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2004 Mazda Mazda6

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$980 — $6,676 USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
22-28 MPG
(Combined)
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Performance with V-6
  • Steering and handling
  • Instrument layout and readability
  • Quietness
  • Seat comfort

The Bad

  • Antilock brakes not standard on both models
  • Radio controls
  • Short seat bottoms
  • Headroom in center rear position

What to Know

about the 2004 Mazda Mazda6
  • European-style ride and handling qualities
  • 220-hp V-6 available
  • Four- or five-speed automatic
  • Clean, minimally trimmed styling
  • First example of a new product direction

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2004 Mazda Mazda6 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Mazda introduced a brand-new sedan at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 2001 to replace its 626 model. Expected to rival European cars in ride and handling, the Mazda6 began to reach dealerships during the 2003 model year.

Designed in Japan on an all-new platform, the Mazda6 is built in Japan and Michigan. Developers used a variety of competitive models as benchmarks, including the BMW 3 Series, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Volkswagen Passat.

“The Mazda6 represents a new direction for our products,” said Phil Martens, managing director of product strategy. One of a dozen or so new products planned for the company’s near future, it’s “the first of aggressive new product launch initiatives.”

In the spring of 2004, five-door hatchback and wagon body styles will join the sedan. Other than revisions to option groups, no changes will take place for 2004.

Exterior
Far different than the rounded, relatively mainstream 626 sedan, the Mazda6 “is like a well-dressed athlete,” said chief designer Tom Matano. Stylists eliminated corners but created “defined shoulders” to emphasize the car’s athleticism. Narrow headlights flank a large, five-pointed grille with a thick chrome horizontal bar and a Mazda logo. The wheel arches and belt line are well defined. Besides the grille, chrome is used sparingly.

Built on a 105.3-inch wheelbase, the Mazda6 has an overall length of 186.8 inches. Four-cylinder sedans get 16-inch tires, and V-6-equipped models feature 17-inchers.

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Vehicle Overview
Mazda introduced a brand-new sedan at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 2001 to replace its 626 model. Expected to rival European cars in ride and handling, the Mazda6 began to reach dealerships during the 2003 model year.

Designed in Japan on an all-new platform, the Mazda6 is built in Japan and Michigan. Developers used a variety of competitive models as benchmarks, including the BMW 3 Series, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Volkswagen Passat.

“The Mazda6 represents a new direction for our products,” said Phil Martens, managing director of product strategy. One of a dozen or so new products planned for the company’s near future, it’s “the first of aggressive new product launch initiatives.”

In the spring of 2004, five-door hatchback and wagon body styles will join the sedan. Other than revisions to option groups, no changes will take place for 2004.

Exterior
Far different than the rounded, relatively mainstream 626 sedan, the Mazda6 “is like a well-dressed athlete,” said chief designer Tom Matano. Stylists eliminated corners but created “defined shoulders” to emphasize the car’s athleticism. Narrow headlights flank a large, five-pointed grille with a thick chrome horizontal bar and a Mazda logo. The wheel arches and belt line are well defined. Besides the grille, chrome is used sparingly.

Built on a 105.3-inch wheelbase, the Mazda6 has an overall length of 186.8 inches. Four-cylinder sedans get 16-inch tires, and V-6-equipped models feature 17-inchers.

Interior
Compared to the old 626, the Mazda6’s wider body translates to extra passenger space and also adds 2.4 inches of knee clearance for backseat passengers. The driver’s seat adjusts through a 9.4-inch range, and the 60/40-split rear seatback folds down. A tilt/telescoping column holds the three-spoke steering wheel. Trunk volume totals 15.2 cubic feet.

The dashboard contains a felt-lined upper storage tray, and another tray resides in the center armrest. Two integral cupholders are placed below a flip-open lid.

Under the Hood
A Mazda-engineered 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine develops 160 horsepower, and Ford’s 220-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 power plant is available. A five-speed-manual transmission is standard with both engines. A four-speed automatic is optional in models equipped with the four-cylinder engine while a five-speed automatic is optional in V-6-equipped sedans.

Safety
Side curtain-type airbags and seat-mounted side-impact airbags are optional. Antilock brakes are standard on models with the V-6 and optional on four-cylinder versions. In a severe collision, the crushable pedal design should help prevent intrusion into the driver’s foot area.

Driving Impressions
The Mazda6 is pleasant to drive and indeed sportier than some rivals, if not dramatically so. This sedan is able to corner crisply, and it takes curves confidently with modest body lean and satisfying grip. Moderate steering effort is accompanied by good feel and feedback.

Though it’s no powerhouse, a V-6-powered sedan equipped with the manual transmission exhibits spirited performance. The clutch is a bit touchy and the gearbox is a tad notchy, but it’s easy to manipulate. In fact, it’s one of the better stick shifts available on the market.

Overall, the Mazda6 is quite refined and well built, and it features an excellent panel fit. Front and rear headroom is adequate but just passable in the center. Legroom is very good in all seating positions. The seat bottoms are short, but their support is top-notch.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.1
57 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.1)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

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(5.0)

Most reliable car I have ever owned

by Al Green from Sacramento .ca. on July 9, 2019

Cannot beat the gas mileage excellent commuter very comfortable great car air conditioner is very cold the ride is smooth this is my perfect commuter car I'm buying a new car though time to bless ... Read full review

(5.0)

Car keeps going

by Wagonlover from Birmingham, Al on June 22, 2019

Has 270,000 miles and still going strong. Have only replaced normal wear and tear parts. Love the wagon style it still looks good today. Wish Mazda still brought the wagon to our shores. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2004 Mazda Mazda6 currently has 7 recalls


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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Mazda6 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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