Looking for a sensible midsize family sedan with strong performance, plenty of driver engagement and evocative styling? The 2017 Mazda 6 might be a good match. Here's a quick rundown of what we like, what we don't and the bottom line from the Edmunds editors.
I'm Edmunds editor Mark Takahashi, and here's an expert rundown of the 2017 Mazda 6. [MUSIC PLAYING] When it comes to mid-sized family sedans, we use words like competent, adequate, and sensible. The 2017 Mazda 6 is certainly all of those, but stands out with exhilarating performance and graceful style. Even if performance isn't a priority, the Mazda 6 is one of the best driving sedans in its class by a noticeable margin. On top of that, it's very fuel efficient, with real world results to back that up. Really the only things missing are a hybrid option and all wheel drive. [MUSIC PLAYING] The Mazda 6's trunk is only about average on paper, but the wide opening and remote seat back releases earned points for practicality. [MUSIC PLAYING] The back seats are spacious enough to hold taller adults comfortably, and the front seats have plenty of support for a variety of body types. [MUSIC PLAYING] The interior design is elegantly modern and uses nicer materials than you'd expect. If that wasn't enough, model infotainment interface is one of the best in class-- using a central knob controller similar to the ones found in luxury vehicles. [MUSIC PLAYING] The bottom line is the Mazda 6 has been one of our top picks for quite a while. It does everything other sedans do and adds a healthy dose of athleticism, technology, and refinement. We recommend you check it out, even among the strong competition that includes the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Ford Fusion. If you'd like to see more Edmond's expert rundowns, hit subscribe. [MUSIC PLAYING]
The 2017 Mazda 6 delivers something that transcends its position as a mainstream midsize sedan: a sophisticated and exhilarating driving experience. Among all the cars cramming into this market slice, the Mazda 6 is the one that feels directly connected to both the road and the driver. Perhaps those crossover SUVs aren't destined to rule the world after all.
There's a genuine elegance to the Mazda 6's appearance. The fenders sweep up to base of the windshield and then down into doors like waves cresting at the front roof pillar. If it wasn't a Mazda, it would make a fine-looking Maserati. The car's confident appearance almost announces that this car is very special.
On paper, the Mazda 6's handling might not seem like a big deal. Like virtually every other car in this class, the 6's front end is held up on a pair of MacPherson struts and the tail relies on an independent multilink suspension. The steering is, of course, electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion. But it's Mazda's voodoo tuning ability that adds subtlety to how they perform. Many midsize cars feel generic, but this one is precise and specific unto itself. It's not the car for everyone, but everyone doesn't love to drive.
It delivers this driving experience without sacrificing interior room and a large trunk. This is a very comfortable sedan in addition to being a sporty one. And the interior is practically as beautiful as the skin over it.
Every Mazda 6 is powered by a 2.5-liter Skyactiv engine producing 184 horsepower. Mazda has been so obsessed with efficiency in engineering this engine that the "e" on the end of Skyactiv was left off as extraneous. Sorry, make that "xtraneous." Despite the modest output, there's verve and eagerness in the engine that make it engaging. And the Mazda 6 is relatively light compared to the competition, even if the car itself isn't stunningly quick.
The standard transmission is a six-speed manual feeding the front wheels. A six-speed automatic with manual shift and Sport mode is optional, and the choice of most buyers. No, you can't get all-wheel drive. And no, there's no hybrid version either.
Opt for the manual transmission and the EPA mileage ratings come in at 28 mpg combined (24 city/34 highway). Those numbers are bettered by the automatic version that returns 29 mpg combined (26 city/35 highway).
Offered in base Sport, better equipped Touring and nearly luxurious Grand Touring models, Mazda makes shopping for a new 6 straightforward. Still, why take chances? Edmunds.com is here to help you find a new Mazda 6 at a keen price.
Is the 2017 Mazda 6 a good car? Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2017 Mazda 6 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2017 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.
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Vehicle Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
Review This is the most satisfied I have ever been with an automobile and I was very satisfied with my previous Acura TL and my first was a 69' Grande Ford Mustang. Cars come a long way since that beautiful and powerful 69' Stang. The Mazda 2017 GT is fully loaded and craves the road. One has to be reminded that it is only a 4 cylinder. It is quick and powerful. To add to the fun one needs only to click the sports button and the car transforms into an even speedier sports car. Ladies and Gentlemen if it is value, quality, luxury, responsiveness and fun that you seek, this is your automobile. And if you are a technophile that appreciates very useful bells and whistles, this car has most of the relevant ones. The virtual pop-up drivers screen is an amazingly useful and informative visual tool and it is subtle and unobtrusive. It provides speed limits, upcoming signs and turn by turn directions when using navigation. The car virtually drives itself with the variable speed cruise control, lane assists and myriad of sensors to keep you in your lane and safe. While driving almost by itself using all of this technology, the most fun really occurs when you take control and just drive it yourself. The steering and handling are sporty and engaging. The steering is magnificent and an enhanced technology prevents leaning around tight turns. My Acura had a very nice ride but the Mazda's is different and much more nimble and responsive. The infotainment system is very BMW like and easily performs a multitude of functions safely and without distraction. Then, when you just want to cruise with some great mellow or rocking tunes the bosse Stereo provides superior sound quality. There is very little to dislike. I can think of only some unfortunate uses of plastic (minor), a hood with no pistons and a trunk without spring loaded response as negatives. The rims while really nice do not stay that way long. The interior is luxurious and composed of expensive metals and supple leathers. The leather is soft to the touch and it is placed strategically where one rests ones fingers, hands, legs and you will find yourself touching these soft materials and consciously recognizing how smart Mazda was to use them in just the right way. It is the attention to detail that provides that bang for your buck. I tried to look for details to criticize prior to my review and honestly could find just the few that I have mentioned. Folks if you want complete satisfaction for a very reasonable price and you do not care that the symbol is Mazda and not BMW or Mercedes or Audi, this car is for you. The new Mazda 6 GT (2017) is for the driving enthusiast that does not care what others think. The car is cool and has a great look and the styling is right there with other premium brands. I compared it with the Acura ILX and TLX and the Honda Accord and once I test drove it, I was impressed. Now that I have driven it for over six months, I am in love with this car and look forward to driving it every day. I hope this review is helpful and saves you from overspending on a status car. Zoom Zoom! There is a reason this is their motto. It fits! Oh and the gas mileage is incredible using regular gas. it gets excellent gas mileage while providing superior power. I cannot figure how they get that much power and savings from such a powerful little engine. Amazing!!!!! This car is a sleeper and under exposed in the marketplace. Mazda is back in a big way. Take I for a test drive but remember to punch it for the real experience. Great NY car.
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Is the 2017 Mazda 6 safe? The 2017 Mazda 6 earned a 5-star overall safety rating from NHTSA and "GOOD" ratings from the IIHS in the following caregories: Side Impact Test, Roof Strength Test, Rear Crash Protection/Head Restraint, IIHS Small Overlap Front Test Results, Moderate Overlap Front Test Results, and a JD POWER overall quality rating of 3.0 out of 5. Among Edmunds' many tools and resources for finding your perfect car are detailed safety ratings and analysis from NHTSA, IIHS, and JD Power, including overall ratings, frontal barrier crash ratings, side impact tests and crash ratings, rollover test results, roof strength tests, rear crash protection and head restraint ratings, side barrier ratings, combined side barrier and pole ratings, and more.
What options are available on the 2017 Mazda 6?
Available Mazda 6 2017 Submodel Types: Sedan, Hatchback, Wagon
Available Trims: i Touring, i Grand Touring, i Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, s, Sport, i, i Touring Plus, s Sport, s Grand Touring, i Sport Value Edition, s Sport Value Edition, s Touring, s Touring Plus, i SV, s Grand Sport
Exterior Colors: Jet Black Mica, Soul Red Metallic, Snowflake White Pearl Mica, Deep Crystal Blue, Meteor Gray Mica, Blue Reflex Mica, Liquid Silver Metallic, Glacier Silver Metallic, Machine Gray Metallic, Onyx Black, Titanium Flash Mica, Sonic Silver Metallic, Steel Gray Metallic, Ebony Black, Kona Blue Mica, Polished Slate, Black Cherry Metallic, Redfire Metallic, Steel Blue, Performance White, Brilliant Silver Metallic, Comet Gray Mica, Ingot Silver, Tungsten Gray Metallic, Ebony (Onyx Black), Sangria Red Mica, Fireglow Red, Tungsten Gray, Dark Cherry Mica, Lapis Blue Metallic, Pebble Ash Metallic, Autumn Bronze, Bright Island Blue, Sepang Green Metallic, Volcanic Red, Blazing Copper Metallic, Smokestone, Speed Yellow, Techno White Pearl, White Platinum Pearl
Interior Colors: Black leatherette, Black cloth, Black leather, Sand leatherette, Sand leather, Parchment leather, Black premium leather, Black , Sand cloth, Beige cloth, Gray , Beige, Black cloth, Almond leather, Gray cloth, Parchment premium leather, Black, Gray cloth, Gray, Beige leather
Popular Features: Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Rear Bench Seats, Tire Pressure Warning, Stability Control, Aux Audio Inputs, Trip Computer, Power Driver Seat, Bluetooth, Back-up camera, Post-collision safety system, Auto Climate Control, Blind Spot Monitoring, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Sunroof/Moonroof, Alarm, Pre-collision safety system, Automatic Emergency Braking, USB Inputs, Heated seats, Leather Seats, Navigation, Upgraded Headlights, Keyless Entry/Start, Upgraded Stereo, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Heads up display, Upgraded Engine, Remote Start, Parking sensors
Engine/Mechanics: 4, 6 cylinders
Transmission: AUTOMATIC, MANUAL
Fuel Types: regular unleaded
Drivetrains: front wheel drive
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