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2021 Mazda 6 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: November 6, 2020

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Mazda is a brand that is known for its classy and aesthetic offerings. The brand has set a benchmark of luxe and class of which the 2021 Mazda6 Sedan enjoys the foremost rights too, as it whole-heartedly takes this benchmark to another level. The Mazda6 sedan has maintained its promising aesthetic looks, incredible driving dynamics, and a strong value proposition for the price-point it's being offered in. For 2021, the changes to Mazda6 offer exclusive styling, color scheme, and re-crafted interiors courtesy of the new Carbon Edition trim. The 2021 Mazda6 is part of the current-generation debuted for the 2014 model year and saw a mid-cycle facelift for 2018, adding a turbocharged motor.

2021 Mazda 6 Sedan Review
2021 Mazda6: Standing out from its class!

The Mazda6 isn't just the prettiest mid-size sedan but offers much better driving dynamics than its rivals. The 2021 Mazda6 Sedan comes with a range of engine options, such as the 2.5L NA Skyactiv, and the 2.5L turbo setup. The Mazda6 turbo is flawless and goes from 0-60 mph in around 6 seconds. Though there is no hybrid version, and Mazda6 misses out on the new infotainment system shared with Mazda3, CX-30, and CX-5. There is a plan to bring in a potent, responsive turbo diesel engine to the mix too. By 2021, Mazda6 Sedan comes with a new exclusive Carbon Edition trim with quirky styling traits. The asking price of the new 2021 Mazda6 is pegged to start from $24,325 for Sport and can go as high as $35,750 for the fully-loaded Signature trim.

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Pros

Suave interior and exterior design

Comfortable and supportive seats

Entertaining handling

Cons

Optional features reserved for top-end trims

No all-wheel-drive configuration

What's New?

Wireless Apple CarPlay becomes available

Carbon Edition trim brings cosmetic upgrades to Grand Touring Reserve trim

Apple CarPlay/Android Auto now standard across the range


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$24325

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

135 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

2.5L

horsepower

187 hp @6,000 rpm

torque

186 lb-ft @4,000 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11.7/11.7

dimensions

wheelbase

111.4 in.

length

192.7 in.

width

72.4 in.

height

57.1 in.

curb weight

3437 lbs.

ground clearance

6.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

99.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.7 cu ft.

payload capacity

1036 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.4 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/31/26 mpg mpg

highway range

508.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. /unlimited


Pictures & Videos

Videos
2021 Mazda 6 Exterior video

Styles

2021 Mazda 6 in Deep Crystal Blue color 2021 Mazda 6 in Jet Black Mica color 2021 Mazda 6 in Machine Gray Metallic color 2021 Mazda 6 in Sonic Silver Metallic color
Deep Crystal Blue

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.5

Maintenance, Reliability And Warranty

7.5

Engine And Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.5

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

8.5

Final Verdict

8.0

8.0

OVERALL RATING

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Mazda 6 Sport

Sport

power
187 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
26 combined

$24,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $24,100 MSRP (23/26/31) 187 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
6-speed Automatic front wheel drive 5

2021 Mazda 6 Touring

Touring

power
187 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
26 combined

$26,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $26,700 MSRP (23/26/31) 187 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
6-speed Automatic front wheel drive 5

2021 Mazda 6 Grand Touring

Grand Touring

power
227 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
26 combined

$29,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $29,800 MSRP (23/26/31) 227 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
6-speed Automatic front wheel drive 5

2021 Mazda 6 Grand Touring Reserve

Grand Touring Reserve

power
227 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
26 combined

$32,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Grand Touring Reserve 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $32,300 MSRP (23/26/31) 227 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
6-speed Automatic front wheel drive 5

2021 Mazda 6 Carbon Edition

Carbon Edition

power
227 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
26 combined

$32,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Carbon Edition 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $32,800 MSRP (23/26/31) 227 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
TBD TBD 5

2021 Mazda 6 Signature

Signature

power
227 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
26 combined

$35,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Signature 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $35,400 MSRP (23/26/31) 227 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
6-speed Automatic front wheel drive 5

Expert Review

8.0

Overall Rating


One of the most popular midsize sedans in the segment, the Mazda6 returns with a lot under its belly for 2021. The 2021 Mazda6 will be available in six different trims with different features and various other optional upgrades too. The 2021 Mazda6, apart from getting equipment updates also gets engine upgrades with a 2.5L Skyactive turbo gas-powered motor and a turbo-diesel Skyactiv-D making its way in the lineup. The trim lineup goes through  minor reshuffle all-around.

Another new update comes in the form of a new Carbon Edition trim, which focuses mainly on the aesthetic properties of the car. Starting at a price-tag of $24,325, the 2021 Mazda6 apart from a sumptuous interior setup has a decent amount of power at play, and is by far one of the safest cars in the segment as per IIHS. The flagship Mazda6 sedan goes up against the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and the Nissan Altima. The 2021 Mazda 6 will hit the showrooms across US by the end of the year 2020.

2021 Mazda 6 Front Third Quarter View
2021 Mazda 6 Rear Third Quarter View

7.5/10
Features

7.5/10
Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.5/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

8.5/10
Competition

8.0/10
Final Verdict


2021 Mazda 6 Features

7.5/10

As we had mentioned earlier that the 2021 Mazda6 Sedan will be available in six different trim levels: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, Carbon Edition, and Signature. All trims have different features and optional upgrades, with the exclusive Carbon Edition trim being the newest addition to the Mazda6 family. The 2021 Mazda6 Sport has a starting MSRP of $24,325 plus a destination charge of $945, making the total - $25,270. The 2021 Mazda6 Signature is the top-range trim priced at $36,695.

All of these trims come with the same front-wheel-drive (FWD) setup, although the engine for the top-end trims is a more potent turbocharged. Under the hood, the 2.5-liter turbocharged Skyactiv-G four-cylinder gains 10 pound-feet of torque when filled with 93 octanes, producing the same 250 horsepower but an improved 320 lb-ft. On 87 octane, the same engine makes 227 hp and 310 lb-ft. This comes with a turbo badge on the Grand Touring and above models with the automatic gearbox.

Model

Sport

Touring

Grand Touring

Grand Touring Reserve

Carbon Edition

Signature

MSRP

$24,325 $26,925 $30,025 $32,525 $32,800 $35,750

Key Features

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Power moonroof 

Auto-dimming and heated power side mirrors

Automatic headlights with a rear decklid spoiler

19-inch black metallic aluminum alloy wheels

Gunmetal front grille

 

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration

Rear air-conditioning vents

Bluetooth connectivity & USB inputs

19-inch Silver finish aluminum alloy

Gloss black rear lid spoiler

MAZDA CONNECT infotainment voice command

  MAZDA CONNECT 8-inch infotainment system

Mazda advanced keyless entry system

Paddle shifters

Adaptive front -lighting system

Polymetal Gray exterior paint

Nappa leather-trimmed sport seats

 

17-inch gun metallic aluminum alloy wheels

Leatherette-trimmed sport seats

Wireless Apple CarPlay

8-way power driver's seat with power lumbar

Red leather seats with black cross-stitching

7-inch TFT LCD meter display

 

LED DRLs

Heated front seats

11-speaker Bose audio

Unified driving position memory

Gloss black door handles

SiriusXM 3 Yr. Traffic and Travel

  Rain Sensing intermittent windshield wipers 19-inch alloy wheels   Ventilated front seats   Samrt City Brake Support Reverse
  Six-way manual driver's seat with manual lumbar support          

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The Sport trim is the entry-level Mazda6 model which starts at $24,325 for which it comes loaded with features like LED head and tail lamps, adaptive cruise control, 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and much more. 

The Touring trim has a price tag of $26,925 and builds on Sport trims. It adds a panoramic sunroof, 19-inch wheels,  hand-free entry, chrome tip dual exhaust, and much more.

The Grand Touring trim has a starting price of $30,025 and it adds the desired 227 hp turbocharged engine along with features like automatic on/off headlights, lane assists, Bose audio system, Wireless apple car play, and much more.

2021 Mazda6 have advance tech features such as RADAR CRUISE CONTROL WITH STOP-AND-GO

The Grand Touring Reserve trim costs $32,525 and builds over the Gran Touring model. It will have features like a heads-up display, adaptive headlights, multi-function commander control, and much more. This trim will focus more on the safety part of the Mazda6.

With a starting MSRP of $32,800, the exclusive Carbon Edition trim shares similar features to the Mazda6 Grand Touring Reserve and adds unique styling to encourage fans to go against the grain. The Carbon Edition features Polymetal Gray exterior paint, gloss black rear lip spoiler, gloss black door mirrors, and 19-inch black alloy wheels. The interior has red leather seats with black cross stitching and black hairline interior accents on the dash and door panels. The dash and center console armrest add red stitching to help bring the color scheme together.

The top-spec Mazda6 Signature starts from $35,750 and adds features like a Heated steering wheel Nappa leather upholstery, Sen wood on dash & doors, Navigation, a 360-degree camera system, and more.

2021 Mazda 6 Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

7.5/10

The NHTSA has not rated the 2021 Mazda6 for its safety and reliability quotient yet, but the 2020 version of the Mazda6 had a perfect rating of five out of five stars with zero recalls zero investigations and zero complaints. Henceforth, the 2021 version is also expected to fare in the same way. The experts say that the 2021 version will come up with the same perfection level of safety and security features and which will also hold true to the similar affordable ownership costs as that of the previous iterations.

What's the 2021 Mazda6's Ownership Costs and Reliability Ratings?

As we've mentioned above, the 2021 Mazda6 will be available in a price range between $24,000 and $36,000. The J.D Power has not rated the 2021 Mazda6 yet on the reliability front. However, previous year ratings for the Mazda6 are commendable. The 2020 Mazda6 has been rated a respectable overall 79 out of 100 as per J.D Power, which includes the highest rating of 80 that it gets on the Quality and Reliability front. The predictions about the car have been quite impressive thus far.

2021 Mazda6 is part of the current generation debuted for 2014!

The 2021 version, based on the previous ratings, is expected to do exceptionally well too. Well, in short, the car is expected to be a worry-free and go-anywhere sedan. On average, the car costs $24,100. The pricing varies in different states due to destination fees and state taxes. Similarly, a lot of leasing deals tend to be different across the different states. Coming to the ownership costs of the sedan, the 2021 Mazda6 is set to roll about with a wide roster of updates, which in major cases will definitely add to ownership costs of the car. The following are the ownership costs one would incur for the Mazda 6:

Category/Year

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Total

Tax Credit

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

Insurance

$1,326

$1,372

$1,420

$1,470

$1,522

$7,110

Maintenance

$68

$514

$451

$2,185

$2,578

$5,796

Repairs

$0

$0

$129

$307

$451

$887

Taxes & Fees

$3,183

$256

$243

$231

$216

$4,129

Financing

$1,983

$1,595

$1,181

$739

$267

$5,765

Depreciation

$6,207

$1,990

$1,882

$2,208

$2,092

$14,379

Fuel

$1,989

$2,048

$2,110

$2,173

$2,238

$10,558

Real Cost of ownership

$14,756

$7,775

$7,416

$9,313

$9,364

$48,.624

The average ownership costs of the Mazda6 comes out to a total of $48,624 across an average period of 5 years, which in hindsight in along the coast of what the rest of the cars in the segment asks for. Now considering the Mazda6 to be a fairly reliable car, the additional costs associated with it are in fact justifiable.

What's the Warranty Coverage for the 2021 Mazda6?

Mazda's warranty package for the 2021 Mazda6 Sedan is as extensive as its trim lineup. Coming into 2021, the Mazda6 offers an Anti Perforation Warranty package for a period of 5 Years, yet we don't see the brand offering Complimentary scheduled maintenance this time too.  Along with being a go-anywhere sedan, these warranty deals make the car a stress-free vehicle too.

Warranty Criteria

Period

Limited Warranty

3 Year/36,000 Miles; whichever is earlier

Powertrain Warranty

5 Year/60,000 Miles; whichever is earlier

Outer Body Rust-Through Warranty 

5 Year/Unlimited Mile

24/7 Emergency Roadside Assistance

3 years/36,000 miles

To better maintain the Mazda6 - the Skyactiv engine in the 2021 Mazda6 comes from the factory with synthetic oil. Due to its complex design and high compression ratio, the manufacturer recommends 0W-20 synthetic oil. The advantages are longer intervals between oil changes, better protection for the engine, and better performance in extreme hot and cold weather. However, switching to conventional oil will not harm the engine or void the warranty.

What's the 2021 Mazda6's Miles per dollar cost?

The 2021 Mazda6 will have an MPD (miles per dollar) ratio of 2.72. This means the Mazda6 runs for 2.72 miles for every dollar you spend on it. This ratio is achieved by factoring all the running costs including taxes, insurance, fuel costs, and so on to the average distance covered in a year which comes to $5,500 and 15,000 miles respectively.

2021 Mazda 6 Buying Advice

We would recommend you to go for the Signature trim as it offers the best feature palette among the rest of the cars in the segment and that too at a convenient price point. One can get a luxury premium car with lots of amazing features like advanced technical features on the interior, a luxurious cabin, hi-tech safety, and driver-assistance tech, and a fascinating drive all for $35,750. A car that offers both style and substance. So, we think going for the Signature trim level is a good idea.

Is buying a Used Mazda6 a good idea?

Everything has its pros and cons. Before buying anything, we must compare all of them carefully and then get what’s best. If you are thinking of getting a used Mazda6 then here are some pros. Mazda is known for its decent fuel economy. The Mazda6 provides on an average basis, a fuel economy of 26 miles per gallon in the city and 35 miles per gallon on the highways. The car is loaded with features that are exceptionally advanced and convenient. The infotainment, the moonroof, BlueTooth connectivity, the whole lot. These features make the car a great idea.

Mazda last redesigned the Mazda6 for the 2014 model year but sticking with a 2018-or-newer model is prescribed. For 2018, Mazda refreshed the Mazda6 with a mid-cycle update, introducing a turbocharged engine option, revised exterior and interior styling, and more features including an 8-inch touch screen and a surround-view parking camera system. Though that was the last year you could get a Mazda6 equipped with a manual transmission. The 2019 Mazda6 gained available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto while the 2020 model has no major changes.

The only disadvantage of getting a used Mazda6 is the sensitive ride. Sometimes the ride can get a little rough on uneven surfaces. Well, we would recommend that the car has more advantages than disadvantages. Thus, getting a used 2017-18 Mazda6 is not a bad idea and the best part is that one can get such a great car at such an affordable price.

2021 Mazda 6 Engine and Performance

8.0/10

Powering the 2021 Mazda6 forward is a choice of two engine options. Starting off with the effective and responsive 2.5L Skyavtiv 4-cylinder standard engine, which gives out 187 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque, all your power-front shortcomings are taken care of by this engine. Now if that is not enough for you as well, there is a 2.5L turbo 4-cylinder engine to give you that extra oomph you're looking for. A heightened power output of +63 hp gets you up to 250 hp, and a total torque output of 320 lb-ft. These capable engines in turn allow you to have a smooth power delivery all day long.

Mazda6's two potent powertrains offer a balance between Power and Efficiency!

The transmission duties for the 2021 Mazda6 will be taken care of by a quick-shifting 6-Speed automatic transmission. The 2021 Mazda6 delivers a linear performance graph due to which it gulps down insane amounts of premium fuel to send all of that 25 horses just to the front wheels. Apart from the usual choices, reports suggest that the 2021 Mazda6 will get a SKYACTIV-D turbocharged diesel engine as well for the 2021 MY. The car is said to offer the very best in terms of performance just to elevate your drive into a fun one. Let us check out some numbers as well.

Models

2021 Mazda6 Sport

2021 Honda Accord LX

2021 Toyota Camry LE

2021 Nissan Altima 2.5 S

MSRP

$24,325

$24,000

$24,425

$24,100

Engine

2.5L NA Inline-4

1.5L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.5L NA Inline-4

2.5L NA InLine-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed Automatic

CVT 

8-speed automatic

CVT 

Power 

187 hp @ 6000 RPM

192 hp @ 5500 RPM

203 hp @ 6000 RPM

188 hp @ 6000 RPM

Torque 

186 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM

192 lb-ft @ 1600 RPM

184 lb-ft @ 4400 RPM

180 lb-ft @ 3600 RPM

In terms of the most horses produced, the Toyota Camry triumphs over the rest of the cars here, although it lags behind in terms of outright torque figures. Nevertheless, in terms of transmission duties, there is none who can even come close to the quick-shifting 6-Speed automatic from Mazda, and especially not the Honda and the Nissan. Moreover, the Mazda is the only car of the lot that solely comes with an FWD setup, unlike the others which come with both FWD and AWD setups.

2021 Mazda6's Acceleration and Braking Performance

The 2.5-liter engine of the 2021 Mazda6 gives the car a high power output that allows it to reach speeds of 60 miles per hour in just 7.1 seconds all the while achieving a top speed of 131 MPH. Now evidently, when the Mazda6 is equipped with the turbocharged setup, it bridges the 0-60 MPH gap in an astonishing 6.4 seconds gap. The 2021 Mazda6 might look subtle on the outside, although taming this humble sedan altogether is no mere task, even if it brings a wide grin on your face.

The Mazda6 Turbo is a racier option that goes from 0-60 mph in 6.4 sec!

The predominantly fastest car of the lot needs some good potent brakes for it to come to a complete standstill. 11.7-inch ones in the front for the Sport and Touring trims, and 12.6-inch ones for the top-most trims, along with a common 10.9-inch back rotor bring the 2021 Mazda6 to complete stop from 60 MPH in an impressive 124 ft. The 11.7-inch ones might not pack the adequate biting force needed, unlike the 12.6-inch ones which inspires confidence while controlling this apparently heavy sedan. Nevertheless, it gets the job done.

Models

2021 Mazda6 Sport

2021 Honda Accord LX

2021 Toyota Camry LE

2021 Nissan Altima 2.5 S

0-60 MPH

7.1 sec

7.3 sec

7.6 sec

8.0 sec

Quarter Mile

N/A

15.5 sec

15.7 sec

16.0 sec

Top Speed

131 MPH

115 MPH

135 MPH

130 MPH

60-0 MPH

124 ft (est)

116 ft

122 ft

120 ft

The 2021 Mazda 6 tends to beat every other Sedan in the category in terms of outright acceleration figures, although when it comes to braking, it lags behind every other opponent in the list. Weight holds back much of a car's driving potential, and that is the reason the Nissan Altima turns out to be the slowest of the lot.

How does the 2021 Mazda6 fare on the Ride and Handling front?

You might forget it to be a family saloon car, when in sight of an open stretched road, as with the turbo-4 it just goes for it. Although it may feel about to sway out on corners, nevertheless because of its weight, it sticks to its line without any hindrance. The rack and pinion steering setup provide loads of control even though if it makes the car feel light and nimble. The engaging driving dynamics are further given the support of the new 19-inch alloys and the suspension setup.

Mazda6 balances high levels of engagement with a family-friendly ride quality!

The suspension setup might not be able to chalk out major road imperfections in the city at slow speeds, but once on the highway, it curbs over them with little to no feel being witnessed inside the cabin. The road noise is also at large insulated within the cabin. Lastly, we'd like to end by saying that there is no other car in this segment that can live up to the 2021 Mazda6's driving dynamics quotient.

2021 Mazda 6 Fuel Economy

8.0/10

Well, coming to the fuel economy aspect, the 2021 Mazda6 delivers up to 26 miles to the gallon in the city and over 35 miles to the gallon out on the highway. The combined figure comes out to be 29 MPG. Now having said that, these numbers might not account for anything respectable in the family mid-size saloon segment, but nevertheless is more than enough for going about you daily travelling needs. This is solely because it has a class-leading 16.4 gallon fuel tank that should translate to fewer stops at the gas station while going on long weekend rides.

Mazda6 comes with a cylinder deactivation feature to help save fuel!

Now it's no secret that the 2.5L turbocharged Skyactive engine will be less frugal than its Naturally Aspirated counterpart, and so the combined MPG figure of 26 does not come as a huge surprise. The car is said to be quite decent for the range it provides but is it any good when compared to its rivals. Let's crunch some numbers and find out.

Models

2021 Mazda6 Sport

2021 Honda Accord LX

2021 Toyota Camry LE

2021 Nissan Altima 2.5 S

MPG (City)

26

30

29

28

MPG (Highway)

35

38

41

39

MPG (Combined)

29

33

34

32

Fuel Capacity

16.4 Gallons

14.8 Gallons

14.5 Gallons

16.2 Gallons

Range in miles (City/Highway/Combined)

426.4/574.0/475.6 miles

444.0/562.4/488.4 miles

420.5/594.5/493.0 miles

453.6/631.8/518.4 miles

Considering the economy provided by that of the rivals, the fuel economy delivered by Mazda is a little low but it is not that bad in the long run, solely because it has the biggest fuel tank of the lot. Nissan Altima, on the other hand, is the most frugal car off the lot, as on average it can cover about a combined 518 miles on a full tank of gas, which is seriously impressive.

2021 Mazda 6 Interior

8.5/10

The mid-size sedan is one of those cars which provide the most sumptuously sculpted interiors in the segment. The interior of the 2021 Mazda6 is full of luxe, comfort, convenience, and upgraded creature comforts. Well apart from space, the car provides loads of interesting technical features for the convenience of the passengers. The lower trim levels come up with cloth upholstery and the higher trim ones come up with standard opulent Nappa leather upholstery.

Despite younger rivals, the 2021 Mazda6 still has one of the best interiors in its class!

Moreover, the lower trim levels provide an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and the higher trim levels additionally provide 6-way power-adjustable passenger seats. Heated and ventilated seats with memory functions are standard in the top-most trims. Furthermore, there is a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 7-inch LCD meter display, paddle shifters, and a dual-zone climate control system at play too. Let us check out the numerical facts about the interior of the car.

Models

2021 Mazda6 Sport

2021 Honda Accord LX

2021 Toyota Camry LE

2021 Nissan Altima 2.5 S

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front row in inches (headroom/shoulder room/legroom)

38.4/55.9/42.2

39.5/58.3/42.3

38.3/57.7/42.1

39.2/58.2/43.8

Rear row in inches (headroom/shoulder room/legroom)

37.1/55.1/38.7

37.3/56.5/40.4

38.0/55.7/38.0

36.9/57.1/35.2

Well, we can see that there is not much of a difference between all the cars in terms of the cabin space. Moreover, the numerical values mentioned above tell us that there is enough space in the 2021 Mazda6 for five adults to fit in easily and comfortably. Furthermore, the Mazda6 provides a cargo space of 14.7 cubic feet. which is enough for carrying in luggage for short weekend road trips.

What's the Cargo Capacity of the 2021 Mazda6?

The 2021 Mazda 6 combines an involving drive with practicality as it has a trunk capacity of 14.7 cubes. The 2021 Mazda6's cargo capacity is subpar as compared to the other mid-size sedans in the segment. Mazda gives you the flexibility to fold the rear seats for added cargo space but makes it a lot more cumbersome, as you cannot do it from the cabin. The latches are located in the trunk and require the user to get out and do the needful.

Models

2021 Mazda 6 Sport

2021 Honda Accord LX

2021 Toyota Camry LE

2021 Nissan Altima 2.5 S

Cargo Capacity 

14.7 cu.ft.

16.7 cu.ft.

15.1 cu.ft.

15.4 cu.ft.

The Honda Accord leads the pack for the most space in the trunk, followed by the Nissan Altima. The 2021 Mazda6 can carry six carry-on bags in the trunk and we can fit 17 with the rear seats folded.

How does the 2021 Mazda6 fare on the Infotainment front?

The car’s interior is designed in such a way that it does not compromise on any aspect. Entertainment or the technical arrangements is one of the major aspects a Mazda engineer gives high priority to. The 2021 Mazda 6 comes up with an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system that is with the special Mazda Connect Infotainment System. It is loaded with lots of features such as the Mazda Navigation system and a third-party radio integration.

Mazda's infotainment system has the tactility and visual punch to impress!

The 11-speaker audio setup (the Bose Centerpoint2 Surround Audio system) along with Android Auto and all-new wireless Apple CarPlay is at your service to keep you entertained. The additional features include SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link that are at your service to provide information about the weather, traffic conditions, sports news, parking areas near you, fuel prices, and other updates. Overall, the interior is just perfect from all points.


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2021 Mazda 6 Exterior

8.0/10

The simple and sporty design of the car is something that makes the car look astonishingly attractive. The perfectly carved grills along with the front bumper give the car an antagonistic look. Moreover, the sleek headlights and the silver Mazda logo in the center give the car a perfect opulent exterior setting. Come along the side, and the strong character lines flowing from the strong headlights with bright DRLs, all the way to the tailgate of the car gives it a commanding presence.

Mazda6 is a car with a premium appearance!

The new exclusive Carbon Edition trim is all the more persuasive. With an exclusive rear spoiler, supreme 19-inch black metallic aluminum alloys, and an even more exclusive paint job, reflects the owner's brazen taste. These premium touches combine to deliver a truly elevated experience for the onlooker. Now as you go up the trim levels, the cosmetic upgrades are truly deemed worthy, even for the price-point. Let us check out the numerical dimensions of the car.

Models

2021 Mazda6 Sport

2021 Honda Accord LX

2021 Toyota Camry LE

2021 Nissan Altima 2.5 S

Curb Weight 3437 lbs. 3131 lbs 3241 lbs 3212 lbs

Length

191.5”

192.2”

192.1”

192.9”

Width

72.4”

73.3”

72.4”

72.9”

Height

57.1”

57.1”

56.9”

56.7”

Ground Clearance 

6.5"

6.1”

5.7”

4.9”

Wheelbase

111.4”

111.4”

111.2”

111.2”

All the cars in the above-mentioned comparison are more or less closer to each other in terms of outright exterior dimensions. Mazda offers decent dimensions that are suitable for a city car, i.e. to wade through tight city streets. Now even though the 2021 Mazda6 Sedan is the heaviest car of the lot, ironically that doesn't stop it put some serious number on the acceleration board.

2021 Mazda 6 basic Sedan three quarter view
2021 Mazda 6 basic Sedan three quarter view
2021 Mazda 6 basic Sedan three quarter view
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2021 Mazda 6 Safety

9.0/10

The 2020 Mazda6 has received the highest status in terms of crash-test ratings from the non-profit organization such as the IIHS-Top Safety Pick+. The car has got a ‘Good’ in the crash-test making the car one of the best choices in the segment to opt for. The car has loads of safety features to keep the passengers secure at all times. The 2021 Mazda6 is fully equipped on this front, with the whole list of i-Activesense safety features that keep you and your family safe even in case of an impending crash. Moreover, its body-on-frame design structure further enhances the safety prospect of the car at all times.

The 2021 Mazda6 is loaded with loads of safety features which include-

  • Six dual-stage airbags
  • Parking sensors (front and rear)
  • Mazda radar cruise control with stop and go
  • Adaptive LED DRLs with automatic on/off system
  • Electronic parking brakes
  • Hill launch assist
  • 360-degree monitor
  • Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Collision Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane-Keep Assist
  • Blind Spot Monitoring System
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert System

2021 Mazda 6 Competition

8.5/10

2021 Mazda6 vs. 2021 Honda Accord

Honda Accord is by far the most seasoned player in this segment, as it has set a benchmark for mid-size sedans which is pretty hard to beat. It has a better interior space, braking performance, and it leads in the fuel economy front too in the segment. However, on the other side, it has a smaller engine capacity, but nevertheless it holds up its own in terms of outright performance figures.

2021 Honda Accord

The advanced safety suits offered on the 2021 Honda Accord are also no less compared to the Mazda6's. Furthermore, it is pretty tough for the Honda Accord to take on the Mazda6 on the ride and handling front as the 2021 Mazda6 has taken lead in these things and has better interiors and infotainment features with let's face it, the best-looking exterior silhouette in the segment by far.

2021 Mazda6 vs. 2021 Toyota Camry

The 2021 Toyota Camry seems to be more compact from the exterior front but with a comparatively better room on the inside. Also with a better fuel economy and a powerful engine, Toyota might look like it is dominating the Mazda6, and it does but solely on this particular prospect, as the Camry is able to provide you with a ride that is both comfortable and yet engaging.

2021 Toyota Camry

However, coming to the cosmetic part it has dark, monotonous boring interiors and quirky exteriors, also, it does not offer the amount of safety and comfort that a Mazda has to offer. So in reason, we'd recommend you to go for the 2021 Mazda6, as even though it might not be the best in any particular field, but is a cluster of everything

2021 Mazda 6 Final Verdict

8.0/10

Well, undoubtedly, the 2021 Mazda6 inches a step forward to close that gap to truly be the best in the mid-size sedan market. Loaded with extremely fascinating features and astonishing looks, the car becomes a perfect choice for a mid-size sedan market. Impressive performance and hi-tech safety features add to the car’s above-par roster. Now, considering the price of the car, Mazda deserves a great appreciation for maintaining a perfect balance with the price and the features it provides. All in all, the 2021 Mazda6 is a perfect blend of luxe and performance capabilities that should be on the top of your priority list for 2021.

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Is the Mazda6 a reliable offering?

Mazda's offerings are mostly reliable in major cases. The 6 Sedan did get a respectable reliability rating of 4 out of 5, which places it amongst the leaders of the midsize sedan segment. Moreover, with an average annual repair cost being less than $500, which is much lesser than the segment average, it is no secret that there are lesser numbers of problems arising with the Mazda6, thus translating it to be a reliable machine.

Does Mazda6 Sedan have transmission problems?

The previous iteration of the Mazda6 Sedan did have transmission problems. The transmission system did cause jolting in the vehicle, which of late became more frequent and severe. The problem was with the torque converter. Nevertheless, the problem was then and there taken care of, and it has been smooth sailing ever since.

Does the Mazda6 Sedan have an AWD setup?

There have been reports suggesting that the next-gen revamped Mazda6 will get a new Skyactiv-D engine and an AWD setup, which is a welcome addition to the already potent lineup of engines.

What other cars can the 2021 Mazda6 be compared to?

Mazda6 is in a segment, which has some of the best and seasoned players to ever nourish this segment. It is a cut-throat competition as, the Mazda6 takes on the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and the Nissan Altima among others.

How much would you have to pay for a fully loaded 2021 Mazda6 Sedan?

Mazda6 Signature trim is the utmost best in the Mazda lineup, with features mostly ranging from an aesthetic point as well. With a new front gunmetal grille, to the sumptuous setup of Chestnut Nappa leather trimmings inside, it definitely gives you your money's worth. The Signature trim for the Mazda6 Sedan is priced at $35,750.

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Keith Murray

2020 Mazda 6

Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

Mazda 6 is the safest sedan

Pros - Front splitter, safety, insulated interiors

Cons - Touchscreen, dinky glove box, parking sensors were optional

Overall Review

10 /10 Overall Rating

Our foremost important reason to choose Mazda 6 was because of its safety features. We learnt that nhtsa rated straight 5 stars for its 2019 model and we were looking for a family sedan with best in class safety. Good drive quaity because of the refined engine under the hood. I also like the insulated cabin which keeps most of the engine and road noise out.

10/10
Features
10/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
9/10
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Marilee Clarke

2020 Mazda 6

Grand Touring Reserve 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

Grand touring reserve, a sports machine

Pros - Paddle shifters, silver lining themed interiors, exceptional low end torque

Cons - Orthodox instrument cluster

Overall Review

10 /10 Overall Rating

I fall in love with the exhaust sound every single time it lights up. Mazda 6 has exceptional low end torque of above 300 lb-ft on papers and it is felt right when pressing gas. Wonderful throttle response even before turbo does its thing. They seem to have been pretty generous in providing paddle shifter along with OD.

10/10
Features
10/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
9/10
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Michael L. Paquet

2020 Mazda 6

Signature 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

Mazda 6 has the most refined engine

Pros - Refined engine, Adaptive cruise control, looks

Cons - No customisation options for interiors

Overall Review

9 /10 Overall Rating

The signature variant of Mazda 6 drives quite satiny because of its refined engine when using 93 octane gas. With regular fuel, the power is noticeable.

9/10
Features
9/10
Interior
9/10
Design
9/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Deal Value
10/10
Dealer Review

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Mazda 6 is the safest sedan

Our foremost important reason to choose Mazda 6 was because of its safety features. We learnt that nhtsa rated straight 5 stars for its 2019 model and we were looking for a family sedan with best in class safety. Good drive quaity because of the refined engine under the hood. I also like the insulated cabin which keeps most of the engine and road noise out.

by Keith Murray

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Grand touring reserve, a sports machine

I fall in love with the exhaust sound every single time it lights up. Mazda 6 has exceptional low end torque of above 300 lb-ft on papers and it is felt right when pressing gas. Wonderful throttle response even before turbo does its thing. They seem to have been pretty generous in providing paddle shifter along with OD.

by Marilee Clarke

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Mazda 6 has the most refined engine

The signature variant of Mazda 6 drives quite satiny because of its refined engine when using 93 octane gas. With regular fuel, the power is noticeable.

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