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8.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.0
Reliability:
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2015 Mazda Mazda6 Review

You'll have plenty of fun driving around in the 2015 Mazda6 thanks to its dynamic handling and strong acceleration. It also has a spacious interior and high-quality materials. 

Pros & Cons

 

  • Nimble handling
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Spacious rear seats
  • Top-of-the-line materials 

 

 

  • Clunky touch-screen navigation system
  • Stiff ride at times

 

2015 Mazda Mazda6 Overview

Is the 2015 Mazda6 a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Mazda6 has deft handling, excellent fuel economy, and communicative steering. Additionally, its roomy and comfortable interior will make passengers happy. However, its below-average reliability score and occasionally stiff ride hold it back compared with some competitors.

Used 2015 Mazda6 Performance and Interior

The 2015 Mazda6 comes with a 184-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission, which has a light clutch. A quick-shifting six-speed automatic transmission is available as well. Both transmissions accelerate smoothly, even when the engine is pushed.

Mazda's Skyactiv engineering delivers excellent fuel economy, achieving up to 26 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway with the automatic transmission. With the manual transmission, it gets 25 mpg in the city and 35 on the highway.  

The Mazda6 is more agile than most midsize cars. It has well-controlled body motions and sharp steering with good feedback. However, its ride can get firm at times, especially in models outfitted with 19-inch wheels.

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The 2015 Mazda6 seats five on standard cloth upholstery. Leatherette- and leather-trimmed upholstery, a moonroof, and heated front seats are available. The front seats are supportive and comfortable on long trips and the back seats are some of the most spacious in the class.

Base models don't come with many standard features other than a USB port and a six-speaker sound system. Upgrade to the automatic transmission in the base model, and you’ll get HD Radio and a 5.8-inch touch-screen infotainment system with voice command and hands-free text messaging as standard. Available features include navigation, an 11-speaker Bose sound system, and satellite radio.

Most of the controls in the Mazda6 are straightforward and easy to use. However, the navigation system can be hampered by the small screen and confusing menus.

There is 14.8 cubic feet of trunk space in the Mazda6, which is average for the class.

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Used Mazda6 Prices

Average prices for a 2015 Mazda6 range from about $14,040 for a base Sport model to about $20,040 for a top-of-the-line Grand Touring model. Prices can shift with demand and vary based on the vehicle's condition and mileage. 

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Mazda6?

J.D. Power and Associates gave the 2015 Mazda6 a 2.5 out of five for predicted reliability. This is a below-average score.

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How Safe Is the Mazda6?

The 2015 Mazda6 earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's top score of Good in four out of five crashworthiness categories. In the fifth evaluation – the small overlap front test – it earned the second-highest score of Average. The Mazda6 was also named an IIHS 2015 Top Safety Pick+. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Mazda6 an overall safety score of five out of five stars. 

The Mazda6 doesn't come standard with any advanced safety features. A rearview camera is only standard on base models equipped with the automatic transmission. Available safety features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and low speed automatic emergency braking.

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Should I Consider Another Used Mazda6?

The 2015 Mazda6 is part of the model's third generation, which launched with the 2014 model and includes the 2017 model. There are no major differences between the 2014 and 2015 models, so choosing the 2014 Mazda6 will get you a very similar car for less money.

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Which Used Mazda6 Is Right for Me?

The Mazda6 comes in three trims: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. For the best combination of value and features, go with the midlevel Touring model. It comes standard with a rearview camera, Bluetooth, leatherette upholstery, blind spot monitoring, and a 5.8-inch touch-screen infotainment system with voice command and hands-free text messaging.

You may 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.

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2015 Mazda6 and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Mazda6 or 2015 Honda Accord? 

The Honda Accord lacks the sharp steering of the Mazda6. However, it has brisk acceleration and offers a powerful V6 engine. The Accord has good cornering abilities, but its numb steering is no match for the Mazda's dynamic handling and communicative steering. The Accord has a higher reliability rating (3.5 out of five) and was a finalist for our 2015 Best Midsize Car for the Money award, so unless you really want the athleticism of a Mazda, go with the Accord.

Which Is Better: 2015 Mazda6 or 2015 Mazda3?

The Mazda3 is a compact car that comes in both sedan and hatchback models. The Mazda3 sedan has less cargo space than the Mazda6, but the hatchback has a larger 20.2 cubic feet with the rear seats in use and 47.1 cubic feet with the seats folded. However, rear-seat passenger space isn't as generous as the Mazda6's. Like the Mazda6, the Mazda3 has agile handling and smooth acceleration. It also has a more powerful upgraded engine that allows for quicker acceleration. In addition to its great performance, the Mazda3 achieves better fuel economy than the Mazda6, making it the better choice.

Which Is Better: 2015 Mazda6 or 2015 Mazda CX-5?

The Mazda CX-5 is a compact SUV. Despite its larger size, it still has agile handling. Its upgraded engine provides strong acceleration, and the SUV gets good fuel economy for the class: 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. The CX-5's ride strikes a balance between sporty and comfortable, whereas the Mazda6's ride can be too firm at times. The CX-5 provides much more cargo space: 34.1 cubic feet with the rear seats in use and 64.8 with them folded. Your choice comes down to size; if you need more of it, go with the CX-5.

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