Elegant styling; fantastic interior; wide and comfortable seats; sporty ride; standard driver assists
Small trunk; no hybrid or all-wheel-drive option; manual only available on entry-level trim; turbo requires premium fuel; touchscreen lockouts when car is in motion
For 2018, the Mazda6 gets a thorough makeover, with improved styling, better ergonomics and a more powerful turbocharged engine option. The interior has been completely remade, with wider seats, a more streamlined dash and premium materials. The base 2.5-liter engine gains cylinder deactivation.
In the Mazda6's case, we'd go with either the Touring trim for its balance of equipment, driver assists and price, or the turbocharged Grand Touring Reserve for its combination of power, features and interior upgrades. If you're all about shifting your own gears, the smaller Mazda3 is a better choice because, unlike the Mazda6, it offers a manual transmission on the well-equipped Grand Touring trim.
For 2018, the Mazda6 is offered in five trims: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve and Signature. Only the Sport offers the option of a manual transmission, while only the Grand Touring and Signature trims offer a turbocharged engine.
The Mazda6 Sport ($22,840) comes with a 6-speed manual transmission, power-operated windows, mirrors and door locks, auto-leveling LED headlights, 17-inch aluminum wheels, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote keyless entry and push-button start, cloth seats, a tilt-telescopic steering column, driver's seat manual lumbar adjustment, a 60/40-split folding rear seat and the MazdaConnect infotainment system with an 8-in color touchscreen, AM/FM radio, HD Radio and 6 speakers. Also standard is Bluetooth, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and low-speed emergency braking. A 6-speed automatic transmission is available, which opens the door to the optional i-Activesense Package, which includes high-speed emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and lane-departure warning, rain-sensing wipers, auto high-beam control and auto on/off headlights.
The Mazda6 Touring ($26,590) adds an automatic transmission, auto on/off headlights, 19-in alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, a power glass moonroof, leatherette-trimmed sport seats, a 6-way power driver's seat, heated front seats, proximity key keyless entry and start, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, adaptive cruise control, collision warning and automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist.
The Mazda6 Grand Touring ($30,090) adds a 250-hp turbocharged engine, heated side mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters, 11-speaker Bose Centerpoint 2 Surround Sound audio, SiriusXM, navigation and an auto-dimming driver's side mirror.
The Mazda6 Grand Touring Reserve ($32,590) adds bright silver alloy wheels, a rear decklid spoiler, a windshield wiper de-icer, leather seating, an 8-way power driver's seat with power lumbar support and memory, a 6-way power passenger seat, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a full-color active driver display with traffic-sign recognition, and adaptive headlights.
The Mazda6 Signature ($35,640) adds a gunmetal-finish front grille, a frameless auto-diming rearview mirror, Nappa leather seating, Ultrasuede dash and door trim inserts, wood dash inlays, a black headliner, a 7-in TFT LCD meter display, a 360-degree monitor and front and rear parking sensors.
NOTE: Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are late additions for 2018. Any model sold before the factory-installed package was added can be taken back to the dealer for an upgrade.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
2018 Honda Accord -- The Accord offers a larger trunk and better fuel economy, plus you can have a manual transmission with the turbocharged engine. Unlike the Mazda6, the Accord offers a hybrid model and holds superior resale values.
2018 Toyota Camry -- The Camry offers a high-mileage hybrid trim and V6 engine option, but it's not as sporty as the Mazda6, and its interior isn't as polished. Android Auto isn't available on the Toyota, but the Camry does hold its value better than the Mazda6.
2018 Ford Fusion -- The Fusion offers more engine choices, optional all-wheel drive and both hybrid and plug-in hybrid models. It's also a very sporty drive, with lots of high-tech features.
Used Audi A4 -- For about the price of a new Grand Touring trim, you can pick up a nicely optioned 2014-2016 Audi A4 and get more features, luxury, performance and style, plus the option of quattro all-wheel drive.