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2008 Mazda Mazda6

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$1,753 — $7,485 USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
21-25 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 2008 Mazda Mazda6
  • Side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Manual or automatic
  • Clean styling
  • Sedan and hatchback body styles

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2008 Mazda Mazda6 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Mazda’s midsize front-wheel-drive sedan benefits from a sportier nature than some of its competitors. Either a four-cylinder or a V-6 can be installed in the Mazda6. Both a manual and an automatic transmission are offered, and a hatchback body style is also available. Both the wagon and the high-performance Mazdaspeed6 have been dropped for 2008. New standard features for 2008 include 17-inch wheels and a tire pressure monitoring system. Competitors include the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.

Vehicle Overview
The Mazda6 is available in sedan and hatchback body styles for 2008, but the wagon has been discontinued. Buyers get a choice of two engines: a 2.3-liter four-cylinder or a 3.0-liter V-6. One of two automatics or a manual transmission can be installed. Competitors include the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.

Other changes for 2008 include a newly standard tire pressure monitoring system, a Bose stereo for Touring trim levels, and 17-inch alloy wheels on the i Sport edition. The high-performance Mazdaspeed6 is no longer offered.

Exterior
Narrow headlights flank a large, five-pointed grille with a Mazda logo. The wheel arches and belt line are well defined. For 2008, Volcanic Red and Silver Metallic are new colors.

Built on a 105.3-inch wheelbase, the Mazda6 sedan is 186.8 inches long overall. Base sedans get standard 17-inch tires, but 18-inchers are optional.

Interior
Compared with the old 626, the Mazda6’s wider body translates into extra space for...

Vehicle Overview
Mazda’s midsize front-wheel-drive sedan benefits from a sportier nature than some of its competitors. Either a four-cylinder or a V-6 can be installed in the Mazda6. Both a manual and an automatic transmission are offered, and a hatchback body style is also available. Both the wagon and the high-performance Mazdaspeed6 have been dropped for 2008. New standard features for 2008 include 17-inch wheels and a tire pressure monitoring system. Competitors include the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.

Vehicle Overview
The Mazda6 is available in sedan and hatchback body styles for 2008, but the wagon has been discontinued. Buyers get a choice of two engines: a 2.3-liter four-cylinder or a 3.0-liter V-6. One of two automatics or a manual transmission can be installed. Competitors include the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.

Other changes for 2008 include a newly standard tire pressure monitoring system, a Bose stereo for Touring trim levels, and 17-inch alloy wheels on the i Sport edition. The high-performance Mazdaspeed6 is no longer offered.

Exterior
Narrow headlights flank a large, five-pointed grille with a Mazda logo. The wheel arches and belt line are well defined. For 2008, Volcanic Red and Silver Metallic are new colors.

Built on a 105.3-inch wheelbase, the Mazda6 sedan is 186.8 inches long overall. Base sedans get standard 17-inch tires, but 18-inchers are optional.

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.

Under the Hood
The 2.3-liter four-cylinder develops 156 horsepower (146 hp for PZEV-emissions-compliant models) while the 3.0-liter V-6 turns out 212 hp. 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 is available in V-6-equipped models.

Safety
Side curtain airbags and seat-mounted side-impact airbags are standard in all Mazda6 models, as are antilock brakes and traction control.

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

4.6
34 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

Read reviews that mention:

(3.0)

Has been a great work car, all highway miles.

by Rockford Sam from Rockford, MI on November 17, 2019

Great car for the price. Has been reliable and always got me to and from travel locations. Traveled across central Midwest area in all weather conditions. Read full review

(5.0)

My amazing Mazda 6

by Garrett from Plattsmouth Nebraska on November 3, 2018

This car has got me to college and back every single day for quite sometime now. Great fuel mileage up to or sometime over 25 MPG and a comfortable ride that makes the driving experience prefect. ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2008 Mazda Mazda6 currently has 5 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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