Mazda has discontinued the Mazda6 sedan for 2022. As a result, 2021 will be its final year on the market. Now that the car has sold out, the Mazda3 has become the brand's only sedan. In contrast, a growing lineup of SUVs will likely entice shoppers to choose a more spacious (and possibly more expensive) alternative for 2022.
Since the Mazda6 was updated in 2014, it received a refresh in 2016, new engines in 2018, and new features along the way. Despite being one of the older models in the midsize class, the Mazda6 impressed our reviewers with upscale styling, high-end features, a punchy turbocharged engine, and athletic handling.
Since the Mazda6’s refresh in 2016, the midsize sedan has featured the same exterior design. Unlike other mainstream midsize sedans, the Mazda6 exudes luxury. Its unique grille design, bulging fenders, and slim air intake opening give it a tidy front end. Sweeping lines dominate the side profile of the Mazda6, giving the sedan its curvy design. At the back, lengthy wraparound taillights, a central chrome strip, and dual exhaust outlets are a mix of sporty and upscale elements.
Functional, upscale, and elegantly styled, the sedan had one of the best cabins in the segment. The Mazda6’s simplistic interior design and first-rate materials all made the sedan feel like a true luxury vehicle. The uncluttered design of the center console, sweeping lines on the dashboard, and clear gauges make the Mazda6’s interior look unlike anything else. Mazda offers some upscale features on the Mazda6 that include Nappa leather upholstery, a head-up display, a heated steering wheel, a premium Bose audio system, and real wood accents.
For its last year on the market, the Mazda6 sedan offered two different engines. The base engine was a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. A more powerful turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine was available rated at up to 250 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard.
Every Mazda6 came with the automaker’s i-Activsense of safety features. The suite includes automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam assist, adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic, and blind-spot monitoring. Optional features included traffic sign recognition, a surround-view parking camera, along with front and rear parking sensors.