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.
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    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.
    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.
    Fuel Economy & Emissions
    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.
    Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
    Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

    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.
    Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
    Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
    Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
    Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
    Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
    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, ESC, side and head protection air bags standard. FCW, AEB, and BSW standard from 2018.
    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
    Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

    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 2017 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

    "Backup camera screen froze - would not update, eve after car was restarted."

    Jacob M., WI (2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
    Display screen freezes up

    "Head unit would freeze and reboot constantly. the head unit had to be replaced."

    Anonymous, TX (2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

    "The electronic sysyem continully rebooted which made the phone bluetooth & playing media thru my phone impossible. It took about a year & 3 visits to ths dealer for them to replaxe the GTS card/computer which easvfauly & causing the problem"

    Phillip J., CT (2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
    Hardware replacement

    "Was having on ongoing problem where the entertainment system constantly rebooted and made all internal electronics unusable. After 3 visits to dealer repair they replaced a bad GPS card and the problem was resolved"

    Anonymous, CT (2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

    "Head unit would freeze and reboot constantly. the head unit had to be replaced."

    Anonymous, TX (2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

    "The touch screen was damaged by condensation in the unit, which was causing it to make selections ("push buttons") on its own. It was very annoying. Fortunately, my vehicle was still under warranty, and Mazda replaced it."

    Anonymous, CA (2017 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
    In-dash navigation system (GPS)

    "GPS system completely inadequate. Naviextras has provided multiple update since 2017 without any real improvement. Garmin and Tom Tom makes terrific GPS system that are user friendly, but Mazda decided to take another route and its a real mess."

    Jean-Guy L., QC (2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

    "Very slow loading when car is started up."

    Anonymous, MA (2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

    "Often doesn't load. often freezes. Often wildly overestimates time to destination - off by one to two hours - e.g., time to travel 5 miles )no traffic - 2 h 15 m. often provides crazy routes. GPS by TomTom; i had many of the same problems when I had a dash mounted TomTom."

    Anonymous, MD (2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
    Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

    "Bluetooth didn't unpaired with my Samsung Note 8 several times. I took it to Mazda and they fixed it temporarily with software updates. I then disconnected the fuse and then reconnected it. That seem to fix it."

    Anonymous, CA (2017 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

    "does not initiate calls correctly from bluetooth. Must initiate calls from phone. May be a problem with my phone--other phones have worked better than my phone."

    Anonymous, GA (2017 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
    Software update fixes

    "software update cannot fix a bad GPS conception."

    Jean-Guy L., QC (2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

    "the lumbar support is the worst in the industry"

    Paul T., FL (2017 Mazda 6 Sport 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

    Emission control devices (includes EGR)

    "Purge valve in fuel tank malfunctioned and had to be replaced under warranty."

    Eric F., CA (2017 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

    "Check engine light came on and stayed on for more than a week. Took it to dealer and they found it was problem with fuel tank purge valve. They replaced it and there have been no more problems."

    Anonymous, CA (2017 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
    Fuel gauge/sender

    "Sometimes, particularly when it's cold outside, the dashboard fuel gauge gets stuck. It doesn't move on the two places on the dashboard that should indicate how much gas you have left in the tank - or how many miles you've driven on the gas in the tank since you last filled it. It eventually starts working again - usually after several miles. It's a big job to fix it, but I plan to bring it back to the dealer to be repaired."

    Anonymous, NY (2017 Mazda 6 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

    Alignment

    "I noticed the car was pulling to the right shortly after I purchased it. It was still under warranty, so I took it in to be fixed."

    Michael P., CA (2017 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
    Wheel bearings

    "Left front wheel hub bearing was replaced. Twice."

    Gene J., OH (2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

    "Front wheel bearing started making a squeaky sound and had to be replaced."

    Anonymous, CA (2017 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

    Premature brake wear

    "Rear driver side pads wearing at an irregular rate especially in relation to other wheels. Thinner rotors require replacement at lower mileage."

    Bob D., NY (2017 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
    Pulsation or vibration

    "Brakes have significant pulsing and vibration issue. Rotors were resurfaced, but the problem returned within a thousand miles. Seems to be a common complaint about Mazda 6 brakes."

    Robert C., CA (2017 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

    12V power plug

    "Fuses to both 12v plugs blew. Dealer replaced fuses at no cost. to us"

    Anonymous, GA (2017 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
    Heated or cooled seats

    "DRIVER SIDE HEATED SEAT STOPPED WORKING"

    Anonymous, WI (2017 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

    Air or water leaks

    "The sunroof is essentially useless. When the sunroof is opened, leaves or other debris collect in drain channels. The debris causes water to leak into the interior and also causes condensation to form on the windshield."

    Anonymous, (2017 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
    Squeaks or rattles

    "Beginning just before the 20,000 mile mark, the car has started to make a mysterious whirring noise. It sounds similar to muffled fan noise, but persists even climate control off. I've also tried unplugging all accessories in case it was an interference but that did not resolve the sound. I am worried it may be the valvetrain, because I can hear what I think is the same cadence underhood as ticking."

    Alexander P., OH (2017 Mazda 6 Grand 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

    Alternator

    "Alternator failed had to replace at a cost of over $900"

    Anonymous, FL (2017 Mazda 6 Grand 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.

    What Owners Say

    Driveline vibration

    "The problem has been there ever since we bought the car. As I mentioned previously the vibrations were more noticeable at freeway speeds. We have done everything as recommended by a local Mazda Dealer including replacing wheel bearing, lower control arm, road force balance all wheels, rotate all wheels. All these repairs reduced the vibrations but did not eliminate them altogether."

    Anonymous, CA (2017 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)

    "My complaint is specific to the alloy wheels. The top coat of silver finish is peeling and delaminating from several wheels"

    Robert C., CA (2017 Mazda 6 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.

    Engine Major

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

    Exhaust

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

    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.

    Climate System

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

    Transmission Minor

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

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