The Mazda6 is among the sportiest family sedans. In addition to being fun to drive, it is roomy, quiet, and quick. It also has a high-quality interior. Road noise is a bit pronounced. Fuel economy is not a strong suit with the powerful V6. 
Alerts
There are 10 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. ESC available from 2005, standard from 2009. Side and head protection air bags available, standard from 2007. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking available from 2014.
Road Test

The Mazda6 is among the sportiest family sedans. In addition to being fun to drive, it is roomy, quiet, and quick. It also has a high-quality interior. Road noise is a bit pronounced. Fuel economy is not a strong suit with the powerful V6. 

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 (170 hp)
  • 3.7-liter V6 (272 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2009 Mazda 6 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"For no reason the alarm would go off, horn honking, lights flashing--all caused by a low battery. Was unaware that a battery that worked fine otherwise would cause this problem just by having a somewhat low level"

B M., AL (2009 Mazda 6 Sport 3.7-L V6)

"Constant issues with Alarm going off due to problems with door sensors - have had into dealer several times"

Anonymous, BC (2009 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 3.7-L V6)
Body control module

"Automatic locks do not work, using keyless entry or inside the car (any touch to lock/unlock button locks the car. The only way to unlock is manually). I was told that the problem is the body control module, but no one could guarantee that fixing it would permanently fix the problem"

Jolie S., OH (2009 Mazda 6 SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Automatic locks stopped working more than 12 months ago. If you hit the unlock or lock buttons, all the doors lock. There is no way to unlock except manually"

Jolie S., OH (2009 Mazda 6 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Burned out bulb that needed replacing"

Anonymous, TN (2009 Mazda 6)
Headlights

"The left front headlight went out. I could not do the repair myself since you had to dismantle so much of the car to get to it. That meant a costly repair at the mechanic."

Dale K., MN (2009 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have replaced at least 4 headlights. They burn out very quickly (sometimes within a month of replacement). i've had it checked for an electrical problem, but the dealerships say it's not electrical"

Jolie S., OH (2009 Mazda 6 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"Car locks would not work, car would not push-button start, had to use actual key to start the vehicle all due to a battery that needed to be replaced in the keyless entry system"

B M., AL (2009 Mazda 6 Sport 3.7-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"The intermittent control would make the wipers sweep at a very fast pace. Clicking down to slow would have no effect on the speed on the sweep. Very annoying when the windshield had very little rain drops"

Dan S., NC (2009 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"The mechanism that opens the face of the stereo in order to insert the CDs broke"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 3.7-L V6)

"The CD player will hold multiple CDs. It quit working with multiple CDs a couple years ago, and quit working entirely in the last year. Now the "aux" doesn't work, either"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Mazda 6 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The player will not accept the GPS System disc. It makes a clicking sound and keep ejecting the disc"

Anonymous, UT (2009 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 3.7-L V6)

"GPS navigation screen stopped working. Screen just says take it in for repair."

Linh N., ON (2009 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 3.7-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Bluetooth system periodically does not work at all, occasionally for more than a week. When battery is disconnected it will reset"

Anonymous, CT (2009 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"The steering control switch for the radio did not allow me to switch stations on the radio or satellite stations. I had to do it manually with the knob"

Dan S., NC (2009 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

"Both speakers in driver's door failed"

Jacob M., WI (2009 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver side speaker scratchy and a bit distorted."

Linh N., ON (2009 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 3.7-L V6)
Steering wheel controls

"From year 1 of ownership the radio controls on the steering week have worked intermittently. It’s most commonly broken in temperature extremes, and there is no pattern for what triggers it to work correctly again. The station switch will will function in reverse, or only toggle 2 or 3 stations. The volume and station switch will reverse function. Both the volume and station switch will change the station. It’s stupid, but annoying because the radio in the dash is designed for looks, not function. The repair shops all tell me they can’t recreate it so there isn’t anything they can do. I think this was an excuse when it was under warranty."

Philip J., MA (2009 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

"One front caliper began to seize"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 3.7-L V6)

"Calipers were also replaced at 48k miles"

Anonymous, IN (2009 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"Have had to replace brakes twice this year, Since I do mostly highway driving, I was told back brakes do not get enough use"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Mazda 6 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

"REPLACING PADS AND CALIPERS"

Anonymous, BC (2009 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Rusting causing vibration and noise"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 3.7-L V6)

"Causing vibrations when braking"

Jon P., VA (2009 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotors were warped and needed replacing"

Anonymous, IN (2009 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotors were replaced around 49k miles"

Anonymous, IN (2009 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"Brakes have to be adjusted"

Gregory T., NJ (2009 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 3.7-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"Sunglass holder in overhead console broke, unusually expensive to fix"

Jacob M., WI (2009 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Some inner upper roof and pillar mouldings were loose."

Anonymous, AB (2009 Mazda 6 Sport 3.7-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint peeling off near license plate and o. The bottom of passenger door"

Anonymous, QC (2009 Mazda 6 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"very surprised at the fading, chalking and cracking since I had the 5 year Simonize coating and car is only 9 years old."

Joseph D., FL (2009 Mazda 6 SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"car is much more rusty than other cars I have owned."

Anonymous, ON (2009 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Experience rust around front windshield along the roof line on the drivers side"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust problem at interior bottom of doors near seams"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the front subframe/engine cradle on my car rusted through and cracked to the point that the dealer & another shop advised me to stop driving it as it was unsafe. the rear has some rust but not as deep. Car is @8 yrs old w. 88k miles on it - mazda would not fix post warranty"

Anonymous, ME (2009 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"had to be recharged annually; dealer not able to locate leak; have dye in it now"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Mazda 6 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"Whenever outside temperature approaches 90 degrees F., the A/C shuts down. I was told that this is by design"

Ed W., CA (2009 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C turns off when outside temperature equals or exceeds 90 degrees"

Ed W., CA (2009 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

"Mold growth"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"A/C system stopped putting out cold air. Repair shop recharged system with refrigerant along with a dye to check for leaks. Within a month the refrigerant had leaked out and it appeared that the leak was inside the instrument panel as no dye was seen anywhere in the engine compartment. Cost was estimated to be $1500 to fix."

Anonymous, MI (2009 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"rust along the bottom of the front door"

Lou S., QC (2009 Mazda 6 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Trunk was leaking"

Christine M., OH (2009 Mazda 6 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"window would not open (electric)"

Rajeev J., (2009 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Computer failures happened 6-7 times, with consequences being engine not starting at all, or starting with engine idling at high regime (3000+)"

Marc-Andre M., QC (2009 Mazda 6 SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"oil leak on front of engine"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 3.7-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Loose/rattling heat shield

"The repair shop cut the piece away and do not replace it"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"There was 2 airbag recalls but the passenger sensor under the passenger seat also become problematic. I believe the second recall fixed the problem even though it wasn’t the focus of the recall. So perhaps a loose wire."

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Mazda 6 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"Something is wrong with the push button start which is affected by the electrical system. Car is being serviced and diagnosed now. I cannot stop the car completely and the battery drains to zero. Car needs a jump to get started"

Dale K., MN (2009 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission leaks

"There was a major leak in my transmission. The light didn’t come on in my dash until the fluid was completely drained. It had been leaking for months, the light should have come on sooner. I noticed some transmission slippage over that time, but figured it was just the age of the vehicle because the light didn’t come on. The tank had char coating the bottom, it had been like that for quite a while. When the light did come on, it didn’t stay on. It flashed one day, and then stopped. I took it in for repair anyway, good thing I did."

Philip J., MA (2009 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Wheel bearings

"I've had to replace 3 out of 4 wheel bearings and hubs so far"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

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