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2016 Mazda Mazda6 Review

The 2016 Mazda6 scores in the top half of the competitive midsize car class. It has engaging handling, a strong engine, and a solid safety score. A complicated navigation system and an average, but not great, reliability rating keep it from ranking higher.

Pros & Cons

  • Nimble handling
  • Great fuel economy
  • First-rate interior materials
  • High safety rating
  • Firm ride for a sedan
  • Difficult navigation system
  • Subpar reliability

New for 2016

  • New infotainment system with larger screen
  • Standard Bluetooth
  • Refreshed front-end styling
  • Redesigned dashboard and center console




Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.8
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2016 Mazda Mazda6 Overview

Is the 2016 Mazda6 a Good Used Car?

The 2016 Mazda6 is a good choice if you want to add some fun to your daily commute. Unlike most midsize cars, it has a powerful engine and spirited handling that make it a joy to drive. It also earns good gas mileage, performs well in crash tests, and has a classy interior. Not all is good, however; the ride can be a bit harsh.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 36 Mazda6 reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, our staff never takes expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2016 Mazda6?

Based on the more than 680 listings on our site for the 2016 Mazda6, you can expect to pay anywhere from $13,600 to $23,600 for this vehicle. The average list price is $18,000. Your price will vary depending on the car’s condition, mileage, location, and equipment.

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How Much Does the 2016 Mazda6 Cost to Own?

Over a five-year period, the 2016 Mazda6’s gas, maintenance, repair, and insurance expenses are estimated to be about $22,100. That’s on par with the estimated expenses of competitors like the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu (about $22,800) and 2016 Kia Optima (about $21,900).

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Mazda6?

Mazda is rolling out a new Mazda6 for 2018. At the time of writing, however, the car has not been released to the press. Check back soon for a comparison between the 2016 and 2018 models.

If you’re looking for a new car that costs about the same as an average 2016 Mazda6, you have a few options. However, you’ll have to drop down a class size. The 2018 Honda Civic starts at $18,840 and offers sporty handling, a powerful engine lineup, and a quality interior. Additionally, it has a tad more trunk space than the Mazda6. The 2018 Mazda3 starts at $18,095 and also delivers an exceptional driving experience. However, the back seat is relatively tight, and the trunk is a couple cubic feet smaller than the Mazda6's. Check out our Honda deals page and Mazda deals page for possible cash back deals and incentives that might lower the cost of a new Civic or Mazda3.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Mazda6?

J.D. Power gives the 2016 Mazda6 a reliability rating of three out of five, which is average for the industry. Most midsize cars receive a higher score.

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2016 Mazda6 Recalls

At the time of this writing, the 2016 Mazda6 has one safety recall. Damaged wiring may cause a loss in power steering assist and deactivate the passenger air bag. Be sure this recall has been addressed before buying.

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Which Model Year of the Mazda6 Is Best?

The 2016 model is part of a Mazda6 generation that launched for 2014. The 2014 and 2015 models both score well in our rankings and cost less than the 2016 model. You’re better off going with a 2016 or 2017 model, however, if they’re in your budget. The 2016 model saw significant updates. It gained standard Bluetooth, a redesigned dashboard, and refreshed front-end styling. Also, a new infotainment system with a larger screen became available. The 2017 Mazda6 is a couple thousand dollars more and adds a standard rearview camera. It also makes the infotainment system standard.

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Which Used Mazda6 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Mazda6 comes in three trims: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. The Mazda6 Sport comes with a typical number of standard features for a 2016 midsize car. These include Bluetooth, an auxiliary input jack, and a USB port. The Mazda6 Touring trim will appeal to more shoppers, as it adds desirable features like dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, leatherette upholstery, a proximity key, and the MazdaConnect infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, HD Radio, voice commands, and internet radio integration. The Mazda6 Grand Touring trim will suit shoppers who want the most from the car’s performance and technology. Performance enhancements include a six-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift and Sport modes, as well as steering wheel-mounted controls. Additional standard technology includes pre-collision braking, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a moonroof, adaptive headlights, heated side mirrors, a Bose Centerpoint surround-sound stereo, navigation, and satellite radio.

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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. 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 24-hour roadside assistance, so read the Mazda warranty page carefully.

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

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How Safe Is the Mazda6?

The 2016 Mazda6 has an excellent safety score for the class. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it the highest rating of Good in all five crash tests and named it a Top Safety Pick+. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a perfect five-star overall safety rating. The Mazda6 also earned a perfect rating in the NHTSA's frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover evaluations.

There are no standard driver assistance features in the 2016 Mazda6, but available features include a rearview camera, a head-up display, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning with automatic braking.

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2016 Mazda6 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Mazda6 or 2016 Honda Accord?

The 2016 Honda Accord and 2016 Mazda6 are positioned closely in our rankings. Their safety and reliability ratings are nearly identical, as are their fuel economy estimates. The Accord has a few advantages over the Mazda6, however, including a larger trunk, a standard rearview camera, a larger infotainment screen, and available Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. The Accord is the more practical car, but it also costs a couple thousand dollars more, and it's not as fun to drive. Both cars are good – choose the one that fits your driving style.

Which Is Better: 2016 Mazda6 or 2016 Ford Fusion?

The Mazda6 bests the sporty 2016 Ford Fusion in several important categories. The Mazda does marginally better in crash tests, and it has a stronger base engine and better fuel economy estimates. The Fusion, however, will probably cost a couple thousand dollars less, and it’s available with some safety features that the Mazda6 doesn’t have: park assist and inflatable rear seat belts. This one’s a toss-up.

Which Is Better: 2016 Mazda6 or 2016 Nissan Altima?

The 2016 Nissan Altima is another midsize car with lively handling, though its performance doesn’t quite match the Mazda6’s. The Mazda also has the better interior, more standard features, a roomier back seat, and nicer materials. The Mazda6 is the better choice.

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2016 Mazda6 Performance

How Does the 2016 Mazda6 Drive?

The Mazda6 has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 184 horsepower and produces plenty of power for city and highway driving. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and a six-speed automatic is available. The Mazda6 is one of the sharpest-handling cars in the class, offering composed cornering and strong brakes. However, its lively handling detracts somewhat from ride comfort.

Does the 2016 Mazda6 Get Good Gas Mileage?

For a car with a peppy engine, the Mazda6 is surprisingly fuel-efficient. According to the EPA, it gets up to 26 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway when equipped with the automatic transmission.

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2016 Mazda6 Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Mazda6 Seat?

The Mazda6’s stylish, modern cabin seats five. Cloth seats are standard, and leathette and leather upholstery are available. The front seats provide plenty of comfort and support on lengthy trips, and the back seats have plenty of space, even for tall adults.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Mazda6?

There are two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats. The middle seat has an upper tether anchor and can borrow lower connectors from the other seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for its ease of use.

2016 Mazda6 Features

The 2016 Mazda6 offers a decent number of standard features, including Bluetooth, push-button start, a six-speaker stereo, an auxiliary input jack, and a USB port. Available features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a head-up display, a proximity key, an 11-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, navigation, an infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, HD Radio, Pandora internet radio compatibility, and hands-free text messaging.

The new-for-2016 infotainment system features a large, tablet-like touch screen flanked with user-friendly and easily accessible audio controls. However, entering destinations into the available navigation system is difficult and time consuming.

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2016 Mazda6 Dimensions

Mazda6 Cargo Space

Trunk space is typical for the class, at 14.8 cubic feet.

2016 Mazda6 Length and Weight

The 2016 Mazda6 measures about 15.9 feet long. It has a curb weight of about 3,179 pounds with the manual transmission and 3,250 pounds with the automatic.

Where Was the 2016 Mazda6 Built?

Mazda built the 2016 Mazda6 in Japan.

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