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2020 Mazda Mazda6: What You Need to Know

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The 2020 Mazda6 ranks near the top of the midsize car class, largely on the strength of its spirited performance and premium cabin.

The 2020 Mazda Mazda6 is ranked:

Is the Mazda6 a Good Car?

The Mazda6 is a very good midsize car. It’s one of the most enjoyable sedans in its class to drive, thanks to its nimble handling, smooth braking, and responsive steering. The base engine has enough power for most driving situations, but the available turbocharged engine adds a little extra punch. Downsides are few, but the infotainment controls are frustrating to use. Also, the Mazda6 has a below-average predicted reliability rating.

Should I Buy the Mazda6?

For a fun-to-drive, well-rounded midsize vehicle, the Mazda6 is a great choice. That said, there are lots of competitors to consider. The Honda Accord is a bit more practical, offering more room for passengers and cargo, and much like the Mazda, the Ford Fusion is a joy to drive.

Should I Buy a New or Used Mazda6?

With no major updates for 2020, there’s little reason to buy a new Mazda6 over an older model. However, Mazda is expected to unveil a turbodiesel Skyactiv-G engine in the future, but details are scarce as of this writing.

Mazda last redesigned the Mazda6 for the 2014 model year, but you’ll want to stick with a 2018-or-newer model. For 2018, Mazda refreshed the Mazda6, introducing a turbocharged engine option, new exterior and interior styling, and more features, such as an 8-inch touch screen and a surround-view parking camera system. That was also the last model year you could get a Mazda6 equipped with a manual transmission. The 2019 Mazda6 gained available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 Mazda6, 2018 Mazda6, and 2019 Mazda6 reviews to help make your decision. Also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

We Did the Research for You: 43 Reviews Analyzed

By researching Mazda6 reviews, our hope is to provide you with the information you need to make car shopping a breeze. You'll find everything you need to know about this vehicle in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, safety scores, and cargo space dimensions) with professional evaluations from 43 reviews. This 2020 Mazda6 review incorporates applicable research for all vehicles in this generation, which launched for 2014.

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How Much Does the Mazda6 Cost?

The 2020 Mazda6 sedan has a base price of $24,000, which is about average among midsize cars. The range-topping Signature trim starts at $35,300, which is also about average for a top trim in this segment.  

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Mazda dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Mazda deals page.

Mazda6 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Mazda6 or Toyota Camry?

Although the Mazda6 is a great car, the Toyota Camry is a better one. Not only can the Toyota rival the Mazda’s engaging driving dynamics, but it also boasts better fuel economy estimates and a more intuitive infotainment system. The Camry also has more rear-seat space and a potent V6 engine option that makes more horsepower than anything the Mazda offers. Both vehicles have similar base prices, but the Toyota gives you a little extra bang for your buck.

Which Is Better: Mazda6 or Honda Accord?

Choosing between the Honda Accord and Mazda6 is a matter of taste. The Accord is fun to drive, but it can’t quite match the Mazda’s nimble steering and strong braking. However, the Honda provides more room for passengers and cargo. It’s expected to be better on gas too.

Mazda6 Interior

How Many People Does the Mazda6 Seat?

The Mazda6 is a four-door sedan that seats up to five people on cloth upholstery in the base model. Higher trims feature options like synthetic leather or genuine leather upholstery, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and front seats that are power adjustable, heated, and ventilated.

The front row has ample head- and legroom for most passengers. Some critics claim the same for the second row, but others note that they would appreciate more legroom.

Mazda6 and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for this Mazda’s second row, as well as a single tether anchor for the rear middle seat. Lower anchors can be borrowed from both sides.

Mazda6 Interior Quality

This vehicle has a classy cabin with top-notch materials and soft-touch surfaces. Add in its upscale design, and the Mazda6’s cabin punches above its price point.

Mazda6 Cargo Space

With 14.7 cubic feet of space, the Mazda6's trunk is small for the class. The rear seats drop to increase storage space, but folding the seats requires walking back and forth between the trunk and the rear seats. That said, the trunk opening is wide, making it easy to load cargo.  

Mazda6 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

This Mazda comes standard with the Mazda Connect infotainment system, an 8-inch touch screen, HD Radio, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, and two USB ports. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are available, as are a navigation system, an 11-speaker Bose stereo, satellite radio, two more USB ports, and a moonroof.

The infotainment display in the Mazda6 only functions as a touch screen when the car isn’t moving. When in motion, you have to use a console-mounted rotary knob to control most functions. Some critics find it easy to use, but others remark that it’s a pain to navigate through menus.  

Mazda6 Performance

Mazda6 Engine: Peppy and Peppier

The base Mazda6 has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. A turbocharged variant of this engine comes standard in higher trims. It makes 227 or 250 horsepower – depending on the grade of gasoline you pump into the fuel tank – and 310 pound-feet of torque. Both engines come with a six-speed automatic transmission.

While the base Skyactiv-G engine is capable, most critics note that the turbo-four feels a lot more energetic. The transmission makes responsive shifts.

Mazda6 Gas Mileage: Typical for the Class

The EPA has not evaluated the 2020 Mazda6 sedan as of this writing. The mechanically identical 2019 model earned 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, which is par for the course among midsize rivals. Models with the turbocharged engine returned fuel economy estimates of 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.

Mazda6 Ride and Handling: Thrilling

With responsive steering, solid braking, and agile handling, this Mazda distinguishes itself as one of the most fun-to-drive vehicles in its class. Front-wheel drive comes standard.

Mazda6 Reliability

Is the Mazda6 Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2020 Mazda6 a slightly below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five.

Mazda6 Warranty

The Mazda6 gets a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Mazda6 Safety

Mazda6 Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2020 Mazda6 a five-out-of-five-star rating in the frontal and side crash tests, as well as a four-star rating in the rollover test.

Mazda6 Safety Features

Standard safety features in this Mazda include automatic high-beam headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and a rearview camera.

A head-up display, front and rear parking sensors, a surround-view parking camera system, traffic sign recognition, and adaptive headlights are available.

Mazda6 Dimensions and Weight

The Mazda6 is about 16.1 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,443 to 3,580 pounds.  

Where Is the 2020 Mazda6 Built?

Mazda builds the 2020 Mazda6 in Japan.

Which Mazda6 Model Is Right for Me?

Mazda offers the Mazda6 in five trim levels: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, and Signature. The base Sport trim comes with a good amount of safety features, but shoppers after more convenience and tech upgrades, such as Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, should look to the Touring trim. To get the stronger turbo engine, you’ll have to move up to the Grand Touring trim or higher.

A navigation system ($400) and rear parking sensors ($475) are available in all but the Signature trim, which comes standard with these features.

Mazda6 Sport

The entry-level Mazda6 sedan has an MSRP of $24,000. Standard equipment includes an 8-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, two USB ports, Bluetooth, HD Radio, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and alloy wheels.

Some safety features are included too, such as rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic high-beam headlights, a rearview camera, and the i-Activsense suite of driver aids. This comes with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control.

Mazda6 Touring

The Mazda6 Touring starts at $26,600. It gains Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, two rear-seat charge-only USB ports, synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, proximity keyless entry, a moonroof, and larger alloy wheels.

Mazda6 Grand Touring

The Mazda6 Grand Touring has a retail price of $29,700. It’s the lowest trim to have the turbocharged engine rated at 250 horsepower. It also builds off the Touring’s equipment list with satellite radio, an 11-speaker premium Bose stereo, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Mazda6 Grand Touring Reserve

With a base MSRP of $32,200, the Grand Touring Reserve adds genuine leather upholstery with ventilation for the front and heating for the rear, additional power adjustments for the front seats, a heated steering wheel, a head-up display, and adaptive headlights.

Mazda6 Signature

The top-of-the-line Signature trim (MSRP: $35,300) is the best-equipped model in the lineup. It comes standard with a navigation system, upgraded Nappa leather upholstery, front and rear parking sensors, traffic sign recognition, and a surround-view parking camera system.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Mazda dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Mazda deals page.

The Final Call

Despite a subpar predicted reliability rating, the Mazda6 distinguishes itself as a very good midsize car. Its tight handling through curves makes it one of the most athletic cars in the class, and the available turbocharged engine lays down plenty of power. Cabin materials are high-end too. However, some of its rivals have larger trunks and more room for passengers.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

Read the full 2020 Mazda Mazda6 review on U.S. News & World Report for more details, photos, specs and prices.

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