The Mazda 6 2021 is not only the most beautiful family sedan, but it’s also a lot more fun to drive and ride in than many of its competitors. Although the Mazda 6 isn’t quite as smooth as the Honda Accord, or as modern as the Hyundai Sonata it offers a more luxurious experience than those top-flight options. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and the turbo version are not particularly appealing, and there is no eco-friendly hybrid model. However, the Mazda 6 has a combination of elegance and athleticism that increases its appeal. Mazda should make all of its most popular features available to the entire range, but the lowest trim levels have a variety of popular technology and driver assistance. The 2021 Mazda 6 is not perfect but it is one of the most classy four-doors in the family-oriented class and an Editors Choice winner.
What’s new for 2021?
The Mazda 6 2021 has a few new features, and the Carbon Edition appearance package. This model inherits the Grand Touring Reserve trim’s equipment and features a Polymetal Gray paint, black exterior accents and dark 19-inch wheels. Inside, the theme continues with black trim pieces as well as red leather upholstery with gray stitches. All Mazda 6 models now have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability. Any trim above the Touring has wireless CarPlay. Mazda also tuned the turbocharged 6’s engine to produce an additional 10 pound-feet (for 320 total). However, you will need to use 93-octane gasoline to achieve this. The Signature model also includes rear-automatic emergency braking and driver-attention monitoring. Mazda also stated that the Mazda 6 will not be returning for the 2022 model-year, and the company intends to discontinue it. Rumours suggest that the sedan’s mid-size could be back for a new generation, with rear-wheel drive as well as an inline six-cylinder engine.
Pricing and Which One To Buy
Grand Touring, the cheapest way to get the turbocharged 250-hp engine, makes the 6 feel more sporty than the base four-cylinder. The Grand Touring also includes many upgrades over the lesser-priced Touring model. These include a leather-wrapped steering column with shift paddles and a Bose sound system, wireless Apple CarPlay, and an auto-dimming rearview. Because there aren’t many options, the build process is easy. You will only need to choose the paint color. Mazda’s Soul Red Crystal metallic metallic is particularly attractive on the Mazda 6.
Engine, Transmission, & Performance
The Mazda 6 doesn’t offer a hybrid option, unlike many mid-size options. Mazda offers two responsive, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engines. The standard engine produces 187 horsepower while the turbocharged version can produce up to 250 horsepower. For 2021, the turbo 2.5-liter engine gained 10 lb-ft of torque. However, premium fuel is required to increase that output to 320lb-ft. The engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, which is proficient at selecting the right gear. It can be used to downshift for more power or upshift for smooth cruising. The Mazda 6 provides above-average driving pleasure for a family sedan and a fluidity in its controls and handling that is rare at any price. Mazda is able to deliver the thrills with a high level of refinement and ride quality. The top-of-the line Signature model showed less absolute grip and longer stopping distances in our tests than the 2016 model. This can be attributed, at least partially, to the company’s new tires that were fitted to reduce tire noise. Considering how quiet the Mazda 6 is, none of these factors can affect how the Mazda 6 rides and drives. It’s still one of the most enjoyable-to-drive sedans in this segment, so don’t be fooled.
Fuel Economy and Real World MPG
According to the EPA, this sedan should get 26 mpg in cities and 35 mpg highway when it is equipped with the base four cylinder. The turbocharged model’s higher torque rating may impact its fuel economy. However, the 2020 model was estimated to get 23 mpg in the city and 31 on the highway. On our 200-mile route, the last turbo 6 that we tested was able to exceed the government’s highway estimate and earned a C/D rating 36 mpg. We previously tested the base model, which delivered 37 mpg along that route. This is a 2 mpg improvement over its EPA highway rating.
Interior, Comfort, & Cargo
The 6 feels much more expensive than it actually is inside. The materials are excellent and the refined design is impressive. The cabin is top-notch and the best in its class, with the exception of a few small issues with how some controls work. Surprisingly, for a sedan of such sexy proportions, the Mazda 6 is just as practical as other mid-sized offerings. The Mazda 6 is the best-selling sedan in its class. It can carry six bags and 17 with the rear seats folded. The only problem? Our only complaint? To do this, you will need to pull the seat-release levers in the trunk.
Connectivity and Infotainment
The Mazda infotainment system is largely controlled by a upscale-feeling control knob located on the center console, similar to the ones used by BMW and Audi. It has the visual punch and tactility to impress. Although the dashtop display can double as a touchscreen when the car is stationary, it does not work while it is. Although the knob is intuitive and satisfying to use, it doesn’t provide as much information as it could. All models include popular connectivity features like Apple CarPlay or Android Auto compatibility. Wireless CarPlay software is standard on the Grand Touring model.