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2017 Mazda Mazda6 Review

The 2017 Mazda6 is a delight inside and out, with its outstanding driving dynamics and upscale cabin. It also has an exceptional safety score, but its below-average predicted reliability rating partly explains why this sedan finishes in the middle of our ranking.

Pros & Cons

  • Athletic driving dynamics
  • Above-average fuel economy
  • Upscale, comfortable cabin
  • Excellent safety score
  • Low predicted reliability rating
  • Slow optional navigation system
  • Only one engine option

New for 2017

  • Upgraded infotainment system, Bluetooth, and rearview camera became standard
  • Blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert became standard in 2017.5 models




Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 9.8
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2017 Mazda Mazda6 Overview

Is the 2017 Mazda6 a Good Used Car?

The 2017 Mazda6 is a very good car, especially if you enjoy driving. Its sporty handling pairs nicely with its brisk engine, resulting in lively performance that is sure to liven up your drive to work. The Mazda6 boasts superb safety scores, and its premium-grade cabin has ample room for passengers. However, its subpar predicated reliability rating will rightly make some shoppers think twice.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our Mazda6 review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 40 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2017 Mazda6?

Though its price when new is one of the lowest among midsize cars, a used Mazda6 can be more expensive than buying a 2017 Hyundai Sonata, 2017 Kia Optima, or 2017 Toyota Camry. The average price of a 2017 Mazda6 is $19,100, based on more than 900 listings on our used car site. Factors such as trim level, vehicle condition, mileage, and regional demand affect the actual listing price, so you may find prices as low as $15,800 or as high as $26,900.

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How Much Does the 2017 Mazda6 Cost to Own?

Five-year costs to insure, fuel, repair, and maintain a 2017 Mazda6 are estimated to be around $23,300, which is typical for a midsize car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Mazda6?

Mazda has refreshed its midsize sedan for 2018, and the new Mazda6 is worth a look. A new turbocharged engine with up to 250 horsepower has been added to the lineup. As lively as the base engine is, this optional four-cylinder has even more gusto. Redesigned seats (including optional ventilated front seats), standard dual-zone automatic climate control, a larger touch-screen display, and two new trim levels also make their debut on the 2018 Mazda6. You'll have to decide for yourself if these improvements are worth an extra $2,900, which is the approximate price difference between a base 2018 Mazda6 and the average 2017 Mazda6 listing.

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No other new midsize cars come close to the average price of a used 2017 Mazda6. That said, if you like the animated performance of this midsize Mazda, there are a few new compact cars in the same price neighborhood that you may want to consider. Within the same brand is the 2018 Mazda3, an athletic small car available in both sedan ($18,095) and hatchback ($19,345) body styles. The 2018 Honda Civic also gets high marks for its lively engines, responsive handling, and excellent safety score. Prices start at $18,940 for the Civic sedan, and $20,150 for the Civic Hatchback.

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Which Model Year of the Mazda6 Is Best? 

The 2017 Mazda6 is part of a generation that launched during the 2014 model year, and the company didn't stop there with improvements. In 2016, Mazda tweaked a handful of styling elements inside and out. The following year, the automaker added its Mazda Connect infotainment interface (featuring Bluetooth and a larger display screen among the upgrades) and a rearview camera to every model. We recommend 2016 and 2017 models because of the enhanced infotainment system, added safety technology, and superior crash test ratings.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Mazda6?

The 2017 Mazda6 has a below-average predicated reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Mazda6 Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued one recall for the 2017 Mazda6 as of this review. The recall affects less than 200 vehicles, and it fixes an issue that prevented the turn signal from automatically turning off.

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Which Used Mazda6 Model Is Right for Me?

There are three trim levels to choose from on the Mazda6: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. Mazda made some updates midyear, so you'll see both 2017 and 2017.5 versions on the market. All come with the same 184-horsepower engine, which is paired with either a six-speed manual gearbox or six-speed automatic transmission. Uplevel trims come with goodies like 19-inch alloy wheels and rain-sensing windshield wipers, but the bulk of the changes pertain to interior amenities and safety technology.

For the best combination of features and price, we recommend the 2017.5 Mazda6 Sport trim. These models come with blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert (newly added standard features for the midyear update). The 2017.5 Sport models also have a well-equipped infotainment system, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, and cloth sport seats. 

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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 2017 Mazda6 was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, earning top scores in every IIHS category. It received an overall rating of five out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with five stars in the frontal and side crash tests, and four stars in the rollover test.

Every 2017 model features a rearview camera, and 2017.5 models also come with blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. Available safety features include automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, and front collision warning.

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2017 Mazda6 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Mazda6 or 2017 Toyota Camry?

The 2017 Toyota Camry may sit midpack when it comes to performance, but overall, this is one of the best midsize cars you can buy used. With a superb predicted reliability rating, good crash test scores, and a cushy cabin with plenty of space in the back seat, the Camry has "family-friendly" written all over. Regardless of its rewards, the Camry's handling is hardly dynamic, and spirited drivers will get much more enjoyment with the Mazda6.

Which Is Better: 2017 Mazda6 or 2017 Honda Accord?

The 2017 Honda Accord is attractive as a daily driver, treating commuters to good fuel economy, a comfortable ride, and handsome accommodations. Its cabin is especially roomy, boasting some of the largest rear-seat and trunk dimensions in the class. The Mazda beats out the Honda in terms of average price and athletic driving. Still, you can't go wrong with either car.

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2017 Mazda6 Performance

How Does the 2017 Mazda6 Drive?

Under the hood of every 2017 Mazda6 is a 184-horsepower four-cylinder engine that begs you to step on the gas, and then rewards you with brisk acceleration. The six-speed manual transmission is enjoyable, but so is the six-speed automatic. Add in Mazda's crisp handling and responsive steering, and most drivers will be able to overlook the fact that this car doesn’t offer a V6 engine.

Does the 2017 Mazda6 Get Good Gas Mileage?

When it comes to filling up your tank, the Mazda6 can stretch your dollar a little bit further than other midsize sedans. Its fuel economy rating of 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway is a touch above the class average.

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2017 Mazda6 Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Mazda6 Seat?

The Mazda6 comes with seating for five on standard cloth upholstery. Some uplevel models may also have synthetic or genuine leather seats, with power adjustments, heat, and memory settings available for the front passengers. The Mazda6 is all-day comfortable, thanks to its supportive seats and plentiful space.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Mazda6?

The Mazda6 has two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and a tether-only connection for the middle seat. You have to dig a bit to find the lower anchors, and it's tricky to move around the hardware mounted behind the driver. Because of this, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Mazda6’s LATCH system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use.

2017 Mazda6 Features

Mazda's upgraded infotainment system – the Mazda Connect interface – makes its way into the base model for 2017. This system includes a 7-inch display (which becomes a touch screen when the car isn't moving), Bluetooth, and a USB port. Sifting through the menus is straightforward, and the system is generally easy to use. However, some reviewers complain that the optional navigation system is slow to respond. 

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2017 Mazda6 Dimensions

Mazda6 Cargo Space

The Mazda6 features a 14.8-cubic-foot trunk, which is average for this class. It has a wide opening for easy loading, and the back seats fold for when you need to haul oversized items.

Mazda6 Length and Weight

The Mazda6 measures just under 16 feet from end to end. It has a 3,240-pound curb weight when outfitted with the manual transmission, and 3,305-pound curb weight with the automatic. The gross vehicle weight rating tops out at 4,356 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Mazda6 Built?

Mazda built the 2017 Mazda6 in Japan.

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