After revisions, the Mazda6 is significantly more comfortable and quiet while retaining much of its driving exuberance that distinguishes it from its midsized sedan competition. This updated 6 feels more expensive than it is. But with the improvements, the car has become slower and less fuel-efficient.
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.
Emissions
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.
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
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
NA
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.
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

After revisions, the Mazda6 is significantly more comfortable and quiet while retaining much of its driving exuberance that distinguishes it from its midsized sedan competition. This updated 6 feels more expensive than it is. But with the improvements, the car has become slower and less fuel-efficient.

That said, the base four-cylinder engine and responsive automatic transmission make the sedan feel quicker than the numbers alone indicate. The engine returned 28 mpg overall, about average for the class. We have rented a 6 with the optional turbocharged engine and found it both zippier and quieter.

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 turbo (227 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 turbo (250 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 (187 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2018 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

Android Auto

"Stops working randomly, and the only fix is to restart the car."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Mazda 6 Signature 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Backup or other camera/sensors

"The resolution of the camera's are sub-par for a modern car. My 2015 Ford Mustang had a higher resolution rear camera than this Mazda6 has."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Mazda 6 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen freezes up

"Upon turning on ignition (push button) start, get Mazda logo and then the screen goes dark (off). Stopping car and restarting it starts working."

Anonymous, (2018 Mazda 6 Signature 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Both problems seem to have been fixed with softer updates"

Anonymous, UT (2018 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen goes blank

"Sometimes (albeit rarely) at start up, the camera will fail to come up. Turning off the vehicle and turning it back on will fix the issue."

Anonymous, IL (2018 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"this has happened about 4 times and had to restart the vehicle"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Mazda 6 Signature 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"This is a known issue that appears to stem from the nav sd card. Dealer says there was a software update that fixed this..we shall see."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Mazda 6 Signature 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The screen goes blank every once in awhile. Mazda has not been able to diagnose the issue. It can be a safety issue when you need to back up, because the rear camera is tied into the display screen and it too is blank."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Mazda 6 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"When plugging in the iPhone with a working cord, the sound will sometimes only come out of the passenger side speaker. For it to work, the car needs to be turned off and re-started, will it almost always will allow the sound to come out of both speakers."

Anonymous, IL (2018 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"I cant tell whether the GPS is adjusting the route for traffic or not. It doesnt give choices. It doesnt show where there is traffic the way Waze or Google maps does. Sometimes the screen is blank when I start the car and I need to turn off the car and restart it. The screen image started spinning on me once which I could only resolve by turning off the car and restarting The volume on the GPS changes on its own, getting too soft. Its generally not easy to use compared to others"

Anonymous, NJ (2018 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Both problems seem to have been fixed with softer updates."

Anonymous, UT (2018 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

Steering wheel vibration

"I suspect the steering wheel vibration is linked to the out of round or out of balance condition."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel balance

"Dealership not yet able to eliminate the vibration from out of round or out of balance condition."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Wheel bearings failed at 14 months replaced underwarranty, but I had to pay for alignment and wheel rebalance"

Anonymous, NJ (2018 Mazda 6 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 interior trim or moldings

"Leather seat had a big crease. Replacement of leather caused other issues like scratches and tears."

Anonymous, CT (2018 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Within less than a year, the paint started to pit across the entire from of the car. It will be eventually covered under warranty, however, we are in month six of waiting for the repairs. I am six or seventh in line just at my dealership to have their red painted mazdas from that era repainted."

Anonymous, (2018 Mazda 6 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint is just plane chipping off exposing the white primer paint beneath."

Anonymous, (2018 Mazda 6 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

Squeaks or rattles

"There is something that rattles in the lower dashboard when driving over rough pavement. There are also rattles in both front doors from the speakers."

Brian P., OH (2018 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"There's a rattle or squeak near the ceiling where the visor or sun glasses holder is. It's relatively new. It wasn't happening for the first 2 years."

Anonymous, (2018 Mazda 6 Signature 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

"The right hand circular info group is unreadable because of glare during the day (includes among several others, gas gauge and miles per gallon). reported twice to Mazda reginal service in southern California. Their attitude was tough luck buddy"

Thomas D., AZ (2018 Mazda 6 Sport 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

"Pulsation/vibration was related to the premature brake wear."

Anonymous, (2018 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Started not long after receiving the car. High pitched whining noise that would change in pitch depending on car speed (even in neutral). Brought car to dealership. Transmission was faulty and was replaced under warranty. No issues since the repair."

Anonymous, NJ (2018 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

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

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.

Climate System

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

Drive System

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

Brakes

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

Transmission Minor

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

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.

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.

Exhaust

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

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