2018 Mazda6 Turbo's Mileage Keeps Pace With Competitors

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CARS.COM — Mazda stirred up some excitement when it announced in November the addition of a turbocharged engine to the Mazda6 lineup. Borrowed from the CX-9 SUV and available on higher trim levels, the turbocharged 2.5-liter engine makes 250 horsepower on premium fuel and 227 hp on regular unleaded gas. Now we know what to expect in terms of fuel economy: The car is rated at 23/31/26 mpg city/highway/combined according to a new report from the EPA.

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The new engine joins the sedan’s existing base 184-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder, which is rated at 26/35/29 mpg with the six-speed automatic transmission and 24/33/27 mpg with the six-speed manual. Unfortunately for enthusiasts, a manual is only available on non-turbo models.

Competitors with turbo engines offer similar mileage on the highway and in the city. The Honda Accord with a 2.0-liter turbo and automatic transmission is EPA-rated at 23/34/27 mpg, and the Hyundai Sonata’s 2.0-liter turbo with an automatic gets 23/32/26 mpg.

Aside from the new engine option, Mazda lightly revised the vehicle for 2018 with a luxurious new top trim, the Signature model, along with slightly freshened exterior styling. The 2018 Mazda6 sedan goes on sale in the spring.’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

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