2013 Mazda Mazda6

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Mazda Mazda6. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    21-25 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    170-hp, 2.5-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • V-6 performance
  • Responsive steering
  • Cornering performance
  • Interior quality
  • Folding-backseat design

The Bad

  • Stiff ride
  • Navigation system's graphics quality
  • Four-cylinder engine sound

Notable Features of the 2013 Mazda Mazda6

  • Four-cylinder or 272-hp V-6
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Available blind spot warning system
  • Available backup camera

2013 Mazda Mazda6 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Mazda's five-seat front-wheel-drive sedan benefits from a sportier nature than some of its competitors. Four-cylinder "i" models and V-6 "s" versions are available. Competitors include midsize sedans like the Honda Accord, Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Malibu.
New for 2013
There are no significant changes for 2013. A fully redesigned Mazda6 is expected to debut for the 2014 model year.
Exterior
The Mazda6 sports a long hood with pronounced front fender flares that flow through the headlamps and mold with the front bumper. Exterior features include:

  • Standard body-colored grille, front and rear bumpers, door handles and moldings
  • 16-inch steel wheels with full covers
  • Optional 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Optional LED taillamps
  • Single tailpipes (four-cylinder models) or dual exhaust outlets (V-6 models)

Interior
All trim levels get a 60/40-split folding rear seat with remote capability. Interior features include:

  • Standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls
  • Standard air conditioning with pollen filter; optional dual-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Standard power locks, windows and mirrors (heated mirrors are optional)
  • Optional power moonroof with interior sunshade
  • Optional Bose stereo
  • Optional DVD navigation system with 7-inch touch-screen and a backup camera

Under the Hood
The Mazda6 features a four-wheel independent suspension. Four-cylinder and V-6 engines are common in this segment, but the standard six-speed manual transmission (with the four-...

Vehicle Overview

Mazda's five-seat front-wheel-drive sedan benefits from a sportier nature than some of its competitors. Four-cylinder "i" models and V-6 "s" versions are available. Competitors include midsize sedans like the Honda Accord, Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Malibu.
New for 2013
There are no significant changes for 2013. A fully redesigned Mazda6 is expected to debut for the 2014 model year.
Exterior
The Mazda6 sports a long hood with pronounced front fender flares that flow through the headlamps and mold with the front bumper. Exterior features include:

  • Standard body-colored grille, front and rear bumpers, door handles and moldings
  • 16-inch steel wheels with full covers
  • Optional 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Optional LED taillamps
  • Single tailpipes (four-cylinder models) or dual exhaust outlets (V-6 models)

Interior
All trim levels get a 60/40-split folding rear seat with remote capability. Interior features include:

  • Standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls
  • Standard air conditioning with pollen filter; optional dual-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Standard power locks, windows and mirrors (heated mirrors are optional)
  • Optional power moonroof with interior sunshade
  • Optional Bose stereo
  • Optional DVD navigation system with 7-inch touch-screen and a backup camera

Under the Hood
The Mazda6 features a four-wheel independent suspension. Four-cylinder and V-6 engines are common in this segment, but the standard six-speed manual transmission (with the four-cylinder) plays up Mazda's performance roots. There are also two automatic transmission offerings: The four-cylinder engine can have an optional five-speed automatic, and the V-6 comes with a standard six-speed automatic (it can't be had with a manual). Mechanical features include:

  • 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 167 pounds-feet of torque
  • 272-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 with 269 pounds-feet of torque
  • Optional push-button start

Safety
The Mazda6 offers an optional blind spot warning system. Other safety features include:

  • Standard front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Standard antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution
  • Standard electronic stability system and traction control

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Buught out my lease,very happy with results

by Baby blue 6I from Pittsburgh,Pa. on July 23, 2018

Great car for the money,now has 53,000 miles on it, it is base model which I wanted don?t need gadgets,runs great through the gears( automatic) very peppy,gets 24 mpg, only maintenance was 3 bulbs,... Read full review

(4.0)

Bought Used

by EmilioWins from Tampa, FL on June 12, 2018

Most times, you get what you pay for. In my case, I feel I got great value for my money. It's a base-model car so it doesn't have all the bells and whistles, but it does the job and I have no ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Mazda Mazda6 currently has 2 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Mazda Mazda6 i Sport

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Front

Overall evaluation
acceptable

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
marginal
Overall Rear
marginal
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
marginal
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
acceptable

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Mazda
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 6 years/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    160-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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