2010 Mazda 6 Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2010 Mazda 6 - Road Test Specs

2009 Mazda Mazda6 Sedan

(3.7L V6 6-speed Automatic)


Model year2009
Styles Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (3.7L 6cyl 6A)
Base MSRP$28,465
Options on test vehicleMoonroof & Bose Package (includes Bose 10-speaker sound system, 333 watts with amplified subwoofer with 6-disc in-dash mp3-compatible CD changer, Sirius Satellite Radio receiver, and one-touch open and close moonroof with global open/close function.)
As-tested MSRP$30,690


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine type60-degree V6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,726cc (227 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.3
Redline (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)272 @ 6,250
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)269 @ 4,250
Transmission type6-speed automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I = 4.148, II = 2.370, III = 1.555, IV = 1.154, V = 0.859, VI =0.685, FD = 3.329, R = 3.393


Suspension, frontIndependent, double wishbones, coil springs and stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent, multilink, coil springs and stabilizer bar
Steering typeEngine-speed-proportional hydraulic-assist rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)16.2:1
Tire brandMichelin
Tire modelPilot HXMXM4
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, frontP235/45ZR18 94W
Tire size, rearP235/45ZR18 94W
Wheel size18-by-8.0 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAluminum alloy
Brakes, front11.8-inch ventilated disc
Brakes, rear11.0-inch disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)4.4
0-60 mph (sec.)6.5
0-75 mph (sec.)9.4
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.7 @ 95.6
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.2
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)30
60-0 mph (ft.)126
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)66.4
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.81
Sound level @ idle (dB)44.1
@ Full throttle (dB)80.1
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)67.1

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsBest run: Mild brake torque and manual shifting with moderate wheelspin through 1st gear. Manual shift mode required because Drive will upshift to kill wheelspin. Engine makes ample power and shifts are quick.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsStraight, confident stops with firm pedal feel. No fade, but this still isn't impressively sporty.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsLess steering weight than I'd like (Mazda3's EPS is even better), and too much body roll for a Mazda. Still, it has better directional control than most competitors. In the slalom, the Mazda6 shows good pace, but isn't as easy to predict or place with its slightly muted responses due to the body roll.

Testing Conditions

Test date8/12/2008
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)85.9
Wind (mph, direction)5 SW

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)17 city/25 highway/20 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)20.0
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)18.5

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,547
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,596
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)62/38
Length (in.)193.7
Width (in.)72.4
Height (in.)57.9
Wheelbase (in.)109.8
Track, front (in.)62.4
Track, rear (in.)62.4
Turning circle (ft.)35.4
Legroom, front (in.)42.5
Legroom, rear (in.)38.0
Headroom, front (in.)39.4 (38.1 with moonroof)
Headroom, rear (in.)37.3 (same with moonroof)
Shoulder room, front (in.)57.3
Shoulder room, rear (in.)56.5
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)16.6
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)Standard 60/40 split-fold seats, no volume provided


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionNot available
Tire-pressure monitoring systemStandard tire pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemStandard blind-spot warning
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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