2017 Mazda Mazda6

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Key Specs

of the 2017 Mazda Mazda6. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    28-29 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

  • Sleek exterior styling stands out
  • Added safety technology
  • Safety ratings
  • Handling prowess

The Bad

  • Needs a more powerful engine option
  • Multimedia system is clunky
  • Lack of low-end power
  • Touch-screen disabled while driving

Notable Features of the 2017 Mazda Mazda6

  • Six-speed manual and automatic transmissions available
  • 184-hp four-cylinder engine
  • More sound-proofing for a quieter drive
  • G-Vectoring control for better steering
  • More safety technology available

2017 Mazda Mazda6 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Mazda6 midsize sedan has been refined for 2017 with interior tweaks, a significant upgrade in its safety technology and improvements in driving dynamics and comfort.

New for 2017

For 2017, the Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trims continue but, in line with the industry trend toward higher trim levels, you will be able to check the box for a new top-level Grand Touring Premium Package that incorporates some of the features of the redesigned 2016 CX-9 SUV's new Signature top trim.

The 2014 redesign and tweaks for 2016 carry over to 2017 with only slightly reshaped side mirrors. Not that there is anything wrong with that: The midsize sedan continues to be a stylish and sporty-looking alternative to its generically designed rivals. A new extra-cost color option is Machine Gray Metallic, first seen as an option on the CX-9.

Interior

The overall design is the same, but materials and features have been upgraded through the trims and the sedan gets a new steering wheel design also first seen on the 2016 CX-9.
The new Grand Touring Premium Package adds Nappa leather seats in black or off-white with contrasting piping, new satin-finish metal trim, and heaters for the steering wheel and outboard rear seats.
The clever Active Driving Display, Mazda's head-up display using a clear reflective screen that pops up from the top of the dash, has been upgraded to full-color with higher brightness. The optional seat memory now also stores this display's ...

Vehicle Overview

The Mazda6 midsize sedan has been refined for 2017 with interior tweaks, a significant upgrade in its safety technology and improvements in driving dynamics and comfort.

New for 2017

For 2017, the Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trims continue but, in line with the industry trend toward higher trim levels, you will be able to check the box for a new top-level Grand Touring Premium Package that incorporates some of the features of the redesigned 2016 CX-9 SUV's new Signature top trim.

The 2014 redesign and tweaks for 2016 carry over to 2017 with only slightly reshaped side mirrors. Not that there is anything wrong with that: The midsize sedan continues to be a stylish and sporty-looking alternative to its generically designed rivals. A new extra-cost color option is Machine Gray Metallic, first seen as an option on the CX-9.

Interior

The overall design is the same, but materials and features have been upgraded through the trims and the sedan gets a new steering wheel design also first seen on the 2016 CX-9.
The new Grand Touring Premium Package adds Nappa leather seats in black or off-white with contrasting piping, new satin-finish metal trim, and heaters for the steering wheel and outboard rear seats.
The clever Active Driving Display, Mazda's head-up display using a clear reflective screen that pops up from the top of the dash, has been upgraded to full-color with higher brightness. The optional seat memory now also stores this display's angle, brightness and content settings. The driver information display in the instrument cluster also now is color, bringing it in line with newer rivals.
Perhaps most importantly, Mazda says it has made improvements to reduce interior road and wind noise, a major complaint about the Mazda6 from the judges in Cars.com's 2016 Midsize Sedan Challenge. Mazda says it has improved the door seals, put thicker glass in the front doors, and added more sound insulation to the headliner, underbody and doors. The Grand Touring trim gets laminated acoustic  glass in the front doors.

Under the Hood

The 184-hp, naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder SkyActiv-G engine carries over, as do the six-speed automatic and six-speed manual transmissions. New G-Vectoring Control software enhances chassis performance by using small amounts of engine torque in response to steering wheel input to shift load to the front or rear, increasing grip and stability, improving ride control and limiting understeer. Mazda says this system also helps a driver more easily maintain the intended line in any situation and should improve handling and stability in slippery conditions, such as rain or snow.

Safety

The Mazda6's already extensive list of active safety technologies in its available i-ActivSense system is bulked up further with new functions for 2017. The 2016 Mazda6 already was an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick Plus, with the top rating of good in the crash tests and a top score of superior for the optional crash prevention technology. For 2017, a new Forward Sensing Camera has been combined with the milliwave radar-based system, adding pedestrian detection to the front collision avoidance system with automatic emergency braking. It also adds a Traffic Sign Recognition system that can identify speed limit, no-entry and stop signs, and alert the driver. Also new is lane keeping assist in addition to lane departure warning.


 


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Consumer Reviews

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

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Real great looking car

by Johnj from Gilbert, Az. on August 26, 2018

Looking for a sporty car having all the safety features plus the ability to handle two sets of golf clubs without folding the rear seats. The Mazda did all that. Like the style too. The A/C works ... Read full review

(5.0)

My Mazda 3 saved me

by Mazdasavedme from Deltona on August 10, 2018

I am a loyal Mazda owner and recently lost my Mazda 3 due to a rear end collision on the highway. My poor baby was totaled and I have severe injuries but, I am alive to talk about it. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2017 Mazda Mazda6 currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2017 Mazda Mazda6 has not been tested.

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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