Mazda 6 review


Mazda is one of the world’s oldest and most popular automotive brand that has a footprint in nearly every major market of the world. It is estimated that in 2021, the company’s revenue earned through vehicle sales will reach nearly $29,000 million. Apart from the rotary engines, the company is also well known for its reliability and attractive vehicles. Their cars have their unique character which sets them apart from the rest of the vehicles on the road. There are several models offered by the automaker throughout the world but today we will be taking a look at Mazda 6.


Mazda 6 is one of the brand’s mainstream cars and competes with the likes of Toyota Camry, Honda Accord & some other European sedans. The 3rd generation Mazda 6 is a mid-size sedan and is based on the brand’s new design language that features a simplistic yet sporty exterior. The front grill has been made wider and lower that kind of sits well with the rest of the car. The headlights accommodate indicator, DRLs (daytime running lights) & projector headlamps. All of these lights are packed in a compact housing that allows for a larger grill that adds to the modern looks of the car. The side profile features swooping lines that extend all the way to the back of the car. The rear end is rather narrow which helps in the overall aerodynamics, the sloping roofline is rather similar to that of Honda civic’s, though, it goes well with the geometry of the car.


No matter what your age and taste is, you won’t be disappointed with the quality and the layout of the interior. It completely rhymes with the exterior and Mazda has utilized the best in class materials. The dashboard features a 3-tier layout with each layer made out of different but contrasting colors. You can also choose the interior trim from a variety of color layouts depending upon your preference. All the touchpoints are wrapped in high-quality leather that compliments the luxurious touch of the car. Even some controls are wrapped in chrome which gives you a feeling of a higher end car whenever you touch these controls.


The car comes with a decent range of tech equipment as one would expect from a car of this segment and price. All the variants get an 8-inch infotainment system, though you’ll have to pay extra to get android auto and apple car play with it. The stereo system is decent; however, you can upgrade it to an optional premium sound system if you are looking for a better sound experience. The presence of physical buttons for various controls including the infotainment system and climate control makes it easier to control them when you’re driving. Speaking of climate control, all the variants of Mazda 6 get dual-zone digital climate control as well.

The instrument cluster is fairly modern and provides enough information, though only the speedometer is digital. Apart from a digital driver’s display and an infotainment system the car comes as standard with additional equipment such as push start button, heads up display, keyless entry, cruise control & electrically operated seats on upper trim levels.


Engine options vary from region to region, but both the petrol and diesel options are available in Mazda 6. All the new engines come with Mazda’s new Skyactiv technology that helps in achieving better fuel average and enhanced engine output. The diesel engine offers great fuel economy and is rated at about 18 km/L (city & highway combined). It is also powerful and pushes out 180hp, enough for cruising at high speeds on motorways.

There are two petrol engines, one is a 2.0L and the other one is 2.5L. The 2.5L motor should be your choice if you want more power from the engine. It kicks out 250hp which should be plenty to put a smile on your face whenever you push the pedal. Though you’ll have to trade off fuel average with performance since the 2.5L petrol engine is a bit thirsty.


All the engines are mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. If you live in an area where you rarely have to encounter traffic jams, then the manual transmission should be an ideal choice provided you know how to drive a stick shift car. On the other hand, automatic transmission will also provide good fuel economy since it has more ratios, but keep in mind that it is notorious for faults and failure as it gets old. Overall if you want the most fun out of a Mazda 6 and good fuel average is one of your major concerns then the manual transmission is the way to go.


Another segment where Mazda 6 does not disappoint is practicality, there is enough leg room available for everyone in the rear even with the front seats reclined all the way to the back. Though the sloping roofline does create a problem for taller people. There are ample storage spaces in the center console and glove box, and you’ll have no difficulty finding a cup holder for your favorite drink as there is a total of 6 cup/bottle holders in the car.

The boot has a capacity of 483 liters which is good enough for 3 mid-size suitcases. You can enhance the boot space by folding down the rear seats, it’ll also allow you to slide in longer items in the back of the car. However, a short boot lid and a raised boot floor mean that you will have to struggle a bit to load and unload your stuff.


The suspension setup of any car plays a very important role in day to day driving. A stiffer suspension provides better handling around the corners and enhances the confidence of the driver. However, you will feel more bumps which can make your journey unpleasant. Fortunately, the suspension setup of the Mazda 6 maintains a good balance between comfort and handling, though it is more inclined towards providing a comfortable ride over uneven surfaces. But this does not mean that the car’s handling is terrible, it is decent enough to provide good grip while braking and sliding past sharp corners.


Besides a comfortable suspension setup, Mazda’s mid-size sedan is fitted with enough sound insulation material so that you can enjoy a quiet ride at higher speeds. All the seats are well cushioned and have adjustable headrests, furthermore, a deep under-thigh support makes longer journeys quite a pleasant experience. All the controls are laid out within the driver’s reach which are especially helpful when you are driving on a busy road.


Overall, Mazda 6 is a great package that provides great value for your buck. It is also a great choice for someone looking for something different than a Toyota Camry or a Honda Accord but with the same reliability as them. The good reliability track record of the car also plays an important role when it comes to the resale value of the car. The attractive design of the car combined with a comfortable ride and a punchy engine makes it a great car for buyers of different ages and tastes.

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