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The Mazda6 Wagon Never Went Away — and the New One Is Gorgeous

The Mazda6 has been holding up through three generations as a midsize sedan that’s a little different from your average Camry or Accord. It’s characterized by its fun-to-drive nature, its available manual transmission — which is increasingly rare in this segment — and its distinct style. The current third-gen model just got a facelift for the 2018 model year, with a revised exterior that includes standard LED running lamps and a nicer interior, which moves the handsome sedan upmarket a bit.

This facelifted Mazda6 debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show last year, but a different variant just showed its beautiful face. It’s the wagon version — and it’s lovely. This car’s design lends itself very well to a wagon body, with body lines that create a profile that takes a step in the right direction of Mazda’s goal of being a more premium brand.

The wagon will make its live debut at the Geneva Auto Show. If you’re wondering why it didn’t accompany its sedan counterpart in L.A. last year, it’s because this beauty isn’t coming to the United States.

But do you remember when we did get a Mazda6 Sport Wagon in the States? If you keep an eye out, you can still see them occasionally on the road. We only got the Mazda6 in wagon form in its first generation in the 2000s. Every Mazda6 wagon in the U.S. came with the good engine, which was a 3.0-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 that made 220 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque. Being a Mazda, it was available with a 5-speed manual transmission or an automatic.

A fun, practical, affordable wagon with a stick is what seemingly every car enthusiast on the internet is demanding from automakers today. However, the fact that Mazda barely sold any manual Mazda6 wagons in the States tells you everything you need to know about why they aren’t a thing here anymore. People just don’t buy wagons in the U.S. — and we especially don’t buy them with manuals.

Another big reason for Mazda to not sell wagons in the U.S. is the fact that it’s becoming a crossover brand, probably unintentionally. The CX-5 outsells every other Mazda combined in the U.S. With sedan sales tanking, it just wouldn’t be a good business move to bring the beautiful Mazda6 wagon here. And as much as we all hate to admit it, let’s face it. Nobody would buy it.

Despite the lack of availability on our shores, it’s good to know the Mazda6 wagon is still out there. Wagons never went out of style in Europe, and neither did manual transmissions (yet). So if you really, really want a new Mazda6 wagon, you can have one. But I’m afraid getting one will involve moving to Europe. Find a Mazda6 for sale

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8 COMMENTS

  1. I had a 2005 Mazda6 Wagon GT.  The V6 had a great snarl and got good gas mileage.  Other than brakes that would warp it was a great car for the 17,000 I had it before buying something else.

    Fast forward 12 years and I’m back in a Mazda6.  This time a super basic Sport with no options and it is still well equipped.  I bought it for the gas mileage as my truck around town will only get 11MPG!

  2. Just about every manufacturer is now becoming a “crossover brand.”  Heck, I was looking on Mazda’s webpage the other just because there are still options for a manual, not that I’m in a position to be able to afford a new car.  The 6 wagon is gorgeous…and it’d never sell in America, sadly. 

  3. All I want is a loaded hatch with manual and awd. Pretty much leaves a Mazda 3, Golf R, Mini Countryman, Mini Clubman. Only 1 leases affordably. If this 6 wagon had those features, this would be my next car for sure. 

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Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt is an author specializing in Oversteer content, new car reviews, and finding the best car, truck, and SUV deals each month. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Eric can often be found exploring the north woods on his 1983 Honda Gold Wing when the weather allows it. Father of four, husband of one, and unapologetic minivan enthusiast. Eric mastered driving stick by having a 3-cylinder Chevy Metro as his only car for a year and regrets nothing.

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