The revised Mazda6 is significantly more comfortable and quiet while retaining much of its driving exuberance. This updated 6 feels more expensive than it is. But with the updates, the car has become slower and less fuel-efficient.

That said, we like how the base four-cylinder engine and responsive automatic transmission make the sedan feel quicker than the test results indicate. The engine returned 28 mpg overall, average for the class.

We also rented a 6 with the optional turbocharged engine and found it zippier and quieter.


The 6’s fast-reacting steering contributes to its agile handling. And its steady, absorbent ride and quiet cabin make it feel substantial.

This sedan’s low stance might make it a challenge for some to get into the car. The interior is a bit snug but the front seats are appealing. We found the rear seat has enough room for taller passengers, but headroom is tight.

The cabin design is understated, and the fit and finish is impressive for the price. The stitching on the padded dashboard and center console, as well as the way various controls precisely click into position, create an upscale feel.

The infotainment system requires some practice to master, but we ultimately found it manageable.

Advanced safety systems and driver-assist features, such as low-speed automatic emergency braking and blind-spot warning, are standard equipment on all versions.

Read the complete Mazda6 road test.

2018 Mazda6

HIGHS: Handling, ride, fit and finish
LOWS: Relatively tight quarters, acceleration with standard engine
POWERTRAIN: 187-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine; 6-speed automatic transmission; front-wheel drive
FUEL: 28 mpg on regular fuel

Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the October 2018 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.