The Mazda6 provides a sporty alternative to the conventional humdrum midsized sedan. A coupe-like silhouette stands out with eye-catching looks. You probably won't be bored driving the car, either. Quick, responsive steering contributes to agile handling. But the 6 isn't all about flash.
Alerts
There is 1 recall 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.
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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. You probably won't be bored driving the car, either. Quick, responsive steering contributes to agile handling.

But the 6 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 6 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 2016 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

"Every now and then, when I put the car in reverse, the backup camera display does not come on. I suspect it's not the camera itself because when I turn the car off and leave it for awhile, the backup camera display works. I suspect a software problem but according to dealership service there are no known problems in this area"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"What can I say? It just freezes up and stays that way until it decides not to. Turning the car off and back on makes no difference"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda 6 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Normally occurs after starting the car. Display screen goes blank"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Two problems: 1. Had the display screen freeze. Appeared to be fixed by software update by dealer. 2. Heads-up display for digital speedometer occasionally fails to rise. Dealer has been unable to fix this problem"

Jeremy K., NM (2016 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"In addition to the backup camera display problem, the screen itself sometimes locks up for no apparent reason. If I turn the car off and leave it off for awhile, the problem goes away. It's probably a software glitch"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The display occasionally freezes up for an unknown reason rendering many features, most importantly the back-up camera, useless. The dealer has been unable to fix this. There is no reset button and I have to shut off the ignition for about 20 minutes to resolve the problem when I restart the car. I suspect a software bug."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Please see prior description of problem with music interface."

David C., VA (2016 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"The display screen would not show anything. No radio, back-up, or any of the other features, ie radio navigation, direction etc."

Don A., MN (2016 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Screen goes blank while driving in cold weather."

Raymond M., NY (2016 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Pandora buffers. Did not do this when new."

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bluetooth system pairs phone (I phone 7S) well and phone features work well but rarely if ever have I been able to play music using the phone and bluetooth. However the phone plays music well using the plug in aux, but often the screen will freeze and have to reboot. I tried rebooting the entire system which did advised by Mazda to do which did not work. Mazda recommended having the system flashed with an update, but have not had a chance to do so, mainly because the dealership that sold me the car is no longer an authorized service/warranty dealer for Mazda."

David C., VA (2016 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Notwithstanding that the maps are updated (supposedly) by the dealer when I bring the car in for oil changes, etc., the directions are often faulty (e.g., get off at highway exits that have been closed for years and long routes through side streets even though the faster highway option was selected).)"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Seems like when they update the Navigation system, you have to go to dealer to make it compatible again."

Karen F., FL (2016 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"does not accept destination inputs as it should"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Frequently goes way off course. Also, says it must recalculate route when we are on the correct route."

Anonymous, ME (2016 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Bluetooth cuts out when using Pandora despite updates on phone and to system by dealer"

Anonymous, NH (2016 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"repeated problems with Bluetooth pairing requiring system resets - hassle because it means reprogramming radio each time"

Jennifer S., PA (2016 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"Favorite radio stations keep getting wiped out"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"lost all of my preset channels-a new chip had to be installed"

Sheldon M., NJ (2016 Mazda 6 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Routine software updates

"after warranty ends they want to charge for standard updates which is something that should be free since it can't update by itself"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel controls

"When I using adaptive cruise control, increasing speed button doesn't work. Even off and on again it didn't work."

Anonymous, TX (2016 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

"Coverings for access points came off or were removed"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Front door gasket required replacement 2 times in 3 years"

Anonymous, NH (2016 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Seal around passenger front door tore"

Anonymous, NE (2016 Mazda 6 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The coating of paint is thin. A rock or other object hitting the vehicle will result in paint being removed to the metal. The rims were painted with a graphite which has peeled and flaked off"

Anonymous, AR (2016 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Flaking on hood"

Mark F., IL (2016 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint on all four wheels started to peel The Dealer needed to have them completely refinished"

Anonymous, MD (2016 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Chipping and peeling in areas not under any traffic stress. The wheel rims are all cracking and peeling off"

Jose M., PA (2016 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The gun metal coating on the wheel rims has chipped and peeled at about 90K miles"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The finish on the wheels was peeling off. The wheels were replaced under warranty."

Kenneth C., VA (2016 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Small paint chips, especially on the front of the car, reveal black spots which are conspicuous as the car is painted white. I find an inordinate amount of small paint chips on the front."

Guy C., MB (2016 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint is very thin and soft. Easily marked up, easy to scratch. Much poorer quality paint than my last Mazda 6"

Martin G., CA (2016 Mazda 6 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My black wheels all peeled"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Clear coat on all four wheels peeled off. Wheels were replaced by Mazda at no cost."

Denver M., LA (2016 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The finish on all the wheels started peeling. All four wheels were replaced under warranty."

Charles B., MI (2016 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Problem is an issue with the coating on rims"

Brian C., OH (2016 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The only problem was with the paint on the wheels. It is a dark gray paint that was severely peeling. Mazda said the 2016 Mazda 6 vehicles had defective paint for that year. They replaced all my wheels under the warranty."

Josh V., PA (2016 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint is too weak."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"clear coat chips off the wheels. It was covered under a recall. I've had two sets put on"

Anonymous, KY (2016 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

"After last winter, one or both caliper pins for each wheel's caliper were frozen inside the specific caliper boot(s). Also, from the factory, the brake pad sides were not filed so that they did not slide smoothly going forward and releasing back from the rotors"

Anonymous, OH (2016 Mazda 6 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"expense to replace brakes and rotors"

Anonymous, ME (2016 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"Parking brake is supposed to turn off when you put the car in drive and hit the gas but sometimes it doesn't work. I just stopped using it because my girlfriend would always forget to turn it off manually."

Raymond M., NY (2016 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"Both front and rear pads were replaced due to uneven wear on separate occasions"

David J., MA (2016 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"brakes wore out at 20000 miles. front brakes."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Pulsation or vibration

"expense for replacement during brake job"

Anonymous, ME (2016 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"After last winter, one or both caliper pins for the rear wheel calipers were frozen inside the caliper boots. This has caused slight grooves on the rear rotors and premature wear. The front rotors are fine and have no grooves"

Anonymous, OH (2016 Mazda 6 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front rotors warped and were repaired."

Anonymous, CA (2016 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.

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Replaced by dealer. I was charged for part"

Anonymous, NE (2016 Mazda 6 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Squeak heard in driver side doors at speeds over 60 MPH. Was amended under warranty by tightening some components in the door assembly"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Tensioner and belt needed to be replaced."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes squeaks mostly when backing up Checked and are not worn told because of pads are non-asbestos"

Stanley P., NJ (2016 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"The wind noise is very pronounced making normal conversation difficult and listening to the radio almost impossible."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"not sufficiently sound proofed"

James T., FL (2016 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

Heated or cooled seat controls

"they don't heat"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Mazda 6 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"Squeaking lock mechanism. It still functioned, but replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seat controls - movement

"The release spring to the drop down back seat broke and had to be repaired by the dealer"

Anonymous, MD (2016 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the front seat became loose. the dealer said it was a broken linkage that holds the seat down. At first they wanted me to pay but I went up the chain and they did it under warranty. I considered it a major safety concern personally because they said it was a result of my having too much 'stuff' (empty drinks and papers) under my seat and when I moved the seat it broke loose. Too me that was ridiculous since if that's all it takes then what's going to happen in an accident. This is the only problem the car has had, I checked interior loose trim too because I didn't really know how to describe it. The only other issue was the clear that chips off the wheels which is a known issue and a recall, they have replaced two sets on my car."

Anonymous, KY (2016 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sunroof

"Sunroof exploded and blew out while driving on highway"

Anonymous, OK (2016 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"At about 1000 miles the transmission went, they replaced it with a new one"

Jenny H., MA (2016 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When sifting from park to drive or releasing the brake after a full stop, it would take 3-5 seconds for the transmission to engage and start moving, and it did so with a harsh jerk, as if someone had rear-ended you, Dealer replaced the transmission under warranty. Still trying to get reimbursed for rental car (no loaners were available for 2 weeks)."

Anonymous, MD (2016 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I was getting a noise when driving from stop. thought it was related to brakes but turned out to be transmission. I was told it was a problem they were having with my year and gave me a rental and ordered and replaced transmission with remanufactured. I asked for extended warrantee but was denied."

Scott E., WI (2016 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission had ongoing issues going into gear from purchase date. Numerous visits to dealer resulted in a TSB being performed with clutch replacement. This did not solve the issue. Repeated visits to dealer resulted in the transmission being rebuilt. There are still occurrences where it will not go into gear."

Anonymous, TX (2016 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

Slipping transmission

"Slips when taking off from stop, hesitates for a period of time and then unexpectedly lunges in both drive and reverse when attempting to move forward from a dead stop, cuts out and slips while driving"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda 6 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"During a cold start, a transmission error code was displayed in the gauge cluster. Owner's manual indicated it needed to be towed to avoid risk of damage. Per the dealer, a shift sensor failed but no damage was done to the transmission since I did not drive it was the code appeared. The part was under warranty and Mazda covered the cost of the tow as well as parts and labor."

Anonymous, IL (2016 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

"After about a year of ownership I started to hear a whining sound when the A/C was running.The dealer replaced the serpentine belt tensioner, but the noise persists. I believe it's? a noisy bearing. The a/c always cools excellently, but the noise is very annoying.I plan to take the car to another dealer and insist that they correct the problem"

Anonymous, MD (2016 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Very noisy compressor"

Wayne W., OH (2016 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

Gauges

"driver pop up display does not go all the way up now we have to manually move int to proper position"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"Ignition button turned red when pressed. Dashboard indicated keyless ignition fault. Dealer found the problem to be an internal fault in the car battery, causing an erroneous report to the ignition system of battery failure. Whatever that means."

Anonymous, MD (2016 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

Tie rods

"Suspension issues involved a knocking sound when turning the steering. A number of suspension components were replaced. The knocking has returned a year later; have not had this investigated yet."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Slight vibration in left front wheel. Dealership diagnosed one bad wheel bearing; replaced under warranty."

William R., KY (2016 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

Oil leaks

"Drain bolt overturned by dealer. The dealer repaired it."

Anonymous, NE (2016 Mazda 6 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"It has an incredible number of false positives, often alerting of a lane departure when the car is perfectly in the middle of the lane. This happens a lot in construction zones, which make some sense given old lanes may not be fully removed from the road, but it also happens on normal roads as well (most commonly when the sun reflects off of asphalt in certain ways)."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Mazda 6 Grand 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.

Drive System

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

Engine Cooling

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

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 Major

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

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