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2020 Mazda 6 Sedan Review: Japanese Sedan Superiority

by Aiden Eksteen

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

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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
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2020 Mazda 6 Sedan Exterior

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Dimensions

  • 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

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

2020 Mazda 6 Sedan Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • 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.

2020 Mazda 6 Sedan Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • 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

2020 Mazda 6 Sedan Trunk and Cargo Space

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  • Trunk Volume
    14.7 ft³

2020 Mazda 6 Sedan Safety and Reliability

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

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

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

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.

2020 Mazda 6 Sedan Comparisons

Honda Accord Honda
Mazda 3 Sedan CarBuzz
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Mazda 6 Sedan187 hp26/35 mpg$24,475
Honda Accord 252 hp22/32 mpg$26,520
Mazda 3 Sedan 155 hp28/36 mpg$21,150

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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