2021 Mazda Mazda6: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - April 1, 2020

Model Preview

The third-generation Mazda6 arrived in 2014, and it’s received a few refreshes since its arrival. The latest rework came in 2018 and brought in revised front and rear ends that gave it a more upscale look. With the Mazda6 still looking fresh, we expect it to remain the same in the 2021 model year.

Though it last received a redesign in 2014, a refresh in 2018 brought in a new, refined look that included a larger grille with a prominent chrome underline that extended under the updated headlights. It also gained a new front bumper, rear trunk lid, rear bumper, and trunk lid applique. With these updates keeping the Mazda6 relatively fresh, we expect this midsize sedan to carry on unchanged into 2021.

Inside, the Mazda6 features a slick and upscale design that includes a dash-top infotainment screen, a dash-wide chrome applique, a tidy HVAC interface, a sporty three-spoke steering wheel, and optional premium upholstery that belongs in a luxury sedan. We expect this sleek cabin to remain the same in the 2021 Mazda6.

Underhood, the 2020 Mazda6 comes standard with a 187-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. In the Grand Touring and higher trims, the Mazda6 boasts a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-pot with up to 250 hp. This engine also mates to a six-speed automatic transmission. We expect these powertrain options to remain the same in the 2021 Mazda6.

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There have been reports that Mazda’s diesel engine may find its way into the 2021 Mazda6, but this remains unconfirmed. Also, Mazda is working on a new SKYACTIV-X engine that combines gasoline-engine drivability with a diesel engine’s torque and fuel economy. This engine could find its way into the 2021 Mazda6, but this also remains uncertain at this point.

The current Mazda6 is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ thanks to its “Good” crash-test scores across the board, “Good”-rated optional curve-adaptive LED headlights, “Acceptable”-rated standard LED headlights, and standard automatic emergency braking that received a “Superior” rating in vehicle-to-vehicle crash prevention and an “Advanced” rating in vehicle-to-pedestrian avoidance. Other standard safety features on the current Mazda6 include active lane control, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitors. We expect the 2021 Mazda6 to continue with the same safety equipment and ratings.

Pricing & Release Date

There is no official word on when the 2021 Mazda6 will be in showrooms, but based on previous on-sale dates, we expect it in the fall of 2020.

Pricing for the 2021 Mazda6 also remains unconfirmed, but with it being a carryover model, we don’t expect it to stray far from the current MSRP range of $25,045 to $36,345 (destination fees included).

This midsize sedan will compete with the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, and Nissan Altima.

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