While it doesn't come close to matching the sales numbers of Toyota's Camry, Honda's Accord, or Ford's Fusion, the 2017 Mazda6's interior comfort alone sets it apart from the rest of the midsize sedan segment.

Pricing and Equipment

The 2017 Mazda6 start at $22,820 (including an $875 destination charge) for the base Sport trim with a six-speed manual transmission. That can rise to over $35,000 for a Grand Touring model equipped with the GT Premium Package. The mid-level Touring trim with an automatic transmission represents a happy medium, with a starting price of $26,120 and standard features that include:

  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic headlights
  • Bluetooth audio and phone capability
  • Seven-inch color touchscreen infotainment display
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Proximity key with push-button start
  • Blind spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert
  • Low speed automatic emergency braking

All trim levels come with a standard rearview camera. Blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and low speed automatic emergency braking systems are not available on the base Sport trim, although as noted, it's standard on the Touring and Grand Touring. Mazda's most advanced safety features, including automatic high beams, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, radar cruise control, and all-speed automatic emergency braking, are standard on the top-level Grand Touring models, but is unavailable on lesser trim levels.

The Mazda6 is only offers one available engine, a 184 horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder that's owners can pair to either a slick six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The automatic is the only available transmission on the Grand Touring trim.

Performance Pros

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  • The 2.5-liter engine, highly efficient to begin with, returns an EPA-estimated 27 miles per gallon in the city, 35 mpg on the freeway, and 30 mpg combined when equipped with Mazda's i-Eloop regenerative engine braking system (included in the Grand Touring Premium Package).
  • Mazda's new engine management system (G-Vectoring Control) controls is a boon to straight-line acceleration and stability.
  • The Mazda6's combination of light weight (3,200 pounds in base trim), excellent steering feel, and balanced, sporty ride make it the most entertaining sedan in the midsize class.

Performance Cons

  • Power from the 2.5-liter engine is certainly competitive for the class, but if you're looking for more you're out of luck, as Mazda offers neither a V6 nor a turbocharged four-cylinder engine as an option.
  • The Mazda's firm, sporty ride – even on the Sport model's 17-inch wheels - isn't for everyone and may turn off drivers accustomed to a soft, plush ride.
  • Although it’s a good performer, you have to keep engine revs up in order to keep it on the boil.

Interior Pros

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  • Front seat occupants will find plenty of knee, leg, and headroom – even with the optional sunroof.
  • The new dashboard infotainment screen is larger and brighter, making it easier to read.
  • The trunk features a wide opening, and the back seats split and fold forward for added cargo-hauling versatility.
  • The Grand Touring model's optional Nappa leather seats – part of the optional Premium Package – give it a luxury-level look and feel.

Interior Cons

  • Despite added sound-deadening materials, interior sound levels are higher than most vehicles in the class.
  • The most luxurious models come with a sizeable price premium.
  • Mazda's infotainment system, now standard across the lineup, features a controller that is both cumbersome to use and distracting. Topping it off, the system is neither Android Auto nor Apple CarPlay compatible.
  • A sloping roofline means rear seat headroom is tight for taller passengers.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

Mazda's interior treatments are among the best in any class it competes in, and the Mazda6 is no different. If you're buying the Grand Touring, make sure to grab the sumptuous Nappa leather for a class-above feel.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Mazda's infotainment system continues to frustrate. Setting station presets requires multiple menu steps, while using the controller, itself, is both cumbersome and best and distracting at worst.

The Bottom Line

Like the rest of Mazda's offerings, the Mazda6's isn't for everyone (even though we adore it). Its sporty ride is far from plush, the infotainment system is hardly intuitive, and the advanced safety features Mazda touts are only available on the Grand Touring model. But like its stable mates, a stunning exterior, quick, agile handling, and an entertaining, fuel efficient, four-cylinder engines make the Mazda6 a top choice in the midsize segment.