The Mazda6 provides a sporty alternative to the conventional humdrum midsized sedan. A coupe-like silhouette stands out with eye-catching looks. Quick, responsive steering contributes to agile handling. But it isn't all about flash. Fuel economy is class-leading at 32 mpg overall, thanks to the automaker's SkyActiv suite of fuel-saving engine and weight-reduction technologies. That's better than many small sedans.
Alerts
There are 3 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 provides a sporty alternative to the conventional humdrum midsized sedan. A coupe-like silhouette stands out with eye-catching looks. Quick, responsive steering contributes to agile handling.

But it isn't all about flash. Fuel economy is class-leading at 32 mpg overall, thanks to the automaker's SkyActiv suite of fuel-saving engine and weight-reduction technologies. That's better than many small sedans. Acceleration doesn't suffer for fuel economy, with the Mazda6 returning slightly-above average figures.

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
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 (184 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 Mazda 6 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Lane departure warning sensor. 8 times at dealer. Not able to fix problem. In process of Mazda buying car back"

Anonymous, NV (2015 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"when switching from CD player to Radio, screen will freeze causing inability to see what radio station is playing. Only remedy is to turn vehicle off and restart"

Mark D., ID (2015 Mazda 6 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"The display screen will suddenly go black/blank; at the same time, the clock will become unreadable. This appears to be tied to an electrical problem (perhaps a short) associated with exterior light controls"

Anonymous, MA (2015 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Very poorly designed "infotainment" system, difficulties pairing and working with iPhone6, dysfunctional USB Player (Mazda has a TSB on Bluetooth module replacement). UnUSble navigation system, surprisingly worse than my 3 year old portable Garmin G"

Evgeniy M., CA (2015 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The system is archaic. Poor functionality. Slow to boot up. Ipod function must fully download every time car starts - very slow. Does not sync properly with iPhone...not all functions work VERY DISAPPOINTED with Mazda for sub-standard system"

Steven L., ON (2015 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"despite claims in the sales brochure and the owners manual, the infotainment system is unable to interface with the music in an iPod, iPhone 4, iPhone 5 or iPodNano. Mazda alternates between telling me it's an Apple Problem (All of these devices wor"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"intermittent trouble connecting Pandora from my Android phone"

Jonathan S., CA (2015 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The Tom Tom Navigation system does not perform all of the actions stated it would in the Mazda literature. Has been in service department numerous times"

K H., AZ (2015 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Very poorly designed "infotainment" system, difficulties pairing and working with iPhone6, dysfunctional USB Player (Mazda has a TSB on Bluetooth module replacement). UnUSble navigation system, surprisingly worse than my 3 year old portable Garmin G"

Evgeniy M., CA (2015 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Inaccurate moving map display"

Anonymous, SC (2015 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It stopped working"

Arnie P., FL (2015 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The TomTom GPS auto-scales the map to a useless size, it takes a half dozen menu prompts to get anything done, it presents a lawyerly )it's your fault not ours" disclaimer that must be acknowledged every time the car is started, and it has an un-avoi"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It is very difficult to input destination info. Typing in does not work so must use voice input. That can also be challenging"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bluetooth module failed. This module is integrated with external USB connection. Replaced under warranty by dealer"

Anonymous, MO (2015 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Issues with system connecting then dropping to phone, then reconnecting over and over"

Marc A., TX (2015 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sometimes when I try to make a call while driving the phone pairing shows it is not paired. That is the only phone I use in that car"

Anonymous, LA (2015 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"SMS (TXT message) features do not work well, or at all"

Lucien J., DE (2015 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

"poor quality sound"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There is at least one speaker that will come in and go out. Perhaps this is also tied to the electrical problem associated with the control panel and the exterior light controls"

Anonymous, MA (2015 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

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Rear 'chrome' trim on trunk is loose, have not taken to dealer for repair as of yet"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear tail light chrome molding seems lose. It is unclear if this issue will worsen with age, but suggests poor design"

Lowell G., OR (2015 Mazda 6 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Loose trim"

Rami A., FL (2015 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"anchor for the cargo net was not properly installed at the factory. It was loose and would not secure the cargo net"

Mark C., NJ (2015 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"the paint on the front grill was chipping off"

Anonymous, HI (2015 Mazda 6 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"poor exterior paint,subject to staining and fading, engine noisy when idle. brakes sometimes noisy when stopping,"

William B., FL (2015 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint is very thin. Swirl marks (appearing almost out of nowhere), easily stained finish. Body very susceptible to rock chips. Issues result from a combination of a weak clear coat finish, car aerodynamics that seem to result in rock chips in visible"

Lowell G., OR (2015 Mazda 6 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint on the wheels was peeling"

Anonymous, MD (2015 Mazda 6 Grand 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

"E-record revealed dome light accidentally turned on, unnoticed, drained battery 2x! Placement of switch above windscreen makes it easy for driver to accidentally bump when removing grocery bag from passenger seat, floor. Battery had to be replaced!"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Mazda 6 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"Sensor has gone off twice on road trips. Both times stopping and checking the tire pressure was within spec. The only really annoying part is you have to be at complete stop to reset sensor"

Anonymous, WA (2015 Mazda 6 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Monitor was replaced as part of a recall but is still problematic"

Victor P., PA (2015 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to take it in 3 times in first month. kept telling us that the temp outside will set it off. that's ridiculous. they finally replaced it and its been fine for 3 month"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Would falsely display low tire warning. Had system checked. Part was replaced. Still have the same problem to date"

Anonymous, CO (2015 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
12V power plug

"12V power plug does not have battery rundown protection. We left the car parked at the airport for a week and forgot to unplug our 12V USB cell phone charger and when we came back the car's battery was completely dead and required a jump start"

Scott W., MD (2015 Mazda 6 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"The bottom of one of the keyless fobs broke off for no apparent reason and the batteries have required replacing twice in 2.5 years"

Scott W., MD (2015 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

Squeaks or rattles

"Dash rattle. Dealership has tried to find multiple times but it still has not been found"

Ken N., AL (2015 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dashboard occasional rattle and misc occasional buzzing sound from somewhere in car interior"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rolling down the driver side window sometimes makes an ear piercing noise. it may be minor, but it sure is irritating"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes make a noise while braking in reverse"

Anonymous, IL (2015 Mazda 6 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"Wind noise isn't too bad. But I think that it's more significant than other cars in the class. I'd certainly appreciate less wind noise at interstate speeds"

Ken N., AL (2015 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"constant excessive wind noise from right rear door at highway speeds"

Mark D., ID (2015 Mazda 6 Sport 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

Antilock system (ABS)

"when I am stopped on an incline,my brake is supposed to hold even when my foot is not on the brake. At times it does"

Anonymous, GA (2015 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"Rear calipers failed causing the parking brake to fail as well"

Anonymous, OH (2015 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"Parking brake didn't work right because rear calipers failed"

Anonymous, OH (2015 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"needed front brakes at 24k miles, last car went 80k. same driver and routes for both cars"

Anonymous, RI (2015 Mazda 6 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Complete replacement of pads and rotors required at 35,000 miles at a cost of approximately $1,200"

Greg R., CT (2015 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Had to have the rotors turned twice in 50,000 miles, and replaced the front pads before they were worn our due to concern for additional uneven wear"

Anonymous, CA (2015 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

Rough shifting

"Sticky shift into 3rd and 4th gears. Seems to be getting better with some wear. I am on a wait and see"

Anonymous, WA (2015 Mazda 6 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

"A computer chip failed for the transmission. We could only drive is slowly before is stalled, and it took 4 business days to get the part fixed"

Anonymous, CT (2015 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"car would not go over 5 mile per hr., it finally went up in speed drove it to dealer and it took 1 month for parts to come in. Car has been running very good since. I was very happy with the service. I would buy another Mazda"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Mazda 6 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Uncalibrated GPS. Bluetooth drops connection then reestablish it suddenly"

Rami A., FL (2015 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"System is very out-of-date. Poor functionality. Poor graphics. Does not sync well with iPhone. Truly a sub-standard product offering.VERY DISAPPOINTED in Mazda for even putting this product into their car"

Steven L., ON (2015 Mazda 6 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

Refrigerant leaks

"The refrigerant leaked, dealer fixed leak under warranty"

Anonymous, AZ (2015 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

"Dealer noted the problem during a routine checkup. Work was done at no cost to me"

G D., NY (2015 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.

What Owners Say

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Car failed while my wife was driving it. Mazda fixed it under warranty. Said a notice had been issued to dealers but it wasn't a recall issue"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Mazda 6 Sport 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

"At the top of the rear doors the chrome like trim that has been folded in between the rubber molding is very sharp and cut a persons finger"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

"Dealer replaced the transmission which was under warranty. No cost to me. Took about a week and I was given a loaner car to use. The dealer spotted the trouble during a checkup"

G D., NY (2015 Mazda 6 Touring 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.

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.

Engine Minor

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

Engine Major

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

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