2017 Mazda 6

Pros: Athletic, nimble handling makes for fun-to-drive personality among mainstream midsize cars; very respectable fuel economy; good passenger and cargo room

Cons: Despite the agile handling, acceleration is only so-so; a little more road noise than some midsize sedans; ride is a bit taut for the class

CG Says: For 2017, the Mazda 6 gains standard G-Vectoring Control that adjusts engine torque to improve steering response and stability. The topline Grand Touring gains standard lane-keep assist, traffic-sign recognition, and self-dimming headlights. All models are said to have better sound absorption. The Mazda 6 is one of the most nimble, athletic-feeling cars in its class. And thankfully, its fun-to-drive character doesn’t come at the expense of practicality, passenger and cargo versatility, or fuel economy. Plus, the 6’s safety and infotainment features help it keep pace with the ever-advancing technology of its competitors. The 6’s main shortcoming is that its lineup simply isn’t as broad as rival midsize sedans’. There is no hybrid version or 250-plus-horsepower engine choice (either as a turbo 4-cylinder or V6) available at the moment. Given the 6’s sporting intentions, some buyers will wish for a bit more power than its 4-cylinder can provide. Still, for shoppers who are yearning for some genuine enthusiast character in their daily-driver midsize sedan, a Mazda 6 could be just right.

The Facts
Class Midsize Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Mazda
Nation of Manufacture Japan
Base Prices i Sport: $21,945
i Touring: $24,195
i Grand Touring: $30,695

Base Engine
2.5-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
184
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
6-speed manual
EPA City Range (mpg)
24-27
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
34-35