2017 Mazda 6
- Very responsive engine and transmission make it feel faster than most family sedans
- Fuel economy is competitive with any car in the class
- Reassuring handling that makes it entertaining to drive
- one of the best technology interfaces in the class
- Graceful styling inside and out
- Ride quality is a bit stiffer than rivals
- no hybrid model or all-wheel-drive option offered like many other cars in this class
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Edmunds' Expert Review
Even as crossover SUVs win over more and more buyers seeking family-friendly transportation, the midsize sedan still has a strong place among car shoppers. In this class, there is no shortage of choices worthy of your consideration, but the 2017 Mazda 6 manages to stand out from the crowd for a number of reasons.
In keeping with Mazda's reputation, this sedan is unique for its sportiness, both in relation to styling and performance. Its graceful styling gives it a sleek appearance, and the strong engine and athletic handling ensure it's not all for show. Even if performance doesn't rank high among your priorities, its confident feel on the road can be appreciated by drivers of any stripe.
When you add in loads of comfort, admirable fuel efficiency and an abundance of standard and available features, it's easy to see why we awarded it an "A" rating. It's few downsides are a lack of a hybrid model for those who need maximum mileage and no all-wheel-drive option for those in cold-weather climates.
Of course, the 2017 Mazda 6 isn't without some strong competitors that are also fine choices. Other Edmunds "A"-rated sedans include the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata and the related Kia Optima. You certainly wouldn't regret going with any of these alternatives, but we're confident that after driving the Mazda 6, you'll agree that none in the group offers the same level of driver engagement and surefooted handling.
Standard safety features for all 2017 Mazda 6 models include antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and active front head restraints. A rearview camera, automatic emergency notification and rear parking sensors are also standard. Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and forward collision mitigation are standard equipment on Touring and Grand Touring trims. The Grand Touring trim also receives a lane-keeping assistance system, automatic high beams and forward collision warning.
In Edmunds brake testing, Mazda 6 Touring came to a stop from 60 mph in 124 feet, which is average for a midsize sedan. A Grand Touring model stopped in 128 feet.
In government crash tests, the Mazda 6 earned five out of five stars overall, with five stars for frontal and side impact protection and four stars for rollover protection. Likewise, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick+, with the highest score of Good for moderate- and small-overlap front-impact, side-impact, roof strength and whiplash (seats and head restraints) protection. It was also given the highest rating of Superior for front crash prevention when appropriately equipped.
Trim levels & features
The 2017 Mazda 6 is a midsize sedan with seating for five. It is available in Sport, Touring or Grand Touring trim levels.
Standard features for the Sport trim include 17-inch alloy wheels, remote keyless entry and ignition, cruise control, full power accessories, air-conditioning, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, cloth upholstery, six-way manually adjustable front seats with lumbar support for the driver, 60/40-split folding rear seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, a rearview camera, the Mazda Connect infotainment system with voice control, text messaging capabilities, a 7-inch touchscreen and a six-speaker CD player with auxiliary/USB input, HD radio and internet streaming radio.
The Touring model adds 19-inch wheels, automatic headlights, automatic wipers, advanced keyless entry, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision mitigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, synthetic leather upholstery and power driver seat adjustments.
Touring options include a sunroof bundled with an 11-speaker Bose audio system and satellite radio, as well as the Touring Premium package that adds adaptive auto-leveling LED headlights, LED running lights, heated mirrors, an auto-dimming driver-side and rearview mirror and heated front seats.
At the top of the lineup, the Grand Touring includes the above listed options along with LED foglights, automatic high beams, a rear trunklid spoiler, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, a lane keeping assistance system, steering-wheel-mounted paddles shifters, a traffic sign reader with speed warnings, a head-up display, a universal garage door opener, a navigation system, leather upholstery and an eight-way power driver seat with memory functions (six-way power front passenger seat).
The Grand Touring is also eligible for the GT Premium package that adds Mazda's i-Eloop brake regeneration system that increases fuel efficiency. Also included are active grille shutters, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, premium leather front sport seats, interior ambient lighting, a black headliner and unique interior trim elements.
Powering all 2017 Mazda 6 models is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the Sport and Touring models and sends power to the front wheels. A six-speed automatic is standard on the Grand Touring and optional on the lesser trims.
In Edmunds testing, a Mazda 6 with the automatic transmission accelerated to 60 mph in 7.6 seconds, which is quick for the class. The manual transmission trails slightly, needing 8.1 seconds to reach 60 mph.
The EPA estimates fuel economy at 28 mpg combined (24 city/34 highway) for models with the manual transmission. The automatic increases efficiency to 29 mpg combined (26 city/35 highway) or 30 mpg combined with the GT Premium package.
Mazda has carved a niche for itself as a manufacturer of cars that are more engaging to drive than your typical family vehicle. The Mazda 6 maintains this reputation with a responsive engine that delivers strong acceleration and power that is always on tap. Even when accelerating with a heavier than normal foot on the pedal, engine noise is well managed and actually sounds pretty good. The same holds true for wind and road noise at highway speeds.
Handling is another brand hallmark, and this sedan corners with far more poise than its competitors. The communicative steering further enhances confidence, as does the sporty suspension tuning.
Thankfully, this surefootedness doesn't come at the expense of comfort. Though the Mazda 6 does ride a bit stiffer than rivals, it's not harsh or intrusive. If you prefer a softer feel, stick with the standard 17-inch wheels over the optional 19-inch versions. Whether you're a spirited driver seeking some excitement behind the wheel or simply desire a sensible and comfortable sedan, the 2017 Mazda 6 delivers a strong sensation of competence and reassurance that's hard to find elsewhere.
The 2017 Mazda 6 features an interior that exceeds expectations for the midsize family sedan class. Its overall design is pleasingly modern, and materials quality is excellent. Even the Touring trim's simulated leather is convincing. Front seats provide good support and remain comfortable after several hours on the road, though larger occupants might find them on the narrow side. Rear seats are notably comfortable, too, with plenty of head- and legroom for taller adults.
One of our favorite features in the Mazda 6 is the Mazda Connect infotainment system. It features a central dial controller and large tablet-like display similar to many luxury-branded vehicles. Operation is easy thanks to legible and intuitive menus, all of which help to keep the driver's attention on the road. The display also functions as a touchscreen, but only when the car is stationary.
Storage for your personal items is adequate but not generous, with moderately sized bins and pockets. The same holds true for cargo space, with a 14.8-cubic-foot trunk that is slightly smaller than average for the class. Fortunately, the trunk opening is wide, and remote seatback release levers further simplify loading bulkier objects.
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2017 Mazda 6 video
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]
2017 Mazda 6 Expert Rundown Review
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.
Features & Specs
2017 Mazda 6 for Sale
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.
2017 Mazda 6 Overview
The 2017 Mazda 6 is offered in the following submodels: 6 Sedan. Available styles include Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A), Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A), Sport 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A), Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M), Touring w/Prod. End 09/17 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A), Sport w/Prod. End 09/17 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A), Sport w/Prod. End 09/17 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M), Touring w/Prod. End 09/17 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M), Grand Touring w/Prod. End 09/17 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A), and Sport 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M).
What do people think of the 2017 Mazda 6?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2017 Mazda 6 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2017 6 4.5 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 2017 6.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
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.
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.
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Should I lease or buy a 2017 Mazda 6?
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