Mazda 6
Mazda 6
Mazda 6

2021 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: Acceleration is only so-so with base engine; a little more road noise than some midsize sedans; ride is a bit taut for the class

CG Says: The 2021 Mazda 6 adds standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality for all models and topline models have wireless Apple CarPlay. The top Signature trim gains driver attention alert and rear autonomous emergency braking. There is also a new Carbon Edition model. The Mazda 6’s model roster ascends through Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, and topline Grand Touring Reserve, Carbon Edition, and Signature trim levels. Standard on Sport and Touring models is a 187-hp 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder. Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, Carbon Edition, and Signature models come with a turbocharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder that makes 250 horsepower on premium gasoline and 227 hp on regular. Both engines are paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Mazda’s Smart City Brake Support system, which automatically applies the brakes to avoid collisions at speeds below 20 mph, is a standard feature, along with blind-spot alert, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. Other available features include ventilated front seats, a 360-degree surround-view monitor, LED headlights, lane-departure warning, and head-up instrument display. The Mazda 6 is an athletic, fun-to-drive midsize sedan that is also roomy and practical. The 6’s lack of a higher-performance engine option was a shortcoming for many shoppers, but that has been addressed with the available turbocharged engine. The ritzy Grand Touring Reserve, Carbon Edition, and Signature trim levels make the Mazda 6 a more attractive option for entry-luxury sedan buyers as well.

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 Sport: $25270
Touring: $27,870
Grand Touring: $30,970
Grand Touring Reserve: $33,470
Carbon Edition: $33,745
Signature: $36,695

Base Engine
2.5-liter 4-cylinder (Sport, Touring)
Horsepower
187
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
26
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
35

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder (Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, Carbon Edition, Signature)
Horsepower
250
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
23
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
31