2020 Mazda 6

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2020 MODEL
$24,000 - $35,300
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2020 Mazda 6 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: February 10, 2020
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Aaron Smith

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To retain the customers from moving onto the ever-increasing trend of crossovers, Mazda is giving you strong reasons. These reasons include its lineup of a modern and head-turning design language that goes hand in hand with accessible power and top-notch features. The flaunting looks of the Mazda6 carry the same design language this series has been sporting for years with touch-ups here and there in the 2018 model.

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Pros

Typical edgy Mazda styling

Bang for buck

Impressive driving dynamics

Upmarket cabin

Bundled with a host of safety features

Cons

Base trim lacks Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Cramped second-row seating

Road noise creeps in the cabin

What's New?

Remains unchanged from 2019


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$24000

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

engine type

horsepower

187 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

186 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6-Speed Automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

dimensions

wheelbase

111.4 in.

length

192.7 in.

width

72.4 in.

height

57.1 in.

curb weight

3437 lbs.

ground clearance

6.5 in.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.1 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

26/29/35 mpg


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Exterior
Interior

Styles

 2020 Mazda 6 in Deep Crystal Blue color  2020 Mazda 6 in Jet Black Mica color  2020 Mazda 6 in Machine Gray Metallic color  2020 Mazda 6 in Sonic Silver Metallic color
Deep Crystal Blue

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Ratings

Features

7.5

Interior

8.5

Exterior

8.0

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Mazda 6 Sport

Sport

power
187 hp @ 6,000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$24,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $24,000 MSRP (26/30/35) 187 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-Speed Automatic front wheel drive 5

 2020 Mazda 6 Touring

Touring

power
187 hp @ 6,000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$26,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $26,600 MSRP (26/30/35) 187 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-Speed Automatic front wheel drive 5

 2020 Mazda 6 Grand Touring

Grand Touring

power
250 hp @ 5,000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
26 combined

$29,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $29,700 MSRP (23/26/31) 250 hp @ 5,000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-Speed Automatic front wheel drive 5

 2020 Mazda 6 Grand Touring Reserve

Grand Touring Reserve

power
250 hp @ 5,000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
26 combined

$32,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Grand Touring Reserve 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $32,200 MSRP (23/26/31) 250 hp @ 5,000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-Speed Automatic front wheel drive 5

 2020 Mazda 6 Signature

Signature

power
250 hp @ 5,000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
26 combined

$35,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Signature 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $35,300 MSRP (23/26/31) 250 hp @ 5,000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-Speed Automatic front wheel drive 5

Expert Review

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Let's see how it performs against the likes of the Chevy Malibu, Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry. The car falls in a segment that is already crowded with well-established players like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. But, the 6 boasts of arguably the best driving dynamics amongst the rivals. The Mazda 6 sedan aims to cover a lot of ground and by the looks of it, it appears to have done it. Mazda uses a 2.5L engine for this sedan in two states of tune which produces 187 HP and 250 HP respectively. The engine comes mated to a 6-Speed transmission which sends power to the rear wheels.

2020 Mazda 6 Sedan Front View
2020 Mazda 6 Sedan Rear View

7.5/10
Features

 
 
 

8.5/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2020 Mazda 6 Features

7.5/10

Mazda’s modern sedan is offered in five varying trims which are spread over a wide price band. The Sport trim starts at $24,000 and ends with the Signature trim at $35,300. The 6 is offered in two engines, a naturally aspirated 2.5L inline-four motor which pumps out 187 horses and 186 pound-feet of torque and a turbocharged setup of the same which pumps out a healthy 250 HP and 310 lb-ft.

Both the engines are coupled to a 6-Speed Automatic transmission which transmits the power efficiently to the front wheels. Other than the engines, other differences are confined to safety and comfort features which include exclusive Nappa leather upholstery in the top trims. Mazda has pitched the trims in an accessible manner which attracts a wider audience.

Trims

Sport

Touring

Grand Touring

Grand Touring Reserve

Signature

MSRP

$24,000

$26,600

$29,700

$32,200

$35,300

Features

2.5L I4

2.5L I4 

2.5L Turbo I4 

2.5L Turbo I4 

2.5L Turbo I4

 

LED headlights with auto-leveling and auto-off

All the features in Sport added or replaced and:

All the features in Touring added or replaced and:

All the features in Grand Touring added or replaced and:

All the features in rand Touring Reserve added or replaced and:

 

Rain Sensing windshield wipers

Leatherette trimmed sport seats

Auto-dimming drivers exterior side mirror

Rear Decklid Spoiler

Nappa leather-trimmed sport seats

 

17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels

19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels

Auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink

Leather-trimmed sport seats

Mazda Navigation system

 

Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control

6-Way power driver’s seat

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

8-way power driver’s seat

SiriusXM 3-year Traffic and Travel Link Subscription

 

60/40 split-fold rear seats

3-level Heated Front seats

Paddle Shifters

6-way power front passenger seat

Front and rear parking sensors

 

Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop and Go

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Bose Surround Sound Audio System

Adaptive Front-lighting system

 
 

Blind Spot Monitoring System

       

Which trim of Mazda 6 should you opt for?

We would recommend you go for the 2.5L turbocharged engine equipped Grand Touring trim which treats you with a much more powerful engine and more standard creature comfort features for a nominal bump in price.

2020 Mazda 6 Engine and Performance

The Mazda6 comes with SkyActiv-G 2.5L DOHC 16-Valve engine and carries the same Inline-4 configuration as found in most cars in this segment. The transmission is available as both 6-Speed Manual and 6-Speed Automatic but the Manual transmission is only available in the base variant. This engine is able to produce 187 horsepower while generating 186 lb.-ft of torque.

But this is for the base trim, the remaining three trims are powered by a turbocharged version of the same engine. The turbocharged setup chunks out 250 HP and 310 lb-ft of torque which is focused on the performance-oriented drivers. Even with the turbocharger, low-end torque is impressive which helps you slide out of at any given situation.

Models

Mazda 6 Sport

Honda Accord LX

Ford Fusion S

Chevrolet Malibu LS

MSRP

$24,000

$23,870

$23,170

$23,220

Engine

2.5L I4

1.5L I4

2.5L I4

1.5L Turbo I4

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic

CVT 

6-Speed Automatic

CVT

Horsepower

187 hp

@ 6000 rpm

192 hp

@5500 rpm

173 hp

@6000 rpm

163hp 

@ 5700 rpm

Torque

186 lb-ft

@ 4000 rpm

192 lb-ft

@1600 rpm

174 lb-ft

@4500 rpm

184 lb.-ft. 

@ 2500 rpm

Comparison wise, all the rivals are in the same price bracket as close as it can get. But, the honda accord gets the most powerful engine the lower curb weight helps it have an edge over the Mazda. Mazda comes out to be the second powerful car in the lot followed by Ford and Chevrolet.

Acceleration

Hit the gas pedal and you will experience the power that the Mazda6 beholds in its engine. The car takes only 7.1 seconds to reach the 60 MPH mark from the standstill and 15.1 seconds for the quarter-mile run. In daily driving as well, the Mazda doesn't disappoint as the engine and transmission are tuned perfectly to deliver a smooth and engaging driving experience.

2020 Mazda 6 Sedan covers 0-60 in just 7 sec.

Models

Mazda 6 Sport

Honda Accord LX

Ford Fusion S

Chevrolet Malibu LS

0-60 MPH

7.1 s

7.6 s

8.9 s

8.5 s

Quarter mile

15.1 s

15.9 s

15.2 s

16.0 s

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

5.0

4.4

6.0

4.9

The 2020 Mazda 6 does exceptionally well in acceleration, especially when compared to what others have to offer. The same can be seen in the Quarter-Mile figures where Mazda 6 is just a notch above other rivals. Ford Fusion is the slowest due to its maximum curb weight and Chevy ends up before Ford.

Ride and Handling

The Mazda6 unarguably fares as a champ in this section with its precise suspension, responsive steering, and comfortable driver seat. The suspension is almost perfect for city scenarios as it turns graveled roads to silk and the well-weighted steering adds to its charm.

 Nonetheless, the car in itself is sufficiently fun to drive. The chassis is stiff, the corners are swallowed neatly at genuinely high speeds and the steering feedback is much better than what would you expect at this price range.

All in all, the Mazda 6 sedan is great at what it tries to sell, a family-oriented sports sedan that is not over the top expensive. Along with the smart G-Vector control Plus technology which helps to tackle corners with more confidence as it adjusts power delivery and dampens the inner brakes to help maintain stability. The suspension feels a bit firm when you opt for the 19-inch alloy wheels and they also tend to produce more road noise than the 17-inch alloys but then again you can’t neglect the sporty feel of the former.

Braking

The Mazda 6 covers a distance of around 127 feet before coming to halt from a cruising speed of 60 MPH. This proves that Mazda 6's strengths haven't been its braking and the 2020 version continues with the same pattern. Although, this is not as good as the competition, however, the difference is not significant enough to change your purchase decision. Brakes on the Mazda 6 feature an 11.7-inch rotor on the front and a 10.9-inch rotor at the rear. The smaller brake rotors are not a handicap for the 6 because of its clever trickery.

2020 Mazda 6 Sedan has a Front Brake of 11.7 inches.

Models

Mazda 6 Sport

Honda Accord LX

Ford Fusion S

Chevrolet Malibu LS

Brake Front (in.)

11.7

11.5

11.8

11.8

Brake Rear (in.)

10.9

11.1

11.9

11.3

60-0 MPH (ft)

127

120

122

113

Chevrolet takes the crown of braking from 60-0mph. Ford Fusion features the biggest brakes of the lot as the extra bite is required to stop the added weight. Honda Accord with the smaller brakes comes out to be second best as it is lighter than the rest.

2020 Mazda 6 Fuel Economy

Even with an impressive performance, Mazda 6 is able to produce a fuel economy of 24 MPG in the city and 33 MPG on the highway. The technology package that comes with the Mazda 6 results in improved fuel economy because of better engine optimization but it only gives a slight advantage which does not make it worth the extra bucks. The bigger 16.4-gallon tank also gives it the caliber to have an uninterrupted long journey.

Models

Mazda 6 Sport

Honda Accord LX

Ford Fusion S

Chevrolet Malibu LS

MPG (city)

26

30

21

29

MPG (highway)

35

38

31

36

MPG (combined)

29

33

24

32

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gal.)

16.4

14.8

16.5

15.8

Range

(City/Highway)

426/574

444/562

347/512

458/569

Honda takes the lead with the best fuel economy in its class. All because of the usage of its famed VTEC technology that helps save fuel when not in demand. Showcasing the least efficiency is Ford Fusion with the most weight. Chevrolet Malibu manages to get respectful numbers due to the turbocharged setup.

2020 Mazda 6 Interior

8.5/10

The seats on the sedan are actually one of the better sets of seats you would find on a car in its price range. The padding and bolstering are enough for providing optimum comfort for long hours. The passage in and out of the vehicle is easy and does not require any special attention. The driver seat and front seat come with an 8-way and 6-way power adjustment respectively. The padding is ideal and you won’t feel tired on those long family rides. The headroom and legroom are sufficient and even tall passengers won't face any problem having a nice time in the rear seats. However, the headroom on front seats could have been improved and these seats have to be further adjusted in case you need to fix a baby seat on the rear.

2020 Mazda 6 Sedan's Dashboard

Models

Mazda 6 Sport

Honda Accord LX

Ford Fusion S

Chevrolet Malibu LS

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.4/55.9/42.2

39.5/58.3/42.3

39.2/57.8/44.3

40.1/58.5/45.3

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.1/55.1/38.7

37.3/56.5/40.4

37.8/56.9/38.3

37.5/57.1/38.1

Segment leader Chevrolet features the best in class room on the front side of the cabin with a legroom of 45.3 inches. On the other hand, it's the Mazda comes out to be the smallest in terms of interior space. Ford and Honda have a much more spacious cabin 

Infotainment System

The 2020 Mazda 6 comes equipped with an 8-inch infotainment system which is mated to an 11- speaker setup. But nothing is without flaws, as the navigation system on the MazdaConnect is agonizing to use. The software lags sometimes and the feedback is slow. To make matters worse, you do not get an option to upgrade to Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, one thing which is required the most nowadays.

Other features include :

Infotainment Features

  • Mazda Navigation System
  • Bose Centerpoint2 Surround audio System
  • 11-Speakers
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 8-inch Mazda Connect Infotainment system
  • Third-party Radio integration

The additional feature in the top trims is 3 years worth of SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link subscription which also includes information for traffic, weather, sports scores, fuel prices, and nearby parking spots.

Interior Features

  • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate control with pollen filter
  • Nappa leather-trimmed sport seats
  • Sen wood door and dashboard trim inserts
  • 8-Way power driver’s seat and 6-way power front passenger seat
  • 7-inch LCD meter display
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Paddle Shifters
  • Frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink

Cargo Capacity

Involving drive with practicality, the Mazda 6 is a very fragile combination that not many cars can achieve. Although the Mazda does not offer the best in segment cargo space, it still manages to provide enough for making your life easy. With 14.7 cubic feet of cargo volume, it struggles to cope with the average ones trying its best. While rear seats can be folded down to make up for extra space and for that you have to reach for the latches which are located in the trunk and require the user to get out and do the process.

Models

Mazda 6 Sport

Honda Accord LX

Ford Fusion S

Chevrolet Malibu LS

Cargo Volume (cu.-ft)

14.7

16.7

16.0

15.8

Mazda 6 carries way low than all other rivals. With 14.7 cu.ft. of cargo space available compared to Honda and Ford and even Chevrolet. But, all 14.8 cu.ft space which seems way less than Honda Accord which houses 16.7 cu.ft. But, the trunk available on the sedan is fairly easy to utilize. The loading angles are right, the boot lip is at the correct height and space too is enough for regular long drives or airport runs.

2020 Mazda 6 Sedan Front seats
2020 Mazda 6 Sedan Front seats
2020 Mazda 6 Sedan Steering Wheel
2020 Mazda 6 Sedan Steering Wheel
2020 Mazda 6 Sedan Interior
2020 Mazda 6 Sedan Interior
2020 Mazda 6 Sedan Seats
2020 Mazda 6 Sedan Seats
2020 Mazda 6 Sedan Gear Shifter
2020 Mazda 6 Sedan Gear Shifter

2020 Mazda 6 Exterior

8.0/10

Mazda 6 is not particularly a big car but it does settle into its given dimensions rather well. The car doesn’t feel overly elongated or shortened from either of the sides. It does, however, weigh quite a lot with a curb weight of 3250 lbs. Mazda has not made any drastic change to the Mazda 6 line-up for eight years now and the same is the case with the 2020 models but the design has been refreshed this time with bits of chrome additions and new LED headlights and tail lights. 

2020 Mazda 6 Sedan's Three Quarter View

The Mazda offers class-leading ground clearance at 6.5 inches which makes it ideal for those city rides. No doubt, the 2020 Mazda 6 is one of the best distinct looking sedans in this segment. With its sleek lines with modern cues that beautifully wrap the body on the compact chassis to give it a complete look.

Models

Mazda 6 Sport

Honda Accord LX

Ford Fusion S

Chevrolet Malibu LS

Length (in)

192.7

192.2

191.8

193.8

Width (in)

72.4

73.3

72.9

73

Height (in)

57.1

57.1

58.2

57.6

Ground clearance (in)

6.5

N/A

N/A

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

111.4

111.4

112.2

111.4

Track width (in) F/R

62.4/62.0

63.0/63.4

62.7/62.4

62.6/62.5

Curb weight (lbs)

3437

3131

3472

3135

All the cars come out to be of almost similar dimensions. While Chevrolet comes out to be the longest of them all. Coming on third position Honda Accord with its smart usage of space helps it chuck out a more comfortable cabin. 

Exterior Features

  • Rear Decklid spoiler
  • Power outside rearview mirrors
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • LED DRLs
  • LED Auto On/Off Headlights
  • Powered Moonroof
2020 Mazda 6 Sedan Bonnet
2020 Mazda 6 Sedan Bonnet
2020 Mazda 6 Sedan Headlight
2020 Mazda 6 Sedan Headlight
2020 Mazda 6 Sedan Rear Lights
2020 Mazda 6 Sedan Rear Lights
2020 Mazda 6 Sedan Front
2020 Mazda 6 Sedan Front
2020 Mazda 6 Sedan Exhaust
2020 Mazda 6 Sedan Exhaust
2020 Mazda 6 Sedan 3rd Quarter Rear View
2020 Mazda 6 Sedan 3rd Quarter Rear View
2020 Mazda 6 Sedan Top View
2020 Mazda 6 Sedan Top View

2020 Mazda 6 Safety

Mazda provides the maximum driver and safety assist features in this class. Mazda doesn’t compromise on the safety front and thus the 6 will always have you back in the journey. The IIHS and the NHTSA are yet to rate the 2020 Mazda 6 for safety ratings.

Some interesting and highlighting features include adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go and a very useful speed limit detection sensor that detects speed limit boards and informs you if exceeded. 

Safety Features

  • 6-Dual stage airbags
  • 360-degree view monitor
  • Front and Rear Parking Sensors
  • Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop and Go
  • LED DRLs
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Adaptive LED headlights with Auto On/Off
  • Electronic Parking Brake
  • Hill Launch Assist

2020 Mazda 6 Competition

Mazda 6 vs Honda Accord Sedan

The 2020 Mazda 6 takes on the undefeated champ of this class, Honda Accord. Honda has managed to get the portion just right to deliver a wholesome sedan which is utterly reliable (Why not?, Its a Honda!), a robust engine that pumps out more power than its competition and a very clean and spacious cabin. This mixture is a winning formula that has not been toppled for a long time now. Mazda 6 reaches close to dethroning the Accord but still hasn’t struck the right cord and so we will go for the 2020 Honda Accord.

2020 Honda Accord Sedan

Mazda 6 vs Ford Fusion 

Ford Fusion has the most spacious front row in this class which translates to a completely different driving experience. It has an edge over the others in this class with the most comfortable seats and a clean dashboard. But then again it is weighted at creature comfort alone whereas the Mazda 6 gives you a much better proposition with a much more modern interior setup and a host of safety and creature comforts along with a more powerful engine. All of this makes the Mazda 6 a much better proposition here.

2020 Ford Fusion Sedan

Mazda 6 vs Chevrolet Malibu

Chevy’s Malibu is the only sedan of the lot that locks horns with the Mazda in terms of dramatic and modern looks. Both have been designed much later than the other contenders which give them the edge in looks and modern features. But the Malibu underpowered and is the least powerful of the lot which translates to an uninteresting driving experience. Practicality is also not at par with the Mazda and Mazda 6 is the best bet here.

2020 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan

 

2020 Mazda 6 Final Verdict

The 2020 Mazda 6 can easily be recognized as a midsize family sedan with interiors comparable to a luxury counterpart. The outside looks a little too familiar with the old generation but the interiors surpass your expectations. The performance is impressive, even better than most cars in the segment but you may have to compromise on the fuel economy. All in all, this sedan packs a list of astounding features but a flaw accompanies it. Still, Mazda has done a great job keeping the price in limit with improvement in every segment. But, it still has to polish a few unfinished ends to provide a perfectly balanced car.