2018 Mazda Mazda6

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Key Specs

of the 2018 Mazda Mazda6. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    26-29 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    187-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
  • Optional head-up display now appears on windshield
  • Mazda Connect display now 8 inches
  • New 7-inch configurable center gauge available
  • Handling prowess

The Bad

  • Multimedia system is clunky
  • Lack of low-end power (base engine)
  • Touchscreen disabled while driving

Notable Features of the 2018 Mazda Mazda6

  • Updated styling, suspension, steering for 2018
  • Interior and front seats redesigned
  • New optional 250-hp, turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder
  • Another round of soundproofing for 2018
  • New 360-degree camera system
  • Six-speed manual and automatic transmissions

2018 Mazda Mazda6 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Mazda tweaked its flagship sedan for the 2017 model year. For 2018, Mazda is making a good thing even better with a light update to the Mazda6 — just in time as rivals like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry are redesigned for 2018. It features a luxurious new top trim, the Signature model, along with lightly revised styling and a new engine option.

Exterior
Changes to the Mazda6's exterior are light; the sedan's signature chiseled body and swooping curves return anchored by a pumped-up grille with studded accents and a more creased front bumper. Slimmer headlights that integrate more angular slitlike foglights round out the Mazda6's dynamic face. Mazda says there's new 17- and 19-inch wheel designs and a new color — Soul Red Crystal — joins the lineup.

Interior
Like its CX-9 and CX-5 siblings before it, the sedan's interior got an upgrade. Mazda says the interior is all-new, and that only the steering wheel and some trim pieces carry over from the previous model year. One big change is the control panel's stretched, horizontal design. Cabin materials also look upscale; on top Signature models, premium Japanese Sen wood trim and Nappa leather adorn the cabin. Other new highlights of the cabin include an updated Mazda Connect multimedia display that uses sharper color contrast, a 360-view camera and a reconfigurable 7-inch thin-film-transistor display; optional ventilated seats are also newly available for 2018.

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Vehicle Overview

Mazda tweaked its flagship sedan for the 2017 model year. For 2018, Mazda is making a good thing even better with a light update to the Mazda6 — just in time as rivals like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry are redesigned for 2018. It features a luxurious new top trim, the Signature model, along with lightly revised styling and a new engine option.

Exterior
Changes to the Mazda6's exterior are light; the sedan's signature chiseled body and swooping curves return anchored by a pumped-up grille with studded accents and a more creased front bumper. Slimmer headlights that integrate more angular slitlike foglights round out the Mazda6's dynamic face. Mazda says there's new 17- and 19-inch wheel designs and a new color — Soul Red Crystal — joins the lineup.

Interior
Like its CX-9 and CX-5 siblings before it, the sedan's interior got an upgrade. Mazda says the interior is all-new, and that only the steering wheel and some trim pieces carry over from the previous model year. One big change is the control panel's stretched, horizontal design. Cabin materials also look upscale; on top Signature models, premium Japanese Sen wood trim and Nappa leather adorn the cabin. Other new highlights of the cabin include an updated Mazda Connect multimedia display that uses sharper color contrast, a 360-view camera and a reconfigurable 7-inch thin-film-transistor display; optional ventilated seats are also newly available for 2018.

Mazda also redesigned the sedan's front seats; the automaker says they're wider and use high-density, vibration-absorbing urethane foam for a firm but supportive feel. The automaker claims the seats are designed to help keep front occupants' spines in the body's natural standing S-shape. 

Under the Hood
Much is changed under the hood. The Mazda6's current engine gets an update and a new turbo joins the lineup.

The current 2.5-liter four-cylinder now features cylinder deactivation, which will allow it to run on fewer cylinders under light loads for better gas mileage. Fuel-economy estimates have not yet been released, however. Mazda says the six-speed automatic also has been updated to ensure the transition between four- and two-cylinder mode is imperceptible.

New for 2018 and available on higher trim levels is the turbocharged 2.5-liter engine, borrowed from the CX-9 SUV. In both the sedan and SUV, it makes 250 horsepower on premium fuel, 227 hp on regular unleaded gas. It too will pair with the six-speed automatic transmission; a manual transmission is only available on non-turbo models.

Mazda said it also made a number of enhancements to the sedan's suspension that should make for a smoother, quieter ride. The steering also has been updated, and Mazda says it should be more responsive and have a more direct feel.

Safety
The Mazda6's i-ActivSense suite of safety features carry over to 2018; they include lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, automatic high beams, distance-keeping cruise control and autonomous safety braking support. Also new is adaptive cruise control that can bring the sedan to a complete stop then accelerate back up to the set speed once traffic clears.


2018 Mazda6 Video

Find out what's changed on the new 2018 Mazda6, revealed at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, in our video right here.

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Recent buy, 1K miles review

by Azcat85 from Pearland, TX on September 22, 2018

We keep our vehicles for 15+ years. This vehicle replaced a Saturn L300 that served us well. This vehicle provided all of the technological amenities that our older vehicles did not have at the time ... Read full review

(5.0)

Great car for my daily commute to Boston

by fitcs from Southborough on September 12, 2018

I am getting 34 MPG which is better than the smaller cars I had before. Safety features are great and the car controls make it ideal. I am looking forward to the Android integration which is coming ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2018 Mazda Mazda6 currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2018 Mazda Mazda6 Sport

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

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
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
acceptable
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
acceptable
Structure and Safety Cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
acceptable
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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