Previews

Zip Code: 20149

2018 Mazda Mazda6: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Senior Pricing Analyst - November 29, 2017
Other Model Years»

Model Preview

The Mazda6 will receive major updates for the 2018 model year. Along with an updated front and rear design, some of the more notable changes will be the addition of a new range-topping Signature trim, new fuel-saving technology in the base engine and an option to choose a 2.5-liter turbo with more power.

As far as design, the updated Mazda6 bears a striking resemblance to the popular CX-5 crossover. The front features the same dark mesh grille and sculpted headlights underscored by aggressive chrome. Like the CX-5, the hood also now protrudes ever so slightly.

Inside the cabin, the new Mazda6 benefits from a heavily updated dash with a new available 8-inch touchscreen display. Well-equipped versions will also feature a configurable 7-inch gauge display. Unfortunately, no info has been given on whether the car will support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. For 2018, a new Signature model will offer a new level of premium features like Nappa leather seats, styled wood trim, suede-look door inlays and more.

Under the hood, Mazda says its 2.5-liter base engine will benefit from the addition of cylinder deactivation for improved fuel efficiency. For reference, the outgoing Mazda6 is rated at up to 26 mpg city, 35 mpg highway, and 29 mg overall. Will the car be able to topple segment-leaders like the 2018 Altima rated at up to 38 highway? That remains to be seen.

Mazda Mazda6

At the top of the range, shoppers may rejoice at the arrival of a turbocharged option called the 2.5T from the CX-9 crossover. In that vehicle, the engine produces up to 227 hp with 310 lb-ft of torque. To put that in perspective, the non-turbo 2.5-liter in the outgoing Mazda6 makes just 184 hp with 185 lb-ft. This could prove a compelling alternative to cars like the 2018 Honda Accord which now offers turbocharging across its entire range.

One notable change could be the discontinuation of i-ELOOP in the Grand Touring. Mazda already removed the option from the 2018 Mazda3, and the same could be the case in the Mazda6. The system helps power accessories via regenerative braking but has only been available with the GT Premium Package. Plans for a diesel have apparently been put on the back burner until the automaker introduces the CX-5 Diesel later this year.

In terms of safety, the Mazda6 will continue to offer a wide range of driver assistance technology. Although standard equipment has not yet been announced, it's highly likely that the car will offer Smart City Brake Support (low-speed emergency braking) at the entry level. Mazda has been adding this as standard equipment in vehicles like the 2017.5 Mazda6 and 2018 Mazda3. Further up the range, expect the full range of features like Smart Brake Support (full-speed emergency braking), adaptive cruise control and more to be available.

Key competitors include the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Ford Fusion.

Stay tuned for updates.

Pricing & Release Date

The 2018 Mazda6 will go on sale in spring 2018.

Official pricing has not yet been revealed. For reference, the current car starts at $22,820 including destination with the standard 6-speed manual. The automatic adds $1,050 for an MSRP of $23,870. The range tops out at $31,570 for the well-equipped Grand Touring.

Learn about the current Mazda6 on sale now »

Pictured: 2018 Mazda6

Mazda Mazda6

Mazda Mazda6

Mazda Mazda6

Mazda Mazda6

Buying With CarsDirect

We have partnered with trusted dealers in your area to give you a great price on the new Mazda Mazda6.
This is how it works:

  • We connect you to the Internet Department at a Trusted Dealership.
  • Use the CarsDirect Target Price as a tool in your negotiation.
  • The dealer will help you with financing or leasing, as well as trade-in options.

Used Mazda Mazda6 in 20149

Insider Information

We have information you must know before you buy the Mazda6.
We want to send it to you, along with other pricing insights.

Your Email
Submit

We will not spam you, and will never sell your email. You may unsubscribe at any time.

Thank you. You are now subscribed to our Pricing Insider updates.