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 9 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.

Read more about extended warranties
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 2010 Mazda 6 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

"Only issue was normal wear & tear. Worn parts were replaced and corrected the issues"

Anonymous, TN (2010 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rear calipers have seized twice in less than 2 years leading to premature where of brakes and requiring rotor replacement"

Steven D., ON (2010 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"We had to get new brakes for the car. We choose not to have the work done at the dealership because of the higher cost"

Ken A., MD (2010 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"UNEVEN WEAR OF FRONT BRAKES REQUIRED EARLY REPLACEMENT"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The car was purchased in April 2014, had its first service in June 2014 whereupon the front brakes were replaced/fixed. In May 2015, both the front and rear brake pads AND rotors had to be replaced because they were worn out. I'm NOT a heavy brake us"

Michael C., NY (2010 Mazda 6 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"premature rear brake wear. Actually had to replace before front breaks"

Anonymous, QC (2010 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"As previously noted the rotors went on the car less than one year after buying the car"

Michael C., NY (2010 Mazda 6 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"seems that this particular mazda year has a known issue with the breaks due to their design. My mechanic was not surprised and stated this is common and they just need more frequent adjustment/cleaning than other cars. I owned a 99 626 prior to this and it was not a problem"

Christopher M., MA (2010 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The problem was essentially wear & tear. The pads had reached limit of usefulness"

Anonymous, TN (2010 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"symptom of brake adjustment issue. the sound originates from brake dust grinding when brakes are applied. eventually, the dust is visible on the hubcaps (yes it is that much of an issue)"

Christopher M., MA (2010 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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

Headlights

"The left headlight bulb had to be replaced 5 times so far. It goes out and you can smack the headlight and it comes back on but eventually you have to replace the bulb which is under the fender well and not an easy job. Dealer cannot find loose wire"

William R., KY (2010 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replacing the driver's side headlight was overly complicated, and required an hour of a mechanic's time"

Michael C., WA (2010 Mazda 6 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I headlight went out. I had to take it to the Mazda dealer to replace it. I could not do it myself because it had to go up on the rack to have access. I replaced them both, one was out, because while I was there I thought I should"

Anonymous, KY (2010 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 3.7-L V6)
Keyless entry

"Remote door lock/unlock ceased working. Not a battery issue with the key fob"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 3.7-L V6)

"Cannot lock the door by just touching the handle button, must use the key. Mazda dealer said nothing was wrong but I think they looked at the passenger side not the driver. Still not working"

Anonymous, KY (2010 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 3.7-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"Tire pressure monitor failed, causing the tire to deflate"

Michael B., WI (2010 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 CD player jammed when 4 CDs were in it. It would not eject. It was replaced under extended warranty"

Anonymous, IL (2010 Mazda 6 Unsure 3.7-L V6)
Speakers

"Hard to hear speakers over wind noise. Speakers have heavy bass response; treble speakers are blown and have a fractured sound"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Mazda 6 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We have started to get loud cracking or popping from the speakers. Sometimes the sound goes out completely and comes back later. Sometimes a speaker will buzz loudly. Some people have suggested that it's the amplifier - which costs $800-900 to fix"

Ken A., MD (2010 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The volume on the left side is much lower than the right side"

Anonymous, NC (2010 Mazda 6 Touring 3.7-L V6)

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

Alignment

"Car has pulled to left at hwy speeds since purchase . dealer is unable to diagnose and fix problem. alignment and cross tire rotations done but did not fix problem"

G S., CT (2010 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The vehicle has had an alignment problem from purchase. Dealer said the alignment meets specifications but vehicle has always pulled to the left. Have had the vehicle aligned by both dealer and non Mazda shop but it still pulls to the left"

Manuel S., AL (2010 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"It was just expensive to get them fixed. However, we were going on a long drive in the winter and needed everything to work correctly"

Ken A., MD (2010 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Chipping due to carwash"

Anonymous, IL (2010 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"car has very low mileage, only 25K and usually garaged but the overhead sun glass holder fell apart even though it was never used. Now there is just a hole where it used to be"

Ed T., AZ (2010 Mazda 6 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"Rust appearing around drain holes at bottom of drivers door"

Anonymous, IL (2010 Mazda 6 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

"Weather stripping does not fit in the door and falls out due to poor design/manufacturing quality"

Chris S., MI (2010 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Squeaking driver side door seal"

Anonymous, QC (2010 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"Wind noise started soon after purchase; sounds like a much older auto inside. Driver window does not always set into top seal"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Mazda 6 Unsure 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

Evaporator

"The evaporator core is broken and has to be replaced. Estimated cost $1200-1500. We have delayed repairing it because it's so expensive, but we will have to get it fixed soon. Our mechanic was surprised that this had broken because they normally last longer. He also said that it appeared that here was a flaw in the part because of how the parts were described when he looked to buy the parts"

Ken A., MD (2010 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Loss of a/c due to refrigerant leaks"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Mazda 6 Grand 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

"A tube under the car pierced"

Anonymous, QC (2010 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Muffler

"Rusted after 29000 mi and less than 5 years--needed replacement at great cost-not warranty covered as over 3 years and extended warranty bot from mazda at purchase excludes exhaust components"

G S., CT (2010 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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

What Owners Say

Starter

"The dealer told us it was the battery, we replaced the battery, but the car still was hard to start. We had a local mechanic check it out and the starter motor failed at his shop. we had it toad to the dealer, they said it was unusual for the started motor to fail"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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.

Engine Minor

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

Engine Cooling

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

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.

Drive System

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

Engine Major

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

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