2016 Mazda Mazda6 Overview

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - April 13, 2015

Mazda's entry in the midsize category doesn't try to be all things to all buyers -- instead, it uses SkyActiv technology and KODO design language to create a family car that athletic, economical and stylish.

What's New for 2016

Changes include a slightly revised front grille and headlights, a new LED signature for the rear taillights, a new shark fin antenna, revised 19-inch wheels, and nine new colors. Inside, there's an updated instrument cluster, a free-standing 7-inch center display, and a head-up display, along with a new floor console, connectivity system, and electronic parking brake.

Choosing Your Mazda Mazda6

Mazda has done a fairly good job of keeping the selection process simple:

  • All Mazda6s come standard with the same 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G engine that delivers 184 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and 185 pound-feet of torque at 3,250 rpm.
  • Additionally, all models come with front-wheel drive only.

The only real drivetrain option is whether you prefer a manual transmission or an automatic. The base Sport and mid-range Touring are available with both, while the top-spec Grand Touring is available only with an automatic.

Once you have decided on what transmission you prefer, you simply need to go through the three available trim levels to find the equipment you prefer:


The Sport starts at $21,495 with the six-speed manual transmission and jumps to $22,995 for an automatic-equipped model. Standard equipment includes an electronic parking brake, cloth interior, a CD player with six speakers, 17-inch wheels, air conditioning, cruise control, dynamic stability control, and more. Opting for the automatic transmission also tosses in Mazda Connect with a 7-inch color touchscreen, a multifunction control, a rearview camera, and a "Sport" button.


A Touring with the six-speed manual transmission starts at $23,945 and jumps to $24,995 with the automatic. This trim level adds to the base equipment a 7-inch touchscreen, dual-zone auto climate control, a six-way power driver’s seat, 19-inch aluminum wheels, keyless entry, leatherette seating, blind-sport monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.

There are also two option packages. The Moonroof/Bose/Satellite Radio Package is only available on models with the automatic transmission and it adds $1,325 to the base price. This is required if you also want to add the $1,675 Touring Technology Package, which comes with automatic LED headlights, LED running lights, adaptive front lighting, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rearview mirrors, Homelink, heated front seats, and a collision avoidance system.

Grand Touring

The Grand Touring model is the range topper and checks in at $30,195. This trim level adds standard amenities like leather seating, a 7-inch color display, a head-up display, LED headlights, LED fog lights, the Mazda Connect infotainment system, a “Sport” button, and a standard automatic transmission.

The Grand Touring Technology Package adds $2,180 to the base price. For the extra scratch, you get adaptive cruise control, i-ELOOP regenerative braking, a lane-departure alert system, high-beam control, and active grille shutters. A Grand Touring with the Technology package's i-ELOOP is the only way to get a Mazda6 with a 40 mpg highway rating.

CarsDirect Tip

If you can live without leather seating, a Touring with the Technology and Moonroof/Bose/Satellite Radio Packages is really a great buy at only $27,995 -- beating the Grand Touring's price by over $2,000.

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