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2015 Mazda Mazda6 Review

The 2015 Mazda6 ranks in the middle of the competitive midsize car class. The Mazda has a handsome and spacious interior, a well-rounded powertrain, and great safety features. However, its firm ride and fiddly touch screen keep it from ranking higher.

Pros & Cons

  • Sporty handling
  • Refined engine and transmissions
  • Great fuel economy
  • Upscale, roomy interior
  • Clunky touch screen
  • Firm ride at times




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

Is the 2015 Mazda6 a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Mazda6 delivers one of the best driving experiences in the midsize car class. It feels light and agile around turns, its four-cylinder engine is punchy yet fuel-efficient, and its transmission options are refined. The Mazda6 also has quality materials, roomy seating space, and a wide array of advanced safety features. Overall, it’s a fine choice if you’re shopping for a used midsize car. Still, you may want to check out rivals like the 2015 Toyota Camry and the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu. Compared to the Mazda6, each of them rates higher for reliability and provides a comfier ride on rough pavement.

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How Much Is the 2015 Mazda6?

Our site has roughly 770 listings for the 2015 Mazda6, with an average price of $15,600. Prices range from $12,100 to $19,000, and they vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Mazda6 Cost to Own?

The Mazda6’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $22,600 – or about $4,500 per year. That’s about average for a midsize sedan.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Mazda6?

The 2018 Mazda6 starts at $21,950. You can save thousands of dollars with a used 2015 model, but we think the heavily updated 2018 Mazda6 is worth the price. Compared to the 2015 model, the 2018 comes packed with more standard features like blind spot monitoring, and its infotainment system is much easier to use. The exterior styling and cabin materials of the new Mazda6 are better than what you’ll find in the 2015, and the new model’s suspension yields a comfier ride than the 2015 model, while still enabling sharp handling.

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You won’t find any new midsize or compact cars that are comparably priced to a used 2015 Mazda6.

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Which Model Year of the Mazda6 Is Best?

The 2015 Mazda6 is part of a generation that launched for the 2014 model year. Mazda has made regular updates to the car during this generation. For 2016, Mazda refreshed the dashboard and exterior styling and added an infotainment system with a 7-inch screen, and for 2017, that infotainment system became standard in all models. More safety features became available as well, including lane keep assist and traffic sign recognition. For 2018, the sedan saw its exterior revised once again and gained an 8-inch touch screen, an available 227-horsepower turbocharged engine, and an available 360-degree parking camera.

We recommend the 2016-and-newer models because these have an enhanced infotainment system, extra safety features, and better crash test ratings compared to the earlier models.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Mazda6?

The 2015 Mazda6 has a reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power, which is about average for the class.

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2015 Mazda6 Recalls

The 2015 Mazda6 is affected by three recalls. Mazda is recalling models because of issues with the parking brake and tire pressure monitoring system. Grand Touring models equipped with the i-ELOOP regenerative braking system have also been recalled because of a software issue. Make sure these recalls have been addressed before buying a used Mazda6.

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Which Used Mazda6 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Mazda6 is available in three trim levels: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. All of these trims are powered by a 184-horsepower engine. The base model Mazda6 Sport comes with a CD player, a USB port, remote keyless entry, push-button start, air conditioning, cruise control, power windows, cloth upholstery, and alloy wheels.

We recommend the well-equipped Touring trim for most buyers. The Mazda6 Touring adds a 5.8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, dual-zone automatic climate control, synthetic leather upholstery, and proximity keyless entry. Lastly, the Mazda6 Grand Touring trim adds navigation, satellite radio, a Bose stereo, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a moonroof, rain-sensing windshield wipers, adaptive headlights, and low-speed forward collision warning.

Notably, the following options are offered only in the Grand Touring trim: full-speed forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning.

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What Does Mazda's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Mazda offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For each certified pre-owned vehicle, Mazda extends the original limited powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty after the expiration of the original three-year/36,000-mile warranty. Every CPO Mazda must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits may include towing, a 90-day complimentary SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription, extended coverage, and roadside assistance, so read the Mazda warranty page carefully.

Mazda’s CPO program is about average for an affordable auto manufacturer, according to our research. Chevy, Hyundai, and Kia all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Mazda6?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Mazda6 a 2015 Top Safety Pick+, which is the institute’s highest honor. The Mazda6 received the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the small overlap front crash test and a top score of Good in all other areas tested.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the sedan an overall rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the side crash tests and four stars in the frontal and rollover crash tests.

The Mazda6 is available with a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive pivoting headlights, lane departure warning, Smart City Brake Support (a form of low-speed forward collision warning with brake assist), full-speed forward collision warning, and adaptive cruise control.

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2015 Mazda6 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Mazda6 or 2015 Honda Accord?

It’s hard to go wrong with either the 2015 Mazda6 or the 2015 Honda Accord. Both of these midsize cars have inviting cabins and generous seating space. Both also have decent reliability ratings, good safety scores and features, and solid fuel economy. The Mazda6 is the sportier of the two when it comes to handling. The Accord offers a bit more muscle, though. Its available V6 engine is brawny. Test drive both to see which you prefer.

Which Is Better: 2015 Mazda6 or 2015 Hyundai Sonata?

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata is another popular pick. Both cars have upscale interiors, clean styling, and refined engines. Both also have a long list of advanced safety features. The Sonata is the better choice for most shoppers, though. It provides a smoother ride and an easier-to-use infotainment system than the Mazda6. The Hyundai has a better reliability rating as well.

Which Is Better: 2015 Mazda6 or 2015 Mazda3?

The 2015 Mazda3 is the smaller sibling of the Mazda6. Its reduced size is most evident in the back seat, where it offers 3 fewer inches of legroom than the Mazda6. That’s not to say it’s a bad car, though. The Mazda3 shares all of the Mazda6’s highlights, and then some. It has a comparably posh interior, spirited handling, and all the same safety features. Yet it features better crash safety ratings, higher fuel economy (up to 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway), and a hatchback body style with a roomy 47 cubic feet of cargo space. Choose the Mazda3.

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2015 Mazda6 Performance

How Does the 2015 Mazda6 Drive?

The 2015 Mazda6 has a 184-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, called SkyActiv. A six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive are standard; a six-speed automatic transmission is available. The SkyActiv engine is quite zippy. It provides brisk acceleration and fine passing power when paired with either transmission. The six-speed manual has a snappy shift action, and the clutch pedal is nicely weighted. The six-speed automatic is smooth, and it changes gears promptly.

The Mazda6’s handling is also athletic. The sedan feels poised and agile when rounding turns. Its steering is crisp and responsive, and the brakes slow the car down confidently. The one compromise is the Mazda6’s firm ride, which is accentuated by the larger wheels found on the Touring and Grand Touring models. Rough pavement and potholes are much more noticeable in this sedan than in other cars in this segment.

Does the 2015 Mazda6 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Mazda6 returns excellent fuel economy. Grand Touring models equipped with i-ELOOP (an optional regenerative braking system) yield an EPA-estimated 28 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. The standard model gets 26/37 mpg city/highway when paired with the automatic transmission (25/35 mpg with manual).

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2015 Mazda6 Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Mazda6 Seat?

The Mazda6 is a four-door sedan with five seats. The front seats are well-cushioned, and they provide fine support for drivers and passengers on longer trips. The rear seats are comfortable as well, and both rows provide ample seating space for taller adults.

Cloth upholstery is standard; leather and heated seats are available. The Mazda6’s interior styling is more restrained than many midsize cars’, but the clean appearance should age well. The Mazda6 also sports quality materials throughout, including soft-touch plastics, padded surfaces, and an elegant metallic trim.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Mazda6?

The Mazda6 has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system the lowest rating of Poor for ease of use. Some of the anchors are set too deep in the seat cushions, and they require too much force to attach, while others are difficult to maneuver around.

2015 Mazda6 Features

The Mazda6 comes standard with a CD player, a USB port, six speakers, keyless entry, cruise control, air conditioning, and power windows. Available features include a 5.8-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, navigation, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a Bose 11-speaker stereo, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

The audio and air conditioning controls are simple to use. However, the touch screen and navigation system aren’t as user-friendly. The screen is often slow to respond to inputs, and its menus are somewhat confusing.

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2015 Mazda6 Dimensions

Mazda6 Cargo Space

The Mazda6 has 14.8 cubic feet of trunk space. That’s about average for a midsize car.

2015 Mazda6 Length and Weight

From front to back, the Mazda6 is 16 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,183 to 3,232 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Mazda6 Built?

Mazda built the 2015 Mazda6 in Japan.

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