than the Mazda6, and it offers comparably sporty handling. However, the Altima scores below average for reliability and has an unrefined transmission with known durability issues. Stick with the Mazda.

Which Is Better: 2013 Mazda6 or 2013 Toyota Camry?

The 2013 Toyota Camry zigs where the Mazda6 zags; it’s nowhere near as fun to drive. If you can look beyond that, however, the Toyota is the far better buy. The Camry has a higher reliability rating and offers some of the lowest ownership costs in its class. It also has better standard features, a comfier ride on rough roads, higher fuel economy (25/34 mpg city/highway), and an easier-to-use infotainment system.

Which Is Better: 2013 Mazda6 or 2013 Ford Fusion?

The redesigned 2013 Ford Fusion outshines the Mazda6 with a ritzier and more spacious cabin, better fuel economy (25/36 mpg city/highway), and a longer list of active safety features. Its pliant suspension also yields a smoother ride. This should be the recipe for a segment leader, but a worst-in-class reliability score makes the Fusion hard to recommend. The Mazda is a better buy.

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