2020 Mazda 6 Sedan

2020 Mazda 6 Sedan Review: Japanese Sedan Superiority

The Mazda 6 sedan debuted way back in 2014, bringing a sporty and engaging driving experience, sleek, sexy design, and luxurious levels of comfort to the typically humdrum midsize sedan class. Since then, Mazda has done an admirable job of not only carrying these traits over to the 2020 year model, but has compounded on the 6's fun-to-drive, classy, and family-friendly nature with no fewer than three major updates in the last six years. Like last year, there's a choice of two polished 2.5-liter four-cylinder engines in the US lineup, the base option of a naturally aspirated disposition producing 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque, and the turbocharged version dialed-up for peak outputs of 250 hp and 310 lb-ft. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox by default, which directs outputs to the front wheels of every model. The Mazda 6's competition comes in the form of the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Nissan Altima.

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🚙What’s New For The 2020 Mazda 6?

The new Mazda 6 rides into the 2020 model year with a modest number of low-key alterations, including a new key fob design. The only change apart from that is an all-new trunk lid badge that's featured on the top-of-the-line Signature model. Though those changes are minimal, all Mazda 6 prices increase by $200 for the 2020 model year. Unfortunately, Mazda hasn't seen it fit to return the six-speed manual gearbox that was dropped for the 2019 model year, and though mention was made about the addition of a diesel-powered variant and the addition of all-wheel-drive availability, neither has come to fruition just yet.

Pros and Cons

  • Still one of the best looking in its class
  • Premium-level cabin appointments
  • Powerful and refined turbo engine
  • Enjoyable handling dynamics
  • Loaded with driver-assist technology
  • Not as comfy on the road as rivals
  • Outside noise isn't well isolated
  • Rivals offer more commodious cabins
  • Infotainment system isn't very user-friendly

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2020 Mazda 6 Sedan Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Sport
2.5L Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
$24,100
Touring
2.5L Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
$26,700
Grand Touring
2.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
$29,800
Grand Touring Reserve
2.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
$32,300
Signature
2.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
$35,400

Mazda 6 Sedan Exterior

The Mazda 6 sedan's slender body form, flowing contours, and calculated angles make it one of the most attractive midsize sedans in the USA. Its assortment of high-end exterior features aggrandize its aesthetic with full-LED exterior lighting fitted as standard, including LED auto-on/off and auto-leveling headlights and LED taillights. There are also power-operated side-view mirrors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and dual chrome exhaust outlets. 17-inch Gun Metallic alloy wheels are standard on the Sport with 19-inch alloy wheels coming in standard on all other models along with a power sliding moonroof. The range-topping Signature model now receives bespoke trunk lid badges for the new year.

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Dimensions

The Mazda 6's dimensions are spot-on for the average midsize sedan, with the Mazda 6, Honda Accord, and Toyota Camry all sharing a length of circa 192 inches, a wheelbase of around 111 inches, and height of about 57 inches. Both the 6 and the Camry share a width of 72.4 inches while the Accord is a little wider at 73.3 inches. The 6 rides a little higher than most other sedans though, with a running ground clearance of 6.5 inches. The Accord's is at 6.1 inches, and the Camry's 5.7 inches. With the 6's curb weights ranging from 3,443 pounds for the Sport to 3,580 lbs from the Signature, both the Accord and Camry are significantly lighter in their base forms.

  • Length 192.7 in
  • Wheelbase 111.4 in
  • Height 57.1 in
  • Max Width 72.4 in
  • Front Width 62.4 in
  • Rear Width 62.0 in
  • Curb Weight 3,437.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

There are five unique hues to opt the exterior of the Mazda 6 in, Jet Black Mica and Deep Crystal Blue Mica being the only two cost-free options. Snow White Pearl is available at an additional cost of $200, Machine Gray Metallic at $300, and Soul Red Crystal for $595. While the Mazda 6 looks great in any of the color options, Mazda's Soul Red Crystal is one to behold and looks incredible in photos; it's unique, memorable, and utterly beautiful, and is now even considered Mazda's signature color.

  • Jet Black Mica
  • Deep Crystal Blue
  • Snowflake White Pearl Mica
  • Soul Red Crystal Metallic
  • Machine Gray Metallic
  • Sonic Silver Metallic

Mazda 6 Sedan Performance

Mazda has always been sure to incorporate a set level of 'zoom-zoom' in its vehicles, even after dropping that term as its marketing slogan, and has revolved its vehicles around a combination of driver-enjoyment and everyday livability. The Mazda 6 is a testament to this ethos, particularly the models equipped with the 250 hp, 310 lb-ft turbo-four, delivering more than enough performance capability for a spirited drive. Unfortunately, in comparison with the competition, the Mazda 6 actually falls a little behind in acceleration performance, with the naturally-aspirated four-cylinder the 6 sprints from 0 to 60 mph in around eight seconds or so, while with turbocharged four-cylinder it does it in around 6.5 seconds. Though the Mazda isn't directly targeted towards the sport-sedan market, both results are still rather disappointing considering how much faster the Toyota Camry and 2.0T Honda Accord are, completing the sprint in a much quicker 5.8 seconds and 5.5 seconds respectively, according to real-world test drives. But it's not always about the numbers, and the chassis tuning of the Mazda 6 makes it one of the most enjoyable cars to sling down a twisty back road. But, there is a limit to its abilities, as the 6 is only available with a front-wheel drivetrain, whereas rivals like the Subaru Legacy are all-wheel-drive, while the Camry offers both FWD and AWD systems.

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Engine and Transmission

Two SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter four-cylinder engines propel the Mazda 6 lineup. In the Sport and Touring models, it's kept naturally aspirated and is tuned to deliver outputs of 187 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque. It features variable valve timing and cylinder deactivation technology, which deactivates two of the outer cylinders in cruising conditions for optimal fuel-efficiency. In every other model, a turbocharger is strapped to the engine, taking outputs up to 250 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque - that's as long as 93 octane gasoline in use, otherwise, outputs are capped at 227 hp with 87 octane gasoline in use. A slick-shifting six-speed automatic gearbox services all models by default, directing outputs to the front wheels. The gearbox features a Sport Mode that when engaged, sharpens the gear ratios for a more spirited drive.

The Mazda 6 performs admirably with either the naturally aspirated or turbocharged powertrain, pulling away from traffic lights and stops is a smooth and easy process, and getting up to top speeds to merge or overtake slower vehicles is a breeze. The turbo motor is by far the better option from a performance perspective, but it tends to drop off at high engine speeds. The naturally aspirated mill, however, doesn't like being wrung out as much as would've liked from an NA motor.

  • Engines
    2.5L Inline-4 Gas, 2.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmission
    6-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

For a midsize family car, the Mazda 6 is a rather fun one, it possesses a driver-centric feel to its controls and the fluid handling dynamics that make it one of the best driver's cars in the class. And it manages to do all this with very little compromise to its ride quality and feel of refinement.

Steering in the Mazda 6 is exceptional, responses to inputs are precise and swift and the on-center feel finely-tuned. Its weighting is reasonably hefty at lower speeds, which transitions into confidence-inspiring feedback at the limits. Though nothing quite destined for the track, the 6 is properly geared up to deliver some thrilling on-road jaunts and hair-raising cornering; its suspension setup and chassis keep it nicely grounded and composed around even the trickiest of corners, though its tires don't quite provide the levels of grip a spirited driver might want.

Unfortunately, the Mazda 6's ratings take a hit for refinement for its excessive cabin noise and a sometimes overly firm ride on broken tarmac. The Honda Accord manages a finer balance between comfort and driving dynamics, but otherwise, the Mazda 6 is a fine effort in the segment. It manages to stay composed and supple most of the time, its chassis and suspension smoothing over most road imperfections and undulations.

Mazda 6 Sedan Gas Mileage

The Mazda 6 isn't one of the more fuel-efficient vehicles in the class, though it isn't too far off the leading competitors. Models equipped with the naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter four-pot are the most fuel-efficient from the lineup, with the EPA estimating gas mileage figures of 26/35/29 mpg city/highway/combined. The models equipped with the turbocharged 2.5-liter four-pot are estimated to return 23/31/26 mpg. The Honda Accord, when equipped with its 1.5-liter turbo-four gets better EPA estimates of 30/38/33 mpg; with the more powerful 2.0-liter turbo-four it gets EPA estimates of 22/32/26 mpg, a little more in line with the Mazda 6's. The Mazda 6 is equipped as standard with a 16.4-gallon gas tank, which avails the naturally-aspirated Mazda 6 with around 475 miles range in mixed conditions, and the turbocharged Mazda 6 with around 426 miles.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    16.4 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 26/35 mpg
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Mazda 6 Sedan Interior

The Mazda 6 boasts one of the more premium and aesthetically pleasing interiors in the class, if not the most. The mature, premium design and discreet detailing really impress, and the top-notch overall build quality and first-rate materials make for a genuinely high-quality impression. Mazda has some of the more attractive steering wheel designs too, the 6's working well to compliment the cabin's premium impression and the driver-centric cockpit. Its many multifunction buttons may be overwhelming for some, but it, and the rest of the cockpits controls are easy to fathom as the layout is very intuitive and ergonomic. There's a lot to enjoy from the Mazda 6 in the way of features too, with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power-adjustable front seats, and three-stage front seat heating featured as standard in most models. It just doesn't seem to have the same spaciousness as other Japanese entrants in the segment.

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Seating and Interior Space

Despite its cabin not being the most spacious in the class, it's so ergonomically laid out and smartly packaged that it still feels surprisingly commodious. There's seating for up to five passengers, though as with many midsize sedans, the center rear seat is only going to be usable by teenager at most with the 6 at full occupancy. Headroom is ample all-round and while legroom is abundant for those in the front at 42.2 inches, taller occupants may find little stretch room for their legs in the rear with only 38.7 inches to spare. The 6's wide-opening doors and moderate step-in height make for effortless ingress and egress, and with ample steering wheel and seating adjustability, almost any size driver can find an optimal driving position. Outward visibility is great, sightlines are clear all-round - with the exception of a narrow rear windscreen - and the 6's many driver assists only make things easier.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 42.2 in
  • Front Head Room 38.4 in
  • Rear Leg Room 38.7 in
  • Rear Head Room 37.1 in

Interior Colors and Materials

Unlike many non-premium competitors, every Mazda 6 model, from the base-spec to the top-spec, comes standard with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear selector. The Sport comes solely with a predominantly black cabin complemented by chrome accenting, black cloth seating upholstery, and a standard gray headliner. Black leatherette seating upholstery is standard in the Touring and Grand Touring with Sand-color leatherette upholstery available. The seats in the Grand Touring Reserve are upgraded with genuine leather upholstery hued in either Black or Parchment, while the Signature gets the most premium upholstery of all with soft Nappa leather in either Deep Chestnut or Parchment.

Mazda 6 Sedan Trunk and Cargo Space

The problem Mazda faces in this segment is that the Honda Accord is a genuine practicality behemoth, which makes the Mazda 6's 14.7 cubic foot trunk seem paltry in comparison. The Toyota Camry offers up to 15.1 cubic feet, but in certain trims, there's only 14.1 cubes available. Those 14.7 cubes in the Mazda are still enough for stowing away any daily essentials and is enough for a couple of large travel cases. The seats do fold down in a 60/40 split configuration but can only be released from within the trunk, which is one of the only gripes we have with the 6.

There are plenty of in-cabin storage spots including slender door-side pockets on all four doors capable of holding bottles, a small open-top pocket in the front center console, a slider-concealed compartment with dual cupholders, an armrest cubby with multimedia connectivity ports, and a moderately sizable passenger-side glovebox. Both front seats feature seatback map pockets and there are dual cupholders and a small-items tray in the rear center seat backrest.

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  • Trunk Volume
    14.7 ft³

Mazda 6 Sedan Infotainment and Features

Features

In terms of features, the Mazda 6 packages a whole lot of value at its price range, with an expansive selection of standard-fit features as of the base-spec model. In the Sport, there's remote keyless entry, push-button start, a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, tilt-and-telescoping steering column, six-way manually-adjustable front seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control. In the way of driver-assist technologies, there's a rearview camera, radar cruise control with stop-and-go, blind-spot monitoring, hill-start assist, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and advanced city brake support with pedestrian detection. In the Touring there's an advanced keyless entry system, six-way power-adjustable driver's seat, three-level heated front seats, and a power-sliding moonroof. The Grand Touring features steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters and auto-dimming side and rearview mirrors, while upgrades in the Grand Touring Reserve include a color head-up display, eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, six-way power-adjustable front passenger's seat, ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats. A heated steering wheel, frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror, 360-degree-view monitor, front and rear parking sensors, and traffic sign recognition become standard in the Signature.

Infotainment

Infotainment in the Mazda 6 has always been a high-point, but in recent years is beginning to show its age in terms of the image and graphics quality, as well as usability. An eight-inch full-color touchscreen is standard-fit in all models, the Sport features a stock AM/FM radio and six-speaker sound system, it gets HD Radio connectivity, Aha, Stitcher, and Pandora internet radio integration, and Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming capabilities. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality come in as of the Touring, with SiriusXM satellite radio connectivity standard only as of the Grand Touring. An 11-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system is stock-fitted from the Grand Touring. Device connectivity is provided by an auxiliary input jack, two USB charge ports, and a 12-volt power outlet in the front center console, and there are another two USB charge ports located in the rear of the cabin.

Mazda 6 Sedan Problems and Reliability

The latest generation of the Mazda 6 shows proven reliability, the model having been subject to only a few recalls over the years. Impressively, the 2020 year model has still not fallen subject to any recalls, with the 2019 year model only suffering one. That lone recall had to do with a software error that would cause the engine to spontaneously stall. Mazda covers the 6 with a typical three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, and offers a powertrain warranty valid for five years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

Mazda 6 Sedan Safety

Safety ratings and reviews of the 2020 Mazda 6 are exceptional, with the NHTSA giving the 6 a superlative score of five stars overall and the IIHS recognizing the 6 as a 2020 Top Safety Pick+, and awarding it top ratings of Good in all six crash test reviews.

US NHTSA crash test result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Key Safety Features

Though the Mazda 6's consignment of six standard airbags is only average for the class, with many current-gen vehicles getting eight (or in the case of Chevrolet's range, ten), it does get a comprehensive number of driver-assist features as standard. Along with the essentials, including ABS, EBD, and stability control every model comes standard with high beam control, radar cruise control with stop-and-go, blind-spot monitoring, hill-start assist, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist, lane departure warning, advanced city brake support with pedestrian detection, and a rearview camera. Along with those, the Signature comes with a 360-degree-view monitor, front and rear parking sensors, and traffic sign recognition. Rear parking sensors are available for other models.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 Mazda 6 Sedan a good car?

In review, the Mazda 6 is a near-perfect vehicle for the class. It's an exceptional all-rounder with very little left to be desired or to dislike. It balances an enjoyable driving experience with a sophisticated, if not a little too sporty, ride quality and decent gas mileage, making it an ideal vehicle for those who love to drive a spirited and capable car and don't mind the minor compromise in ride quality and leading fuel-efficiency for it. This does mean that the Mazda 6's ride will be a little on the firmer side in comparison with class rivals, but it's bearable and seemingly worth the compromise. It's in the passenger room and trunk room where the Mazda 6's main drawbacks lie, as well as its now-dated infotainment system. Otherwise, the Mazda 6 is one of the most aesthetically pleasing midsize sedans out there and also sports a premium cabin that higher-end luxury vehicles could take notes from. It's competitively feature-packed and packed with driver-assist features too, and is also one of the safest cars on the road in its class. For us, it's a surefire winner for the enthusiast who's been forced to mature.

🚘What's the Price of the 2020 Mazda 6 Sedan?

Pricing for the Mazda 6 is relatively on par with the rest of the class. Mazda states, however, that the mid-year base price for all 2020 Mazda 6 models will increase by $100. The base-spec Sport comes in at an MSRP of $24,100, and as specification levels increase, so do the Mazda 6's costs. The slightly better-outfitted Touring follows at a price of $26,700 and the Grand Touring is priced from $29,800. If your budget spans past the $30k mark, consider the Grand Touring Reserve with its price tag of $32,300, or the top-spec Signature with its sticker price of $35,400. All prices are excluding any tax, registration, or licensing fees and are exclusive of Mazda's $945 destination, processing, and handling fee, upped to $990 in Alaska.

2020 Mazda 6 Sedan Models

There are five Mazda 6 models in the 2020 lineup: the Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, and the Signature. Mechanically, the Sport and Touring are equipped with a 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine, the remaining three models with a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Outputs are directed to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic gearbox in all specifications.

Standard features on the Sport include 17-inch alloy wheels, Full-LED exterior lighting including LED auto-on/off and leveling headlights and LED taillights. Remote keyless entry and push-button start are standard along with a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, tilt-and-telescoping steering column, six-way manually-adjustable front seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control. An eight-inch touchscreen covers infotainment along with a six-speaker sound system, with various apps including Aha, Stitcher, and Pandora and Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming capabilities. Driver-assists include a rearview camera, radar cruise control with stop-and-go, blind-spot monitoring, hill-start assist, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and advanced city brake support with pedestrian detection.

The Touring is upgraded with 19-inch alloy wheels and with a power-sliding moonroof, it gets an advanced keyless entry system, a six-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and three-level heated front seats. There's also the added functionality of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The Grand Touring features steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters and auto-dimming side and rearview mirrors. The infotainment system is enhanced with SiriusXM satellite radio connectivity and an 11-speaker Bose surround sound system.

The Grand Touring Reserve is fitted with a color head-up display, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, six-way power-adjustable front passenger's seat, ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats.

A heated steering wheel, frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror, 360-degree-view monitor, front and rear parking sensors, and traffic sign recognition come standard in the Signature.

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Additional Packages

Because Mazda offers the 6's models in varying levels of specification, there are no optional packages available for any of the models, only a few standalone add-ons. One will have to upgrade to higher-tier models in order to attain the most notable features.

A fully integrated SD card navigation system is available for $400 for models without it as standard, while on lower trims, there's a frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror available for $325, and a rear lip spoiler can be optioned in for $350. Rear parking sensors are available for $475.

🚗What 2020 Mazda 6 Sedan Model Should I Buy?

While the Touring specification is relatively comprehensive, it unfortunately misses out on the turbocharged engine we love so much. That's why we'd recommend the Grand Touring spec, which not only equips the 250-hp turbo-four, but also increases other specifications and retains a sub-$30k price tag. Auto-dimming mirrors, SiriusXM connectivity, and the Bose 11-speaker sound system are all included, while keeping the Android Auto/Apple CarPlay integration from the Touring as well as heated front seats, a sunroof, and leatherette upholstery. We'd opt for the rear parking sensors at $475, pushing the price to just over 30k, but giving you a relatively complete package.

2020 Mazda 6 Sedan Comparisons

Honda Accord Honda
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CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Mazda 6 Sedan187 hp26/35 mpg$24,100
Honda Accord 192 hp30/38 mpg$24,970
Mazda 3 Sedan 186 hp26/35 mpg$21,500

2020 Mazda 6 Sedan vs Honda Accord

The Honda Accord has led the midsize sedan class as a consummate all-rounder for a long time running and continues to do so as a 2020 model. There are two potent and refined turbocharged engines to choose from in the Accord range, both of which give the Accord faster acceleration times than the Mazda 6. The Accord is also a little more fuel-efficient but only with the smaller 1.5-liter turbo-four, which earns the Accord estimates of 30/38/33 mpg. On the inside, the Accord is more commodious and a little more practical too with two full cubes more in the trunk than what you'll get in the Mazda 6. The Accord delivers as much of an enjoyable driving experience as the Mazda 6 does but offers an available six-speed manual gearbox, further augmenting the Accord's driving experience. And, with the top-spec Accord being equipped with adaptive dampers, there's a better ride quality offered from the Accord lineup as well. Overall, the Honda Accord is just a little better than the Mazda 6 in most regards and has a bit of a wider-spread in appeal, but if you want something a little more focused and a little more premium, you won't regret the Mazda 6.

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2020 Mazda 6 Sedan vs Mazda 3 Sedan

The Mazda 3 is the Mazda 6's little brother and is naturally a little cheaper too. It's equipped with the same engine as the base Mazda 6s and also features the same six-speed auto gearbox. While the 6 outguns the 3 in straight-line performance, both vehicles present the same enjoyable driving experience and capability in handling, though the Mazda 6 is the only model available with a turbocharged engine. The Mazda 3, however, is available in either FWD or AWD, which may win over your appeal if the Mazda 6's better straight-line performance and larger size aren't required. Obviously, the Mazda 6 will offer a more commodious cabin and a more spacious trunk, with more than two cubes in the trunk over the 3's. The Mazda 3 surprisingly boasts a better infotainment setup, with an 8.8-inch display screen adorning the dash and an eight-speaker sound system covering audio. Both are otherwise equally as packed with features, driver tech, and premium quality cabin materials, making the Mazda 3 the worthwhile option in saving the extra clams over the more expensive Mazda 6.

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