The 2020 Mazda Mazda6 continues to provide a sportier ride and a mainstream-plus mentality. While other automakers have expanded with sub-brands to do their luxury and near-luxury bidding, Mazda stretches its lineup with the Signature trim that provides higher-tier material quality and features.
While much of the car buying audience is looking at crossovers, the Mazda6 offers plenty of reasons to give this sedan consideration.
Choosing Your Mazda Mazda6
The Mazda6 is offered in five trims: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, and Signature. Prices start at $24,920 including destination for the base Sport and reach $36,220 for the Signature.
The Mazda6 is offered with two different engines which are paired with trim levels. The two lower trims, Sport and Touring, are equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, while the top three receive a turbocharged engine of the same size.
|Engine Type||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (Combined)|
|2.5L 4-Cylinder||187 hp||186 lb-ft||29 mpg|
|2.5L Turbo 4-Cylinder||250 hp||310 lb-ft||26 mpg|
Both engines send power to the front wheels with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The full gamut of active safety features are included on even the base trim of the Mazda6.
Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams are standard.
The Grand Touring Reserve adds adaptive headlights, while the Signature gets a surround-view camera system and front and rear parking sensors.
The NHTSA awards the Mazda6 with a five-star overall safety rating, while the IIHS named it a Top Safety Pick Plus.
Every Mazda6 features an 8-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth, HD radio, one USB port, and Pandora and Stitcher compatibility. However, buyers have to upgrade to the Touring to get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. The Grand Touring includes satellite radio, while moving up to the Signature brings navigation.
The base Sport trim balances a lower starting price with Mazda’s aspirational design and use of quality interior materials. LED headlights and taillights, 17-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers are found on the outside. The interior features remote keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone climate control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shifter.
A cloth interior and six-way manual seat adjustment leave room for the higher trims to shine.
The Touring trim receives noticeable upgrades outside and inside with 19-inch wheels, proximity entry, a moonroof, leatherette seating, heated front seats, a six-way power driver's seat, and air-conditioning vents for the rear passengers.
The Grand Touring receives the turbocharged engine, heated side mirrors, an auto-dimming driver's side mirror, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and an 11-speaker Bose audio system.
The Grand Touring Reserve can be considered the top trim by most mainstream sedan standards. Leather seating with ventilation for the front seats and heat for the rear, a head-up display, adaptive headlights, power-folding side mirrors, a heated steering wheel, and driver seat position memory leave few features on the table.
The Signature trim demonstrates Mazda’s intentions of seeking consideration from the near-luxury car shoppers. A unique front grille and 19-inch wheels touch up the exterior, while Nappa leather, real wood trim inserts, and LED interior lighting enhance the inside. The technology also goes a step above with a 7-inch LCD driver information display and a surround-view monitor.
The 2020 Mazda Mazda6 plays to the premium end of the mainstream segment with a design that feels as if its been refined many times over. As such, the Grand Touring best plays the balance of premium performance on a budget.