What Is It?
2016 Mazda 6
What's New About This Model?
The five-passenger 2016 Mazda 6 midsize sedan receives a makeover that includes updates to the cabin and a new front grille.
When Does It Go on Sale?
Mazda said the refreshed 2016 Mazda 6 will arrive at dealerships in the first quarter of 2015.
How Much Does It Cost?
Pricing has not been announced, but we expect the 2016 Mazda 6 will be priced similarly to the 2015 model. The base 2015 Mazda 6 Sport starts at $22,010, including an $820 destination charge.
What Kinds of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
The engines and transmissions carry over from the previous year.
- 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G four-cylinder engine — 184 horsepower, 185 pound-feet of torque
- Six-speed manual transmission is standard; six-speed automatic transmission is optional
The base 2016 Mazda 6 with a six-speed manual transmission returns 25 mpg in city driving and 37 mpg on the highway.
What Are the Biggest Changes?
The 2016 Mazda 6 gets a modest exterior face-lift that includes a new front grille and new exterior colors. They include Titanium Flash Mica, which debuted on the Mazda 3. The car's 19-inch aluminum wheels also get a darker high-gloss paint.
On the inside, the cabin gets better sound insulation for a quieter ride, while a new off-white leather option is now available for those who like a brighter look.
A new electric parking brake replaces the old manual handbrake, opening up space in the cabin. The entire dashboard has been replaced with a new look designed to make the cabin seem bigger. The Mazda 6 also gets the Mazda Connect system, a bonus for buyers who put a premium on connectivity.
What Kinds of Safety Features Does It Offer?
Safety features are carried over from the 2015 model year and include blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. Optional Smart Brake Support helps to avoid frontal collisions.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Ford Fusion: The family-friendly Ford sedan is a solid choice for anybody wanting a comfortable, well-equipped car. It features a spacious cabin, attractive styling and an affordable price tag.
Honda Accord: The Accord is a perennial favorite with its well-rounded mix of good fuel economy, excellent packaging and rewarding performance.
Hyundai Sonata: The Sonata features a comfortable cabin, attractive looks and plenty of tech and convenience features.
Should You Wait for It?
Buyers in the market for a midsize sedan have little reason to postpone purchasing. But if you decide to wait for the face-lifted Mazda 6, you'll get a vehicle with an improved cabin and sharper exterior looks.