2015 Mazda Mazda6

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Key Specs

of the 2015 Mazda Mazda6. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    29-30 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    184-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

  • Limited body roll
  • Gas engine's refinement
  • Responsive automatic transmission
  • Precise manual shifter
  • Roomy backseat

The Bad

  • Steering feedback
  • Gas engine's lack of low-rpm power
  • Touch-screen is on the small side at 5.8 inches available
  • No engine temperature gauge

Notable Features of the 2015 Mazda Mazda6

  • Gas engine gets up to 38 mpg highway
  • Standard 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Low-speed collision avoidance system with auto-braking available

What Is the 2015 Mazda6?

The 2015 Mazda6 is a five-seat, mid-size sedan that competes with the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Malibu. Trim levels include Sport, Touring and Grand Touring.

What's New on the 2015 Mazda6?

There are only minor changes for 2015, mainly including option packages.

How Does the 2015 Mazda6 Compare to Other Sedans?

Despite Mazda's reputation for sportiness, fuel economy is the Mazda6's ace in the hole at a time when the mid-size sedan class is as competitive as ever.

What Features in the 2015 Mazda6 Are Most Important?

The 2015 Mazda6 is powered by a 184-horsepower, 2.5-liter SkyActiv four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission. An optional six-speed automatic transmission is rated up to 39 mpg on the highway. Significant standard features include door-mounted side mirrors, a rear-window defroster, variably intermittent wipers, turn-signal indicators on the mirrors, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, a 3.5-inch screen, alloy wheels and speed-sensing steering.

As is required in all new cars, the Mazda6 has antilock brakes, an electronic stability system and front airbags. Also standard is traction control, while brake assist, a self-braking front-collision system, a rear vehicle monitoring system, lane departure warning and occupant-sensing airbags are optional. Other significant options include an i-ELOOP regenerative braking system, automatic temperature control, Tom-Tom based navigation, front fog lights and fully automatic headlights.

Should I Buy the 2015 Mazda6?

The 2015 Mazda6 is for buyers who enjoy a precise manual shifter, roomy backseat, responsive automatic transmission and limited body roll. If, however, you don't care for a smaller touchscreen, modest steering feedback or not having an engine temperature gauge, the Mazda6 may not be for you.

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2015 Mazda Mazda6 Overview

by Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Redesigned last year, the Mazda6 represents the third generation of Mazda's mainstream family sedan. It competes with ... Read More

2015 Mazda6 Video

Editor's note: This review was done in April 2013 about the 2014 Mazda Mazda6. Little of substance has changed with this year's model.

Latest 2015 Mazda6 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Fun to drive

by Eddie 41 from Ponte Vedra, Fl. on August 28, 2018

This car packs plenty of HP(187) for a 4 cylinder engine. The sky-actv technology makes for a great ride with real solid handling and very smooth shifting. The Touring model has 19 inch wheels and the ... Read full review

(5.0)

I love this car.

by Eaglefan from Summit Hill on August 12, 2018

Great car. Sporty look with plenty of room for a family. I had a 2005 Mazda 3 with over 200,000 miles and never had a problem. Would probably still be driving it but a full size truck went head on ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2015 Mazda Mazda6 currently has 3 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2015 Mazda Mazda6 i Sport

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

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
acceptable
Overall evaluation
acceptable
Retraints and dummy kinematics
acceptable
Structure and safety cage
acceptable

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
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
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

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

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
acceptable
Overall Evaluation
acceptable
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
acceptable
Structure and Safety Cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Mazda

Program Benefits

At Mazda, everything we do is designed, engineered, tested and retested to make driving better. And our Certified Pre-Owned vehicles are no exception. Each one comes with the confidence to greet every turn, on- ramp and green light with the same driving enthusiasm Mazda owners know so well.

  • Limited Warranty

    1 year / 12,000 miles

    Each Mazda Certified Pre-Owned vehicle comes with a 12-Month/12,000- Mile Additional Limited Warranty with no deductible on covered components, which begins when the factory warranty ends. If it's out of warranty, the 12-Month/12,000-Mile Limited Warranty begins on the certified retail date.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a Mazda quality inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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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.*

Third-row access

N/A

Infant seat

A

Booster

(second row)

B

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Latch or Latch system

A

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

A
* 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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker