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2006 Mazda Mazda6

2006 Mazda Mazda6

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$972 — $8,320 USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
23-27 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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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 and support

The Bad

  • Radio controls
  • Short seat bottoms
  • Headroom in center rear position

What to Know

about the 2006 Mazda Mazda6
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Manual or automatic
  • Clean, minimally trimmed styling
  • Sedan, hatchback and wagon body styles

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2006 Mazda Mazda6 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Mazda introduced a brand-new sedan in 2003 to replace its 626 model. Expected to rival European cars in ride and handling, the Mazda6 was built on an all-new platform. Developers used competitive models as benchmarks, including the BMW 3 Series, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.

In spring 2004, five-door hatchback and wagon body styles joined the lineup. Buyers got a choice of two engines: a 2.3-liter four-cylinder that produced 160 horsepower or a 220-hp, 3.0-liter V-6. One of two automatics or a manual transmission could be installed.

For 2005, entry-level sedans and hatchbacks gained standard antilock brakes and traction control. The available automatic transmission on V-6 models became a six-speed unit. All models except the Mazda6 i base sedan adopted standard side-impact and side curtain-type airbags.

All three body styles received an exterior redesign and interior updates for 2006. The optional Sport AT automatic transmission on four-cylinder models has been upgraded from a four-speed to a five-speed unit. Mazda’s V-6 engine now produces 215 hp at 6,000 rpm and 199 pounds-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm.

Performance-oriented Mazdaspeed6 sedans hit showrooms in late summer 2005 as 2006 models. The Mazdaspeed6 is listed separately in the cars.com Research section.

Exterior
New side sills and a reworked sport-style grille complement fresh front and rear fascias for 2006. Narrow headlights flank a large, five-pointed grille with a Mazda logo. The wheel arches...

Vehicle Overview
Mazda introduced a brand-new sedan in 2003 to replace its 626 model. Expected to rival European cars in ride and handling, the Mazda6 was built on an all-new platform. Developers used competitive models as benchmarks, including the BMW 3 Series, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.

In spring 2004, five-door hatchback and wagon body styles joined the lineup. Buyers got a choice of two engines: a 2.3-liter four-cylinder that produced 160 horsepower or a 220-hp, 3.0-liter V-6. One of two automatics or a manual transmission could be installed.

For 2005, entry-level sedans and hatchbacks gained standard antilock brakes and traction control. The available automatic transmission on V-6 models became a six-speed unit. All models except the Mazda6 i base sedan adopted standard side-impact and side curtain-type airbags.

All three body styles received an exterior redesign and interior updates for 2006. The optional Sport AT automatic transmission on four-cylinder models has been upgraded from a four-speed to a five-speed unit. Mazda’s V-6 engine now produces 215 hp at 6,000 rpm and 199 pounds-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm.

Performance-oriented Mazdaspeed6 sedans hit showrooms in late summer 2005 as 2006 models. The Mazdaspeed6 is listed separately in the cars.com Research section.

Exterior
New side sills and a reworked sport-style grille complement fresh front and rear fascias for 2006. Narrow headlights flank a large, five-pointed grille with a Mazda logo. The wheel arches and belt line are well defined.

Built on a 105.3-inch wheelbase, the Mazda6 sedan is 186.8 inches long overall. Base sedans get standard 16-inch tires, but Sport and Grand Touring editions ride on 17-inchers. Sport models include a spoiler and fog lights.

Interior
Compared with the old 626, the Mazda6’s wider body translates into extra space for five occupants. 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 a three-spoke steering wheel. An eight-way power driver’s seat goes into s models. The sedan’s trunk volume totals 15.2 cubic feet. A CD player is standard, and Grand Touring models get a 200-watt Bose sound system with a six-CD changer.

Under the Hood
A 2.3-liter four-cylinder that develops 160 hp (155 hp in partial-credit Zero Emissions Vehicle form) goes into i models, while s versions use a 215-hp, 3.0-liter V-6. Both engines can team with a five-speed-manual transmission. A five-speed automatic is available in models equipped with the four-cylinder, while a six-speed automatic with a manual-shift provision is available in V-6-equipped models.

Safety
Side curtain-type airbags and seat-mounted side-impact airbags are optional in the Mazda6 i base sedan and standard in other models. Antilock brakes and traction control are standard.

Driving Impressions
The Mazda6 is pleasant to drive and sportier than some of its rivals. This sedan 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 sedan with the manual transmission exhibits spirited performance. The clutch is a bit touchy and the gearbox a tad notchy, but it’s easy to manipulate.

Overall, the well-built Mazda6 is quite refined and exhibits excellent panel fit. Front and rear headroom is adequate, but space is just passable in the center rear position. Legroom is very good all around.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.4
49 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

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(5.0)

It’s a reliable car, easy to fix.

by izzyc from gettysburg pa on June 18, 2020

Was my daily driver until someone ran me off the road. I put new parts in a week ago until that happened. I would take up this offer asap. Read full review

(3.0)

Air conditioner keeps giving me trouble!!

by Enough of Mazda 6 from HK on April 27, 2020

This is the 3rd time I am replacing the condenser and the rest of the air-conditioning system. I live in a hot and humid city and the air-conditioner has to be on year-long. It is leaking freon and ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2006 Mazda Mazda6 currently has 6 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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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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