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7.9

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.0
Reliability:
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2014 Mazda Mazda6 Review

The 2014 Mazda6 has respectable performance and good safety scores. It also has a large back seat and good fuel economy ratings for a midsize car. 

Pros & Cons

  • Athletic handling
  • Great fuel economy
  • Spacious rear seats

 

  • Navigation screen is hard to read
  • Awful reliability ratings

 

2014 Mazda Mazda6 Overview

Is the 2014 Mazda6 a Good Used Car?

The 2014 Mazda6 is an athletic midsize car with an upscale and spacious cabin and good technology. Its reliability score, however, is the lowest a vehicle can earn, which makes it tough to recommend.

The 2014 Mazda6 has a 184-horsepower four-cylinder engine. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and a six-speed automatic with manual mode is available. The Mazda6 handles well on curvy roads and has strong brakes. Models with the automatic transmission earn an EPA-estimated 28 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway, while manual transmission models return 25/36 mpg city/highway.

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The 2014 Mazda6 seats five. Cloth seats are standard and leather is available. The Mazda6’s front and back seats are comfortable, while the center stack has an intuitive design and easy-to-use controls. There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the outward rear seats, and a tether anchor on the middle seat.

The base 2014 Mazda6 comes standard with push-button start and a USB port. Bluetooth, a 5.8-inch touch screen, and navigation are available. The available navigation system’s screen, however, is too small to read easily.

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Used 2014 Mazda6 Prices

The price of a used 2014 Mazda6 ranges from about $12,800 for a base model to about $18,300 for a Grand Touring model, depending on the car's condition and mileage. Prices in your community may differ. 

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Mazda6?

J.D. Power and Associates gives the 2014 Mazda6 a two out of five for reliability, which is the lowest rating a vehicle can receive.

How Safe Is the Mazda6?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2014 Mazda6 Good scores, the highest possible, in all but the small overlap front test, where it earned the second-highest score. IIHS also named it a 2014 Top Safety Pick+. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2014 Mazda6 a five-star overall rating (out of five).

A rearview camera is standard in all but base trims with the manual transmission. Adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and forward collision warning are available safety features in higher trims.

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Should I Consider Another Used Mazda6?

The 2014 Mazda6 starts the midsize sedan’s third generation, which includes the 2017 model year. These models share similar space and performance specs. The 2016 Mazda6 adds standard Bluetooth in all models and a larger touch screen in models with the automatic transmission. Unless you need the larger screen, stick with the 2014 model.

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Which Used 2014 Mazda6 Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Mazda6 has three trims: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. The base Sport trim offers features like remote keyless entry, push-button start, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. More upscale features, like dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio capability, and a 5.8-inch touch screen come with the Touring trim. A moonroof, satellite radio, adaptive Bi-Xenon headlights, and navigation are standard with the Grand Touring trim, making it your best buy.

The Mazda6’s low reliability scores make buying a certified pre-owned model a good choice. 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.

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We Did the Research for You: 31 Pieces of Data Analyzed

Our used car rankings and reviews aren’t based on just one test or opinion. Instead, we collect and analyze safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership information, and the views of the automotive press to help you make the best buying decision. We analyzed 31 pieces of data for this 2014 Mazda6 review.

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2014 Mazda6 and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Mazda6 or 2014 Honda Accord?

Both the Mazda6 and the 2014 Honda Accord offer good horsepower and agile handling. Interior specs are almost identical, but the Mazda’s cabin is slightly nicer. Each has a wide choice of technology. Mechanically, however, the Accord is a much more reliable car, making it the better buy.

Which Is Better: 2014 Mazda6 or 2014 Nissan Altima?

The 2014 Nissan Altima has an upscale interior, superb fuel economy, agile handling, and strong acceleration. Combine these with its roomier leg- and headroom up front and better reliability scores, and the Altima is the clear winner.

Which Is Better: 2014 Mazda6 or 2014 Mazda3?

Don’t have the budget for a Mazda6? The 2014 Mazda3 is an excellent steppingstone. The two cars share many of the same standard features, but not all: The Mazda6 comes standard with things like cruise control and steering wheel-mounted controls, while the Mazda3 does not. Front head- and legroom are practically identical, but the Mazda3 is a smaller car, so rear-seat passengers will be a bit cramped.

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