The 2021 Mazda6’s engaging ride and high-end cabin help it land in the top third of our midsize car rankings.
Is the Mazda6 a Good Car?
Yes, the Mazda6 is a good midsize car. It boasts adept handling, responsive steering, and two peppy four-cylinder engine options. It also has an upscale cabin and comes with an abundance of safety tech and infotainment features, including newly standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability. Rear-seat legroom is slightly cramped, and its infotainment system isn't as user-friendly as those of rivals, but those are this Mazda's only major negatives.
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We’ve analyzed 56 Mazda6 reviews, as well as performance specs, interior dimensions, fuel economy ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.
This 2021 Mazda6 review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2014.
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Should I Buy the Mazda6?
If you’re looking for a fun-to-drive midsize car, it’s hard to beat the Mazda6. That said, there are a few other vehicles worth considering before you make your purchase decision. The Toyota Camry is nearly as fun to drive as the Mazda, and it's available with a very strong V6 engine option. The Honda Accord isn't as athletic as the Mazda, but it offers more passenger space and additional cargo room.
2020 vs. 2021 Mazda6: What's the Difference?
For the 2021 model year, the Mazda6 gains standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, while wireless Apple CarPlay is newly available. Additionally, Mazda debuts a new Carbon Edition trim.
Here are the key changes for the Mazda6 over the last few years:
2017: upgraded infotainment system; Bluetooth and a rearview camera became standard; blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert became standard in 2017.5 models
2018: refreshed interior styling; gained an available turbocharged engine and available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
2019: gained some standard safety features; six-speed manual transmission discontinued
2020: no major changes
2021: Apple CarPlay and Android Auto added to standard features list; Carbon Edition trim introduced
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How Much Does the Mazda6 Cost?
The 2021 Mazda6 starts at $24,325, which is roughly average for a midsize car. The top-of-the-line Signature trim has a starting price of $35,750.
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Mazda6 vs. Toyota Camry
The Toyota Camry is just as enjoyable to drive as the Mazda6. The Toyota has plenty of power in its base four-cylinder engine, and its optional V6 engine is stronger than any of the Mazda's offerings. Additionally, the Camry has an easier-to-use infotainment system, a more spacious second row, a higher predicted reliability rating, and better gas mileage estimates. The Mazda6 is a good car, but the Camry is even better.
Mazda6 vs. Honda Accord
The Honda Accord and Mazda6 are neck and neck in our midsize car rankings, and choosing between them will come down to personal preference. The Mazda has more athletic handling, but the Honda offers two turbocharged four-cylinder engine options, and it delivers a gentle ride with lively handling. You’ll also get more passenger room and cargo space with the Honda. Ultimately, these are both solid picks; you can't go wrong with either.
Mazda6 Cargo Space
This Mazda has a 14.7-cubic-foot trunk that provides enough room to store over a dozen grocery bags. The trunk is small for the class, however, and the release handles that fold down the back seats can only be accessed from the trunk. On the plus side, the 6 comes standard with 60/40-split-folding rear seats.
How Many People Does the Mazda6 Seat?
The Mazda6 seats up to five people. The front seats are well contoured, and there's adult-friendly seating throughout the cabin. However, some critics note that the car could benefit from extra rear-seat legroom.
Mazda6 and Child Car Seats
There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats and a tether anchor for the rear middle seat. The middle seat can also borrow lower anchors from the adjoining seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system the highest rating of Good+, which indicates that it's among the easiest to use.
Mazda6 Interior Quality
This Mazda has one of the nicest cabins in the midsize car class. Some reviewers say its upscale interior materials are close to what you would find in a luxury vehicle. Some optional comfort features include synthetic leather upholstery, genuine leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, and heated front seats.
Mazda6 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation
The Mazda Connect infotainment system comes standard in the Mazda6. This system features a touch screen, but its lockout feature prevents you from using touch controls while driving. Instead, drivers must use the central control knob when the car is in motion. Most critics praise the control knob as easy to use, but some complain that there are too many menus to wade through to get to certain functions.
Standard infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, six speakers, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, HD Radio, Bluetooth, voice recognition, and two front USB ports
Available infotainment features: rear USB ports, satellite radio, wireless Apple CarPlay, an 11-speaker premium Bose stereo, and navigation
Additional standard features: push-button start, remote keyless entry, and dual-zone automatic climate control
Other available features: proximity keyless entry and a moonroof
A 187-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is standard in the Mazda6. A turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 227 or 250 horsepower (depending on the grade of gasoline you pump into the tank) comes standard in Grand Touring trims and up. Both engines are paired to a six-speed automatic transmission that delivers smooth shifts. The base engine is powerful and helps the vehicle accelerate quickly, but the upgraded engine offers significantly more pep.
Mazda6 Gas Mileage
The 2021 Mazda6 gets 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway in its standard setup, which is about average for the midsize car class. Models with the upgraded engine get an EPA-estimated 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.
Mazda6 Ride and Handling
The Mazda6’s responsive steering and athletic handling help make it a thrill to drive, without sacrificing ride comfort. Front-wheel drive is standard. All-wheel drive is not available.
Is the Mazda6 Reliable?
The 2021 Mazda6 has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.
Mazda covers the 2021 Mazda6 with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Mazda6 Crash Test Results
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2021 Mazda6 an overall safety rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2021 Mazda6 a Top Safety Pick+, giving it the highest rating of Good in all six crash tests and the second-highest rating of Acceptable for how well its headlights illuminate the road ahead. Models with adaptive headlights earned the highest rating of Good.
The IIHS uses a different scale for grading collision avoidance features. It gave this car the highest rating of Superior for its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, as well as the second-highest rating of Advanced for its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian system.
Mazda6 Safety Features
Standard advanced safety features:
Automatic high-beam headlights
Rain-sensing windshield wipers
Lane departure warning
Lane keep assist
Forward collision warning
Forward automatic emergency braking
Adaptive cruise control
Blind spot monitoring
Rear cross traffic alert
Available advanced safety features:
Front and rear parking sensors
Reverse automatic emergency braking
360-degree parking camera system
Traffic sign recognition
Driver attention alert
Mazda6 Dimensions and Weight
The Mazda6 is about 16 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,437 to 3,582 pounds, and its gross vehicle weight rating is between 4,473 and 4,552 pounds.
Where Is the 2021 Mazda6 Built?
Mazda builds the 2021 Mazda6 in Japan.
Which Mazda6 Model Is Right for Me?
The 2021 Mazda6 comes in six trims: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, Carbon Edition, and Signature. The base Sport trim is filled with infotainment, safety, and comfort features, which make it a great pick for most shoppers. The Sport and Touring trims come with the base four-cylinder engine, while every other trim gets the upgraded turbocharged engine.
The Sport trim (MSRP: $24,325) comes with an 8-inch touch screen, six speakers, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, HD Radio, Bluetooth, voice recognition, and two front USB ports. Other standard features include push-button start, remote keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, cloth upholstery, and six-way manually adjustable front seats.
A host of active safety features are also standard, including lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, automatic high-beam headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a rearview camera.
Starting at $26,925, the Touring trim gains rear USB ports, synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, a six-way power-adjustable driver's seat, proximity keyless entry, and a moonroof.
Mazda6 Grand Touring
The Grand Touring trim starts at $30,025. In addition to the turbocharged engine, the Grand Touring adds satellite radio, and an 11-speaker premium Bose stereo.
Mazda6 Grand Touring Reserve
The Grand Touring Reserve trim starts at $32,525 and gains wireless Apple CarPlay, adaptive headlights, genuine leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a six-way power-adjustable passenger seat, a heated steering wheel, and a head-up display.
Mazda6 Carbon Edition
The Carbon Edition trim (MSRP: $32,800) adds red leather upholstery, red and black interior accents, and gloss black exterior accents.
The top-of-the-line Signature trim has a starting price of $35,750. It gains ambient lighting, Nappa leather upholstery, navigation, traffic sign recognition, a 360-degree parking camera system, front and rear parking sensors, and driver attention alert.