2021 Mazda 6

MSRP range: $24,475 - $35,900
3.8 out of 5 stars(10)
MSRP$25,930
Edmunds suggests you pay$25,436

What Should I Pay
Ad
At a Glance:
  • 5 Colors
  • 6 Trims
Build and PriceMAZDAUSA.COM

2021 Mazda 6 video

SPEAKER: Thanks to trucks and SUVs, midsized sedans are no longer the King of sales. But some car makers aren't taking that lying down. The thoroughly redesigned Mazda 6 features a more elegant and mature design [INAUDIBLE] all around. Now its exterior styling is a little more subtle, but we feel the interior, by far its stand out feature, punches far above its weight. How does it compare against industry standards like the Camry and the Accord? Lets go and find out. At the front of the 6, Mazda both made the front end more aggressive and subtle at the same time. Let me explain. They've calmed down the signature wing, which is the trim piece that connects the two headlights together, and they moved the fog light into the headlight, cleaning up the whole front end. But they've kept the angular design that the Mazda 6 was known for. The new 19 inch wheels look bigger than they really are, because they've been designed so that the spokes go all the way up to the tire and are available on the top three trims. Bottom two trims get the more traditional 17 inch wheel. The back end of the car receives the same styling cues as the front, a flatter signature wing that connects the two taillights and larger exhaust tips to make the car look more sportier. But more importantly, let's take a look at the inside of the car where the big changes are. So here on the inside is where you are going to see the most differentiation. The previous Mazda 6 had a much more monolithic and vertical center console, whereas this generation is wide and expansive. There's not a lot of buttons in the middle like the old car. Instead, all you have is HVAC controls. And then down here, you have the controller for the infotainment system. Clearly, they're drawing design cues from other luxury car makers, and the material choices reflect that as well. On the signature trim, you have suede on the dash. You have leather seats and wood trim pieces all around. Unlike other car makers, they want you to really use the control knob for all the functions. Well there is a touch screen, it only works when the car is stopped. And also, to improve connectivity with the car, there's a big seven inch display right on the dash. And in fact, if we turn on the car, you can't really see the borders of it. It kind of blends in with the rest of the dash, and it displays things like your trip settings, your economy. Driver assisted navigation functions as well Another cool feature of the digital dash display is the ability to cycle through different modes. Now that's not particularly unique to the 6. But what is unique to the 6 is that you can turn it all off and have a very simplified view of your dash. Previous Mazda owners will also notice that there is no more flip up glass for the head up display. Instead, it's all integrated and projects directly on the windshield. When you add all these pieces up, you get a much more mature interior versus the old car. It's one that we really appreciate, and it's a design direction that we feel is going the right way. While the interior is all new, the chassis is still based off the old 6, which brings us to one issue that some may have a problem with, and that's the back seat. Definitely Camry and Accord have a larger backseat than this car. Now it's usable for most adults, but you're going to be missing a few inches of knee room that the other competitors have. And now for my favorite part, let's see how it drives. Another way Mazda engineers tried to increase the level of luxury in the car is by reducing ambient noise, road noise, and wind noise. And in fact, they did a lot of changes to the body to do that. Now on a twisty road like this, you won't really notice it too much, just because you're having a lot of fun driving, right? But on the highway, that translates into a lot more calmer ride. Now it's not noiseless, especially on these 19 inch low profile tires, but the noises that do come in the car are much more subdued, and lower in frequency, which doesn't really grate on your ears as much. Another unique attribute about the new six are these seats. Now they've been recontoured, and the feature new material so that little bit denser, and more comfortable. But the profiling of material has been changed so that your pelvis fits into the little nook back here, reducing the need for bolstering. Now on the signature trim car, you still have adjustable lumbar support, and two position driver memory. So you and a co-owner, or a friend, or your partner can share driving duties without messing too much with any of the adjustments. But one thing that will take your mind off of the interior is the drive dynamics. Now the 6 has always been a fairly good handling car, and this new one is no different. In fact, Mazda went through great lengths with the suspension to give it a little more comfort on choppy roads like this, without losing any of its pitch or roll stability. What that means is when you fling it through corners, the car stays flatter, and doesn't rock your head front, back, and side to side. In fact, amongst the midsize sedan segment, Mazda 6 is probably one of the better handling cars out there. But what good is all this suspension if you don't have the power to match with it, right? Well, with this 2.5 liter turbo charged engine, producing three 310 pound feed of torque, and 250 horsepower, the power is there right when you need it. On this twisty road, it doesn't take much to get the car pulled into the corner, in fact. In fact, you have to be careful not to give it too much throttle, and get some torque steer through the wheel. Now torque steer is where one wheel has a little bit more grip than the other, and it will send a little bit of feedback through the wheel to let you know, hey, maybe you need to back off a little bit. Sending the power to the front wheels is this six speed transmission. Now there's paddle shifters so you can shift manually if you'd like, but frankly, it's just fine in automatic. In fact, there's a sport mode, which only works through the transmission, that holds gears longer, and makes down shifts more aggressive. But frankly, even in regular automatic mode, the computer has enough flexibility to make the shifts more aggressive on his own where you might not even use sport mode. Now some of the Mazda 6's competitors have gone to eight and nine speed transmissions, so the Mazda 6 may seem archaic with six speed. But with such broad torque coming from the engine, and good gearing from this gearbox, Mazda didn't feel like they needed to invest in a transmission with even more gears. Now what's the result of that? Well, the car stays in gear longer, so it's not shifting as much. So you get a more consistent pull as you're accelerating down the road. On top of that, when you downshift, it's not downshifting three or four gears. It's usually just one, and it puts it right in the sweet spot for you to have a very strong acceleration coming out of a corner. Frankly, we haven't noticed any issues with it and we think it's a great idea. Not bad. While at the track, the Mazda didn't generate the numbers we felt like it could achieve when we were driving down the road. It accelerated from 0 to 60 MPH in 6.7 seconds. While not absolutely praiseworthy, it's certainly satisfactory as both 0 to 60 and quarter mile times put it right between the base engine and option engine equipped versions of the Camry and Accord. There are steering changes as well. The steering rack is mounted directly to the subframe. No bushings. What that means is you can feel the grain of the road. And we're going over these little ribbons in the road, and I can feel them through the steering wheel. On top of that, the steering rack has been calibrated to give it very good weight and heft. Some people might find it a bit too heavy, but anyone who's driven a sports car will be right at home. How do all these changes translate? Well frankly, wonderfully. The car is uniform through the corners. You can pitch it in hard and the car stays very composed. It doesn't matter if it's small little bumps like what we're feeling now, or larger bumps like that. The car never gets upset. You can drive this car far faster than the speed limit would suggest you can, and have no problems doing it. Now obviously, we suggest you keep with the law, but it's nice to know you can if you needed to. Surprisingly, turning isn't as aggressive as I thought it would be, but that's not such a bad thing. It follows through really well, meaning once I do get the right amount of turn inset, the car doesn't really deviate from that. And I can control it with the throttle and the steering wheel so that I can kind of manage my understeer very well. With the changes to the suspension, the steering rack, the Mazda 6 has nothing to worry about maintaining its position as the sportiest mid-size sedan on the market. Sure, its heavy steering and suspension may draw away some potential buyers. But it's torquey engine, subtle exterior, and stand out interior are more than enough for it to compete against the traditional favorites, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. But what Mazda has done with the signature trim elevates the 6 away from those two into the luxury segment. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below. To see more videos like these, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and check us out on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And don't forget, you can always find out more information on our website, Edmunds.com.

2018 Mazda 6 Review

NOTE: This video is about the 2018 Mazda 6, but since the 2021 Mazda 6 is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.

Edmunds Road Test Engineer Calvin Kim had the opportunity to test-drive the new 2018 Mazda 6. Join him as he samples how it drives on the road and track, and keep watching to find out what makes this new Mazda 6 different from its competitors in the midsize sedan segment.

FAQ

Is the Mazda 6 a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 6 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.1 out of 10. You probably care about Mazda 6 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the 6 gets an EPA-estimated 26 mpg to 29 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the 6 has 14.7 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Mazda 6. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Mazda 6?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Mazda 6:

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard
  • Carbon Edition appearance package debuts
  • Part of the third Mazda 6 generation introduced in 2014
Learn more

Is the Mazda 6 reliable?

To determine whether the Mazda 6 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the 6. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the 6's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Mazda 6 a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Mazda 6 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 6 and gave it a 8.1 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 6 is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Mazda 6?

The least-expensive 2021 Mazda 6 is the 2021 Mazda 6 Sport 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $24,475.

Other versions include:

  • Carbon Edition 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $32,950
  • Signature 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $35,900
  • Grand Touring Reserve 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $32,675
  • Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $30,175
  • Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $27,075
  • Sport 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $24,475
Learn more

What are the different models of Mazda 6?

If you're interested in the Mazda 6, the next question is, which 6 model is right for you? 6 variants include Carbon Edition 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Signature 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Grand Touring Reserve 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A), and Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A). For a full list of 6 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Mazda 6

2021 Mazda 6 Overview

The 2021 Mazda 6 is offered in the following submodels: 6 Sedan. Available styles include Carbon Edition 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Signature 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Grand Touring Reserve 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A), and Sport 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A). Mazda 6 models are available with a 2.5 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 227 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 Mazda 6 comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed shiftable automatic. The 2021 Mazda 6 comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 Mazda 6?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Mazda 6 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 6 3.8 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 6.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Mazda 6 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 6 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Mazda 6?

2021 Mazda 6 Sport 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

The 2021 Mazda 6 Sport 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $25,930. The average price paid for a new 2021 Mazda 6 Sport 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $494 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $494 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $25,436.

The average savings for the 2021 Mazda 6 Sport 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is 1.9% below the MSRP.

2021 Mazda 6 Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

The 2021 Mazda 6 Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $28,465. The average price paid for a new 2021 Mazda 6 Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $294 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $294 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $28,171.

The average savings for the 2021 Mazda 6 Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is 1% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 6 2021 Mazda 6 Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2021 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $31,665. The average price paid for a new 2021 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $409 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $409 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $31,256.

The average savings for the 2021 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is 1.3% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 4 2021 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Mazda 6 Grand Touring Reserve 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2021 Mazda 6 Grand Touring Reserve 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $34,110. The average price paid for a new 2021 Mazda 6 Grand Touring Reserve 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $258 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $258 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $33,852.

The average savings for the 2021 Mazda 6 Grand Touring Reserve 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is 0.8% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 3 2021 Mazda 6 Grand Touring Reserve 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Mazda 6 Carbon Edition 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2021 Mazda 6 Carbon Edition 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $34,245. The average price paid for a new 2021 Mazda 6 Carbon Edition 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $259 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $259 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $33,986.

The average savings for the 2021 Mazda 6 Carbon Edition 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is 0.8% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 9 2021 Mazda 6 Carbon Edition 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Mazda 6 Signature 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2021 Mazda 6 Signature 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $37,355. The average price paid for a new 2021 Mazda 6 Signature 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $636 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $636 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $36,719.

The average savings for the 2021 Mazda 6 Signature 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is 1.7% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 4 2021 Mazda 6 Signature 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

Which 2021 Mazda 6s are available in my area?

Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2021 Mazda 6 for sale near. There are currently 20 new 2021 6s listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $26,130 and mileage as low as 0 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2021 Mazda 6. Then select Edmunds special offers, perks, deals, and incentives to contact the dealer of your choice and save up to $1,881 on a used or CPO 2021 6 available from a dealership near you.

Can't find a new 2021 Mazda 6s you want in your area? Consider a broader search.

Find a new Mazda for sale - 7 great deals out of 18 listings starting at $10,260.

Why trust Edmunds?

Edmunds has deep data on over 6 million new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, including rich, trim-level features and specs information like: MSRP, average price paid, warranty information (basic, drivetrain, and maintenance), features (upholstery, bluetooth, navigation, heated seating, cooled seating, cruise control, parking assistance, keyless ignition, satellite radio, folding rears seats ,run flat tires, wheel type, tire size, wheel tire, sunroof, etc.), vehicle specifications (engine cylinder count, drivetrain, engine power, engine torque, engine displacement, transmission), fuel economy (city, highway, combined, fuel capacity, range), vehicle dimensions (length, width, seating capacity, cargo space), car safety, true cost to own. Edmunds also provides tools to allow shopper to compare vehicles to similar models of their choosing by warranty, interior features, exterior features, specifications, fuel economy, vehicle dimensions, consumer rating, edmunds rating, and color.

What is the MPG of a 2021 Mazda 6?

2021 Mazda 6 Carbon Edition 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 6-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
26 compined MPG,
23 city MPG/31 highway MPG

2021 Mazda 6 Signature 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 6-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
26 compined MPG,
23 city MPG/31 highway MPG

2021 Mazda 6 Grand Touring Reserve 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 6-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
26 compined MPG,
23 city MPG/31 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG26
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
Drive Trainfront wheel drive
Displacement2.5 L
Passenger Volume114.5 cu.ft.
Wheelbase111.4 in.
Length192.7 in.
WidthN/A
Height57.1 in.
Curb Weight3582 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Mazda 6?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

Check out Mazda lease specials